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L.D.W.F. News Release

LWFC Adopts a NOI to Alter Catfish Regulations on Boundary Waters With Texas

Release Date: 01/09/2014

(Jan. 9, 2013) – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a Notice of Intent that would alter daily creel limit regulations for channel and blue catfish harvested in boundary waters with Texas including Toledo Bend Reservoir, Caddo Lake and the Sabine River.  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists together recommended the action based on the results of a cooperative biological study and angler input.

The current daily creel limit of 50 catfish, with a limit of five channel and blue catfish over 20 inches in total length, was adopted in 2011 as part of a coordinated effort with the TPWD to establish uniform regulations on boundary waters.  LDWF and TPWD biologists conducted follow-up sampling, confirming angler concerns that the restriction was unduly restricting harvest.  A joint study determined the catfish populations in question are healthy and the current regulation was overly restrictive.

The proposed rule change would maintain the 50 fish daily creel limit, but set a limit of five fish over 30 inches in total length.  The action will also maintain standardized regulations in Louisiana-Texas border waters and allow anglers in Toledo Bend Reservoir, Caddo Lake, and the Sabine River to keep a greater amount of channel and blue catfish caught.

http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/news/37314-lwfc-ado...

Interested persons may submit related comments regarding the proposed rule by March 10, 2014, to Mike Wood, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Office of Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or via email at comment@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources.  For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8733.

 

LWFC Adopts a NOI for Black Bass Regulations on Black Bayou Lake, Chicot Lake, Cross Lake, Lake Rodemacher, Vernon Lake and Spanish Lake

Release Date: 01/09/2014

(Jan. 9, 2014)  - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a Notice of Intent that would remove length regulations for black bass in Bayou Lake in Bossier Parish, Chicot Lake in Evangeline Parish, Cross Lake in Caddo Parish, Lake Rodemacher in Rapides Parish, Vernon Lake in Vernon Parish and Spanish Lake in New Iberia and St. Martin parishes.

A recently completed biological evaluation determined the length regulations are not effective due to habitat impairments and inadequate angler harvest of bass harvest smaller than the slot limit. 

The removal of the slot limit on these water bodies will increase angler harvest opportunities.  LDWF biologists will continue frequent sampling to monitor the bass population status, but the potential for overharvest is expected to be very low.

With the removal of this regulation, the statewide creel limit of ten black bass per day will apply.

Interested persons may submit related comments regarding the proposed rule by March 10, 2014, to Mike Wood, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Office of Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or via email at comment@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources.  For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8733.

 

 

LDWF Announces Correction to 2014 Fishing Regulations

Release Date: 01/08/2014

(Jan. 8, 2014) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to advise anglers of a correction to the “Free Fishing Weekend” dates listed on page 8 of the 2014 fishing regulations pamphlet.

The correct dates for the annual, no fishing license required weekend are June 7-8, 2014.  The promotional fishing dates are provided for novices and non-anglers as an opportunity to experience recreational fishing in fresh or salt water without the purchase of a recreational fishing license. 

The correction has been made in the online version of the fishing regulations pamphlet posted on the Department’s website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/regulations.

LDWF is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources.  For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8733.

 

 

Shrimp Task Force Meeting

Release Date: 01/08/2014

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

Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 10 a.m.

LDWF Headquarters, Louisiana Room

2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge

AGENDA

I.  Roll Call and introduction of guests

II.  For Approval of August 6, 2013 Minutes and January 14. 2014 Agenda

III. Treasury Report

    A.  Budget Report-LDWF

IV.  Old Business

    A.  Shrimp Management Sub- Committee Report—Clint Guidry

VI.  New Business

    A.  Professionalism Program-Thomas Hymel LSU Seagrant

    B.  Communication/Education programs for shrimp industry-Mark Abraham

    C.  Shrimp refrigeration grants- LDWF

    D. Shrimp Strategic Plan-LDWF

    E.  NOAA cost share program- Marty Bourgeois

    F.  Certified shrimp program-Mark Abraham

    G.  Shrimp Marketing in D.C.- Mark Abraham

    H.  2014 Legislative Session-LDWF

     I.  Sustainability-LDWF

    J.  Officer Elections and  Task Force Vacancies

  1. Public Comment
     
  2. Set Next Meeting
     
  3. 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.

Those interested in listening in to the meeting via Webinar or telephone register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8534862609201839874

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.

For press inquiries please contact Ashley Roth, 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov

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Raceland Man Cited for Hunting Violations on Christmas Day

Release Date: 01/07/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a Raceland man for alleged deer hunting violations on Dec. 25, 2013 on Eagle Island.

Agents cited Eric Savoie, 37, for two counts of hunting or taking deer during illegal hours, failing to tag deer, over limit of deer, taking deer illegally during an open season, hunting deer without a big game license, and hunting with an unplugged shotgun.

On Dec. 24, LDWF agents received a complaint that Savoie had killed two does at night on Dec. 20.

