LDWF News Release

LDWF, Louisiana Trappers and Alligator Hunters Association to Hold Trapping Workshops Dec. 3, 10

Release Date: 11/04/2016

Nov. 4, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Trappers and Alligator Hunters Association will hold trapping workshops Dec. 3, in Abbeville, and Dec. 10, in Benton.
The Dec. 3 workshop will be held at Palmetto State Park in Abbeville, located at 19501 Pleasant Road. The Dec. 10 event will be held at Cypress Black Bayou in Benton, located at 135 Cypress Park Drive.
Both workshops, which are free, will begin at 8 a.m. with a meet-and-greet and run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Anyone age 14 and older interested in learning the basics of trapping is invited to attend. Lunch will be provided.
Topics to be discussed include state regulations, trapping equipment, trapping safety, ethics, historical considerations, best management practices and trapping demonstrations.
To register for either event or for more information, contact LDWF biologist supervisor Jennifer Hogue at 337-373-0032 or jhogue@wlf.la.gov. The registration deadline is Nov. 20.


New Regulations on Mud Boats, Air-cooled Propulsion Engines in Effect at Pass-a-Loutre WMA

Release Date: 11/03/2016

Nov. 3, 2016 – New regulations on the use of mud boats and air-cooled propulsion engines at Pass-a-Loutre Wildlife Management Area are now in effect through Jan. 31, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced. Waterfowl hunters who will be using Pass-a-Loutre WMA this season should be aware of these changes.
According to the regulations adopted by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission earlier this year, operation of mud boats and air-cooled propulsion engines are prohibited after 2 p.m. Sept 1-Jan. 31. However, they will be allowed after 2 p.m. in South Pass, Pass-a-Loutre, Southeast Pass, Loomis Pass, Dennis Pass and Cadro Pass.
Go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/publication/37904-2016-2017-louisiana-hunting-regulations/2016-2017_ldwf_hunting_regulations_low-res1.pdf and scroll to page 88 for hunting regulations and dates for Pass-a-Loutre WMA.
Pass-a-Loutre WMA is located in southern Plaquemines Parish at the mouth of the Mississippi River, approximately 10 miles south of Venice. It is accessible only by boat. The nearest public launches are in Venice. The area is owned by LDWF and encompasses 115,000 acres.
For more information, contact Shane Granier at 504-284-5264.


Richard Clifton Claims 2017 Louisiana Duck Stamp Artwork Competition

Release Date: 11/03/2016

The 2017 Louisiana Duck Stamp winning entry

Nov. 3, 2016 – Richard Clifton of Milford, Del., was selected the winner of the 2017 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp competition sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). The annual contest picks the artwork that will be used on what is called the Louisiana Duck Stamp.
It is the second time Clifton, Ducks Unlimited’s 2015 Artist of the Year, has won the competition. His 2010 entry of a hunting scene with northern pintails also captured first place. Clifton’s 2017 entry features three green winged teal in a scenic water setting.
Clifton has painted 44 duck stamps from various states and the 1996 Australian Duck Stamp. He also won the 2007-08 Federal Duck Stamp contest.
Garrett Jacobs of Orlando, Fla., who recently won the North Carolina duck stamp competition, finished second and Larry Wilburn of Dayton, Texas, was third for the second year in a row.
“We had 22 entries for this year’s contest, the most in 10 years,’’ said Larry Reynolds, LDWF’s Waterfowl Program Manager. “The judges commented that this year’s entries were the most difficult to judge in the first round because of the high number of quality works.’’
Judges for this year’s contest included Dr. Headley Adelmann, retired biology professor and artist from Hammond, Dr. Jim Bergan, Director of Freshwater and Wetland Conservation for The Nature Conservancy, Dr. Luke Laborde, instructor and researcher at LSU’s School of Renewable Natural Resources, Randy Caminita, professional artist from Folsom and Mark Callais, current Louisiana State Chairman of Ducks Unlimited.
The Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp program was established in 1988 by the Louisiana Legislature to generate revenue for conservation and enhancement of state wetlands, benefitting migratory waterfowl overwintering in Louisiana. The program has generated more than $12 million for wetlands conservation in Louisiana since 1989.
The 2017 stamp will go on sale June 1, 2017. The artist will retain the original artwork and will have reproduction rights to the image for prints and other commodities after LDWF has used the image to produce the stamps.
For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at lreynolds@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-0456.


