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Oyster Task Force to Meet

Release Date: 12/08/2016

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Monday, December 12, 2016, 1 p.m.

2021 Lakeshore Dr., STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70122

 

I.Roll call and introduction of guests

II.Approval of November 7, 2016 Meeting Minutes and December 12, 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)

B.      Enforcement (Captain Chad Hebert)

C.      Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)

D.     Research (Earl Melancon)

E.      Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)

F.      Marketing (LDWF)

G.      Health (Lance Broussard)

H.     Sustainability (LDWF)

I.        Professionalism (LDWF)

J.      Aquaculture (John Supan)

    V.         New Business

A.To Hear a Presentation on the Louisiana Oyster Fishery Management Plan- LDWF Staff

Vi.           Public Comment

VII.         Set Next Meeting

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/3041195665487548929

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 Coastal Restoration Subcommittee to Meet

Release Date: 12/08/2016

Coastal Restoration Subcommittee

Monday, December 12, 2016, 10:00 A.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans 70122

 

AGENDA

 

I.               Call to Order

II.             To hear Presentation on CPRA Sediment Diversion Permitting Process and Coordination with Fisheries Representatives- Brad Barth

III.           Public Comment

IV.           Set next meeting

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/7765432092178927361

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.

For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

LDWF Announces 2017 Regional and State Tournaments for Archery in Louisiana Schools Season

Release Date: 12/06/2016

Dec. 6, 2016 – The Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) 2017 tournament season will feature two regional events in January and the state meet in March in Shreveport, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced.
 
The state meet will be held March 4 at the Shreveport Convention Center.
 
Two qualifying regionals will be held in January. The ALAS South Louisiana Regional will take place in Alexandria on Jan. 14 at the LSU Ag Center’s State Evacuation Center. The North Louisiana Regional will be held Jan. 21 at the Shreveport Convention Center.
 
The ALAS, administered by LDWF, is part of the National Archery in Schools Program, which teaches international target style archery to students in grades 4-12.
 
To register for the 2017 events, go to www.nasptournaments.org. Rules for the tournaments can be found at www.nasparchery.com.
 
Approximately 1,100 students from schools throughout Louisiana participated in the 2016 ALAS tournaments. Thanks to ALAS sponsors, more than $17,000 was awarded in scholarships. ALAS is looking to partner with Louisiana businesses and organizations to continue to support student archers. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact NASP state coordinator Robert Stroede at rstroede@wlf.la.gov or 318-484-2276.
 
The ALAS program is also seeking volunteers to assist with the 2017 ALAS tournaments. Volunteers don’t need previous experience but must be at least 16 and will view a training video prior to the event. Anyone interested in volunteering for any of the ALAS tournaments should contact southeast regional coordinator Jan McGovern at jmcgovern@wlf.la.gov or 985.543.4930.
 
The ALAS/NASP program is available to all schools in Louisiana and grants are available to assist with funding. For more information on the ALAS program, contact Robert Stroede at the number noted above.

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New group of prized Whooping Cranes arrive in Louisiana

Release Date: 12/02/2016

An LDWF biologist watches over a newly arrived whooping crane.
A whooping crane gets used to its surroundings.

Dec. 2, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries received the second of three shipments of Whooping Cranes this year on Thursday, Dec. 1, when a Windway Capitol Corporation jet landed at Abbeville Airport carrying 10 of the big birds from Patuxent Wildlife Research in Laurel, Md. 
 
LDWF staff transported the birds, each enclosed in individual ventilated boxes, to an awaiting trailer which took the whooping cranes to the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Grand Chenier.
 
Each bird was carefully removed from its box and inspected by LDWF veterinarian, Jim LaCour. After a brief examination, each bird was outfitted with color bands around its legs and either a VHF transmitter or satellite transmitter. Once the birds are released, the transmitters will be used by biologists to track their movements. 
 
The 10 birds were carried by LDWF personnel into a receiving area, a top-netted pen that is surrounded by a larger open netted pen, roughly an acre in size. 
 
There were four whooping cranes brought Rockefeller three weeks ago. The first group of four cranes were unloaded on November 9 and have since been released. The birds have remained near the area and even made an appearance as the newer juvenile birds were being placed into the pen Dec. 1. 
 
Another group of Whooping Cranes is scheduled to arrive in Louisiana shortly.
LDWF is nearly completed its sixth year of the non-experimental population of Louisiana Whooping Cranes. The Whooping Crane was considered extinct in 1950 in Louisiana. In 2011, the first shipment of Whooping Cranes arrived and were placed in a holding site White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area.
 
For more information visit: http://wlf.la.gov/wildlife/whooping-cranes
For B-roll 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. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

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Lafourche Parish Resident Cited for Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 12/02/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Lafourche Parish man on Nov. 27 for alleged deer hunting violations in Lafourche Parish.

