Fishing

Independence Island Artificial Reef Expansion Completed in Barataria Bay

Release Date: 12/04/2015

 

News Release
For Immediate Release
December 4, 2015

Contact: Ashley Wethey
Public Information
LDWF
(504) 286-8733
awethey@wlf.la.gov

 

Independence Island Artificial Reef Expansion Completed in Barataria Bay


Offloading material from barge

Depositing material onto reef site


Limestone material

 


Site location map

Enhancement of the Independence Island artificial reef site north of Grand Terre in Barataria Bay was completed early this week. This newest enhancement is another partnership between the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana and will provide additional hard bottom relief in this popular fishing area. 

An addition of 6,700 tons of limestone was added to a previously barren portion in the northeast section of the 50-acre artificial reef planning area. The limestone added created two parallel mounds, providing refuge for fish in this area with strong tidal flow. This hard material will create complex structure and habitat for a variety of aquatic organisms including popular recreational species like redfish, speckled trout, black drum, sheepshead and flounder.  

Independence Island is one of many examples of former marsh islands that have slipped beneath the waves due to coastal land loss. Now a shoal, the submerged island provides limited natural reef habitat for aquatic species. In 2011, the Department in partnership with CCA Louisiana began enhancement to the area through the establishment of a roughly four acre artificial reef comprised of 8,000 tons of crushed limestone. The initial Independence Island reef was an essential effort to rebuild areas along our coast damaged by erosion, thus replenishing aquatic habitats for our coastal species.

The Independence Island reef site is located approximately 1.5 miles east of Queen Bess Island in the southwestern portion of Barataria Bay. Nearest launch locations are Sand Dollar Marina in Grand Isle and Bridge Side Marina in Grand Isle. Coordinates for the expansion are 29° 18' 32.15", 89° 55' 52.40”.

For more information, including reef locations and maps, visit the Louisiana Artificial Reef Program site 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.

 

Independence Island Artificial Reef Expansion Completed in Barataria Bay

Release Date: 12/04/2015

 

News Release
For Immediate Release
December 4, 2015

Contact: Ashley Wethey
Public Information
LDWF
(504) 286-8733
awethey@wlf.la.gov

 

Independence Island Artificial Reef Expansion Completed in Barataria Bay


Offloading material from barge

Depositing material onto reef site


Limestone material

 


Site location map

Enhancement of the Independence Island artificial reef site north of Grand Terre in Barataria Bay was completed early this week. This newest enhancement is another partnership between the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana and will provide additional hard bottom relief in this popular fishing area. 

An addition of 6,700 tons of limestone was added to a previously barren portion in the northeast section of the 50-acre artificial reef planning area. The limestone added created two parallel mounds, providing refuge for fish in this area with strong tidal flow. This hard material will create complex structure and habitat for a variety of aquatic organisms including popular recreational species like redfish, speckled trout, black drum, sheepshead and flounder.  

Independence Island is one of many examples of former marsh islands that have slipped beneath the waves due to coastal land loss. Now a shoal, the submerged island provides limited natural reef habitat for aquatic species. In 2011, the Department in partnership with CCA Louisiana began enhancement to the area through the establishment of a roughly four acre artificial reef comprised of 8,000 tons of crushed limestone. The initial Independence Island reef was an essential effort to rebuild areas along our coast damaged by erosion, thus replenishing aquatic habitats for our coastal species.

The Independence Island reef site is located approximately 1.5 miles east of Queen Bess Island in the southwestern portion of Barataria Bay. Nearest launch locations are Sand Dollar Marina in Grand Isle and Bridge Side Marina in Grand Isle. Coordinates for the expansion are 29° 18' 32.15", 89° 55' 52.40”.

For more information, including reef locations and maps, visit the Louisiana Artificial Reef Program site 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.

 

Louisiana Fisheries Forward to Host Crab Industry Workshop

Release Date: 12/03/2015

(Dec. 3, 2015) - Louisiana Fisheries Forward, a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Louisiana Sea Grant collaborative program, will host a free, crab industry workshop next week in Madisonville.
 
Workshop topics include shedding problems and solutions, crab license information, water quality, value-added products and more. These presentations are designed to help those in the crab industry thrive in a constantly changing marketplace.
 
