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LDWF Public Meetings Set for February on Proposed Hunting Seasons and WMA Rules and Regulations Changes

Release Date: 01/27/2016

Jan. 27, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold eight public meetings around the state to gather comments on the proposed 2016-18 resident game hunting season dates, 2016-17 waterfowl and migratory bird hunting season dates, 2016-17 wildlife management areas (WMA) general rules and regulation changes and the 2017 wild turkey seasons and hunting areas.
 
LDWF will also take public comment at these meetings for the proposed establishment of a WMA on Catahoula National Wildlife Management Preserve at Kisatchie National Forest.
 
Public comment will be taken on all items currently under consideration as notices of intent by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. The meeting dates and locations include:
 
Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Louisiana Ecological Services Field Office, 646 Cajundome Blvd., Suite 400, Lafayette;
 
Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the LSU Ag Center (next to Burton Coliseum, 7101 Gulf Hwy., Lake Charles;
 
Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Dry Prong Community Center, 705 2nd St., Dry Prong;
 
Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Ponchatoula High School Library, 19452 LA Hwy. 22, Ponchatoula
 
Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. at the LDWF Monroe Office, 368 CenturyLink Dr., Monroe;
 
Feb. 27 at 4 p.m. at the Houma Municipal Auditorium, 880 Verret St., Houma;
 
Feb. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Alexandria Convention Hall, 915 3rd St., Alexandria;
 
Feb. 29 at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Minden Office, 9961 Hwy. 80, Minden.
 
To view the full notices of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
 
Public comment will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings from now through April 6 or may be submitted directly to Steve Smith, LDWF Wildlife Division, PO Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ssmith@wlf.la.gov .
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

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LDWF Public Meetings Set for February on Proposed Hunting Seasons and WMA Rules and Regulations Changes

Release Date: 01/27/2016

Jan. 27, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold eight public meetings around the state to gather comments on the proposed 2016-18 resident game hunting season dates, 2016-17 waterfowl and migratory bird hunting season dates, 2016-17 wildlife management areas (WMA) general rules and regulation changes and the 2017 wild turkey seasons and hunting areas.
 
LDWF will also take public comment at these meetings for the proposed establishment of a WMA on Catahoula National Wildlife Management Preserve at Kisatchie National Forest.
 
Public comment will be taken on all items currently under consideration as notices of intent by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. The meeting dates and locations include:
 
Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Louisiana Ecological Services Field Office, 646 Cajundome Blvd., Suite 400, Lafayette;
 
Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the LSU Ag Center (next to Burton Coliseum, 7101 Gulf Hwy., Lake Charles;
 
Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Dry Prong Community Center, 705 2nd St., Dry Prong;
 
Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Ponchatoula High School Library, 19452 LA Hwy. 22, Ponchatoula
 
Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. at the LDWF Monroe Office, 368 CenturyLink Dr., Monroe;
 
Feb. 27 at 4 p.m. at the Houma Municipal Auditorium, 880 Verret St., Houma;
 
Feb. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Alexandria Convention Hall, 915 3rd St., Alexandria;
 
Feb. 29 at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Minden Office, 9961 Hwy. 80, Minden.
 
To view the full notices of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
 
Public comment will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings from now through April 6 or may be submitted directly to Steve Smith, LDWF Wildlife Division, PO Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ssmith@wlf.la.gov .
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

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LDWF Public Meetings Set for February on Proposed Hunting Seasons and WMA Rules and Regulations Changes

Release Date: 01/27/2016

Jan. 27, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold eight public meetings around the state to gather comments on the proposed 2016-18 resident game hunting season dates, 2016-17 waterfowl and migratory bird hunting season dates, 2016-17 wildlife management areas (WMA) general rules and regulation changes and the 2017 wild turkey seasons and hunting areas.
 
LDWF will also take public comment at these meetings for the proposed establishment of a WMA on Catahoula National Wildlife Management Preserve at Kisatchie National Forest.
 