Agents cited Brad Weimer, 53, of Raceland, for taking deer illegally, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and deer harvest report requirements.

Over the course of the investigation agents learned that Weimer harvested two antlered deer and two antlerless deer in Lafourche Parish near Raceland between October and November without tagging or validating any of the deer.  Among these untagged deer agents found that Weimer illegally killed a doe deer on Nov. 23, which was a bucks only day for that area.

 Illegally taking deer brings a $500 to $750 fine and 15 to 30 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging and deer harvest record requirements each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to up to 60 days in jail, or both.  Weimer also faces civil restitution totaling $1,624 for the replacement value of the illegally taken antlerless deer.  

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Richard Purvis, Senior Agents Scott Dupre, Dean Aucoin, Joey Thompson and Bill Carpenter.

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Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Grounds/ Legislative Committee to Meet

Release Date: 12/02/2016

Public-Private Oyster Grounds/ Legislative Committee

Monday, December 5, 2016, 9:00 A.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans 70122

AGENDA

 

I.              Call to Order

II.             Discussion of Moratorium Lifting Draft NOI and Lease Structuring

III.            Discussion of Oyster Lease Markers

IV.            Discussion of New Recommendations for Leasing of Portions of the Public Seed Grounds

V.             Discussion of Standard Measurements

VI.           Discussion of Oyster Severance Tax

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/1753430054760469249

Shrimp Task Force Marketing Subcommittee to Meet December 7th

Release Date: 12/02/2016

Shrimp Task Force

Marketing Subcommittee Meeting

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 10:00am

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main St. Houma, LA 70360

 

AGENDA

 

I.               Call to Order

II.             Discussion of Country of Origin Shrimp Branding

III.           Discussion of LA Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board Funding

IV.           Public Comment

V.             Set next meeting

VI.           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/2415227202986162179

Shrimp Task Force to Meet December 7th

Release Date: 12/02/2016

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Meeting. The public is invited to attend.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 1:00 p.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360

 

AGENDA

I.               Roll call and introduction of guests

II.             Approval of November 2, 2016 meeting minutes and December 7, 2016 agenda

III.           Treasury Report

A.     Budget report- LDWF

IV.            New Business

A.     To Hear a Presentation on Lifting the Special Artificial Reef Sites Moratorium- Mike McDonough

B.     Marketing Subcommittee Update- Acy Cooper

C.     Discussion of Adaptive Shrimp Management- Lance Nacio

V.              Public Comment

VI.            Set Quarterly Meetings

VII.          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/3221141738355447555

LDWF Commercial Fishing Licenses Available in Chalmette

Release Date: 11/30/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will offer new commercial fishing licenses and renewals in Chalmette, La. from December 13 through 15 at the St. Bernard Parish Government Building located at 8201 West Judge Perez Drive. Licenses will be available for purchase from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
 
Commercial fishermen are reminded that acceptable forms of payment will include personal checks, money orders and cash. To avoid processing delays, those purchasing license are asked to bring their license renewal notices with them.
 
First-time applicants can apply by mail or in-person. Renewals can be completed online atwww.wlf.la.gov.
 
When applying in person, you must provide the following:

  • Resident applicants must provide proof of residency such as a Louisiana driver’s license (held continuously for 12 months), voter’s registration, vehicle registration and state income tax. 
  • Non-resident applicants must provide proof of residency from their domiciliary state, such as a driver’s license, voter’s registration, vehicle registration and state income tax.
  • Applicants applying for a license in a business name must provide documentation showing proof of valid federal tax ID# assigned to business name and proof of authorized signature or an occupational license will be required.

For commercial license inquiries, contact (225) 765-2898.

LDWF Extends Drawdown for Clear-Smithport Lake

Release Date: 11/29/2016

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) plans to extend the scheduled drawdown on Clear-Smithport Lake in Desoto Parish to allow the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) to further assess damage to the dam and spillway resulting from the March 2016 floods. 
 
The water control structure was originally scheduled to close on December 1, 2016, to allow the lake to refill for winter and early-spring recreational activities. Due to damage caused by excessive erosion during the March 2016 floods, the Clear-Smithport Dam is currently being assessed by DOTD to determine the extent of damage. The structure closure date has yet to be determined and will be announced following the DOTD assessment. 

During the extended drawdown, an estimated 600 to 700 acres of water will remain in open areas of the lake. Boater access will be limited at the Hwy. 509 Bridge Ramp and contingent upon rainfall. Caution is also advised if boating on the lake as numerous obstructions are present.
 
The current LDWF Clear-Smithport Aquatic Vegetative Management Plan can be viewed at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland
 
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Villis Dowden, LDWF Biologist Manager, at vdowden@wlf.la.gov or (318) 357-3214. 

 

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