Fishing

LDWF Announces Special Shrimp Season to Begin April 18

Release Date: 04/07/2011

Special Shrimp Season Map

April 7, 2011 – Today, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced two shrimp seasons.  There will be a special, five-day shrimp season in a portion of inside state waters.  Additionally, there will be an opening of state outside waters currently closed to shrimping.  Both seasons will open at 6:00 a.m. April 18, 2011.

Special Season
The five-day special shrimp season includes state inside waters from the eastern shore of Bayou Grand Caillou northward to the intersection of Bayou Grand Caillou and the Houma Navigation Canal, northward along the eastern shore of the Houma Navigation Canal westward to the western shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island which will close to shrimping at 6 a.m. April 23. 

Re-opening
The opening of state outside waters includes those waters south of the inside/outside shrimp line.  This area begins from the U.S. Coast Guard navigational light at Caillou Boca westward to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal.  These waters will remain open until further notice.

Recent data gathered by LDWF biologists, indicates that marketable shrimp are available for harvest in the designated areas. 

Preliminary LDWF trip ticket report data shows that 2010 Louisiana shrimp landings (all species combined/heads-on weight) totaled approximately 110.2 million pounds and had a dockside value of $117.3 million.

The opening dates for the 2011 spring inshore shrimp season will be considered by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at the May 5 meeting to be held at LDWF headquarters.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter@LDWF.

For more information, contact Laura Deslatte at 225.610.2363 or ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov. 

Second Annual Louisiana Saltwater Series Off to a Strong Start

Release Date: 04/06/2011

April 6, 2011 – On Saturday, April 2, 2011, the second annual Louisiana Saltwater Series kicked off at Seaway Marina in Lafitte, La., with 47 boats entered and over $8,000 awarded in cash prizes.

The series was developed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation to promote conservation of Louisiana’s saltwater sport fish resources and targets one of Louisiana’s most valuable sport fish, redfish.  

Taking home first place overall was Bobby Monstead and Aaron Gelfand with a two fish total weight of 17.51 pounds.

A total of 113 redfish were tagged and released during Saturday’s event.  The results of the tagging will aid conservation efforts for redfish in the future, helping to ensure healthy populations and a successful recreational fishing industry.

Visit www.lasaltwaterseries.com for more information including event photographs and a complete listing of results, and be sure to mark your calendars for our next tournament on April 30 at Calcasieu Point Landing.  Each series includes two-man teams with a $200 entry fee for each event. For teams consisting of three members, only two of the members may be 16 or older.  The tournament is a 100 percent payout series.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov (225) 765-5113.

LDWF to Kick Off Louisiana Saltwater Series Fishing Tournament at Seaway Marina on April 2

Release Date: 03/29/2011

March 29, 2011 - The Louisiana Saltwater Series Fishing Tournament, hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will open April 2, 2011, in Lafitte, La., at the Seaway Marina.  The series is dedicated to catch-and-release saltwater angling through a series of agency-sponsored fishing tournament.

The series was developed by LDWF in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation to promote conservation of Louisiana’s saltwater sport fish resources targets, one of Louisiana’s most valuable sport fish, redfish.  

The grassroots-based tournament provides anglers with the opportunity to give back to the resource.  Contestants vie for cash prizes and test their skill while enjoying the thrill of the competitive sport. 

Each series includes two-man teams with a $200 entry fee for each event. For teams consisting of three members, only two of the members may be 16 or older.  The tournament is a 100 percent payout series.

This year, a youth division was established to introduce young anglers to the sport of fishing, and to teach the catch-and-release approach to conservation. Participants under 16 years of age will compete against one another in a separate category for trophy catch; all youth anglers will be recognized. 

The 2011 series is comprised of six fishing events and a championship. Tournament locations are scheduled across the coast.  The 2011 tournament schedule is as follows: 

  • April 2 Lafitte, Seaway Marina;
  • April 30 Lake Calcasieu, Calcasieu Point Landing;
  • May 14 Venice, Venice Marina;
  • June 18 Delacroix, Sweetwater Marina;
  • July 23 Slidell, Dockside Bait and Tackle/The Dock;
  • August 20 Port Fourchon, Moran’s Marina; and
  • Championship October 7 and 8 Empire, The Delta Marina.

For complete information, including rules, regulations and entry forms go to www.lasaltwaterseries.com.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov (225) 765-5113.