Public comment will be taken on all items currently under consideration as notices of intent by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. The meeting dates and locations include:
 
Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Louisiana Ecological Services Field Office, 646 Cajundome Blvd., Suite 400, Lafayette;
 
Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the LSU Ag Center (next to Burton Coliseum, 7101 Gulf Hwy., Lake Charles;
 
Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Dry Prong Community Center, 705 2nd St., Dry Prong;
 
Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Ponchatoula High School Library, 19452 LA Hwy. 22, Ponchatoula
 
Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. at the LDWF Monroe Office, 368 CenturyLink Dr., Monroe;
 
Feb. 27 at 4 p.m. at the Houma Municipal Auditorium, 880 Verret St., Houma;
 
Feb. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Alexandria Convention Hall, 915 3rd St., Alexandria;
 
Feb. 29 at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Minden Office, 9961 Hwy. 80, Minden.
 
To view the full notices of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
Public comment will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings from now through April 6 or may be submitted directly to Steve Smith, LDWF Wildlife Division, PO Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ssmith@wlf.la.gov .
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

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LDWF Public Meetings Set for February on Proposed Hunting Seasons and WMA Rules and Regulations Changes

Release Date: 01/27/2016

Jan. 27, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold eight public meetings around the state to gather comments on the proposed 2016-18 resident game hunting season dates, 2016-17 waterfowl and migratory bird hunting season dates, 2016-17 wildlife management areas (WMA) general rules and regulation changes and the 2017 wild turkey seasons and hunting areas.
LDWF will also take public comment at these meetings for the proposed establishment of a WMA on Catahoula National Wildlife Management Preserve at Kisatchie National Forest.
Public comment will be taken on all items currently under consideration as notices of intent by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. The meeting dates and locations include:
 
Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Louisiana Ecological Services Field Office, 646 Cajundome Blvd., Suite 400, Lafayette;
 
Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the LSU Ag Center (next to Burton Coliseum, 7101 Gulf Hwy., Lake Charles;
 
Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Dry Prong Community Center, 705 2nd St., Dry Prong;
 
Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Ponchatoula High School Library, 19452 LA Hwy. 22, Ponchatoula
 
Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. at the LDWF Monroe Office, 368 CenturyLink Dr., Monroe;
 
Feb. 27 at 4 p.m. at the Houma Municipal Auditorium, 880 Verret St., Houma;
 
Feb. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Alexandria Convention Hall, 915 3rd St., Alexandria;
 
Feb. 29 at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Minden Office, 9961 Hwy. 80, Minden.
 
To view the full notices of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
Public comment will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings from now through April 6 or may be submitted directly to Steve Smith, LDWF Wildlife Division, PO Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ssmith@wlf.la.gov .
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

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Shrimp Task Force to Meet February 3rd

Release Date: 01/26/2016

Shrimp Task Force Meeting

Clint Guidry, Chairman

Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360

 

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

AGENDA

I.               Roll call and introduction of guests

II.             Approval of December 9, 2015 meeting minutes and February 3, 2016 agenda

III.           Treasury Report

A.     Budget report- LDWF

IV.            Old Business

A.     Update on the TED notice of intent- Jeff Marx

B.     Update on shrimp enforcement and penalties- LDWF staff

C.     Nearshore artificial reefs- Craig Gothreaux

V.              New Business

A.     Audubon Gulf and MRAG MSC sustainability pre-assessments- Damon Morris

B.     Federal Permits and Amendment 17 A,B- Myron Fischer

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/8892797641076971009

Oyster Task Force to Meet February 2nd

Release Date: 01/26/2016

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 1:00 p.m.

2021 Lakeshore Drive, suite 210

New Orleans

 

 

 

I.      Roll call and introduction of guests

II.    Approval of January 5, 2016 Meeting Minutes and February 2, 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 (Patrick Banks)

E.      Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)

F.      Marketing (LDWF)

G.      Health (Lance Broussard)

H.     Sustainability (LDWF)

I.        Professionalism (LDWF)

J.      Aquaculture

K.   Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting Committee (John Tesvich)

 

VI.   New Business

A.     Update on oyster and water quality sampling related to the Bonnet Carre Spillway opening (LDWF Staff)

B.     FDA training as requirement for Louisiana Oyster Harvesters License (LDWF Staff)

             

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/5423398650792249346

New Year, New License to Win! Sweepstakes Winners

Release Date: 01/25/2016

(Jan. 25, 2016) - The opportunity to win a brand new 22-foot Bullsbay boat with trailer is still on the line as part of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ first annual License to Win! promotion. In partnership with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, the Department also selects monthly prize winners as part of the sweepstakes. Six lucky winners were selected in the December drawing held on January 1 including Clayton Branton, Dustin Comeaux, Landon Courtney, Ray Graham, Bradley Hebert and Jesse Horn.
 