LDWF and CPRA announce the reopening of Elmer’s Island Refuge

Release Date: 11/03/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) announced the completion of the Caminada Beach and Dune Restoration Project and the reopening of Elmer’s Island Refuge for October 31st. 

“Elmer’s Island has never looked better”, said LDWF Secretary, Charlie Melancon. “This is a great example of a project that is able to enhance habitat for wildlife and provide opportunities for recreational users while offering additional coastal protection to the area”.

CPRA began the restoration project on the western end of the Caminada headlands in 2012 and restored approximately 300 acres and 6 miles of beach and dune habitat. The eastern half of the project, which includes Elmer’s Island, began in 2013, and restored approximately 500 acres and 7 miles of beach and dune.

Designated as Increment 1 and Increment II, funding sources included state surplus, CIAP funds and funds resulting from the settlement of federal criminal charges against BP and Transocean, through NFWF.

In total, the two projects restored 13 miles of Louisiana’s barrier shoreline and represent one of the largest restoration projects ever constructed by the CPRA with a combined project investment of over $200 million.

“This is the largest single coastal and habitat restoration project in CPRA history,” said CPRA Chairman Johnny Bradberry. “CPRA’s work to restore coastal beaches, dunes, and habitats along barrier islands, is vital to achieve a productive and resilient working coast, and a robust barricade to attenuate storm surge and flooding.”

Elmer’s Island is open 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.  The public is reminded to pack out all trash and litter from the refuge. For more details on regulations regarding Elmer’s Island, please visit the LDWF website:  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/elmers-island


For further information, contact Rene LeBreton at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at rlebreton@wlf.la.gov, 504-286-8745, or Chuck Perrodin CPRA Public Information Director at (225) 342-7615.

November Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to Meet

Release Date: 10/31/2016

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission

Committee Agenda

November 3, 2016 - 9:30 A.M.


1.     Call to Order  

2.     Pledge of Allegiance

3.     Roll Call

4.     Adoption of October 06, 2016 Commission Meeting Minutes

5.     Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege          

6.     Enforcement Reports October, 2016 – Captain Edward Skena

7.     Receive Update on Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s October Meeting – Myron Fischer, Biologist

8.     Receive Announcement of the 2017 Louisiana Duck Stamp Contest Winner – Larry Reynolds, Biologist

9.     Set Location and Time of December 01, 2016 Commission Meeting

10.  Set February, 2017 Commission Meeting Date

11.  Receive Public Comments


12.  Adjournment  

A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via Gotowebinar.com.  To attend this meeting via webinar visit: 


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.

Melancon pledges LDWF support to “Restore the Earth’s” restoration effort

Release Date: 10/31/2016


News Release


For Immediate Release

October 28, 2016


Contact: Ed Pratt
LDWF Press Secretary


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LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon chats with P.J. Marshall, co-founder and executive director of Restore the Earth Foundation.

Amended - Melancon pledges LDWF support to “Restore the Earth’s” restoration effort

Oct. 28, 2016 - “You have our total support,” Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Charlie Melancon pledged Thursday to a national organization attempting to restore some 1 million acres of land along the Lower Mississippi River Basin, or as Restore the Earth Foundations calls it, “North America’s Amazon”.

Melancon was a guest speaker at the Restore the Earth Foundation’s kick off activity – the planting of trees at Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area in Terrebonne Parish. Volunteers from several public and private businesses and groups participated in the effort that will eventually reach 4,000 acres planted along the coast.

“This is a great public and private partnership for a great cause,” Melancon said. He told REF officials that Louisiana will “work alongside you as long as it takes to get this done.”

