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Alexandria Man Cited for Gross Littering in Rapides Parish

Release Date: 05/25/2018

Alexandria Man Cited for Gross Littering in Rapides Parish

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited an Alexandria man for alleged littering violations on April 30 and May 6.
 
Agents cited Rufus Fells, 28, for five counts of gross littering on April 30 and another five counts on May 6 in Rapides Parish.
 
Agents began investigating large dumpsites that were appearing in the Kisatchie National Forest around the Castor Plunge area near Woodworth in April.  These dump sites mainly consisted of used shingles from roofing jobs and other items such as cardboard boxes, plywood and other miscellaneous trash.  After initially discovering two locations, agents began finding fresh dumpsites on almost a weekly basis.
 
Agents were able to find a receipt on one of the dumpsites that linked them back to a roofing company.  Agents then were able to find out that Fells was responsible for hauling all of the old shingles from the roofing sites to a landfill.  Agents made contact with Fells on April 30 and he admitted to dumping the shingles.
 
Over the course of the next week, agents continued finding dumpsites with more shingles.  Agents went back to Fells on May 6 to charge him with the additional gross littering violations.
 
Agents found a total of six dumpsites on the Kisatchie National Forest of which two had two separate loads of shingles.  Agents also found two other dumpsites in Alexandria.  Agents found Fells responsible for making 10 separate loads of shingles at the eight dumpsites.
 
Gross littering brings up to a $900 fine and 16 hours of community service to be served in a litter abatement program for each count.
 
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 email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup

From LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet: Louisiana is in Charge of Red Snapper Season Now; Let’s Make It Work

Release Date: 05/25/2018

Louisiana anglers began their first day of the 2018 recreational red snapper season today (May 25) under new rules where, for the first time, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be managing fishing for the prized catch in both state and federal waters.
 
This has been a long time coming for LDWF and Louisiana’s avid fishing community.
 
This long-awaited authority resulted from approval of LDWF’s request for an Exempted Fishing Permit by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The result is the culmination of the hard work our biologists, staff, multiple LDWF administrations, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commissioners, sport fishing organizations and our congressional delegation.
 
Louisiana’s management of red snapper fishing in state and federal waters has been a consistent goal of Gov. John Bel Edwards. He gave me a clear message when he named me LDWF Secretary that Louisiana should be managing its own red snapper fishing program. He encouraged our agency to use whatever tools and science available to make this happen.
 
So now, the 2018 private recreational red snapper season is open and it is scheduled to run seven days a week in both state and federal waters off the Louisiana coast. The Louisiana Recreational Creel Survey, the state’s recreational landings data program, will play a major role in making sure Louisiana does not exceed its approximately 743,000-pound harvest limit.
 
Once that limit is met, the season must be closed under the terms of the EFP provided by the federal government. In comparison, anglers fished 42 days in 2017 during a joint state-federal waters season and did not exceed the self-imposed harvest quota.
 
LDWF encourages recreational anglers to participate in our data collection to make sure we have the best information available for careful management of this opportunity. Louisiana will make this work, just as we have shown we can over the last two seasons.
 
LA Creel harvest monitoring will be coupled with a test of electronic harvest reporting via a smartphone app and online web portal. To participate under the terms of the EFP and to participate in the electronic reporting, LDWF asks anglers to visit rolp.wlf.la.gov to sign up.
 
While rough weather is expected along the Gulf Coast this weekend that could hinder fishing, LDWF knows there are brighter days ahead for our anglers to enjoy themselves catching that beautiful red snapper.
 
As the slogan goes, Louisiana is the “Sportsman’s Paradise.” LDWF, in partnership with our anglers, will continue to make that moniker stick.
 

