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Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission

Commission Members

While Louisiana's first wildlife conservation law was passed way back in 1857, and many regulations regarding oysters were passed in the late 1800's, it was not until 1909 that a formal body was appointed and given the task of overseeing wildlife and fisheries conservation in the State. Governor John Parker, an avid conservationist and friend and hunting partner of President Theodore Roosevelt, convinced the Louisiana Legislature in 1909 to create the Louisiana Board of Commissioners for the Protection of Birds, Game and Fish. One year later, in 1910, the Louisiana Oyster Commission (which had been created in 1902) merged with the Board of Commissioners to create the Louisiana Department of Conservation.

Act 127 of 1912 constitutionally created the Conservation Commission of Louisiana as a department of State government, with the mission of providing for the protection of birds, fish, shellfish, wild quadrupeds, forestry and mineral resources of the state.

Act 105 of 1918 changed the name of the agency back to the Department of Conservation, and directed that it be controlled by an officer known as the Commissioner of Conservation, who would be appointed by the Governor, by and with the consent of the Senate, for a term of four years.

The Department of Conservation continued in the role of lead agency in charge of wildlife and fisheries conservation until the Louisiana Department of Wild Life and Fisheries was officially created on December 11, 1944, in accordance with the terms of a Constitutional Amendment approved by the people of Louisiana on November 7, 1944.

The Amendment to the State's Constitution separated the former Department of Conservation into three independent state agencies: the Department of Wild Life and Fisheries, the Louisiana Forestry Commission, and a new Department of Conservation.

Initially, the new Department of Wild Life and Fisheries was directed by a Commissioner, who was appointed by the Governor. Governor Jimmie H. Davis appointed John G. Appel as the first Commissioner of the Department.
In 1952, another Constitutional Amendment changed the name of the Department of Wild Life and Fisheries to the Louisiana Wild Life and Fisheries Commission, and also established a commission of seven members to oversee and direct the activities of the agency. For day-to-day management and administration, the commission was directed to appoint (hire) a Director of the Commission.

This confusing terminology, with a commission (board) managing the Commission (agency), continued until 1974, when the new Louisiana Constitution was completed and approved by voters. All of the old sections and amendments regarding normal functioning and administration of the agency were removed from the Constitution, retaining only the language regarding the composition and appointment of the seven-member Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC), as follows:

Section 7. (A) Members; Terms. The control and supervision of the wildlife of the state, including all aquatic life, is vested in the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. The commission shall be in the executive branch and shall consist of seven members appointed by the governor, subject to confirmation by the Senate. Six members shall serve overlapping terms of six years, and one member shall serve a term concurrent with that of the governor. Three members shall be electors of the coastal parishes and representatives of the commercial fishing and fur industries, and four shall be electors from the state at large other than representatives of the commercial fishing and fur industries, as provided by law. No member who has served six years or more shall be eligible for reappointment.

(B) Duties; Compensation. The functions, duties, and responsibilities of the commission, and the compensation of its members, shall be provided by law.

(Constitution of the State of Louisiana (1974), Article IX - Natural Resources, ?7. Wildlife and Fisheries Commission)

The Louisiana Legislature subsequently created the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) as part of Act #720 of 1975, the Executive Reorganization Act, which legislated the establishment of twenty (20) cabinet level state agencies. The name and administrative structure of LDWF were codified in R.S. 36: ?601- ?609, and ?610 details forty-three (43) commissions and preserves that were transferred into the new Department.

While Act #720 changed the role of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission from administration to policy-making, the make-up of the Commission remains essentially the same today as when it was first conceived back in 1952: 6 members with 6-year terms plus 1 member whose term runs concurrently with the Governor. Three of the 7 members are to be representatives of the commercial fishing and fur industries from the coastal parishes, and 4 members are "other than representatives of the commercial fishing and fur industries" from the State at large.


