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Private Oyster Lease Rehabilitation

  • Project summary: This program provides reimbursement assistance to participating oyster leaseholders who perform documented oyster rehabilitation activities on their oyster leases.
  • Pre-application Period: Program notification was mailed to all oyster leaseholders, and leaseholders were provided with a pre-application period beginning December 29, 2006 and ending March 02, 2007.
  • Participants: Of the approximately 1,200 existing oyster leaseholders, 741 pre-applied to participate in the program.
    Oyster leaseholders who pre-applied to participate in the program received a packet of information in the mail early May 2007. The packet included a draft copy of the POLR Cooperative Endeavor Agreement (contract) along with other information about program requirements.
    Participating leaseholders attended one of multiple signup meetings held throughout the coast of Louisiana to sign their POLR contract (or they arranged to sign the contract at Baton Rouge headquarters on an individual basis). Of the 741 who pre-applied, approximately 580 signed and executed contracts with LDWF.
  • Program funding level: Approximately $12 million
  • Program duration: May 25, 2007 to June 30, 2009. * An amendment to extend the deadline to December 31, 2009 was offered to all accounts that had unreimbursed funds as of May 2009. The amendment had to be signed by an appropriate representative and returned to LDWF by June 30, 2009 in order to officially extend the deadline.
  • Reimbursement Rate and Limit: A maximum reimbursement limit for each leaseholder account was tabulated using reimbursement rates. Reimbursement rates were based on biological assessments of oyster resources on public grounds immediately after the hurricanes of 2005. It was determined that greater impact to oyster resources occurred in the area encompassing Lafourche parish and east (Impact Zone A) than in the area encompassing Terrebonne parish and west (Impact Zone B). Using that determination as a foundation, and incorporating the leased acreage held in each impact zone per participating leaseholder, reimbursements rates were set as follows:
    • Impact Zone A (Lafourche parish and east): $42.16 per acre of leases held by leaseholder
    • Impact Zone B (Terrebonne parish and west): $28.10 per acre of leases held by leaseholder
    • Example: John Doe owns lease number 12345, which contains 100 acres and is located in Plaquemines Parish (east of Lafourche Parish). His maximum reimbursement limit is $4,216.00. 
      100 acres X $42.16/acre = $4,216.00
  • Reimbursement Cap: No one individual may receive more than $200,000 in total reimbursement assistance, regardless of the total oyster lease acres or number of oyster leaseholder accounts an individual owns. 

The first approved reimbursement payments were mailed in July 2007.

The table below shows the progress of the POLR Program (As of March 31, 2010):  

 

 POLR Activity

 Total Money Reimbursed

 Total Leases Rehabilitated

 Total Acres Rehabilitated

 Total Material Placed

Percentage of Total Reimbursement  

Sediment/Debris Removal

$4,373,273.15

651

68,902

 n/a 

40.18%

Cultch Deposition

$1,255,257.71

106

15,565

29,314yd31

11.53%

Resurveying/Remarking

$525,887.04

400

43,042

 n/a  

4.83%

Oyster Relaying

$377,307.22

23

  4,502 

65,956 barrels1,2

3.47%

Oyster Transplanting (Bedding)

$4,340,654.25

544

59,565

805,817 barrels1,2

39.88%

Replacement of Documents

$11,861.00

 n/a

n/a

n/a

0.11%

TOTAL

$10,884,240.37

 

 

 

 

        

1 Total based upon that which is reported by participating leaseholders on reimbursement documents
2 One barrel=two sacks

For more information, contact POLR Program at 225-765-2940; 225-765-2411; 225-765-2382 or 225-765-2387

Commercial Fishermen Gear and Technology Program

This grant program is designed to improve the economic efficiency of the industry while promoting professionalism on vessels.

Completed forms can be emailed to Geartech@wlf.la.gov or sent by mail to:

Federal Fisheries Recovery Programs
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
P.O. Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70898

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 Lousisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries was charged with the coordination and distribution of federal recovery funds to the fishing industry.

Wholesale Dealer Grant Recovery Program

The Louisiana Wholesale-Retail Dealer Grant Program (WDG) is designed to provide grants to wholesale-retail dealer impacted by the storms that have shown a commitment to remain in the fishery and can prove losses based on the programs design. Funds can be used by eligible wholesale-retail dealers to assist with paying down storm related uninsured and non-covered losses. Funds can be used to reduce payments of storm related fishery losses that are currently being financed at higher interest rates. Funds can be used to repair or replace gear and/ or for other eligible items that were lost or damaged during the 2008 storms. These funds will allow these firms to maintain employment and or return and or hire employees. The State will capture information on these firms at closing.