When agents approached Savoie’s residence on Eagle Island on Dec. 25, agents observed Savoie seated at the rear of his residence with a loaded 7 mm rifle in hand and a loaded 12 gauge shotgun with buckshot, a loaded .22 rifle and using a utility street light to shine deer to shoot them at night.

Upon further investigation, agents learned that near the light Savoie placed several pounds of soybeans on the ground to attract deer at night.

After Savoie was disarmed by agents, Savoie was questioned.  Savoie admitted to harvesting two antlerless deer during illegal hours on Dec. 20 and attempting to harvest more deer during illegal hours on the night of Dec. 25.

Hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail per count.  Taking deer illegally during an open season carries a $500 to $750 fine and 15 to 30 days in jail.  Taking over limit of deer and hunting with an unplugged shotgun each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting without a big game license carries a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

Agents seized one Remington 7 mm rifle, one Ruger .22 rifle, and one 12 gauge shotgun.

Agents involved in case are Lt. Joseph Arnaud and Senior Agents Jamie Folse and Ryan Breaux.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

2014 Louisiana Turkey Regulations, Lottery Hunt Applications Now Available

Release Date: 01/07/2014

Jan. 7, 2014 --The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) 2014 Turkey Regulations pamphlet is now available. Hunters can obtain the pamphlet at any hunting license vendor outlet or via the LDWF website.

The 2014 wild turkey season will open March 22 in three designated areas with varying end of season dates as follows: Area A, March 22 - April 20; Area B, March 22 - April 13; and Area C, March 22 - April 6. These areas include similar geographic boundaries utilized in 2013 with the exception of a small portion of Area B within Caddo Parish which is closed.

The statewide youth and physically challenged hunter weekend for private lands will be March 15-16. To access additional information, the 2014 Turkey Regulations pamphlet can be viewed at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/regulations.

The application forms for 2014 Turkey Season WMA lottery hunts for adult and youth hunters are also now available on the LDWF website. Those application forms are located at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts. The lottery hunt application deadline is Friday, Feb. 7.

Additionally, on US Fish and Wildlife Service-managed national wildlife refuges and US Army Corps of Engineer properties, the following turkey hunting dates will be available in 2014:

* Bogue Chitto NWR, March 15-16 (youth), plus March 22 - April 13.

* Lake Ophelia NWR, March 15 (youth lottery), plus March 22 - April 6 (hunts end at 12 noon).

* Tensas NWR, March 15-16 (youth), plus March 22 - April 6.

* Upper Ouachita NWR, March 15 (youth lottery).

* Indian Bayou USACOE, March 15-16 (youth/physically challenged), March 22-23 and 29-30; All lottery hunts.

* Old River USACOE, March 22 - April 6. 

Kisatchie National Forest note: Youth hunting dates for wild turkey on KNF will be March 15-16 on the Caney, Calcasieu (except Forest Service / Vernon Unit lands within Ft. Polk/Vernon WMA) and Kisatchie Ranger Districts; and March 15 on Catahoula and Winn Ranger Districts.  These youth hunts are open youth hunts and do not require a lottery application for hunters 17 years of age or younger wishing to hunt on these KNF properties.

The regular turkey season within the Caney Ranger District would run from March 22 to April 6; and from March 22 to April 13 on all other Ranger Districts.

For more information, contact Jimmy Stafford at 225-765-2361 or jstafford@wlf.la.gov.

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.

 

 

 

Agenda for Commission Meeting

Release Date: 01/07/2014

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, January 9, 2014, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA

The following items will be discussed:

  1. Roll Call
     
  2. Approval of Minutes of December 5, 2013
     
  3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege
     
  4. To Hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports December
     
  5. To Hear an Update on Oyster Programs
     
  6. To Receive the Financial Budget Report on the Rigs to Reef Program
     
  7. To Consider a Declaration of Emergency to set the 2014-2015 Commercial King Mackerel Season
     
  8. To Consider a Notice of Intent to Remove Netting Restrictions on Spanish Lake (St. Martin and Iberia Parishes)           
     
  9. To Consider a Notice of Intent to Remove Slot Limit Regulations on Chicot Lake, Cross Lake, Vernon Lake, CLECO Lake, Spanish Lake, and Black Bayou (Benton)
     
  10. To Consider a Notice of Intent to Modify Recreational Regulations for Blue and Channel Catfish for LA – TX Border Waters
     
  11. To Hear a Presentation about the Pearl River WMA
     
  12. To Consider a Notice of Intent  for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 General and WMA Hunting Seasons and Rules and Regulations and the 2015 General and WMA Turkey Hunting Season and Rules and Regulations
     
  13. Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman
     
  14. Set May 2014 Meeting Date
     
  15. Receive Public Comments
     
  16. Adjournment

 

LDWF, Gulf Council and CCA Louisiana Host Recreational Angler Participation Sessions

Release Date: 01/07/2014

(Jan. 7, 2014) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in conjunction with the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and CCA Louisiana, will host two Recreational Angler Participation sessions in Louisiana, where the public is urged to attend and voice their concerns, ideas and potential solutions regarding federal fisheries management in the Gulf of Mexico.

