Due to the historic flooding in south Louisiana last week, the Artificial Reef Council meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 25th will have to be rescheduled. A new date has yet to be determined, but will be released once available.
Submitted by rlebreton on Mon, 08/22/2016 - 8:12am
LDWF headquarters to sell commercial fishing licenses Friday, August 18th
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will open in a limited capacity tomorrow, August 19th to sell commercial fishing licenses. A small licensing team will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to serve the public.
Recent office closures due to flooding has prevented some commercial fishermen from purchasing their licenses ahead of the shrimp season, which opens Monday on the west side of the state.
Our headquarters office is located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70898.
Many of our employees have been severely impacted by the recent flooding across the state, we appreciate the public’s patience as we begin the process of helping our LDWF family rebuild.
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 www.wlf.la.gov/signup.
Submitted by rlebreton on Thu, 08/18/2016 - 4:54pm
Aug. 18, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has postponed public hearings to discuss a proposed cervid carcass importation ban in Mandeville on Monday (Aug. 22) and Lafayette on Tuesday (Aug. 23). Extreme flooding in some parts of southern Louisiana forced delaying the meetings.
The ban was proposed to assist in preventing the introduction of chronic wasting disease (CWD) into Louisiana’s white-tailed deer population.
The other four meetings in Lake Charles (Aug. 22), Monroe (Aug. 23), Minden (Aug. 24) and Woodworth (Aug. 25) will go on as scheduled.
LDWF will reschedule the meetings for Mandeville and Lafayette.
Here is the list of meetings still scheduled to be held:
Aug. 22 at Lake Charles’ LSU Ag Center, 7101 Gulf Hwy., Lake Charles, 6:30 p.m.,
Aug. 23 at LDWF Monroe Field Office, 368 Century Link Dr., Monroe, 6:30 p.m.,
Aug. 24 at LDWF Minden Field Office, 9961 Hwy. 80, Minden, 6:30 p.m.,
Aug. 25 at Woodworth Outdoor Education Center, 661 Robinson Bridge Road, Woodworth, 6:30 p.m.
An importation ban on carcasses of cervids harvested out-of-state was proposed by LDWF during the July LWFC meeting and is in the public comment period. The ban defines a cervid as animals of the family Cervidae, including but not limited to white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, moose, caribou, fallow deer, axis deer, sika deer, red deer and reindeer.
The proposed ban would prohibit the importation of cervid carcasses except for deboned meat, antlers, clean skull plates with antlers, cleaned skulls without tissue attached, capes, tanned hides, finished taxidermy mounts and cleaned cervid teeth.
This proposed ban is strictly for the purpose of reducing the likelihood that CWD will enter Louisiana through carcass importation. Approved parts and deboned meat from other states must contain a possession tag with the hunter’s name, out-of-state license number (if required), address, species, date and location (county and state) of harvest. Each state has different possession requirements for game once processed.
To view the full notice of intent, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
Public comment can be submitted in writing by mail to: Johnathan Bordelon, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org until 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 26, 2016.
For more information, contact Bordelon at 225-765-2344.
LDWF Creating Cuts in Rockefeller Refuge Southern Protection Levee to Help Alleviate Flooding
Aug. 18, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will create two 50-foot cuts in in the southern protection levee on Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Cameron and Vermilion parishes to help alleviate flooding from the recent rains that have inundated parts of southern Louisiana.
Both cuts should be completed by late Thursday afternoon and will help relieve flooding in Calcasieu, Cameron and Vermilion parishes in the Mermentau Basin.
“We are in the process of excavating two, 50-foot cuts in the southern protection levee from the Gulf of Mexico on Rockefeller Refuge,’’ said Scooter Trosclair, program manager at Rockefeller Refuge. “This will aid in additional outflow as tides allow from the excessive amounts of flood water flowing in from the Mermentau Basin.’’
Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, located in eastern Cameron and western Vermilion Parishes, is owned and maintained by the state of Louisiana and LDWF. It encompasses about 76,000 acres. It borders the Gulf of Mexico for 26.5 miles and extends inland toward the Grand Chenier ridge, a stranded beach ridge, six miles from the Gulf.
For more information, contact Trosclair at 337-491-2593.
Submitted by rlebreton on Thu, 08/18/2016 - 2:08pm
Elmer’s Island closure extended to August 30th due to weather delays
Recent weather conditions have made dredging in the Gulf of Mexico unfavorable. These unexpected weather delays have extended the Elmer’s Island closure by 8 days to August 30th. The slow-moving weather system that has caused unprecedented flooding in parts of our state is also responsible for these construction delays.
