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Shrimp Task Force to Meet April 12 at 10:00 a.m.

Release Date: 04/05/2017

Shrimp Task Force Meeting

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

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 10:00 a.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360

 

AGENDA

I.               Roll call and Introduction of Guests

II.             Approval of the February 8, 2017 Meeting Minutes and April 12, 2017 Agenda

III.           Treasury Report

A.     Budget Report- LDWF

B.     Financial Disclosure Filing Reminder

IV.            New Business

A.     To Hear a Presentation on the report “Building Land in Coastal Louisiana - Expert Recommendations for Operating a Successful Sediment Diversion that Balances Ecosystem and Community Needs”- Corey Miller

B.     To Hear a Presentation on the 2017 Spring Shrimp Season- Jeff Marx

C.     Discussion of the White Shrimp “100 Count Law”- Jeff Marx

D.     Update on the Inside/ Outside Shrimp Line- Jeff Marx

E.     Discussion of Shrimp Pre-season Ride-Alongs- Jeff Marx

F.     Discussion of Shrimp Management and Increasing the Value of Domestic Shrimp- Lance Nacio

G.     Update from the 2017 Shrimp Industry Washington Trip- Acy Cooper

H.    Officer Elections

V.              Public Comment

VI.            Set Quarterly Meetings

VII.          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/8779884403550075137

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.

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

     

Louisiana Trappers and Alligator Hunters Association 2017 Convention to be Held Saturday in Woodworth

Release Date: 04/05/2017

April 5, 2017 - The Louisiana Trappers and Alligator Hunters Association’s 2017 convention will be held Saturday (April 8) at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Outdoor Education Facility in Woodworth.
 
The convention begins at 8 a.m. and runs through 4 p.m. Anyone interested in trapping or alligator hunting is invited to attend.
 
Demonstrations in skinning and trapping will be held along with silent and live auctions and activities for children, including a fun jump.
 
To get to the LDWF Outdoor Education Facility, located at 661 Robinson Bridge Road in Woodworth, take exit 73 from I-49 and proceed west on Robinson Bridge Road approximately two miles.
 
For more information, contact Ryan Schaefer at 337-417-0424 or ryansschaefer@gmail.com.
 
Here is the schedule of events for the convention:
 
8 a.m.: Meet and greet
8:30 a.m.: Skinning demo Ryan Schafer, Sterlen Kirschman
9 a.m.: Water trapping demo, Steve Hughes
9:45 a.m.: Beaver skinning demo Eric Cottrell
10:15 a.m.: Gray fox trapping, Tony Howard
11 a.m.: Trap setting contest
Noon: Lunch (available on premises)
12:30 p.m.: General meeting and vote for board members
1 p.m.: Board meeting and seating of officers
1 p.m.: Youth speed race
2 p.m.: Silent auction ends
2:30 p.m.: Live auction begins
4 p.m.: NAFA truck pick-up and clean up

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April 2017 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Committee Agenda

Release Date: 04/03/2017

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 1:30 PM on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA
 
The following items will be discussed:
 
1.     Call to Order
 
2.     Pledge of Allegiance
 
3.     Roll Call
 
4.     Adoption of March 02, 2017 Commission Meeting Minutes
 
5.     Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege
 
6.     Enforcement Reports March, 2017 – Captain Edward Skena
 
7.     Presentation of the 2016 Louisiana Wildlife Officer of the Year Award to Sergeant Scott Bullit – Mr. Chris Kinsey, Shikar Safari Club International
 
8.     Receive Legislative Update – Cole Garrett, Attorney / Legislative Liaison
 
9.     Consider a Notice of Intent to Amend the Experimental Fisheries Program – Cole Garrett, Attorney / Legislative Liaison
 
10.  Receive a Presentation on Local Game and Fish Preserves Governance and Authority – Daniel Henry, Jr., Deputy General Counsel
 
11.  Receive a Final Summary on Public Comments and Consider Formal Adoption of Amendments to previously approved Notice of Intent for the General and Wildlife Management Area Rules and Regulations for the 2017-2018 Season, the Resident Game Hunting Season for the 2017-2019 Hunting Seasons, the General and Wildlife Management Area Rules and Regulations for the Turkey Season, the Turkey Hunting Areas, and Seasons, and Bag Limits for the 2018 Turkey Season, and the Migratory Bird Seasons, Regulations, and Bag Limits for the 2017-2018 Hunting Season – Steve Smith, WMA Program Manager
 
12.  Consider Formal Adoption to previously approved Notice of Intent to Amend the General and Wildlife Management Area Rules and Regulations for the 2017-2018 Season, the Resident Game Hunting Season for the 2017-2019 Hunting Seasons, the General and Wildlife Management Area Rules and Regulations for the Turkey Season, the Turkey Hunting Areas, and Seasons, and Bag Limits for the 2018 Turkey Season, and the Migratory Bird Seasons, Regulations, and Bag Limits for the 2017-2018 Hunting Season – Steve Smith, WMA Program Manager
 
13.  Receive a Presentation on the LDWF Shrimp Management Program and Discuss the possibility of a Special Commission meeting in late April for the setting of the 2017 Spring Shrimp Season – Jeff Marx, Biologist and Shrimp Program Manage
 
14.  Receive input on Red Snapper Management from members of the Louisiana commercial, charter, and private recreational sectors
 
15.  Set July, 2017 and August, 2017 Commission Meeting Dates
 
16.  Receive Public Comments
 
17.  Adjournment
 
A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via Gotowebinar.com.  To attend this meeting via webinar visit: 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8069688952446445314

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

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 http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to the contact at the top of this announcement at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. 