LDWF Extends Shrimp Season in Breton and Chandeleur Sounds

Release Date: 03/28/2011

March 28, 2011 – Today Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham announced that the shrimp season in the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur sounds will be extended until further notice. Current data indicates that marketable quantities of white shrimp remain in these areas.  By extending the shrimp season, Secretary Barham hopes to provide added economic opportunity to shrimp harvesters, while still limiting risk to juvenile brown shrimp.

Preliminary LDWF trip ticket data indicates Louisiana shrimp landings for 2010 totaled approximately 72.9 million pounds and had a dock-side value of $104.2 million.  White shrimp landings accounted for 76 percent of total shrimp landings and 79 percent of the value.

The opening dates for the 2011 spring inshore shrimp season will be set by the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at the May 5 meeting at LDWF headquarters.

For more information, contact Laura Deslatte at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov or (225)610-2363.

Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet in New Orleans Tuesday, March 29

Release Date: 03/28/2011

March 28, 2011 – The Louisiana Oyster Task Force will meet in New Orleans at the UNO Advanced Technology Building in Suite 210 Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at 1 p.m.

The agenda for tomorrow’s meeting is as follows:

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of  January 25, 2011 MINUTES
  3. Treasury Report
  4. Committee Reports
  5. Old Business
    1. Public Oyster Reef Evaluation & Shell Plant – Patrick Banks
    2. BP Oil Spill Remediation
      1. Claims Process
      2. Public Reef Remediation
      3. Oyster Lease Remediation
    3. Report on Washington Walk-on-the-Hill and functions
    4. Oyster Lease Moratorium Update, Map of Dual Claim Water-bottoms – Jerome Zeringue, Raymond Impastato
  6. New Business
    1. Crop Insurance Update – Rob Certa
    2. Sabine Lake Oyster Harvest Recommendations – Mike Voisin
    3. NFI Spring Conference, May 10-12,2011 – Mike Voisin
    4. Army Corp of Engineers Shellfish Permit Reauthorization
    5. Acknowledgements:  Keith Lacaze, Tommy Cvitanovich
  7. Set Next Meeting
  8. Adjourn

This meeting is open to the public.

Prior to the this meeting, the Legislative Committee for the Oyster Task Force will meet at 10 a.m. to discuss amending the state refrigeration allowance and the legal standard for measuring sack oysters. 

For more information contact Laura Deslatte at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov or (225)610-2363.

Inland Fisheries Area Offices and Telephone Numbers

 

Area 1  Minden
9961 Hwy 80
Minden, LA 71055
(318) 371-5216

 

Area 2  Monroe
368 Century Tel Drive
Monroe, LA 71203
(318) 343-4044

 

Area 3  Alexandria
1995 Shreveport Highway
Pineville, LA 71360
(318) 487-5881

 

Area 5  Lake Charles
1213 Lakeshore Drive
Lake Charles, LA 70601
(337) 491-2587

 

Area 6  Opelousas
5652 Highway 182
Opelousas, LA 70570
(337) 948-0255

 

Area 7  Baton Rouge
2000 Quail Drive
P.O. Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70898
(225) 765-2336

 

Area 8  Lacombe
61384 Fish Hatchery Road
P.O. Box 1190
Lacombe, LA 70445
(985) 882-5228

 

Area 9  New Iberia 
2415 Darnall Road
New Iberia, LA 70560
(337) 373-0032

 

Oyster Season to Close Early in East Side of Calcasieu Lake

Release Date: 03/22/2011

March 22, 2011 - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham issued an emergency order to close the oyster season in the east side of Calcasieu Lake (DHH Harvest Area 29) at one-half hour after sunset on Friday, March 25, 2011.

The season was previously set by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to remain open until April 30, 2011, except for the 2009 cultch plant, but the commission gave authority for an early closure to Secretary Barham in order to protect and conserve the public oyster resource.

LDWF Office of Fisheries biologists have monitored the health of the public oyster resource throughout the oyster season, which opened on November 15, 2010, through biological sampling and harvest tracking. LDWF monitoring activities have determined that the public oyster resources have sustained heavy harvest pressure and continued harvest may threaten the long-term sustainability of the remaining oyster resources.

Within the past week, LDWF enforcement agents have encountered numerous oyster harvesting violations within harvest area 29. As a result, agents have seized oysters and fishing equipment.

An early closure of these public oyster seed grounds will help protect the remaining oyster resources and help sustain that resource for the future. This early closure is being announced in order to provide the oyster industry with as much prior notice as possible.

The west side of the Calcasieu Lake public oyster area (DHH Harvest Area 30) is scheduled to remain open to the harvest of oysters until April 30, 2011.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225)765-5113. 