The seven current members of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, with their appointed role and term completion date, are:

Mr. Billy Broussard, Chairman

Kaplan, LA

Concurrent with Governor’s term

Billy Broussard, a coastal parish resident, serves as a representative of the commercial fishing and fur industries, as required by statute. He owns and operates Pecan Island Redfish Charters.

Reason for serving: "I have lived my entire life in and around the marshes of Louisiana and there is no place on earth that I would rather be. The good Lord has blessed Louisiana and its citizens with one of the most diverse and dynamic ecosystems on the planet. From the pine covered hills of the northwest, to the hard woods skirting the western banks of the Mississippi River, the majestic cypress dotting the Atchafalaya Basin, to the salt air and oyster grass swaying in the waves on our southern border, we have it all. Louisianaians have been given the key to the pantry of sustainable, renewable natural resources in the lower forty eight states. I hope my appointment to the Commission will afford me the opportunity to give back, just a little, to the state and way of life that has given my family and I many wonderful opportunities and memories."  

Mr. Broussard can be contacted at:
27024 W. La. Highway 82
Kaplan, LA 70548
Phone: 337-652-4191
FAX: 337-737-2395

Mr. Edwin “Pat” Manuel, Vice Chairman
Eunice, LA
At-Large Appointee

Pat Manuel is a lifelong resident of Eunice, who received his education through Catholic school.  He is currently the President of ManCo Vegetation Management Inc., as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Tri-Parish Bank.  Pat’s affiliations with conservation organizations include Ducks Unlimited,  Waterfowl USA, and Delta Waterfowl.  He has served as Louisiana Public Service Commissioner and Louisiana State Racing Commissioner.

Reason for serving on the Commission: “I want to thank Governor Bobby Jindal for this appointment to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.  We share a passion for the love of Louisiana’s outdoors and commitment to help preserve the resources of our state.”

Mr. Edwin “Pat” Manuel
P.O. Box 1046
Eunice, LA 70535
Phone: (337) 457-0101
FAX:   (337) 457-7401


Mrs. Ann L. Taylor

Luling, LA
At-Large Appointee

Mrs. Taylor, a lifelong Louisiana resident, was born and raised in Houma and moved to Luling where she still lives. Taylor is co-owner and marketing director Louisiana Sportsman Magazine, the state's largest periodical covering the outdoors of the Bayou State. A graduate of Louisiana State University, Taylor has worked in the outdoor news publishing business for 24 years and is a former president of the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association.

Taylor's affiliations with conservation organizations include memberships in CCA Louisiana, Ducks Unlimited and the International Women's Fishing Association.

When asked about her reason for serving on the LWF Commission, Taylor said, "I hope to use my affiliation with hunters and fishers in this state to be a good liason between them and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries."

"I will do my best to help manage Louisiana's renewable resources so that we continue to excell as a sportsman's paradise and seafood production leader. Our state has unparallelled fish and wildlife populations that we need to make the most of while ensuring they're there for future generations."

Mrs. Taylor can be contacted at:
P.O. Box 1199
Boutte, LA 70039
ph. 985-758-2795

Dan Davis

  Houma, LA

Commercial Fishing & Fur Representative

Dan Davis, a lifelong resident of Louisiana, was born and raised in Houma and resides there. He earned a mortuary degree from Commonwealth College of Science in 1972. He is employed by Marlin Services LLC in business development and married to the former Trudy Boquet. They have three children and four grandchildren.

Dan serves as secretary of the Terrebonne Port Commission and secretary/treasurer of the Dularge Hunting Club, and has served previously as vice-chairman of the Louisiana Alligator Council for 20 years and chairman of the Louisiana Fur and Alligator Council.  He is a member of the Louisiana Trappers and Alligator Hunters Association, CCA of Louisiana, Ducks Unlimited, the Terrebonne Sportsman League and serves as a board member for the Houma Oilman’s Golf and Fishing Tournament. Dan also assists fishing tournament event organizers as a registered weighmaster, certified by the La. Dept. of Agriculture and Forestry.

