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Inclement Weather Stalls Bussey Brake WMA Renovation Project

Release Date: 05/23/2019

Inclement Weather Stalls Bussey Brake WMA Renovation Project

Mother Nature has again delayed the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ renovation efforts on the Bussey Brake Wildlife Management Area.

Heavy rainfall and area flooding have prevented contractors from beginning scheduled work on several projects including construction of new fishing piers and boat dock, a wave break at the boat launch and updates to the pumping station.

Bayou Bartholomew, where the pumping station is located, has now reached two of its top five historic crests in the past month alone. As soon as conditions allow, the remaining scheduled work will resume including electrical work to accommodate the new pump.   The new custom pump and motor have been ordered and will be installed after its delivery and assembly, which may take up to four months.

In the interim, the department has continued to stock the lake with fish, and will continue to do so to ensure an abundant and balanced fishery for the newly renovated reservoir.   

For more information, contact Ryan Daniel, Biologist Manager at rdaniel@wlf.la.gov or (318) 343-4044.

LDWF Office of Management & Finance Earns State Excellence Award

Release Date: 05/23/2019

from left, Gordon Paine, President, Louisiana Quality Foundation, Jack Montoucet, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildl

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Office of Management and Finance was honored with the 2019 Louisiana Performance Excellence Award (Level 1) at the state Louisiana Quality Foundation Award presentation.

It is the first time a state government agency has received the LPEA.

At the event, held May 21 at the Governor’s Mansion, the Louisiana Quality Foundation presented their awards geared toward performance excellence in leadership.

The LPEA (Level 1) is given for demonstrating achievement of award benchmarks that align with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Criteria, an internationally recognized standard for performance excellence initiated in 1987. Applicants were required to submit an Organizational Profile or a written plan for review by a panel of LPEA examiners and judges.

“This recognition is the validation of a staff that is committed to a plan to develop and implement a new vision, and install core values that are focused on the customer and continual improvement striving for performance excellence,” said Bryan McClinton, LDWF Undersecretary for Management & Finance.

LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet said, “The award fits into Gov. John Bel Edwards’ push that each state department operate like a business and that it cares for its customers as well as its employees. This is a signature honor for Undersecretary McClinton, his staff and our department.”

The LPEA has three levels of achievement. Montoucet and McClinton said the staff will be working toward earning recognition at the next two levels. “Our success will mean that our staff is fulfilling the needs of our agency and the citizens of Louisiana,” McClinton said.
 

 

Greater Amberjack Commercial Season Reopens June 1, Closes June 9 at 12:01 a.m.

Release Date: 05/22/2019

Officials with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2019 commercial fishing season for greater amberjack in Louisiana State waters will close on Sunday, June 9, at 12:01 a.m. after a brief re-opening on June 1st.  The commercial season is currently closed through May 31st due to a seasonal closure that is from March 1st through May 31st of each year.
 
Current landings projections from NOAA Fisheries indicate that the 2019 Gulf of Mexico commercial quota (337,503 pounds) will be harvested by June 9th, which necessitated a closure.

 
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that federal waters would also remain closed to commercial amberjack fishing until the season reopens on January 1, 2020. 

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.

 

LDWF Reopens All Roads on Big Lake Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 05/21/2019

May 21, 2019 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has reopened all roads on Big Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The roads were closed due to flooding.
 
Big Lake WMA, which consists of 19,231 acres, is located in Franklin, Madison and Tensas parishes approximately 12 miles east of Gilbert. For more information on Big Lake WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/32646 .
 
For more information, contact Mitch McGee at mmcgee@wlf.la.gov or 318-343-4044.
 

LDWF to Host Mother-Child FUN Camp Oct. 11-13 at Woodworth Outdoor Education Facility

Release Date: 05/21/2019

May 21, 2019 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold its annual Mother-Child Families Understanding Nature (FUN) Camp on Oct. 11-13, 2019 at the Woodworth Outdoor Education facility, south of Alexandria. The camp is open to parents and children from 10-13 years old.
 
The Mother-Child camp is generally held in the fall and the Father-Child weekend in the spring.
 
The camp offers parents and children an opportunity to spend a weekend in the outdoors, re-establishing bonds and honing outdoor skills.
 
