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Aerial Herbicide Treatment Scheduled for Lake Bistineau on Monday, November 21

Release Date: 11/18/2016

Helicopters are expected to hover over Lake Bistineau next week for an aerial herbicide application to treat giant salvinia.  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduled the aerial application for Monday, November 21 to address the large, open areas containing the invasive plant.

The aerial application will be used to treat selected areas where giant salvinia growth is particularly heavy, encompassing roughly 500 acres in total. Designated spray areas include the Catfish Pond, between Fairview Point and the mouth of Little Red Chute Bayou.

With cooler temperatures forecasted, results may be delayed, but the effectiveness of the herbicide will not be impacted. Results are expected to be visible within three days, but it could take up to three weeks for the plants to sink completely.

These aquatic herbicides are approved for use by the EPA.

Recreational activities will not be restricted on the lake.  LDWF personnel will be on hand to ensure that no boaters are in the areas to be sprayed. 

 

Gates at Mayhaw and Millcreek Roads in Camp Beauregard WMA Closed

Release Date: 11/18/2016

Nov. 18, 2016 – The gates at Mayhaw and Millcreek roads in the Camp Beauregard Wildlife Management Area (WMA) have been closed by the Louisiana National Guard, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced. The Buckhorn Road gate will be the only vehicle access point to the interior road system of the WMA.
 
The WMA may be closed daily due to military activities. Consult maps posted on self-clearing permit stations for closed areas. Should no maps be posted, call Camp Beauregard Range Control at 318-290-6300 or 318-290-6301 for information on open areas before entering the WMA.
 
Camp Beauregard WMA is located on 12,500 acres in northeast Rapides and southeast Grant parishes eight miles north of Alexandria. It is owned by the Louisiana National Guard, which uses it as a troop training facility. However, the WMA offers public hunting for squirrel, turkey, deer, rabbit, quail, dove, ducks and woodcock.
 
For more information and directions to Camp Beauregard WMA, visit the LDWF web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/32652 or contact Jeff Johnson at 318-371-3050 or jjohnson@wlf.la.gov .

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OYSTER HARVEST TO CLOSE IN HACKBERRY BAY

Release Date: 11/17/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has announced that all oyster harvest shall close at one half hour after sunset on Sunday, November 20, 2016 on the Hackberry Bay Public Oyster Seed Reservation (POSR) in Jefferson and Lafourche Parishes. Recent harvest pressure has depleted the limited supply of oyster resources in this public oyster area.  Protection of the remaining oyster resources is in the long-term best interest of the oyster populations in this area.

The Commission authorized Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Secretary Charles J. Melancon to take emergency action to close areas, on an as-needed basis, based on biological data or if enforcement problems are encountered.  The Secretary was also authorized to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended and to open areas if substantial oyster resources are located. 

To view current oyster season maps visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/commerical-oyster-seasons

Public notice of any opening, delay, or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns.

SEED OYSTER HARVEST TO CLOSE EAST OF MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Release Date: 11/17/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has announced that seed oyster harvest for bedding purposes shall close at one half hour after sunset on Sunday, November 20, 2016 on public oyster seed grounds east of the Mississippi River in St. Bernard Parish. Recent harvest pressure has depleted the limited supply of oyster resources in these public oyster areas.  Protection of the remaining oyster resources is in the long-term best interest of the oyster populations in these areas.

The Commission authorized Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Secretary Charles J. Melancon to take emergency action to close areas, on an as-needed basis, based on biological data or if enforcement problems are encountered.  The Secretary was also authorized to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended and to open areas if substantial oyster resources are located. 

To view oyster season maps visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/commerical-oyster-seasons

Public notice of any opening, delay, or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns.

State Agencies Issue Advisory for Bayou D’Inde, Portions of the Calcasieu Ship Channel, and the Upper Calcasieu Estuary

Release Date: 11/17/2016

Baton Rouge, La - The Louisiana Department of Health, Department of Environmental Quality and Department of Wildlife and Fisheries have issued a new advisory concerning fish and shellfish for Bayou D’Inde, the Calcasieu Estuary and the Calcasieu Ship Channel.