The workshop is scheduled as follows:
 
Wednesday, December 9, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Lake Pontchartain Basin Maritime Museum
133 Mabel Drive
Madisonville, La.
 
LFF was established with the goal of improving the economic success of Louisiana’s commercial fishing industry by showcasing new technology and best practice methods.
 
To register or for more information, contact Carol Franze (985) 543-4129 or Julie Anderson (225) 578-0771.
 
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.
 
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.

LWF Commission Modifies Rules for Commercial Large Coastal Shark Harvest

Release Date: 12/03/2015

 

News Release
 
For Immediate Release
December 3, 2015
 
Contact: Rene LeBreton
Public Information
LDWF
(504) 286-8745
rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

LWF Commission Modifies Rules for Commercial Large Coastal Shark Harvest

Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission took action on a Declaration of Emergency to modify the commercial harvest possession limits for non-sandbar, large coastal sharks. The commercial possession limit will increase from 36 to 45 for 2016 commercial harvest. 
 
Earlier in 2015, the National Marine Fisheries Service promulgated rules establishing this increase. Today’s action will provide consistency with federal regulations and increased opportunity for Louisiana shark fishermen.
 
The Declaration of Emergency also allows the Secretary of the Department to modify the possession limit during the 2016 commercial season if he is notified by NMFS that the federal possession limit has been changed in-season. 
 
In a related action, the Commission also took action on a Notice of Intent to permanently modify the commercial non-sandbar large coastal shark possession limits. 
 
The non-sandbar large coastal sharks group includes great hammerhead, scalloped hammerhead, smooth hammerhead, nurse, blacktip, bull, lemon, silky, spinner and tiger sharks. Sandbar sharks are included in the large coastal sharks group; however, harvest and possession is prohibited without a special federal shark research permit issued by NMFS.
 
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 e-mail to jadriance@wlf.la.gov prior to March 3, 2016.
 
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.

 

Shrimp Task Force to Meet December 9th

Release Date: 12/01/2015

 

News Release
 
For Immediate Release
December 1, 2015
 
Contact: Rene LeBreton
Public Information
LDWF
(504) 286-8745
rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

Shrimp Task Force Meeting Set for December 9th

 
Mark Abraham, Chairman
The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Meeting. The public is invited to attend.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 10:00 a.m.
Terrebonne Council Meeting Room
8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360
 
AGENDA

  1. Roll call and introduction of guests
  2. Approval of September 14, 2015 meeting minutes and December 9, 2015 agenda
  3. Treasury Report
  4. Old Business
    A. Sustainability update- Damon Morris
  5. New Business
    A. Shrimp enforcement and penalties- Andy Gibson
    B. Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) recommendations on Mississippi River Diversions
    C. Officer Elections
  6. Public Comment
  7. Set Next Meeting
  8. 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/4448837722159705602
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.

 

LDWF Urges New Orleans Area Families to Get Out and Fish!

Release Date: 11/24/2015

(Nov. 24, 2015) - Join the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, St. Bernard Parish and the St. Bernard Sportsman’s League at Sidney D. Torres Memorial Park in Chalmette on Saturday, December 12 for the next installment of our Get Out and Fish! community fishing event series. Prior to the event, the Department will stock 600 pounds of rainbow trout donated by Greer’s National Fish Hatchery.
 
This free event offers fun fishing activities for all ages including a mobile touch tank, casting inflatable and more. The first 100 pre-registered participants will receive a free goody bag.  In addition, every participant will be entered into a raffle drawing to win prizes. The St. Bernard Parish Fire Department will provide lunch.
 
Fishing competition categories include heaviest rainbow trout and heaviest “other” fish. Age divisions include Little Angler (ages 8 and under), Junior Angler (ages 9-15) and Adult Angler (ages 16 and older). Anglers 16 and older must possess a valid Louisiana fishing license.
 
Online registration is available here. Participants should bring their own gear, bait, tackle and ice chest to keep fish caught.
 
The Get Out and Fish! program seeks to increase the number of people with access to quality fishing. The program intends to recruit new anglers to the sport of fishing and promote outdoor activities for future generations.
 
Sponsors for the event include Hook and Line Sporting Goods, Studio Inferno, St. Bernard Sportsman’s League, St. Bernard-Arabi Kiwanis, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, St. Bernard Fire Department and the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana.
 