The tree-planting ceremony kicked off Restore the Earth’s long range plan to restore Mississippi River Basin land which it calls North America’s Amazon. The commitment in Louisiana is part of a larger 15-year commitment to restore 1 million acres in the Lower Mississippi River Basin.

P.J. Marshall, co-founder and executive director of REF said, "To address the significant coastal wetland loss here in Louisiana, and the bigger issues of environmental degredation in the United States and around the world, we need big picture goals and diverse, collaborative partnerships which bring together visionaries from government, non-profits and companies to restore the Earth!   Its projects like these where collaboration becomes impact.”

REF says if its goals are met, the result will be: the reduction of America’s carbon foot print by 2 percent, the reversal of the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico by 12 percent; improved water quality; mitigation contaminates reaching the Gulf of Mexico; and the creation of jobs.

REFs has created partnerships with the Entergy, Shell Oil, CITGO, VMware, U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development (US BCSD), Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture, the United States Department of Agriculture, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and others.

Dozens of volunteers from REF’s partners participated in Thursday’s tree planting Groundbreaking ceremony, planting over 600 trees.

REF, based in Ithaca, NY, with offices in New Orleans, was founded in 2010 and set its mission to restore the Earth’s essential forest ecosystems.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.wlf.la.gov. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.


Restore the Earth Foundation donates “Marsh Master” to LDWF

Release Date: 10/31/2016


News Release


For Immediate Release
October 28, 2016


Contact: Ed Pratt

LDWF Press Secretary




AMENDED - Restore the Earth Foundation donates “Marsh Master” to LDWF

Restore the Earth Foundation, donated the “Marsh Master”, built by Baton Rouge-based Coast Machinery, LLC, on Thursday to LDWF

Oct. 28, 2016 - Restore the Earth Foundation announced its gift of a Marsh Master to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at its groundbreaking at Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area on October 27th. 


The Marsh Master, built by Coast Machinery LLC of Baton Rouge, will support the 4,000-acre restoration at Pointe-aux-Chenes and will be used by LDWF for any and all land management needs in the future.


Restore the Earth Foundation donated Marsh Master to LDWF as a gift to honor the 6-year partnership between REF and LDWF.


According to REF, the longstanding partnership has made many large scale coastal restoration projects possible in the past 6 years including projects at Pass a Loutre, Raccoon Island and Pointe-aux-Chenes


The Marsh Master, with its multiple attachments, is valued at about $150,000. It will be used by LDWF to control vegetation in the areas where the trees, up to 4,000, will eventually be planted along the state’s Mississippi River Basin.


Another Marsh Master was used to clear away vegetation for the Oct. 27 tree planting.


Shane Granier, a biologist manager with LDWF, said the Marsh Master will be used on a regular basis to clear away vegetation that may crowd out and eventually kill the newly planted trees. Additionally, he said, LDWF will be able to use the March Master for many of its projects in water-soaked areas.


“There will be a multitude of projects that we will be able to use this machine to take care of,” Grainier said. For instance, he said, “it can be used to maintain some of the swampier areas for deer hunters.”


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.


LDWF to Hold Lake Bistineau Public Meeting

Release Date: 10/27/2016


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:  Thursday, November 3, 2016, 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.

Louisiana Shrimp Task Force to Meet

Release Date: 10/27/2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 10:00 a.m.
Terrebonne Council Meeting Room
8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360
I.       Roll call and introduction of guests
II.      Approval of July 13, 2016 meeting minutes and November 2, 2016 agenda
III.     Treasury Report
                A.  Budget report- LDWF
IV.     Old Business
                A.     Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council Update- Myron Fischer
                B.     Update on the Status of Shrimp Permits- Myron Fischer
V.      New Business
                A.     Update on the Inside/ Outside Line- Jeff Marx
                B.     Sustainability Update- Fisheries Improvement Plan- Damon Morris
                C.     Discussion of Experimental Gear Program- Cole Garrett
                D.     Update on the Refrigeration Grant Program- Richard Williams
                E.     To Consider Funding the Seafood Promotions and Marketing Board-  
                F.     Discussion of Ethics Procedures, Reports, and Violations- George Barisich
                G.     Discussion of Trawl Board Gear Regulations- Acy Cooper
                H.    Discussion of Shrimp/ Crab Task Force Appointees- Acy Cooper
                I.      Discussion of the LA Authentic Wild Seafood Program- Acy Cooper
                J.       Discussion of Seafood Label of Origin- Acy Cooper
VI.       Public Comment
VII.      Set Quarterly Meetings
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:

Southeast Texas Man Sentenced to 5 Years Probation, Must Pay Nearly $26,000 for Killing Two Louisiana Whooping Cranes

Release Date: 10/27/2016

Oct. 27, 2016 – A Southeast Texas man was sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation and ordered to pay nearly $26,000 in restitution for killing two endangered whooping cranes in January from an experimental Louisiana population.
Trey Joseph Frederick, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of taking a whooping crane under the Endangered Species Act in May, was sentenced by a federal magistrate in Beaumont, Texas. In addition to probation and the fine, Frederick, 19, is prohibited from possessing firearms and cannot hunt or fish in the United States for five years. He must also perform 200 hours of community service.
Frederick faced a fine of up to $50,000 and as much as a year in jail.
The cranes were found dead in Jefferson County, located in southeast Texas, on Jan. 11. These birds, a male and female, were almost two years old and were part of a group introduced in Louisiana in an effort to establish a self-sustaining population.
Although originally released in Louisiana at the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WLWCA) near Gueydan, the two whooping cranes, along with two other birds from Louisiana, had been in southeast Texas for more than eight months.
“We’re pleased with the sentence and appreciate how seriously the judge and prosecutor took this case,’’ said LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon. “We are grateful to the state and federal law enforcement agents who worked this case and to everyone else who assisted to ensure that justice was served. We hope this sentence sends a strong message that this type of crime won’t be tolerated. We also hope, in this tragedy, that we can further educate the public about whooping cranes.’’
The whooping crane is protected under the federal Endangered Species and Migratory Bird Treaty Acts and by Texas and Louisiana state law.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is working cooperatively with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and the Louisiana Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit to return the species to the state.
“It was incredibly frustrating to lose two birds in this senseless act,’’ said LDWF whooping crane biologist Sara Zimorski. “But it has not, in any way, discouraged our efforts in bringing back whooping cranes to Louisiana. We continue to move forward with our work and are seeing positive gains.’’
Whooping cranes are large-bodied, white birds similar to white ibis, white pelicans, and wood storks, all of which must be distinguished from legally-hunted snow geese. However, a red head and black facial markings along with a height of five feet and a wingspan of 7-8 feet make them very distinctive. In flight, whooping cranes display black wing tips and fully extended neck and legs, which extend well beyond the tail.
Juvenile whooping cranes are primarily white with some cinnamon-brown feathers remaining on their body, primarily on their head and neck. Their wing tips are black like an adult, but they lack the red head.
Anyone encountering a whooping crane is advised to observe the bird from a distance and to report their sighting to LDWF (http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/webform/whooping-crane-reporting-form).
Anyone witnessing suspicious activity involving whooping cranes is advised to report that information to LDWF’s Enforcement Division by calling 1-800-442-2511 or using the tip411 program, which may offer a cash reward for information leading to arrests or convictions. To use the tip411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone app from the Apple iTunes store free of charge. Citizen Observer, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text so that LDWF cannot identify the sender.
Donations in support of the cranes can be made through the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation by contacting Kell McInnis at 225-765-5100, kmcinnis@wlf.la.gov, or visiting the Foundation’s website directly at http://lawff.org/index.html. Donations can also be mailed directly to the Foundation at P.O. Box 80378 Baton Rouge, LA 70898-0378.
For more information on the Louisiana Whooping Crane Project, contact Eva Szyszkoski at eszyszkoski@wlf.la.gov or 608-477-0270.

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