For Bayou D’Inde and the Calcasieu Ship Channel between channel markers #31 and #33, state agencies advise the following:

·      Do not eat catfish

·      Do not eat crab fat

·      Limit consumption of other fish and shellfish to two meals per month

For the portion of the Calcasieu Estuary that lies north of channel marker #11 and is not already covered by the Bayou D’Inde/Calcasieu Ship Channel Advisory, state agencies advise the following:

·      Do not eat crab fat

This advisory is in response to recent sampling and analysis of finfish and shellfish and is based on sampling data from 2011-2015. Shrimp, blue crab, oysters and finfish were tested for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dioxins and furans. Elevated levels of PCBs, dioxins and furans were found in the tissue (meat/fillet) of some species. Unacceptable levels of PCBs, dioxins and furans were also found in crab hepatopancreas (fat).

This advisory is issued as a precaution. For more information regarding this advisory, contact the Department of Health at 1-888-293-7020 or visit www.ldh.la.gov/EatSafeFish.

 

Click here for an informational brochure entitled Eating Recreationally Caught Seafood in Louisiana: How to Choose, Clean and Cook Your Catch, or call 1-888-293-7020 to request copies of the brochure. 

Get Out and Fish! Event Scheduled for North Louisiana

Release Date: 11/16/2016

Fall fishing action kicks into high gear as the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Get Out and Fish! event series heads to north Louisiana. Join us for an exciting opportunity to catch rainbow trout donated by Greer’s National Fish Hatchery. The event is scheduled for Saturday, December 10 fro 8 a.m. until noon at Kiroli Park at 820 Kiroli Road in West Monroe.
 
This free event hosted by Kiroli Park, the City of West Monroe and LDWF will include fun fishing activities for all ages including a mobile touch tank, casting inflatable and more.
The first 100 youth participants to register will receive a goody bag. You can pre-register for this event at www.wlf.la.gov/get-out-and-fish-1.  
 
In addition, every participant will be entered into a raffle drawing for various prizes.  Lunch will be provided by Catfish Charlie’s.
 
Fishing competition categories will include heaviest rainbow trout and heaviest “other” fish.  Age divisions include Little Angler (ages 8 and under), Junior Angler (ages 9 to 15) and Adult Angler (ages 16 and older).  Don’t forget to bring your own gear, bait and tackle, and an ice chest to keep your fish.
 
Participants 16 and older must possess a valid Louisiana fishing license. To purchase a fishing license online, visit https://www.la.wildlifelicense.com.
 
The Get Out and Fish! program seeks to increase the number of people with access to quality fishing. The event series was established to recruit new anglers to the sport of fishing and promote outdoor activities for future generations.
 
For event information, contact Megan MacMenamin at 225-765-2375 or mmacmenamin@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Reminds Oyster Harvesters New Gear Requirements are in Effect

Release Date: 11/16/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to remind oyster harvesters fishing in the public oyster areas of Louisiana that the following gear requirements are currently in effect.
 
The New Gear Restrictions (Act 133) limited the size and use of scrapers on public oyster areas (public oyster seed grounds, public oyster seed reservations, Calcasieu Lake public oyster area):

  • Scrapers must not be more than 54 inches in width (Calcasieu Lake maximum scraper width is 36 inches) measured along the tooth bar.
  • Scrapers cannot weigh more than 175 pounds. 
  • Diving boards, hydrofoils, and any other equipment intended to create downward pressure are now illegal.
  • Scraper teeth cannot be longer than 5 inches, with a minimum of 2 1/4 inch spacing from the center of one tooth to the next. A tooth shall not exceed 11/16 of an inch in diameter.
  • No more than two scrapers can be in use on any one vessel on public oyster grounds and reservations, although only one is allowed per vessel in the Calcasieu Lake public oyster area.
  • An oyster scraper bag must be single mesh with a minimum mesh size of 3 inches stretched.

These laws were passed during the 2016 legislative session and went into effect on August 1, 2016.
 
LDWF would also like to remind oyster harvesters of the new training requirement for the 2017 license year. All oyster harvesters will be required to complete an education program before applying for their 2017 oyster harvester license. This program consists of an in-depth training video, which all harvesters must watch in full and answer the accompanying questions with a minimum score of 80 percent. Harvesters will be required to take this program every three years. The required course training material can be found at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oyster-harvester-training-videos.

LDWF Commercial Fishing Licenses Available in Bourg

Release Date: 11/15/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will offer new commercial fishing licenses and renewals in Bourg, La. from November 29 through December 1 at the Bourg office located at 468 Texas Gulf Road. 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.