LDWF to Offer Expanded Licensing Services in South Louisiana

Release Date: 03/31/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will offer new commercial fishing licenses and renewals and motorboat registrations from our Bourg location.

Bourg Office
468 Texas Gulf Rd.
Bourg, La.
April 11-13, 2017
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Future locations coming soon.

Fishermen are reminded that only personal checks, cashier's checks, money orders and cash will be accepted at the Bourg office.  No credit cards will be accepted.  To avoid processing delays, those purchasing licenses 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 at www.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 the he has held continuously during 12 months immediately prior to the date on which he applies for any license, voter’s registration, vehicle registration and state income tax.

·      Non-residents applicants must provide proof of residency from their domiciliary state, such as 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 licenses inquiries, contact (225) 765-2898.

LDWF to Hold Lake Bistineau Public Meeting

Release Date: 03/28/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will conduct an informational meeting concerning Lake Bistineau.
 
Who: LDWF inland fisheries staff
 
What: Public information meeting on Lake Bistineau
 
When: Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.
 
Where: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Region 1 Office
             Jonathan Glasscock Memorial Classroom
             9961 Hwy. 80
             Minden, LA 71055
 
The meeting will include an update on the current status of the lake, and LDWF staff will field questions concerning the management of the lake and giant salvinia. Everyone interested in Lake Bistineau is encouraged to attend. 
 
Space is limited to 100 individuals, so please keep this in mind when making plans to attend.  
 
The current LDWF Lake Bistineau Management Plan can be viewed at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland
 
For additional information regarding the meetings, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066.

Recreational Greater Amberjack Fishing Season Will Close March 30, 2017

Release Date: 03/27/2017

Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced that the recreational greater amberjack season will close in Louisiana waters on Thursday, March 30.

NOAA Fisheries has projected that the adjusted annual recreational catch limit of 335,741 pounds will be harvested, and the closure is necessary to prevent further harvest.  Previous annual catch limit overruns in 2016 led to a reduction in the 2017 recreational quota (1,255,600 pounds to 335,741 pounds).  Federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico are scheduled to reopen on January 1, 2018. 

During the closure, recreational harvest or possession of greater amberjack is prohibited in state and federal waters.  This closure is necessary to protect the greater amberjack resource. The greater amberjack population is considered overfished (the population is too low) and limiting harvest is necessary for the population to recover.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet was authorized by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in previously promulgated (LAC 76.VII.335.G.5) rules to change or modify the opening and closing dates for any recreational reef fish season in Louisiana waters when notified by NOAA Fisheries.  

For more information, contact Jason Adriance at (504) 284-2032 or jadriance @wlf.la.gov.

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.

Louisiana Youth Can Now Register for 2016 Youth Hunter of the Year Contest

Release Date: 03/22/2017

March 22, 2017 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association are seeking submissions for 2016 Youth Hunter of the Year contest. The contest, for the 2016-17 hunting season, is open to Louisiana boys and girls ages 15 and younger.
 
Did you have a special hunt this past season?  Harvested your first game animal or bird?  Maybe just a hunting trip made great by sharing time in the outdoor with family and friends?  Regardless, you could be a candidate for our male and female Youth Hunter of the Year contest.
 
Youth Hunters of the Year will receive a plaque in recognition of their achievement and a gift certificate from Bowie Outfitters. The two winners will also be recognized at the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association conference in August 2017.
 
To apply, download the registration form on the LDWF web site (http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/yhrp). Entrants must submit the registration form along with a photograph and story describing the hunt. Entries must be postmarked by June 30, 2017. Applications can be sent by mail or submitted electronically.
 
For more information on this program and how to apply contact John Sturgis at 337-948-0255 or jsturgis@wlf.la.gov or Rebecca Triche at 225-344-6707 or Rebecca@lawildlifefed.org. For more information on the Louisiana Wildlife Federation, go to lawildlifefed.org.

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LDWF to Hold Public Hearing March 27 in Lafayette on Amendments to Proposed Notice of Intent for 2017-18 Hunting Season Rules

Release Date: 03/18/2017

Main Delta
Wax Delta
Current Deer Area Map
Amended and proposed Deer Area Map

March 18, 2017 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will host a public hearing March 27 (Monday) in Lafayette to take input on two amendments passed by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) at its March meeting regarding the proposed 2017-18 Hunting Season Rules and Regulations.
 
The meeting, set for 6 p.m., will be held at the NOAA Estuarine Habitats and Coastal Fisheries Center in Lafayette. The center is located at 646 Cajundome Blvd.
 