Reason for serving: “With my involvement in our coastal parishes, I fully understand the needs of commercial and recreational user groups. Louisiana’s natural resources must be protected and utilization of those resources managed to provide for future generations of all user groups. Hopefully, I can be part of the continued success of this process.”

“Louisiana’s management of its wildlife and fisheries resources is crucial to the economic success of many industries in this state. Recreational and commercial operations generate many millions of dollars through sales that sustain jobs and produce tax revenue vital to the state. Proper management of those resources must continue for us to be the real Sportsman’s Paradise.”

Mr. Davis can be contacted at:
1607 Coral Drive

Houma, LA    70360
Phone: (985) 637-5127

Mr. Ronald "Ronny" Graham
At-Large Appointee

Ronald Graham, a lifelong Louisiana resident, was born and raised in Ruston.  Graham is a general contractor and is currently the chairman of the board of Lincoln Builders, Inc.
Graham has served on the conservation programs committee for Ducks Unlimited and was chairman for the Lincoln Parish Ducks Unlimited chapter.
When asked about his motivation for serving on the commission, Mr. Graham stated, "In serving on the commission, I would like to see the public's hunting and fishing experience in Louisiana enhanced.  Also, the public - both citizens and guests - should be educated on the benefits of using our vast natural resources.
"Our job as wildlife and fisheries commissioners is of crucial importance for the oversight and reinforcement of the abundant natural resources our great state has been blessed with.  To protect our wealth and resources for fishing and hunting - both recreational and commercial - it is critical that we provide professional biologists and staff to monitor the effect of our ever changing environment, and educate the public on responsible stewardship of our environment for the benefit of all citizens and guests."

Mr. Graham can be contacted at:
P.O. Box 400
Ruston, LA  71273
Phone: 318-232-7021
Fax: 318-232-7051


Edward W. Swindell
Hammond, LA
Commercial Fishing & Fur Industry Representative

Edward “Ed” W. Swindell was raised in Cameron Parish and currently resides in Hammond. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from LSU and holds a Professional Engineer license with present status of retired. He met his wife, Rebecca Landry of Gonzales, while both were members of the LSU Marching Band. The Swindells have three sons and five grand children.

Ed worked for 38 years in the menhaden fishing and processing business and is now retired from 11 years of service with Daybrook Fisheries, Inc. in Empire, La. He will serve on the Commission as a representative of the coastal parishes and the commercial fishing and fur industries.

He currently serves on a fisheries advisory panel for the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission and is a member of CCA of Louisiana, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Louisiana Society of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

Reason for serving: “Active management plans and programs benefit resource protection and utilization by a wide diversity of user groups that depend on the availability of wildlife and fish for their livelihood and personal enjoyment. I aim to assist the Commission in the ongoing development and adjustment of management programs to ensure that Louisiana continues to be a leader in the seafood industry.”

Mr. Swindell can be contacted at:
300 Oak Hollow Drive
Hammond, LA 70401
Phone: (985) 662-3434

Concordia Parish Men Cited for Overlimit of Bass

Release Date: 06/25/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited two Concordia Parish men for allegedly taking over the limit of bass on Turkey Creek in Franklin Parish on June 20. 

Casey W. Martin 27 and Edward R. Martin 41, both from Ferriday, were cited after being found in possession of 38 bass in their boat.  The daily limit for bass on Turkey Creek is 10 per person.  The bass were seized and donated to charity.

The penalty for taking over the limit of bass is a fine up to $350, and jail time up to 60 days or both plus court cost.  Both subjects will also be issued civil restitution citations for the value of the fish.

Agent involved in the case was Senior Agent Lee Tarver.

For more information, contact Capt. Alan Bankston at or 318-362-3139.


Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation

Wildlife & Fisheries Foundation

A. Kell McInnis, III
Executive Director

2000 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Phone: 225-765-5100


Please click here.

