Fishing

High School Angling Competition Joins the Ranks of Big Bass Rodeo

Release Date: 02/18/2016

(Feb. 18, 2016) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries invites high school students throughout the state to join us on April 2, 2016, for the first annual Battle for the Bass, a fishing tournament hosted in conjunction with the 69th annual Big Bass Rodeo in New Orleans City Park.
 
Teams of up to five high school students will represent their respective school and compete to take the coveted first place trophy. The best combined weight of two bass from each team will determine the winner, and those who place will receive a plaque and fishing gear courtesy of Berkley.
 
Registration is required to participate and will close at noon on April 1. Online registration is available at www.fishla.org/community-outreach/bfb.  Students interested in registering to become a Berkley Fishing Club member can register at hs.berkley-fishing.com. The first 50 students who register for both the Berkley Fishing Club and Battle for the Bass will also receive a Berkley tackle bag.
 
Two additional events, the Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival and Boats on the Bayou, will run concurrent to Battle for the Bass and are open to the public.  
 
The 69th annual Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival has grown into one of the most popular youth fishing events in the country.  This non-professional rodeo provides fishing categories and activities for all ages and is a great opportunity to teach novice anglers about the sport of fishing.  In addition, fisheries staff will be on hand to assist anglers and answer questions about fishing basics and fish identification. Other exciting features include a mobile touch tank, fish tagging demonstrations and photo opportunities with Robbie the Redfish.
 
Boats on the Bayou is held on Bayou St. John and offers an opportunity for those with non-motorized boats including kayaks and canoes to compete.  This event is limited to 100 participants, so those interested are encouraged to register early.
 
Additional details and online registration for the Big Bass Rodeo and Boats on the Bayou can be found at http://www.neworleanscitypark.com/big-bass-fishing-rodeo-and-fishtival.  Registration fees range from $5 to $10, depending on the age of the angler.
 
For event related questions, contact Danica Williams at dwilliams@wlf.la.gov

Louisiana DHH has announced the reopening of Oyster Harvest Area 1

Release Date: 02/15/2016

 

(February 15, 2015) – The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has announced that oyster harvest area 1 on east side of the Mississippi River will reopen one-half hour prior to sunrise on Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals issued a molluscan shellfish closure order on December 11, 2015 for harvest areas 1 – 7 due to the presence of Karenia brevis (Red Tide).  Harvest area 5 was reopened on January 20th, areas 6 & 7 were reopened on January 13th and areas 2,3 and 4 were reopened on February 7th.  With this announcement, the last remaining closure, area 1, will be lifted tomorrow morning.

To view a map of the Louisiana oyster harvest area grids, click here.

 

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.la.gov or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

Save the Date for 2016 Fisheries Summit

Release Date: 02/15/2016

(Feb. 15, 2016) - The fourth annual Louisiana Fisheries Forward Summit will be held on March 1, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, La. This free event will run as an expo, with hands-on demonstrations running throughout the day.
 
Example demonstrations include:
·      Fisheries biology, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
·      Water chill, brine and plate freezing systems, LFF Quality Trailer
·      Seafood packaging, Louisiana State University AgCenter Food Incubator
·      Crab shedding & black spot research, Louisiana Sea Grant
·      Marine vessel stability, University of New Orleans
·      Nano ice machine, Louisiana Sea Grant
·      Turtle excluder devices, National Marine Fisheries Service/NOAA
·      Refrigeration repair, LeBlanc & Associates
 
Experts will cover important industry topics such as H2B visas, harbor of refuge, new U.S. Coast Guard regulations and an update on fisheries management and regulations. The expo will also feature a buyers’ panel to help fishermen learn ways to sell their catch; panelists will represent a variety of buyers, including a farmer’s market, direct sales program, grocery store and chef.
 
The Summit is part of the Louisiana Fisheries Forward initiative, a voluntary education program for the commercial seafood community. A collaboration of LDWF, Louisiana Sea Grant and the LSU AgCenter, LFF was established with the goal of improving the economic success and environmental sustainability of the commercial fishing industry.
 
Though free, participants should register online in advance at http://LaFisheriesForward.org/Summit to secure a seat and lunch ticket.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at http://www.wlf.la.gov or http://www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.
 