Program Size: - $8 million

Eligible: Wholesale-Retail Dealers

The WDG program is only eligible to Wholesale-Retail Dealers that hold a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries resident 2008 and 2010 wholesale-retail dealer license, be able to prove $15,000 tangible loss and/or business experienced a decline of $15,000 in gross receipts and sales in 2006, 2007 or 2008 (pre-storm) versus 2008 or 2009 (post-storm) and provide other documents.

Individuals or businesses currently in bankruptcy proceeding are NOT eligible.

Funding:                                                                                                                                                                   Applicants can apply for up to $100,000 for this 100% grant based on approval and availability of funds. If, after the close of the application period, the total request for funds exceeds the program allocation, the state will use a pro-rata allocation process to make individual awards that is based on applicants? revenue that is derived from commercial fishing.

Based on program demand at the close of the application process, the state will announce the final pro-rata formula and allocation if it is found to be necessary.

Commercial Fishermen/Vessel Owner Grant Recovery Program

The Commercial Fishermen Vessel Owner Program is designed to assist fishermen and vessel owners whose businesses have been negatively impacted by storm related losses from hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Specifically, this program pays down high-interest rate debts and provides funding for repairs and re-purchases attributed to Gustav and/or Ike. The program will work closely with other LDWF federal fishery recovery programs to ensure that qualifying applicants receive the maximum amount of funds for recovery.

Program Size: - Initial Allocation $9 million
After a six-week open application period, the program size will be determined based on the demand and response from the commercial fisheries industry.

Eligible: Commercial Fishermen and Vessel Owners
Eligible applicants are commercial fishermen that held a LDWF resident commercial fishing license in 2008 and 2010, can prove $5,000 tangible loss and/or business experienced a decline in gross receipts and sales in 2006, 2007 or 2008 (pre-storm) versus 2008 or 2009 (post-storm) and document other factors -or- held a LDWF resident vessel license in 2008 and 2010 and can document other factors.

Individuals or businesses currently in bankruptcy proceeding are NOT eligible.

Funding:
The program is open only to Louisiana licensed commercial fishermen and vessel owners that can show storm related economic impacts of losses of $5,000 or more with other appropriate financial materials. Fishermen can request up to $100,000 for this 100% grant, to address demonstrated losses and for capital needs with the 2010 fishery.
If, after the close of the application period, the total request for funds exceeds the program allocation, the state will use a pro-rata allocation process to make individual awards that is based on applicants? income that is earned from commercial fishing.

If a pro-rata allocation is necessary, applicants that earn 50% or more of their income from commercial fishing will be placed into a pool that receives a minimum of 75% of the total allocation. Applicants earning less 50% of their income from commercial fishing will be placed in into the 2nd pool and receive the remaining allocation.

Based on program demand at the close of the application process, the state will announce the final pro-rata formula and allocation between the groups if it is found to be necessary.

NOAA Reimbursement Program

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) launched a $30 million reimbursement program, designed to assist the commercial fishing industry following Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. The funds for this program are part of the $40 million appropriation by U.S. Congress allocated to Louisiana for fisheries disaster assistance to the commercial fishing industry.

Who is eligible?

Licensed, resident commercial fishermen and wholesale/retail seafood dealers must have reported sales or purchases of saltwater species on LDWF trip tickets during September 1, 2005 through August 31, 2008 (and received by LDWF by November 30, 2008) and held a 2008 resident Louisiana commercial fishing or wholesale/retail dealer license.

Important Information & Deadlines for Program Participants

This reimbursement program is structured as a two part process.

  • In June, over 4000 application packets were sent to those commercial fishermen and wholesale/retail dealers who were eligible for the program.
  • The first half of eligible reimbursement will be issued after the initial application packet is mailed (postmarked no later than September 30, 2009) to the South Central Planning and Development Commission.
  • The second half of eligible reimbursement will be issued after the participant submits acceptable receipts/invoices dated after July 1, 2009.
  • Receipts/invoices must document the use of the entire initial payment on eligible items.
  • Original receipts/invoices may be brought to one of the satellite offices or mailed to South Central Planning and Development Commission (SCPDC). 

*Note: LDWF is distributing relief money in the order in which the applications were received.

Contact:

SCPDC
1-800-630-3791 (toll free)
985-655-1051 (local)
P.O. Box 1240,
Gray, LA 70359-9902
www.scpdc.org/fisheriesassistance

**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.**

Gustav and Ike

NOAA Reimbursement Program

 

Federal Recovery Program

Federal Fishery Recovery Program was established to revitalize Louisiana's commercial fishing industry impacted by hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

Under this initiative, there are four programs designed to help Louisiana's commercial fishermen and wholesale/retail seafood dealers recover expenses from the devastation of both storms.