An updated map with new closure dates can be found above.
Submitted by rlebreton on Thu, 08/18/2016 - 8:59am
The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. The meeting will convene at 10:30 a.m. in the second floor conference room of the University of New Orleans’ Advanced Technology Center located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans.
Agenda items for the meeting of the Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board are as follows:
1. Roll Call of Board Members
2. Approval of Minutes from March 2, 2016 Meeting
3. Hearing of New Renewal Permit Appeals
a. Randy Chaisson, Sr.
b. Kenneth Caywood
4. Update on Recommendations Made at March 2, 2016 Meeting
5. Receive Public Comments
6. Set next meeting date
This Board was established by Act 922 of the 2008 Regular Legislative Session for the purpose of hearing appeals of vessel permit denials by LDWF. Act 922 requires that anyone commercially harvesting oysters on the public oyster seed grounds and reservations, except those in Calcasieu Lake and Sabine Lake, must do so from a vessel holding a public oyster seed ground vessel permit issued by LDWF.
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.
Aug. 17, 2016 – Widespread flooding in southern Louisiana will displace wildlife and could move the animals into populated areas. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists said the public should be on the lookout for wildlife such as deer, snakes, alligators or any displaced animal.
If you see wild animals the most prudent thing to do is stay away and leave them alone.
In cases where a bird or mammal has been injured and is in need of assistance, concerned citizens should contact a certified wildlife rehabilitator listed at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/rehab . Wildlife rehabilitators have the training, skills and facilities necessary to care for most injured animals and are permitted by LDWF to rehabilitate injured wildlife in Louisiana.
Bordelon said the public should not pick up fawns during this disaster. There is a good chance the doe is nearby but reluctant to come out in view of the public. Deer will attempt to return to their normal home ranges in advance of the water receding in some cases.
Department biologists said that smaller animals such as rabbits are adept swimmers and can ride out the flooding on stumps, logs and floating debris.
Aug. 17, 2016 – Widespread flooding in southern Louisiana has prompted the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) to postpone Wednesday’s (Aug. 17) alligator lottery and commercial hunt information meetings for Joyce, Manchac, Maurepas Swamp, and Pearl River Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) until Aug. 24.
The meetings will be held in the Louisiana Room on the first floor of the LDWF headquarters building at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge. The lottery meeting will begin at 10 a.m. with the commercial meeting to follow at 1 p.m.
Licenses and tags will be provided after each meeting.
(August 16, 2016) - Due to the extreme flooding conditions across much of south Louisiana, the Louisiana Saltwater Series (LASS) Delacroix event scheduled for Saturday, August 20th has been canceled. There are no plans to reschedule the event at this time.
All pre-paid tournament fees will be refunded. Many of our anglers are voluntarily assisting with water rescue, and the future recovery assignments for LDWF employees are uncertain.
The LASS tournament trail will resume on September 17th at Calcasieu Point Landing. Teams with participation in two events shall qualify for the 2016 Championship.
For questions contact Sam Barbera, LASS Tournament Director at Sbarbera@wlf.la.govor 225-405-7827.
Submitted by rlebreton on Tue, 08/16/2016 - 11:44am
Aug. 15, 2016 – Heavy rain in south Louisiana the past few days has flooded parts of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Wildlife Management Areas, forcing closure of some roads and walk areas.
Boyce Tower Road on Maurepas Swamp WMA has been closed. It will be reopened once the flooding recedes and LDWF has inspected and repaired any damage.
The Swamp Walk at Joyce WMA has been closed. LDWF will reopen the Swamp Walk once the flood waters recede.
At Pearl River WMA, the south end of Oil Well Road has been closed. LDWF will inspect and repair any damage and reopen the road once the flood waters recede.
Maurepas Swamp WMA, which consists of 122,098 acres, is located approximately 25 miles west of New Orleans and along the south shore of Lake Maurepas west to near Sorrento. The WMA includes property in Ascension, Livingston, St. John the Baptist, St. James and Tangipahoa parishes. For more information on the WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2791.
Joyce WMA, which consists of 27,487 acres, is located in southern Tangipahoa Parish about five miles south of Hammond in the Pontchartrain Basin. For more information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2774.
Pearl River WMA, which consists of 35,032 acres, is located in St. Tammany Parish, five miles east of Slidell. For more information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2789.
For more information on these WMAs, contact Forest Burks at email@example.com or 985-543-4781.