The Foundation's Mission

. . . to enhance and encourage public enjoyment and use of the wildlife and fisheries resources of this state, we:

Promote, develop, expand and improve the facilities of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission;

Enhance their ability to perform their constitutional and statutory missions;

Encourage public conservation and enjoyment of wildlife and fish resources;

Increase Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission's usefulness to our citizens.

The Foundation is a non-profit public, charitable foundation, tax exempt under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation 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.

Individuals and corporations can become partners in conservation by contributing to the Foundation in a variety of ways, all of which are tax deductible. Donations of property and money are accepted both as undedicated contributions or for specific projects and programs.

Louisiana is known as the "Sportsman's Paradise", but with each passing generation the natural resources of this state become less available. When you become a partner in Louisiana wildlife and fish conservation, you contribute to programs that insure future generations will have access to quality outdoor recreational experiences.

Primary Goals
The goals of the Foundation include habitat conservation, environmental education and training, natural resource research and management, and general financial assistance to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries programs and projects, such that it may better serve the public.
In the past the Foundation has used dedicated contributions for hunter education, Wood Duck preservation projects, wildlife management areas, improvements for both rural and urban locations, marine fisheries research, Louisiana black bear projects, fish hatchery research, quail management, teacher and public education programs, wetlands mitigation and National Hunting and Fishing Day events.

Major Foundation Inititaves:


Wildlife Management Area and Refuge Programs

Fish Hatchery Research

Conservation Education

Partners In Conservation

The Foundation's Board is committed to a simple operating style - working as a partner with contributors who donate property, services or funds for specific projects and programs as well as contributions for general conservation use. The foundation identifies conservation problems and offers solutions through partnerships and leveraging financial resources.

Workshop Scholarships


Liz Barthel Memorial Scholarship

Liz Barthel was known throughout the South as one of the top female bowhunters.  She was dedicated to supporting bowhunting, archery, and wildlife and conservation organizations.  Her many accomplishments to promote women and children in the sports included BOW, archery instructor, Jakes Day event organizer, committee member for the Twin City Longbeards, organized the 1st all ladies Chapter of the NWTF, one of the 1st two women to serve on the Louisiana State Board of Directors for NWTF, and the 1st woman in La. to complete a “Grand Slam” of Wild Turkey.  Liz was on the pro-staff of Hoyt, LaCrosse, Knight & Hale, Feather-Flex, Savage Systems, Scott Archery, Scent Shield, Indian Archery and many more. 

Liz played an instrumental part in establishing the 1st Louisiana BOW workshop and continued her support with each workshop until her untimely death.  She was a former LDWF employee that loved hunting and all aspects of wildlife. Liz enriched the lives of many people through her goals and accomplishments and sought after other women to reach and succeed in their goals.   Her wish is continued by providing well deserved women a chance to follow their outdoor dreams through the Liz Barthel Memorial Scholarship.

Instructions:Please complete all sections of the application for full consideration for a scholarship to attend a Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop (BOW).

Application must be received at least 2 weeks prior to the opening date of the workshop registration.  Return completed application to the following address or fax number.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Liz Barthel Memorial Scholarship
ATTN: Dana Norsworthy
368 CenturyLink Drive
Monroe, LA 71203

Fax:  318-345-0797

Low-income women who have children under age 18 will be eligible to receive the Liz Barthel Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship pays $125 of the $200 registration fee. The scholarship recipient(s) will be responsible for a $75 fee which shall be mailed in with the registration form that we will provide to you, prior to the opening registration date of the workshop. To apply for the Liz Barthel Memorial Scholarship:

  • You may nominate an individual by submitting the following application or
  • You may submit the information about yourself

We hope Liz will live through other outdoor women in this way.