For event information, contact Danica Williams at dwilliams@wlf.la.gov or (504) 628-7282.
 
This event is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation. The LWFF was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fish resources.
   

LDWF to Close Harvest of Seed Oysters for Bedding on Public Oyster Seed Grounds East of Mississippi River and North of MRGO

Release Date: 11/24/2015

(Nov. 24, 2015) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will close the harvest of seed oysters for bedding purposes in all public oyster seed grounds east of the Mississippi River and north of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, including Lake Borgne, one half-hour after sunset on Monday, November 30. The area will remain open for the harvest of oysters 3 inches in length or greater for market purposes.
 
These public oyster seed grounds hold a limited oyster supply, and harvest pressure during the season opening on October 19 has depleted the resource and removed excess amounts of non-living reef material. Protection of the remaining oyster reef resources is in the long-term interest of oyster conservation in this area.
 
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission authorized LDWF Secretary Robert Barham to take emergency action to close areas on an as-needed basis based on ecological data or if enforcement problems are encountered. The Secretary was also authorized to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resources has ended and to open areas if substantial oyster resources are located.
 
Public notice of any opening, delay or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns. 

Oyster Harvest to Close in Lake Chien

Release Date: 11/23/2015

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has announced that the harvest of oysters shall close in the Lake Chien Public Oyster Seed Ground (POSG) in Terrebonne Parish at one half hour after sunset on Monday, November 30, 2015.  This public oyster seed ground holds a limited oyster supply and harvest pressure during the oyster season, which opened on October 19, has reduced the oyster resource.  Protection of the remaining oyster reef resources is in the long-term best interest of oyster conservation in this area.

The Commission authorized Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Secretary Robert J. Barham to take emergency action to close areas, on an as-needed basis, based on biological data or if enforcement problems are encountered.  The Secretary was also authorized to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended and to open areas if substantial oyster resources are located. 

 

Public notice of any opening, delay, or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns.

LDWF Schedules Saline Lake Drawdown for Aquatic Vegetation Control

Release Date: 11/17/2015

(Nov. 17, 2015) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduled a drawdown for Saline Lake in Natchitoches and Winn parishes on Thursday, November 19 for giant salvinia control.
 
The control structure will be closed once the water level reaches two feet below pool stage but will be reopened again on Monday, December 7 until the lake level reaches a total of 8 feet below pool stage.
 
The date of completion for the drawdown will be announced following an assessment of aquatic vegetation on the lake.
 
Although the lake will not be closed to fishing, caution is advised of boaters during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance for underwater obstructions.
 
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Jason Brancamp, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jbrancamp@wlf.la.gov or (318) 487-5888.

Louisiana Fall Red Snapper Season to Begin Friday

Release Date: 11/16/2015

(Nov. 16, 2015) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to remind recreational anglers of the upcoming fall snapper season to begin this Friday, November 20 until further notice.
 
The fall season will run seven days a week in state waters with a daily bag and possession limit of two fish per person at a 16-inch minimum total length. 
 
“Our data reflects the reality,” said Robert Barham, LDWF Secretary. “Through our real-time quota monitoring program, La Creel, we have identified a fishery that is healthy and thriving with additional opportunity for harvest.”
 
The Louisiana Gulfward Boundary
In June 2012, the Commission took action to extend Louisiana state waters from three miles offshore to three marine leagues, or approximately 9 nautical miles, offshore.
 
LDWF officials encourage fishermen to use caution and their own personal judgment when fishing beyond the three-mile boundary that is currently recognized as federal waters, as it is fully expected that federal agents will continue to enforce federal law. Until U.S. Congress confirms Louisiana’s action, the battle will continue over Louisiana’s state water boundary.
 
Recreational Offshore Landing Permit
LDWF reminds anglers that a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit is required in order to possess certain species, including red snapper.  Anglers may obtain or renew the permit, free of charge at https://rolp.wlf.la.gov. Anglers may renew their permits up to 30 days prior to expiration. A valid Louisiana fishing license number is required to obtain a permit. A confirmation number is allowed for a temporary (trip) license.
 
Recreational anglers and charter captains are required to obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit to possess tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers, snappers, hinds, cobia, wahoo and dolphin. Minors (under 16) are not required to obtain a recreational offshore landing permit. Angling customers on a paid-for-hire charter trip also do not need a permit.

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