Oyster Season to Open in Portion of the Public Oyster Seed Grounds East of the Mississippi River and North of the MRGO

Release Date: 11/10/2016

Oyster Season to Open in Portion of the Public Oyster Seed Grounds East of the Mississippi River and North of the MRGO
Oyster Season to Open in Portion of the Public Oyster Seed Grounds East of the Mississippi River and North of the MRGO
Oyster Season to Open in Portion of the Public Oyster Seed Grounds East of the Mississippi River and North of the MRGO

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will open a portion of the public oyster seed grounds east of the Mississippi River and north of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO) within Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (LDHH) Harvest Areas 3 and 4 at one half-hour before sunrise on November 14, 2016. Information collected by LDWF biologists indicates harvestable seed and market oyster resources are present within a portion of this area.  
 
The Lake Borgne/Mississippi Sound area, as defined below, will remain closed until further notice due to extensive oyster mortality observed throughout the area and to protect a recent spat set. Closure of this area is expected to increase the likelihood of spat survival and facilitate resource recovery. The protection of remaining oyster resource is in the long-term best interest of the public oyster seed grounds in this area.
 
The Lake Borgne/Mississippi Sound area, which is generally that area of LDHH Harvest Areas 1 and 2, is defined as the area north and west of the following coordinates:

  • 30 degrees 04 minutes 44.58 seconds north
    89 degrees 29 minutes 00.30 seconds west
  • 30 degrees 03 minutes 08.43 seconds north
    89 degrees 25 minutes 56.44 seconds west
  • 30 degrees 02 minutes 59.01 seconds north
    89 degrees 24 minutes 08.00 seconds west
  • 30 degrees 03 minutes 14.99 seconds north
    89 degrees 21 minutes 17.94 seconds west
  • 30 degrees 04 minutes 21.28 seconds north
    89 degrees 18 minutes 22.58 seconds west
  • 30 degrees 05 minutes 33.01 seconds north
    89 degrees 18 minutes 09.22 seconds west
  • 30 degrees 09 minutes 25.35 seconds north
    89 degrees 11 minutes 07.45 seconds west
  • 30 degrees 11 minutes 00.56 seconds north
    89 degrees 07 minutes 48.31 seconds west

Drum Bay is designated as a sacking-only area and restricted to harvest for market sales only, and is that portion of the public grounds west of a line running generally north/south of a point at 29 degrees 55 minutes 39.50 seconds N latitude, 89 degrees 14 minutes 18.57 seconds W longitude to a point at 29 degrees 52 minutes 33.25 seconds N latitude, 89 degrees 14 minutes and 11.95 seconds W longitude.
 
As a reminder, additional public oyster areas that will also be opening on November 14, 2016, as originally scheduled include the Hackberry Bay Public Oyster Seed Reservation in the Barataria basin and the American Bay/Bay Long Sacking-only Area east of the Mississippi River. Hackberry Bay shall close to harvest of seed oysters for bedding purposes at one half-hour after sunset on Monday, November 14, 2016, but will remain open for the harvest of oysters for market sales until further notice.
 
Closure dates are determined by LDWF Secretary Melancon on an “as needed” basis, based on biological and harvest data, or if enforcement issues are encountered. The Secretary is also authorized by the Commission to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended and to open public areas if substantial oyster resources are located. 
 
Public notice of any opening, delay or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours in advance, unless such closure is ordered by LDHH for public health concerns.

Sherburne WMA Shooting Ranges Hours To Be Altered Nov. 25-26 and Dec. 2-3

Release Date: 11/10/2016

Nov. 10, 2016 – Hours of operation at the Sherburne Wildlife Management Area (WMA) shooting ranges will be altered Nov. 25-26 and Dec. 2-3, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced. The ranges will be open only from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on those dates.
 
Normal range hours are from official sunrise to sunset each day. The ranges are free of charge.
 
The Sherburne WMA shooting range complex is located in Pointe Coupee Parish at 1132 Sherburne Road four miles south of U.S. Highway 190 on Louisiana Highway 975.
 
The shooting range provides for rifle and handgun target shooting at 25, 50 and 100 yards. Shotgun ranges offers manual target throwers and electric throwers. An archery range provides stationary field targets, 3-D targets and an elevated shooting platform.
 
For more information, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/shooting-range/sherburne-shooting-range , call range headquarters call 337-566-2251 or contact Daniel Hurdle at 225-765-2920 or dhurdle@wlf.la.gov .  

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