Pre-registration is required and space is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is $50 for each family (a parent and child). Each additional child is $25 (limit two children per adult). The fee covers meals, lodging and supplies, including tents, used during the weekend. Bed linens and sleeping bags are not provided.
 
For more information or to obtain a registration form on-line, visit LDWF’s website at  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/fun-camp or contact Taylor Stevens at tdstevens@wlf.la.gov.
 
 

LDWF Agent Credited with Saving Life of Motorist

Release Date: 05/20/2019

LDWF Agent Credited with Saving Life of Motorist

 

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agent saved the life of a motorist on May 19 in East Feliciana Parish.

 

Senior Agent Mason Spillman was on patrol when he came across a car in the ditch at the entrance of the Port Hudson State Historic Site off of Hwy. 61 around 9:30 a.m.

 

When he got out of his truck, Spillman found two good Samaritans pulling a 27 year old New Roads woman out of the car that was in the ditch.  Her leg was severed at the knee.  Spillman immediately applied a tourniquet to her severed leg to stop the bleeding and called 911.

 

While waiting for the emergency medical services (EMS) ambulance, Spillman learned that the good Samaritans witnessed the car hit a guardrail before going in the ditch and that he arrived within 30 seconds of the accident happening.  When the accident happened, it was during a severe thunderstorm with heavy rains.

 

The East Baton Rouge Parish EMS ambulance arrived around 9:45 a.m. and transported the woman to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital where she is listed in stable condition.  It is believed that the tourniquet that Spillman applied prevented her from bleeding to death.

 

The Zachary Fire Department, East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office and the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office also arrived on scene and assisted with traffic and loading the woman into the ambulance.

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LDWF Conducting Three Waterfowl Telemetry Projects to Gain Better Understanding of Species Movements and Habitat Use

Release Date: 05/20/2019

White-fronted geese released after being tagged.
LDWF's Paul Link captures white-fronted goose for telemetry tagging.

May 20, 2019 – Research is a key component in the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) management of the Bayou State’s natural resources. To that end, LDWF’s Waterfowl Section is currently conducting three telemetry projects aimed at better understanding life habits and routines of three species important to Louisiana hunters.
 
“The data gathered are invaluable in monitoring nesting birds, determining pathways of potential disease spread and identifying habitats in need of protection or management to enhance populations,’’ LDWF Waterfowl Program Manager Larry Reynolds said. “They may also help us to manage hunting activity to improve harvest opportunity while protecting populations.’’
 
The species targeted in the three telemetry projects are mottled ducks, blue-winged teal and white-fronted geese, or speckle bellies. LDWF is providing funding and staff, in addition to coordinating with other partners on these projects.
 
These projects use cutting-edge technology with solar powered GPS/GSM transmitters. The units collect GPS coordinates, motion and environmental data, which is transmitted via cell-phone towers to researchers, allowing them to determine the birds’ precise location, activity, flight speed, direction and altitude.
 
“These new telemetry units allow researchers to determine what specific habitats birds use during certain times of the day and different seasons of the year, such as breeding vs. molting vs. wintering or hunting vs. non-hunting, and throughout their fall and spring migrations,’’ Reynolds said. “They allow us to see how long marked birds spend in different geographic regions or different habitat types and how and when they move between them.’’
 
In the mottled duck project, LDWF has partnered with Dr. Kevin Ringelman of LSU, tagging 65 ducks in 2017 and another 57 in 2018 with 31 currently providing data. The primary goal is to explore the nesting ecology of mottled ducks. Substantial data, more than 100,000 locations thus far, is collected on movements and habitat use during the entire annual cycle.
 
Paul Link, LDWF’s North American Waterfowl Management Plan Coordinator, is coordinating the white-fronted goose project. It began in 2015 with contributions from private donors to purchase transmitters and assist with capture.
 
Since then, Link has put transmitters on 95 white-fronts in Louisiana, with 44 of those currently providing data. The primary goal is to determine use of habitats by white-fronts in Louisiana and look at status and trends of those habitats over the last 30 years for potential explanation of the changing winter distribution of this species.
Like the mottled duck project, data collected will be used to study many other aspects of white-fronted goose ecology throughout their annual cycle.
 
Link is also leading the blue-winged teal project, where LDWF has partnered with the USGS Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, several Louisiana Delta Waterfowl Chapters, Ducks Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited Canada, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation and private donors to place transmitters on birds in Louisiana and Saskatchewan.
 