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Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet Tuesday, May 29

Release Date: 05/24/2018

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting                                                
John Tesvich, Chairman
Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 1 p.m.
UNO Advanced Technology Center
2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210
New Orleans 70122
 
AGENDA
 
I.              Pledge of Allegiance 
II.             Roll call and introduction of guest
III.            Approval of April 24, 2018, minutes and May 29, 2018, agenda
IV.            Treasury Report
                A. Oyster tag sales
                B. LOTF financial report
V.             Committee Reports
                A. Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee (Mitch Jurisich)
                B. Enforcement (Major Chad Hebert)
                C. Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)
                D. Reserach (Earl Melancon)
                E. Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)
                F. Marketing (LDWF)
                G. Health (Justin Gremillion)
                H. Sustainability (LDWF)
                I. Professionalism (LDWF)
                J. Aquaculture (Steve Pollock)
                K. Joint Task Force Working Group (Mitch Jurisich)
VI.           New Business
                A. To hear final update on the 2017-18 oyster season (LDWF)
                B. To hear a presentation of survey results from the LFF Sediment Diversion       
                     Panel and discussion (SeaGrant)
                C. To hear discussion and consider funding to order OTF name tags and shirts 
                     (OTF)
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/1074084712810039299
 
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 email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all
reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign
language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to the contact at the top of
this announcement at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. 

LDWF to Hold Research Symposium on June 4 in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 05/23/2018

May 23, 2018 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will host a research symposium June 4 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at LDWF headquarters in Baton Rouge.
 
The symposium, which will be held in the Louisiana Room, will feature LDWF biologists from across the state presenting the latest information on wildlife and fisheries research.
 
The event is free and open to the public and no preregistration is required. For those unable to attend in person, a webinar link will be provided at  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5262302623075376385.
 
For more information, contact Jeff Duguay at 225-765-2353 or jduguay@wlf.la.gov or Brett Falterman at 504-286-4160 or bfalterman@wlf.la.gov.
 

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2018 Louisiana Recreational Red Snapper Season to Open Friday, May 25: Anglers Encouraged to Participate in Voluntary Electronic Reporting to Improve Landings Data

Release Date: 05/22/2018

 
The 2018 recreational red snapper season will begin on Friday, May 25 in both state and federal waters. The season will run 7 days a week with a daily bag limit of two fish per person and a 16-inch total length minimum size limit.   The season will remain open until recreational landings approach or reach Louisiana’s annual private recreational allocation of 743,000 pounds of red snapper according to estimates from LA Creel.
 
State and federal seasons will run concurrently because federal fisheries managers approved the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ application for an  Exempted Fishing Permit  to manage the private recreational snapper season in state and federal waters in 2018 and 2019. Under the EFP, participating anglers will be allowed to fish red snapper in the state territorial seas and adjoining federal EEZ, from shore to 200 nautical miles, during the season set by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. NOAA Fisheries will continue to regulate federal for-hire charter vessels.
 
Those who opt to fish under the EFP also have the option to test electronic reporting via the ROLP smartphone application or mobile and desktop version of the ROLP website. If you opt in to voluntary electronic reporting, you must declare each red snapper trip prior to departure and report your catch once you return from each red snapper trip. LDWF hopes that voluntary use of electronic reporting will provide the department with a larger sample size than standard dockside and telephone sampling, improving the quality of recreational landings data to make future management recommendations. Electronic reporting could also provide landings data even faster than LA Creel. If you opt in to voluntary electronic reporting, you may also be contacted to participate in LA Creel.
 
Only resident and non-resident recreational anglers are eligible to fish under the EFP and are reminded of the following:

  • Anglers can sign up via the  ROLP website  or smartphone application ( Google Play  or  iTunes ) to participate. Log into your ROLP account and click the link to register to fish for red snapper under the EFP. Once you have registered, save an electronic copy on your mobile device or print a copy of your ROLP indicating your EFP registration and carry it on your person along with applicable licenses while fishing under the EFP.

All EFP participants will be subject to periodic, random LA Creel dockside surveys and associated online and phone effort surveys, as has been the case since 2014 when LA Creel began. While these surveys are voluntary, we strongly urge your participation, as this will be the primary method for tracking harvest. The accuracy and reliability of harvest estimates depend on angler participation in LA Creel, so we need as many anglers as possible to complete both dockside and phone and email surveys.
 
For additional questions regarding the upcoming red snapper season, the Exempted Federal Fishing Permit, or voluntary electronic reporting, please reference our FAQs.

 
 

 

DOTD Schedules Drawdown on Iatt Lake for Repair Work

Release Date: 05/22/2018

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announces that the water level in Iatt Lake will be lowered for a brief period of time beginning on May 31, 2018, in order to complete necessary repairs of the spillway management gates.  
 