Since its establishment in 1968, Louisiana Sea Grant (www.laseagrant.org) has worked to promote stewardship of the state’s coastal resources through a combination of research, education and outreach programs critical to the cultural, economic and environmental health of Louisiana’s coastal zone. Louisiana Sea Grant, based at Louisiana State University, is part of the National Sea Grant College Program, a network of 33 university-based programs in each of the U.S. coastal and Great Lakes states and Puerto Rico.

Save the Date for 2016 Fisheries Summit

Release Date: 02/15/2016

(Feb. 15, 2016) - The fourth annual Louisiana Fisheries Forward Summit will be held on March 1, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, La. This free event will run as an expo, with hands-on demonstrations running throughout the day.
 
Example demonstrations include:
·      Fisheries biology, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
·      Water chill, brine and plate freezing systems, LFF Quality Trailer
·      Seafood packaging, Louisiana State University AgCenter Food Incubator
·      Crab shedding & black spot research, Louisiana Sea Grant
·      Marine vessel stability, University of New Orleans
·      Nano ice machine, Louisiana Sea Grant
·      Turtle excluder devices, National Marine Fisheries Service/NOAA
·      Refrigeration repair, LeBlanc & Associates
 
Experts will cover important industry topics such as H2B visas, harbor of refuge, new U.S. Coast Guard regulations and an update on fisheries management and regulations. The expo will also feature a buyers’ panel to help fishermen learn ways to sell their catch; panelists will represent a variety of buyers, including a farmer’s market, direct sales program, grocery store and chef.
 
The Summit is part of the Louisiana Fisheries Forward initiative, a voluntary education program for the commercial seafood community. A collaboration of LDWF, Louisiana Sea Grant and the LSU AgCenter, LFF was established with the goal of improving the economic success and environmental sustainability of the commercial fishing industry.
 
Though free, participants should register online in advance at http://LaFisheriesForward.org/Summit to secure a seat and lunch ticket.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at http://www.wlf.la.gov or http://www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.
 
Since its establishment in 1968, Louisiana Sea Grant (www.laseagrant.org) has worked to promote stewardship of the state’s coastal resources through a combination of research, education and outreach programs critical to the cultural, economic and environmental health of Louisiana’s coastal zone. Louisiana Sea Grant, based at Louisiana State University, is part of the National Sea Grant College Program, a network of 33 university-based programs in each of the U.S. coastal and Great Lakes states and Puerto Rico.

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Legislative Committee to Meet

Release Date: 02/11/2016

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Legislative Committee Meeting

Jakov Jurisic, Chairman

Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 10 a.m.

UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210, New Orleans

AGENDA

I.             Roll Call and introduction of guests

II.            Severance Tax

III.           Vessel Permit Fees

IV.           Usage of Dedicated Funds in the Oyster Development Account

V.            Adjourn

 

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.  To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8992421091469846285

 

The 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.

Shrimp Task Force to Meet February 17, 1:00PM

Release Date: 02/10/2016

Shrimp Task Force Meeting

Clint Guidry, Chairman

Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360

 

AGENDA

I.               Roll call and introduction of guests

II.             Approval of February 3, 2016 meeting minutes and February 17, 2016 agenda

III.           Treasury Report

A.     Budget report- LDWF

IV.            Old Business

A.     Fishing Enforcement and Penalties Legislation

B.     Proposed Legislation for Seafood Eligibility Requirements for the LA Wild Seafood Certification Program

V.              New Business

A.     Allocation of Task Force Sponsorship/ Grant Monies

B.     Shrimp Task Force Sub-Committee Assignments and Membership

VI.            Public Comment

VII.          Set Quarterly Meetings

VIII.        Adjourn

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.  To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7551528695452388609

The 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.

To sign up for LDWF commercial fishing alerts sent as text messages or as emails visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/signup.

 

 

     

Oyster Task Force to Meet February 16th at 1:00PM

Release Date: 02/10/2016

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 1:00PM

2021 Lakeshore Drive, suite 210

New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

 

 

I.       Roll call and introduction of guests

II.    Approval of February 2, 2016 Meeting Minutes and February 16, 2016 agenda

III. Treasury Report

A.      Oyster Tag Sales

B.      LOTF Financial Report

IV.  Committee Reports

A.      Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee  (Mitch Jurisich)

i.               2016 Proposed Legislative Items

·      Gear Restrictions (Dredges)