Each program is designed to stimulate economic revitalization by maintaining employment in the commercial fishing industry and providing viable resources to commercial fishermen.

Click on a program below for specific program information.

Hurricane Disaster Recovery

Gustav and Ike

Katrina and Rita

**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.**

Boating Courses

Boating Safety Classes
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries offers a free boating class that lasts between 6 and 8 hours that is usually completed in a day. The course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal requirements and equipment requirements, many navigation rules, navigation charts, trailering, sailboats, and related subjects that include canoeing, personal watercraft and more. Completion of the course will result in the student being issued a vessel operators certification card.
Boating Classes with LDWF are offered year-round but are most popular in the spring and summer. These classes are offered free of charge to the public.  LDWF classes are offered in the following areas:
Registration for classes - It is not required that students pre-register for all classes listed. You only need to register for classes that request pre-registration as part of their notice.
Mandatory Boating Education - All persons born after January 1, 1984, must complete a boating education course and carry proof of completion to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower. The person may operate the boat if accompanied by someone over 18 years of age who if required has completed the course.
Personal Watercraft Age - It is illegal for anyone under the age of 16 years of age to operate a personal watercraft (PWC).
Boating Education Online
If a classroom course is not a convenient option, a student may take the state approved online boating course provided by BoatUS.org or Boat-Ed.com. These courses are not administered by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, but they are approved by the state to satisfy boating education requirements. The BoatUS.org course is free, while there is a fee for the online course charged by Boat-Ed.  Upon successful completion the student is provided a temporary certificate from the website. The student is issued a state boating education card approximately 3-4 weeks later. For more information, visit www.boatus.org or www.boat-ed.com (clicking on these links will take you to an external website).

State Boating Courses:

Marine Theft Prevention

Thousands of boats and motors are stolen every year. Most stolen boats and equipment are resold and thieves pocket the profit. This also means millions of dollars are stolen because:

1.Crime victims must replace boats, motors and equipment.
2.Boat owners must pay higher insurance fees.
3.Taxpayers must pay for time law enforcement agencies spend on investigations

A. KNOW YOUR ENEMY:
Thieves often steal boats under 20' because boats are easily transported and stored. Many of these boats are similar and harder to identify.

Favorite Times:

1.When owners are not around
2.Before daybreak
3.Just before sunset
4.During the off season
5.During bad-rainy weather

B. KNOW YOUR VESSEL:

1.Know your hull identification number.
2.Know your registration number
3.Do not leave registration card on board when not in use
4.Photograph or videotape your boat, include HIN and registration number - IN COLOR
5.Keep copies of registration and titles at home

C. KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE ON BOARD:

1.Make a list of what you have on board
2.Make sure your insurance covers the equipment
3.Engrave additional hidden HIN's or identifiers
4.Engrave your gear
5.Mark flotation devices, covers, sail with waterproof marker

D. LOCK THIEVES OUT:

1.Install dead bolt locks or strong padlock with hasps
2.Add small locks and fasteners to windows
3.Secure outboard motors through transom with bolts and clamping locks
4.Put spare trailer tire in trunk of car

E. STORE YOUR BOAT IN A SAFE PLACE

1.Lock boat to trailer
2.Lock trailer tongue or lock to tree or other secure object
3.Keep boat, trailer and motor out of sight in fenced area or locked building
4.Park car between trailer and wall
5.Use trailer hitch lock at all times
6.Put spare trailer tire in trunk of car
7.Do not make your driveway an easy target

F. AT MARINA

1.Back boat into slip
2.Insist on good lighting
3.Secure boat at slip, chain and lock
4.Know your neighbors
5.Visit boat at random times
6.Inform the dockmaster who can be on board
7.Inform dockmaster if boat will be gone for trip or repairs

G. OTHER TIPS:

1. Install a kill switch in a hidden location
a. Remove propellers
b. Remove spark plugs

H. TIPS ON BUYING A BOAT OR OUTBOARD MOTOR:

1.Compare registration and title to boat and motor, make sure HIN or serial number matches the boat and motor and is not altered
2.Make sure all serial numbers are on outboard motors and other equipment
3.Be careful of buying if price is too low for value
4.Do not buy if seller cannot produce ownership documents such as registration card or title, if required

For more information, please email questions to Lt. Rachel Zechenelly rzechenelly@wlf.louisiana.gov

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