Becoming an Outdoors Woman

Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW)
Becoming an Outdoors Woman

"You are part of a pioneering effort to break down barriers to participation of women in outdoor activities"

Christine L. Thomas, Ph.D., Founder of "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman"


The "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" program was started in 1991 by Doctor Christine L. Thomas, Professor of Resource Management, University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point. The program focuses on providing opportunities for women to learn skills that enhance and encourage participation in hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. BOW is an introductory-level workshop that teaches basic courses only. Advanced courses are taught in Beyond BOW.

In September 1994 the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Information and Education Section offered its first "Becoming and Outdoors-Woman" program. It was a sellout. Today, LDWF conducts weekend workshops once a year offering more than 20 specialty courses, ranging from markswomanship to turkey hunting. The National Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Rules state that each workshop must consist of 1/3 hunting-shooting, 1/3 fishing, and 1/3 non-harvest activities to complete a balanced program. For those not interested in hunting, courses like beginning fly fishing and canoeing are offered. The woman who loves nature but not hunting and fishing can learn about outdoor photography, ecology, backpacking and more.

The program does not stop with educational courses. Unity and fellowship flourish at a "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" weekend. LDWF staff makes sure participants are well fed, entertained and housed at one of the finest educational camps in the state. The BOW workshops are held in Pollock, LA (just North of Alexandria, LA) at the Camp Grant Walker 4-H Center.

Regular check-in at the workshop is from 10a.m.-11a.m. Friday. Meals will be provided from Friday Lunch to Sunday Lunch. You will sign up for 4 hands-on educational sessions that are 3.5 hours each and are taught by LDWF personnel and qualified volunteer instructors. Accommodations are dormitory style (bunk beds) with one centrally located bathhouse. You must bring bedding, towels, and toiletry items. At night, enjoy the possibility of mini sessions, style shows, bon fires, and music. If a band is scheduled to play on Saturday night their session will last up to 11pm.

You must be 18 years of age or older to attend.

We have scholarships available.

Make for sure that you read the Course Descriptions before registering.

Forms can either be downloaded from this site, faxed to you, or requested by phone. These forms will not be available until the date below.

Next Workshop: April 4-6, 2014

Registration Begins: February 3, 2014
Cost: $200
Number of Participants: 125

Registration forms will be accepted by mail ONLY (overnight will be accepted) and must be accompanied by a check or money order.

For more information contact Dana Norsworthy at 318-345-3912
or Chad Moore

For more information about Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshops in other states, visit

Becoming Outdoors Woman Updates

Louisiana’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman offers the standard BOW workshops and advanced workshops called Beyond BOW.  Please follow the link to enter in your e-mail address to be added to our distribution list.  You will receive updates on when the next BOW and Beyond BOW courses are offered, when registration for these courses will begin and other information to keep our outdoors women connected and educated about natures opportunities.


Cooperative Research Surveys for Commercial Fishermen and Dealers

The LDWF has received permission from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA Fisheries) to re-direct $15 million from the $52 million grant (NOAA Grant Number NA06NMF4540319) authorized for fisheries disaster assistance by the U.S. Congress (Public Law 109-234) to monitor recovery of Gulf fisheries impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008.  Initially, this $15 million was part of $25 million earmarked for rehabilitating oyster bed and shrimp grounds; an activity specifically authorized under this grant.  This money has now been re-directed to provide additional funding (total $18.8 million) for cooperative research programs to monitor recovery of Gulf fisheries and will be used to compensate qualified Louisiana resident wholesale/retail seafood dealers and commercial fishermen who participate by completing cooperative research surveys.  Qualified participants include:

  • Louisiana resident commercial fishermen who held a valid 2008 resident commercial fisherman's license and had combined trip ticket-reported sales valued at $5,948 or more during the three-year period September 1, 2005 - August 31, 2008. All saltwater species landings (shrimp, crab, oyster, menhaden, saltwater finfish) are included in total sales, regardless of the fisherman's parish of residence. Freshwater species landings (freshwater finfish and wild-caught crawfish) are included only if the fisherman resided in any of the 26 LDWF-identified hurricane-impacted parishes.
  • Louisiana resident wholesale/retail seafood dealers who held a valid 2008 resident wholesale/retail seafood dealer's license and had combined trip ticket reported purchases valued at $20,756 or more during the three-year period September 1, 2005 - August 31, 2008. All saltwater species landings (shrimp, crab, oyster, menhaden, saltwater finfish) are included in total sales, regardless of the wholesale/retail dealer's parish of operation. Freshwater species landings (freshwater finfish and wild-caught crawfish) are included only if the wholesale/retail dealer operation was located in any of the 26 LDWF-identified hurricane-impacted parishes.

LDWF will pay qualified resident wholesale/retail seafood dealers and resident commercial fishermen who submit complete AND acceptable cooperative research surveys. All survey data submitted by fishermen and wholesale/retail dealers are public records under Louisiana law. Under this plan, trip tickets dated during the eligible period but submitted after November 30, 2008, will not be considered for qualification. 

The Fisheries Recovery Survey project will benefit commercial fishermen and seafood dealers.  This information will also help identify lingering needs from 2005 hurricanes (e.g. debris, siltation, etc).

Any questions concerning eligibility, requests for information, etc. should be directed to the SCPDC by calling 1-800-630-3791 (toll-free) or (985) 655-1051 (local) or mailing SCPDC at P.O. Box 1240, Gray, LA 70359-9902 or visiting the SCPDC website at




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COOP Reconsideration

The department determined qualifying status for the Fisheries Recovery Cooperative Research Surveys Program based on Louisiana trip ticket landings records during the qualifying period (September 2005 through August 2008), Louisiana resident commercial fishing and dealer license records for 2008, Secretary of State Incorporation standing and LDSS Delinquent Payer status. For those fisherman and/or dealers who would like to request a review of their qualifying status for Federal Fisheries Recovery Cooperative Research Surveys, a reconsideration process has been implemented. 

  1. Fisherman/dealers must first call the Fisheries Recovery Cooperative Research Surveys Program at (225)765-2411 or (225)765-0121 to express their concern and ask to be added to the "reconsideration list".  
  2. Fisherman/dealers who would like to be reconsidered are mailed a letter.  Included with this letter is a "Request Form" which must be completed and returned to LDWF within 30 days of the mailing date of the letter in order to confirm your request for review. If assistance is needed with completing the "Request Form" or you have questions, call the Fisheries Recovery Cooperative Research Surveys Program at (225)765-2411 or (225)765-0121.  Returns postmarked later than 30 days from the date of the letter will not be accepted.
  3. Fisherman/dealers interested in being reconsidered are then asked to call the Fisheries Recovery Cooperative Research Surveys Program at (225)765-2411 or (225)765-0121 to schedule an appointment to have their case heard in front of the Reconsideration Review Panel.  Panel review dates currently scheduled are Tuesday December 1st and Thursday December 10th.  It is very important to call the Fisheries Recovery Cooperative Research Surveys Program at the telephone numbers listed above to schedule the date and time of the review.  Every effort will be made to schedule a date and time that is convenient for the requestor.  The requestor will also receive a mail notice confirming the date and time of the scheduled review. 
  4. The Department has established a three-member panel to review the requests and has scheduled panel reviews at LDWF Headquarters.  It is very important that all documentation supporting the claim be brought to the scheduled panel review.  The party requesting review is responsible for providing verifiable proof that the department incorrectly determined their qualifying status.  In order to identify and maintain confidentiality of the documentation provided, LDWF has developed a "Request for Review Chain of Custody Form" to document receipt of the information submitted.   Before the documents can be examined by the review panel, LDWF staff in attendance will log this information on to the Chain of Custody Form.  
  5. Once the panel has reviewed the supporting documentation and developed its recommendation, the requester will receive written notification by mail of LDWF's final determination of the qualifying status. All determinations made by LDWF are final and cannot be appealed.