The LWFC voted to add two amendments to the proposed notice of intent for the 2017-18 hunting seasons, rules and regulations during its monthly meeting March 2 in Natchitoches. 
 
The commission voted to move a portion of Deer Area 8 into Deer Area 3 in portions of Allen, Beauregard and Vernon parishes and to expand two limited access areas on the Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area.
 
The amendments read, in part:
 
·              Change that portion in Allen Parish east of Louisiana Highway 113 form the parish line to U.S. Highway 190, north of U.S. Highway 190 eastward to Kinder, west of U.S. Highway 165 northward to Louisiana Highway 10 at Oakdale and south of Louisiana Highway 10 from Oakdale westward to parish line, and in Beauregard Parish that portion east of Louisiana Highway 113, and in Vernon Parish that portion east of Louisiana Highway 113 from the parish line northward to Pitkin and south of Louisiana Highway 10 from Pitkin southward to the parish line; to become a portion of Deer Area 3, with the same seasons as Deer Area 3, Except to include allowing hunting with or without dogs during the last segment of the Firearms Deer Season (Dec. 3, 2017-Jan. 8, 2018) within this new portion of Deer Area 3.
 
·              To expand the Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Limited Access Areas on the Main Delta and Wax Delta approximately 25 percent. Access would be allowed within the active passes within those areas but once out of the passes, it reverts to limited access.
 
 
(To see maps of the affected areas in the amendments please click on the corresponding links: Main Delta, Wax Delta, current deer area map, amended and proposed deer area map).
 
Deer Area 3 season dates will now reflect still hunt only and with or without dog season dates with only the portion of former Deer Area 8 being open for with or without dogs. There will be no impacts to user groups beyond the change in Deer Area designation. 
 
The expansion of limited access areas on Atchafalaya Delta WMA will increase from approximately 5.5 percentage of the huntable acreage on the Main Delta and 7.1 percent on the Wax Delta to 25 percent on both deltas. Operation of internal combustion engines inside the limited access areas boundaries is prohibited from Sept. 1-Jan. 31. However, hunters and fishermen may access and navigate limited access areas via use of paddles, push poles or electric trolling motors. Any vessel with a movable outdrive system may enter a limited access area as long as the boat’s internal combustion engine is trimmed up out of the water in an inoperable position. Vessels with fixed propellers must adhere to the no operation rule. See maps for accessible passes adjacent to limited access areas.
 
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 from now through April 5 and may be submitted directly to Steve Smith, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. 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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Commercial and Crab Trap Closure to End March 22

Release Date: 03/16/2017

The 30-day closure of the blue crab commercial fishery and use of crab traps will end Tuesday, March 21 at 11:59 p.m. Commercial and recreational crabbers may return their crab traps to Louisiana state waters beginning 30 minutes before legal sunrise, as described in statue, on Wednesday, March 22. 
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to remind commercial crabbers and recreational users of crab traps of the following regulations:
 
Effective January 1, 2017, and to extend through 2019:
 
The commercial harvest of immature female blue crabs is prohibited. There is an exception for immature female blue crabs held for processing as softshell crabs or being sold to a processor for the making of softshell crabs. Only crabs at the “white line” stage or later can be held for making of softshell crabs. Additionally, legally licensed commercial crab fishermen may have an incidental take of immature female crabs not to exceed two percent of the total number of crabs in possession. Crabs in a work box, used to sort or cull undersized and/or immature female crabs, are not subject to the restriction while held aboard an active fishing vessel.
 
An immature female crab, also known as a “maiden” or “V-bottom” crab, can be identified as having a triangular shaped apron on her abdomen. A mature female crab can be identified as having a dome shaped apron on her abdomen.
 
Effective November 15, 2017:
 
A minimum of three escape rings should be placed on the vertical, outside walls flush with the trap floor or baffle with at least two rings located in the upper chamber of each trap. The minimum size of rings should be 2 and 3/8 inches inside diameter. Any crab trap constructed of wire mesh 2 and 5/16 inches square or greater is exempt from escape ring requirements. The above escape ring requirements will be effective in Lake Pontchartrain on November 15 as well.

 

LDWF’s Waddill Wildlife Refuge to Partially Reopen on March 21

Release Date: 03/15/2017

March 15, 2017 – Portions of Waddill Wildlife Refuge in Baton Rouge will reopen to the public Tuesday (March 21), the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced. Areas that will be open include the two stocked fishing ponds, air rifle range, archery range, outdoor bathrooms and two outdoor pavilions.
 
Some hiking trails and all classroom facilities will remain closed until further notice.
 
Waddill Refuge received substantial damage during the historic floods of August 2016.
 
Visitors must sign in at the parking lot kiosk. Information regarding fish limits and closed areas will be posted at the kiosk. LDWF asks that all visitors abide by trail closure signs and avoid construction areas in order to maintain safety.
 
The facility will resume normal business hours Tuesday-Saturday from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. beginning March 21. Waddill Refuge is closed on state holidays, Sundays and Mondays.
 
For more information, contact Waddill Refuge manager Karla Allen at kallen@wlf.la.gov or 225-274-8192.

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