·      Seed Grounds Vessel Permits

·      Expansion of the Oyster Seed Grounds Development Account

B.      Enforcement (Captain Chad Hebert)

C.      Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)

D.     Research (Patrick Banks)

E.      Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)

F.      Marketing (LDWF)

G.      Health (Lance Broussard)

H.     Sustainability (LDWF)

I.        Professionalism (LDWF)

J.      Aquaculture

K.   Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting Committee (John Tesvich)

      i. 2016 Proposed Legislative Items

VI.   New Business

A.     Report on OTF- Proposed Leased Area within Public Oyster Seed Grounds 

B.     Gulf South Atlantic Shell Fish Conference Sponsorship          

VII.     Public Comment

VIII.  Set Next Meeting

IX.        Adjourn

 

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.  To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7210068762375422978

The 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.

To sign up for LDWF commercial fishing alerts sent as text messages or as emails visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/signup.

Louisiana DHH has reopened Oyster Harvest Areas 2, 3 and 4

Release Date: 02/10/2016

News Release

For Immediate Release  

February 10, 2016
Contact: Rene LeBreton
Public Information  LDWF
504-286-8745
rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

Louisiana DHH has reopened Oyster Harvest Areas 2, 3 and 4

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has reopened oyster harvest areas 2, 3 and 4 on the east side of the Mississippi River on February 7, 2016.

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals issued a molluscan shellfish closure order on December 11, 2015 for harvest areas 1 – 7 due to the presence of Karenia brevis (Red Tide).  Harvest area 5 was reopened on January 20th and  areas 6 & 7 were reopened on January 13th.  Harvest area 1 remains closed until further notice.

To view a map of the Louisiana oyster harvest area grids, click here.

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.la.gov or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

Commission passes resolution to clarify that the three to nine nautical mile boundary extension will not impact gear used by commercial reef fish fishermen

Release Date: 02/04/2016

For Immediate Release:

Date: February 4, 2016

Contact:RLeBreton@wlf.la.gov

 

Today, the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission passed a resolution to clarify the effects of the extension of the state water boundary from three to nine nautical miles for reef fish management purposes, as established by the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act. 

The resolution clearly states that fishing gear used by the reef fish fishermen in the commercial and recreational sectors will not change within these new boundary waters. The fishermen of Louisiana will have the benefit of Louisiana’s reef fish management to 9 nautical miles, but there will be no change to the method of take or gear restrictions.

“Our agency is committed to extending reef fish access to our private anglers through nine miles, but we want our commercial fishermen to know that stricter state gear rules will not apply to their fishery inside of this boundary,” said LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon.

Recently signed into law, the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act includes a provision to temporarily extend Louisiana state waters to nine nautical miles for reef fish management purposes. Because federal commercial fishery regulations are not as strict as state laws, the commercial fishing sector quickly grew concerned with this temporary change. “The resolution signed today should provide confidence to our commercial reef fish fishermen that LDWF has no intention to modify normal operations of the commercial reef fish sector,” said Randy Pausina, Assistant Secretary of Fisheries.

LDWF reminds charter fishermen with federal reef fish permits that they are only allowed to fish these new boundary waters when the federal recreational reef fish season is open. Federal reef fish permit regulations restrict the permit holder to the most restrictive season. Please also note that red drum are not considered reef fish; therefore, there is no change to regulations impacting this species.

Fishing License Requirements

All persons (commercial or recreational) fishing for reef fish in the three to nine nautical mile boundary should have the appropriate Louisiana state fishing licenses. Though commercial gear regulations have not changed and remain consistent with federal regulations, these waters are still considered Louisiana state waters for all reef fish management purposes.

 

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.la.gov or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

LWF Commission Modifies Rules for Commercial and Recreational Amberjack Harvest

Release Date: 02/04/2016

(Feb. 4, 2016) - Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission took action on a Notice of Intent to modify the commercial and recreational limits for greater amberjack harvest.
 
The commercial trip limit will decrease from 2,000 pounds whole weight to 1,500 pounds whole weight. The recreational size limit will increase from 30 to 34 inches fork length.
 
Earlier in 2015, the National Marine Fisheries Service promulgated rules establishing this commercial trip limit reduction and recreational size limit increase.  Today’s action will provide consistency with federal regulations.
 
To view the full notice of intent, please visit here.
 
Interested persons may submit comments relative to the proposed rule to Jason Adriance, Fisheries Division, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or via email to jadriance@wlf.la.gov prior to April 7, 2016.

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