The meetings are informal and are designed to encourage open communication amongst anglers and fisheries managers. 

CCA Louisiana will have an active presence at both meetings, and will be providing some expert guest speakers from across the state for each event.  Speakers include Dudley Vandenborre, Dennis Bardwell, Chris Moran, Billy Broussard, and Steve Smith, just to name a few.  This will be one of the most informative fishing discussions around, so be sure to mark your calendars.

CCA Louisiana will also be providing complimentary food and beverages at the meetings in addition to door prizes and giveaways.  Food will be served prior to the meetings when the doors open at 5:30 p.m.

The meetings are scheduled as follows:

January 15, 2014
6 to 9 p.m.
Mockler Beverage Company
18111 Reiger Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70809

January 16, 2014
6 to 9 p.m.
Service Chevrolet
1212 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy., Lafayette, LA 70506

A webinar is scheduled on January 27, 2014, for those who are unable to attend the sessions in person.  To register, visit www4.gotomeeting.com/register/390667327.

LDWF is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources.  For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8733.

 

LPB To Premier “Delta Guardians” on Jan. 8

Release Date: 01/06/2014

LPB To Premier “Delta Guardians” on Jan. 8

When you think of law enforcement, you may not automatically consider the brave men and women of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, but these highly trained and dedicated professionals put their lives on the line to protect both the people who live, work and play in America’s delta, and the unique array of fish and wildlife that calls this region home.

Delta Guardians, the third program in Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s Alive! In America’s Delta series, premieres Wednesday, January 8 at 7 p.m. followed by Black Bear Comeback at 7:30 p.m.  Delta Guardians will have an encore showing on LPB HD on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 5:30 p.m.  WLAE-TV32 in New Orleans will air the program on Friday, Jan. 10 at 8:30 p.m.  Delta Guardians will also be simulcast on www.lpb.org starting at 7 p.m. and will be available for two weeks on the LPB site.

During times of disaster, these “delta guardians” are most often the first to the scene. They were the unsung heroes in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, rescuing thousands trapped after the storms, but the larger job they are called to do is even more daunting.

Wildlife and Fisheries agents use modern tools and techniques to police and prosecute poachers, educate people about water and firearm safety, and protect seafood and wildlife populations and their habitats.

“You run into somebody in the grocery store and they think all you do is check hunting licenses and fishing licenses,” Mayne said.  “The actuality is that we do that but also do everything from white collar investigations in the seafood industry, tax evasion, money laundering, public safety on our state’s waterways to DWI enforcement.”

According to Mayne, there is definitely an element of danger involved when you are dealing with people who are armed or put into situations where the elements are against you.

“When you have agents who are getting 40 miles offshore in ten-foot seas trying to jump from one boat to another boat, sometimes it gets a little hairy,” Mayne said.

This program follows these defenders of America’s delta deep into the swamps, forests, marshes, and coastal waters of Louisiana’s wetlands.  Witness these tireless – and heroic -- efforts as agents protect Louisiana’s wildlife and fisheries resources and the people who use them for recreation or commercial gain.

The first programs in the series will also premiere in New Orleans on WLAE-TV32 in January.  The Whooping Crane’s Majestic Return will air on Friday, Jan. 17 at 8:30 p.m.

Underwriting for this program was provided by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Foundation for Excellence in Louisiana Public Broadcasting.

For more information, contact Bob Neese at LPB at bneese@lpb.org or call (800) 272-8161, ext. 4274 or Adam Einck at LDWF at aeinck@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2465.  You can also visit the website at lpb.org/alive.

LDWF Agents Cite Destrehan Man for Duck Hunting Violations

Release Date: 01/06/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a Louisiana man for alleged duck hunting violations on Jan. 1, 2014, in Jefferson Parish.

Agents cited Frank Abbate Jr., 56, of Destrehan, for hunting ducks during illegal hours.

Agents received several complaints from a confidential source that a man was hunting ducks after legal hours in Westwego near a grain elevator on the Mississippi River.  Agents witnessed the subject cross the levee on foot, cross a road and enter an opening in a gate at a business located on River Road.

Agents witnessed the subject continue to hunt ducks until 5:42 p.m., which official legal shooting time ended at 5:11 p.m.  The agents seized five black bellied tree ducks.  Abbate Jr. was cited for the same offense in 2005.

Hunting ducks during illegal hours for the second offense brings a $750 to $999 fine and 90 to 180 days in jail.  The subject may also be responsible for restitution for the illegally taken ducks in the amount of $130.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Kris Bourgeois, Sgt. Villerie Reggio, and Senior Agent Robert Cosse.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

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