Please do not hesitate to contact the LDWF Fisheries Recovery Cooperative Research Surveys Program at the telephone numbers provided if you need assistance or additional information concerning this program.

Fisheries Disaster Assistance Program

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) launched a $41 million federal fisheries disaster assistance program in May 2008 to assist the commercial and recreational fishing industry following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  Funding for this program is part of supplemental appropriation from the U.S. Congress allocated to Louisiana for fisheries disaster assistance aimed at providing direct assistance to the commercial and recreational fishing industry.  Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission (GSMFC).

Who is eligible?

LDWF has distributed personal assistance payments for urgent needs to qualified residents who participated in the commercial fishing industries. Louisiana resident commercial fishermen, commercial fishing vessel license holders and wholesale/retail seafood dealers with trip ticket-recorded sales or purchases of seafood between September 1, 2004 and August 31, 2005, and who resided in the 26 LDWF-defined hurricane impacted parishes qualified for personal assistance.

Those qualifying for assistance must have trip ticket sales or purchases of seafood during the qualifying period AND held one or more licenses as follows:

  • Shrimp, oyster, crab, and saltwater finfish fishermen

  • Shrimp fishermen with a demonstrated record of compliance with turtle excluder device (TED)and bycatch reduction (BRD) regulations

  • Commercial fishing vessel license holders in the shrimp, oyster, saltwater fish and menhaden fisheries

  • Wholesale/retail seafood dealers

  • Freshwater finfish and wild crawfish fishermen

  • Charterboat operators who held a LDWF charterboat fishing guide license in fishing year 2004 or 2005 (through August 31, 2005)

Important Information & Deadlines for Program Participants

  • In May and June 2008, nearly 9,000 application packets were mailed to eligible participants.

  • Beginning in June 2008, the first payments were mailed.

  • Reminder notices were mailed in June 2008.

  • The deadline was extended from September 1 to December 1, 2008.

  • The reconsideration deadline expired February 27, 2009.

  • The first round of payments was completed in December 2008.

  • Reconsideration payments were completed in September 2009.


  • Note:  LDWF distributed direct assistance payments in the order in which applications were reviewed and accepted for completeness.



South Central Planning and Development Commission (SCPDC)
1-800-630-3791 (toll free)
985-655-1051 (local)
P.O. Box 1240
Gray, LA 70359-9902

**It is estimated that the total infrastructure and economic loss from hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008 totaled over $750 million. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries was charged with the coordination and distribution of federal recovery funds to the fishing industry.**



Release Date: 06/23/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following opening to recreational and commercial fishing in a portion of Bayou Lafourche and a portion of inside waters east of Bayou Lafourche in Lafourche Parish effective immediately, today June 23.

Fishing Opening

The portion of state inside waters north of 29 degrees 09 minutes 29 seconds north latitude from the eastern shore of Bayou Lafourche to the Fourchon Road (LA Hwy 3090) and north of LA Hwy 1 from 90 degrees 07 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to the eastern shore of Bayou Lafourche and the portion of Bayou Lafourche itself north of the LA Hwy 1 bridge in Leeville.

Precautionary closures of recreational and commercial fishing have been implemented based on the best information the Secretary of the department receives from field biologists, staff and trajectory models from NOAA.

Once reports of oil are received, LDWF initiates a field survey and immediate seafood testing in the suspected areas. Closures are subsequently made with the intent to be as safe as possible, while not closing any fishing areas unnecessarily. As test results come back clearing the area, effected waters are then reopened.

LDWF continues to work closely with DHH in an effort to assess all opportunities to resume normal fishing activities on Louisiana's coast and guarantee the safety of Louisiana's seafood.

For more information related to the oil spill, visit Connect with us on and on Twitter as @GOHSEP. View photos from the state's response efforts at
For more information contact Marianne Burke, 225-765-2917 or


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