Thus far this year, 10 units have been placed on spring-migrating blue-winged teal in Louisiana in conjunction with on-going avian flu research. Additional teal will be captured and fitted in the breeding grounds this year by cooperating partners.
 
For more information on these projects, contact Larry Reynolds at lreynolds@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-0456, or Paul Link at plink@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2358.
 
 

LDWF Adds Corney Lake and False River to 2019 Alligator Lottery Harvest Sites

Release Date: 05/17/2019

May 17, 2019 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has added Corney Lake in Claiborne Parish and False River in Pointe Coupee Parish to the 2019 alligator lottery harvests. LDWF will conduct lottery harvests on 27 public lakes, 19 Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and one U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) property Aug. 28-Oct. 3, 2019.
 
Applications for the lottery harvests are now available and are due by July 5.
 
Interested participants may print out an application form from LDWF’s website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts or request an application by phone at 225-765-2346.
 
Applications and a non-refundable fee of $5 must be submitted to the address indicated on the application and be postmarked by July 5.  Applicants must be legal Louisiana residents and 16 years of age or older. All successful applicants will be required to purchase an alligator hunting license ($25), and will also be required to submit payment of $40 for each alligator tag allocated to the chosen location.
 
To assist applicants in selecting specific WMAs/public lakes, LDWF has posted the percentage of lottery alligator harvest applicants selected in 2018 by WMA or public lake as well as a map showing the general location of each area on its website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/lottery-alligator-harvest-program.
 
For more information concerning lottery alligator harvests on LDWF WMAs or public lakes, contact the appropriate LDWF Field Office or email LAalligatorprogram@wlf.la.gov.
 
 

Oyster Tags Now Available for Purchase in New Orleans

Release Date: 05/17/2019

Oyster tags, a requirement for commercial oyster harvesters, will now be available for purchase at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries New Orleans office located in the Center for Entergy and Resource Management at 2045 Lakeshore Drive within UNO’s Research and Technology Park. Tags can be purchased from 8 a.m. to 4:30 in Room 422.

 

Oyster tags can also be purchased at the following locations:

 

LDWF Headquarters

2000 Quail Drive

Baton Rouge, LA 70898

225-765-2887

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

200 Dulles Drive
Lafayette, LA 70506
337-262-2080

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 pm.

1213 Lakeshore Drive
Lake Charles, LA 70601
337-491-2579

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 pm.

 

468 Texas Gulf Road
Bourg, LA 70343
985-594-4139

Hours: 8 a.m. to 3:00 pm.

 

All oysters taken from Louisiana state waters for sale must be tagged with official oyster harvest tags purchased from the department. The tags are used to identify sacks and other containers used to hold oysters and other mollusks while in their shells. Regulations regarding the sacking and tagging of oysters can be found here.

 

For questions regarding oyster tags, please contact Carolina Bourque at (337) 735-8726 or Marc Maniscalco at (504) 735-8726.

 

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.

 

Shrimp Season to Open May 20 in the Remaining State Outside Waters

Release Date: 05/16/2019

Shrimp Season to Open May 20 in the Remaining State Outside Waters

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced that the portion of state outside waters between the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island westward to western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal shall reopen to shrimping at 6:00 a.m. on May 20, 2019. 
The area to open is defined as follows:

  • The eastern boundary line originates at the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the red buoy line at 29 degrees 22 minutes 14.933 seconds north latitude, -91 degrees 22 minutes 58.916 degrees west longitude and ends at a point on the three mile line as described in R.S. 56:495(A) at 29 degrees 18 minutes 33.889 seconds north latitude, -91 degrees 26 minutes 16.049 seconds west longitude.  The western boundary line originates on the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at 29 degrees 32 minutes 03 seconds north latitude, -92 degrees 18 minutes 33 degrees west longitude and ends at a point on the three mile line as described in R.S. 56:495(A) at 29 degrees 29 minutes 02 seconds north latitude, -92 degrees 19 minutes 34 seconds west longitude.

See above or click here for a map of the area to open.
 
Recent biological sampling conducted by the department has indicated that small white shrimp, which have over-wintered in these waters from January through the present time, have reached marketable sizes and the closure is no longer necessary. 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 at (337)491-2575 or pcagle@wlf.la.gov.
 

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