The water level will be lowered to a point approximately 9 feet below pool stage in order to access the management gates. It will take several weeks to lower the water to the desired level, and the work is anticipated to be completed within two weeks of achieving the proposed lowered water level. Immediately upon completion of the work, the gates will be closed and the lake allowed to re-fill. The time to re-fill the lake will be dependent upon rainfall after the gates are closed.
 
Questions regarding this notice may be directed to David Pugh at (318) 627-5522 or Brad Sticker at (318) 561-5280.
 
Media Contact
Erin Buchanan
Public Information Officer
Grant, Natchitoches, Sabine, and Winn Parishes
Office: (318) 549-8402
erin.buchanan@la.gov
 
Project Contact
David Pugh, P.E.
Project Engineer
Office: (318) 627-5522 or (318) 627-5457
david.pugh@la.gov
 
Brad Sticker, P.E.
Water Resources Engineer
Office: (318) 561-5280
brad.sticker@la.gov

Oyster Task Force Coastal Restoration Committee to Meet

Release Date: 05/21/2018

Oyster Task Force Coastal Restoration Committee

Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 9:00 A.M.

2021 Lakeshore Drive, STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70122

AGENDA

 

I.              Call to Order

II.             Pledge of Allegiance

III.            To Discuss Planning for Management of State Oyster Leasing and Public Seed Grounds Affected by Coastal Projects and Natural Hydrological Changes

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/2834804150508692993

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 email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup. For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to rlebreton@wlf.la.govat least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

 

LDWF Announces Delay in Opening of Shrimp Season in Remaining Portion of Zone 1

Release Date: 05/17/2018

LDWF Announces Delay in Opening of Shrimp Season in Remaining Portion of Zone 1

Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced a delay in the opening of shrimp season in the remaining portion of Shrimp Management Zone 1 from May 21 to Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

The opening is as follows:

The portion of Shrimp Management Zone 1 from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line to the southern shore of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet to open at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The Secretary of the department has been notified of recent technical data that could negatively impact the Louisiana commercial shrimp industry. The high volume of brown shrimp landed by commercial harvesters has led to more available shrimp than can be efficiently handled by docks and processors. This situation can be detrimental to the commercial industry by flooding the market with similar sized shrimp, resulting in lower dockside values and a possible loss of harvested shrimp due to lack of available buyers.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is responsible for managing, conserving, and promoting the wise utilization of Louisiana’s renewable fisheries resources. In order to improve the utilization of the resource, LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet has decided to delay the opening of the remaining areas in the Pontchartrain Basin.

A declaration of emergency adopted by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission on May 3, 2018, authorized the Secretary of LDWF to delay or advance the opening dates of shrimp season if biological and/or technical data indicate the need to do so. Notice of any opening, delaying or closing of a season by the Secretary will be made by public notice at least 72 hours prior to such action.

For more information, contact Peyton Cagle (337) 491-2575 or pcagle@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Lake Charles Field Office Honored With Tourism Award by Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau

Release Date: 05/16/2018

LDWF's Eric Shanks (middle) accepts a Partner in Tourism Award from awards presenter Lt. Gov Billy Nungesser.

May 16, 2018 – The Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau honored the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Lake Charles Office with a Partner in Tourism award at its national tourism week luncheon last week.
 
The award recognized all staff and divisions at the Lake Charles office for their contributions to tourism in southwest Louisiana and assistance to the Convention and Visitors Bureau staff.
 
“The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries always has our back,’’ Convention and Visitors Bureau noted in a statement during the awards ceremony. “Whether it’s keeping us in the know with what’s new in the realm of the outdoors or being a place of refuge for Convention and Visitors Bureau staff. One day a boat broke free and (LDWF) was quick to respond to our call to identify the boat and bring it to safety. We are grateful to have such helpful and knowledgeable neighbors.’’
 

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LDWF Reopens All Roads on Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 05/16/2018

May 16, 2018 – All roads on the Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) have been reopened, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced. The roads were closed due to backwater flooding.
 
Dewey W. Wills WMA is located in the southern portion of LaSalle and Catahoula parishes in central Louisiana approximately 20 miles northeast of Alexandria. For more information on the WMA, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2753 .
 
For more information, contact Cliff Dailey at 318-487-5885 or adailey@wlf.la.gov .
 

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