The winners were among thousands of names entered when they purchased a 2015-16 recreational saltwater fishing license.
 
The sweepstakes includes fives monthly prize winners of a YETI Tundra 45 ice chest, Shimano Curado G-Loomis Combo or gift cards from Academy Sports and Outdoors, Texaco and Whole Foods Market.
 
The License to Win! sweepstakes encourages anglers to provide accurate contact information to participate in a survey (LA Creel) that helps LDWF manage their fishery. LA Creel is the data-gathering survey that allows LDWF biologists to manage our fisheries at localized levels across the state. The success of LA Creel will not only allow the Department to better manage fisheries, but will ultimately maximize the amount of fishing opportunities for Louisiana anglers. 
 
We’re only halfway through this year-long promotion, leaving plenty opportunity for your chance to be our next lucky winner.  Visit your nearest license vendor or go online (www.wildlifelicense.com) to purchase your recreational saltwater license to be eligible for next month’s drawing. The department will continue to select five winners each month, and one lucky angler will take home the grand prize, a 22 foot bay boat, trailer and motor donated by Venice Marina, Mercury Outboards and Mike Gerald’s Trailer Depot.
 
Rules, photos and additional information can be found at http://www.fishla.org/license-win-sweepstakes/

Public/Private Oyster Grounds Committee to Meet 1-26-16

Release Date: 01/22/2016

Public/Private Oyster Grounds Committee

Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 1:00 P.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans 70122

 

AGENDA

 

I.              Call to Order

II.            Seed Ground Permit renewal

III.         Discussion of the ‘red-line’

IV.          Dredge size on public seed grounds

V.             Update on oyster transplant considerations

VI.          Public Comment

VII.        Set next meeting

VIII.     Adjourn

 

 

 

Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting Committee to Meet 1-26-16

Release Date: 01/22/2016

Oyster Task Force

Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting Committee

John Tesvich, Chairman

Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 10:30 A.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Dr., STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70122

 

AGENDA

 

I.               Roll Call and introduction of guests

II.             Continuing discussion on issues and parameters to follow in lifting oyster lease moratorium

III.           Set next meeting date

III.         Adjourn

 

 

 

Fall Shrimp Season To Close in State Inside and Outside Waters

Release Date: 01/21/2016

News Release

 

For Immediate Release

January 21, 2016

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

(Jan. 21, 2016) Today, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Charlie Melancon announced a closure of the fall shrimp season in remaining state inside waters and in a portion of state outside waters effective Monday, January 25, 2016 at official sunset.

 

Specifically, those waters that will close to shrimping include:

 

  • Lake Pontchartrain, Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, Mississippi Sound, and the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO)

 

  • The portion of state outside waters extending a distance of 3 nautical miles seaward of the inside/outside shrimp line from the northwest shore of Caillou Boca at -90 degrees 50 minutes 27 seconds west longitude westward to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at -92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude

 

The following state waters will remain open to shrimping until further notice:

 

  • The open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2

 

  • All state outside waters east of Caillou Boca as well as all state outside waters west of Freshwater Bayou Canal

 

  • All fishery jurisdiction waters claimed by the state beyond the three nautical mile closure zone

 

For a map detailing today’s actions click here

 

Regulations state that the possession count on saltwater, white shrimp shall average no more than 100 (whole shrimp) per pound, with the exception of October 15 through the third Monday in December, when there is no minimum count size.

 

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission provided the LDWF Secretary with authority to close both the fall inshore shrimp season and shrimping in the state’s territorial sea when biological and technical data indicate the need. Recent sampling conducted by the LDWF Fisheries biologists indicates that average white shrimp size in those waters to be closed is smaller than the minimum possession size limit. This action, which characteristically takes place at this time of year, is designed to protect small, white shrimp and provide opportunity for these populations to over-winter and grow to larger, more marketable sizes.

 

Louisiana continues to lead the country in shrimp landings. In 2014, Louisiana commercial shrimpers landed 113.3 million pounds of shrimp (all species combined/heads-on weight) with a dockside value of $236.2 million.

 

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/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

 

For more information, contact Jeff Marx (337) 373-0032 jmarx@wlf.la.gov .

 

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