LDWF Investigates Two New Reports of Oiling

Release Date: 03/21/2011

LDWF conducts sampling on oil slick south of Grand Isle and impacted shoreline at Elmer’s Island

March 21, 2011 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is investigating two reports of oiling off the Louisiana coast received this weekend. Samples are being collected and analyzed by Louisiana State University’s School of the Coast and Environment.

Saturday morning, the U.S. Coast Guard received reports of an oil sheen south of Grand Isle, La. In addition to an investigation ongoing by the Coast Guard, LDWF officials are sampling the suspected oil sheen for analysis and fingerprinting. Samples taken by LDWF are being submitted to a laboratory at LSU’s School of the Coast and Environment. Analysis will determine if the substance is oil and, if so, if it is from the Deepwater Horizon MC252 oil spill; this analysis is called fingerprinting. Results from this analysis will be available tomorrow, Tuesday, March 22.

Suspected oiling was also reported to LDWF officials this weekend at Elmer’s Island, a 230-acre tract of barrier beachfront located on the southwestern tip of Jefferson Parish, and at Fourchon Beach in Lafourche Parish.

Samples from suspected oil at Elmer’s were collected by LDWF officials on Sunday afternoon and are being analyzed by the same laboratory at LSU’s School of the Coast and Environment. Results from the analysis will also be available tomorrow.

State officials are on scene at Elmer's Island with sorbents, barges and air boats as response efforts are conducted. LDWF officials this weekend requested absorbent boom from the Coast Guard for impacted areas. While only a portion of the boom has been utilized along a breach of the shoreline at Elmer’s Island, 12,000 feet of boom is on site. State officials have also requested skimmers from the Coast Guard.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information on, please contact Olivia Watkins at (225)610-8660 or atowatkins@wlf.la.gov.  

Crab Task Force Scheduled to Meet March 24, 2011

Release Date: 03/21/2011

March 21, 2011 - The Louisiana Crab Task Force will meet Thursday, March 24 at 4:30 p.m. at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters building located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge. The agenda for Thursday’s meeting in the Louisiana Room is as follows:

  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of Minutes / Agenda
  4. Receive Public Comments
  5. Update on Louisiana Sea Grant’s NFWF Derelict Trap Removal Grant Proposal
  6. Results of Dispersant Toxicity Study on Blue Brab Megalopae and Juveniles
  7. Research Findings of a 2010 Blue Crab Megalopae Settlement Study and Potential Population Dynamics Implications
  8. Trade Adjustment Assistance Program for Crab Fishermen
  9. Status of Derelict Crab Trap Removal and Crab Promotion and Marketing Accounts
  10. Update on Fisheries Disaster Assistance Programs
  11. Update on MSC Certification of the Blue Crab Fishery
  12. Proposed Legislation to allow for Travel Reimbursement for Crab Task Force members
  13. Proposal to Increase Minimum Harvest Size for Blue Crabs
  14. Other Business
  15. Next Meeting / Agenda
  16. Adjournment

For more information on the Task Force, contact Carl Britt at 985-882-0027 or cbritt@wlf.la.gov.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF. 

L.D.W.F. Agents Cite Eight Louisianans for Oyster Violations

Release Date: 03/21/2011

March 21, 2011 - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited eight Louisiana individuals for alleged oyster violations on March 18 in Calcasieu Lake in Cameron Parish.

Agents cited Arthur Rene Guidry, 34, of Lake Charles; Casey Ray Richard, 25, of Sulphur; Kenneth Rammie Levergne, 53, of Sulphur; Misty L. Wood, 35, of Sulphur; Jimmy Leslie Constance III, 30, of Hackberry; Robert Scott Dupre, 39, of Sulphur; Jimmy Don Hammett, 57, of Sulphur; and Joseph Swire, 29, of Sulphur; for unlawfully taking oysters from state water bottoms in Calcasieu Lake.

Agents also cited Guidry, Constance III and Hammett for failing to display proper numbers on an oyster vessel.

Agents observed four oyster vessels engaged in harvesting oysters in a closed area on the lake. The vessels and occupants were escorted back to the landing where all eight of the fishermen were cited for the violations and released.

Agents seized the four vessels and dredges and returned the oysters to the water.

Unlawfully taking oysters from state water bottoms carries a fine between $400 and $950, or jail time up to 120 days or both plus court costs and forfeiture of anything seized. Failing to display proper numbers on an oyster vessel brings a $50 fine or jail time up to 15 days.

Agents participating in the case were Lt. Remy Broussard, Senior Agents Beau Robertson, Sean Moreau and Carl Pickett and Agent Cody Soileau.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov. 

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