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Louisiana Brown Shrimp Season to Reopen in a Portion of Mississippi Sound

Release Date: 07/16/2015

Louisiana Brown Shrimp Season to Reopen in a Portion of Mississippi Sound

July 16, 2015 –The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced today that based on information provided by LDWF biologists, the brown shrimp season will reopen in portions of Mississippi Sound on Monday, July 20, 2015 at 6 p.m. The following areas will reopen:
 
•  That portion of Mississippi Sound beginning at a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 09 minutes 39.6 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence due south to a point at 30 degrees 05 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence southeasterly to a point on the western shore of Three-Mile Pass at 30 degrees 03 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 22 minutes 23.0 seconds west longitude; thence northeasterly to a point on Isle Au Pitre at 30 degrees 09 minutes 20.5 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 11 minutes 15.5 seconds west longitude, which is a point on the double–rig line as described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2; thence northerly along the double–rig line to a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 12 minutes 37.9056 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 10 minutes 57.9725 seconds west longitude; thence westerly along the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary to the point of beginning.
 
In addition to the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds, all state outside waters are currently open to shrimping.  State inshore waters are currently closed to shrimping. 
 
For a map detailing the areas currently open to shrimping visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/shrimp-seasons.
 
The Commission granted authority to LDWF Secretary Robert Barham at the May LDWF Commission meeting to open any area, or re-open any previously closed area, and to open and close special shrimp seasons in any portion of state waters.  This newly reopened portion of inshore state waters will remain open until further notice.   The 2015 fall white shrimp season has not been set.  
 
For more information, contact Jeff Marx at (337) 373-0032 or jmarx@wlf.la.gov. For press inquiries, contact Ashley Roth at 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov.
 
To sign up for LDWF commercial fishing alerts sent as text messages directly to your mobile device visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/textalert-signup.  
 
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.
 
 

 

Louisiana Crab Task Force to Meet in New Orleans

Release Date: 07/15/2015

Louisiana Crab Task Force to Meet in New Orleans

 
July 15, 2015- The Louisiana Crab Task Force will meet Tuesday, July 21 at 1 p.m. at 2021 Lakeshore Drive, suite 210, New Orleans.  
 
The agenda is as follows:

 I.     Roll Call and introduction of guests
II      Approval of April 14, 2015 meeting minutes and July 21, 2015 meeting agenda
III.    Financial Report
IV.    Old Business
               A. 2015 Legislative Session report- Cole Garrett
               B. Results from the LDWF Cooperative Research Survey: Selected Statistics for Respondents who Targeted Crabs-Jack Isaacs
               C. MSC update- Damon Morris
V.      New Business
               A. Derelict Crab Trap Program update and request for locations for derelict crab trap removal- Jeffrey Marx
               B. Industry concerns with number of crab traps in bayous-Pete Gerica
               C. Bait and crab prices- James Bergeron
VI.      Public Comment
VII.     Set Next Meeting
 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 join the meeting via webinar register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7031527860456935682
 
For press inquiries please contact Ashley Roth, 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov
 
To sign up for LDWF Alerts sent as text messages directly to your mobile device visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/textalert-signup.
 
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.
 

State Owned Road Grader Vandalized on Dewey Wills WMA

Release Date: 07/14/2015

Damaged Glass of Road Grader

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is seeking leads about a road grader that was vandalized on the Dewey Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in LaSalle Parish.

The road grader was used on June 26 when it over heated and couldn’t be moved to its secured storage area.  It was left on the side of Hunt Road on the WMA with the cab of the grader locked overnight.

The 2011 John Deere road grader was vandalized sometime between 5:30 p.m. on June 26 and 7 a.m. on June 27.  The road grader sustained shattered glass to the front windshield, left side door window and both rear view mirrors from somebody throwing rocks.  The estimated damages is over $5,000.

Anyone with information regarding the vandalism to this road grader on the Dewey Wills WMA should call Louisiana Operation Game Thief (LOGT) at 1-800-442-2511 or use LDWF’s tip411 program.

To use the tip 411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the “LADWF Tips” iPhone and Android app from the Apple App Store or Google Play free of charge.

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

Five Men Cited for Red Snapper Violations

Release Date: 07/14/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited five Louisiana men for alleged red snapper violations on July 11.

Agents cited Darren Bartlett, 50, of Kenner, Christopher Bartlett, 53, of Mandeville, Michael Moats, 39, of Metairie, Kevin Pichon, 52, of Metairie, and Robert O'Neil, 52, of Mandeville, for over the limit of red snapper.

Agents on a Joint Enforcement Agreement patrol out of Venice stopped the men’s vessel for an inspection.  Agents found the men in possession of 20 red snapper.

The bag and possession limit is two red snapper per person.  The five men doubled their legal limit of 10 red snapper.

All five men were also written warnings for not having their recreational offshore landing permit which is required in order to possess the red snapper.

Over limit of red snapper brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  The men could also face a total civil restitution of $287 for the replacement value of the over limit fish.

Agents participating in the case are Senior Agent Michael Marques Jr. and Senior Agent Michael Williams.

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

Greater Amberjack Commercial Season to Close in Louisiana

Release Date: 07/13/2015

July 13, 2015 – Officials with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2015 commercial fishing season for greater amberjack in Louisiana state waters will close on Sunday, July 19 at 12:01 a.m.
 
Following a review of current landings, data indicates the 2015 Gulf of Mexico commercial quota of 409,000 pounds will be harvested by July 19. 
 
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that federal waters will also remain closed to commercial amberjack fishing for the remainder of 2015. 
 
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 more information contact Jason Adriance at 504.284.2032 or jadriance@wlf.la.gov .  For press inquiries contact Ashley Roth at 504-2864162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov.  To sign for text alerts related to commercial fishing visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/textalert-signup.
 
 
 

 

Three Men Found Harvesting Oysters in Closed Area

Release Date: 07/09/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested three men for alleged oyster harvesting violations on July 9 in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents arrested Juan Resendiz-Zarraja, 33, of Houma, Jorge Enrique Loper-Mendoza, 19, of Houma, and Gilberto Lopez-Pascual, 26, of Houma, for taking oysters during a closed season on the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation.  The captain of the vessel, De-Laoanaya, was also cited for violating the log book requirements.

On the morning of July 9, LDWF agents were on patrol when they observed a vessel in the Sister Lake Seed Reservation actively dredging for oysters.

Agents stopped the vessel found the three men in possession of 31 sacks of oysters.  Agents seized the vessel, oyster dredges and returned the oysters to the water.  The men were booked into the Terrebonne Parish Jail.

The Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation is closed for the 2014/15 season.

Taking oysters during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Violating the logbook sanitation code requirements carries up to a $25 fine and up to 10 days in jail.

Agents participating in this care are Lt. Joseph Arnaud and Sgt. Bryan Marie.

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

White Lake WCA 2015 Teal Season Lottery Announced

Release Date: 07/09/2015

July 9, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for the 2015 lottery teal hunts on the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish.
 
Available dates include Saturday, Sept. 12; Sunday, Sept. 13; Tuesday, Sept. 15; Thursday, Sept. 17; Saturday, Sept. 19; Sunday, Sept. 20; Wednesday, Sept. 23; Saturday, Sept. 26; and Sunday, Sept. 27.
 
Persons 18 years of age or older can apply and only one application per hunter will be accepted. Applications are available on the LDWF web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/lottery-applications or by writing to the La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attention: White Lake Teal Hunt, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.
 
Completed applications must be received by close of business on Aug. 14, 2015. A $5 non-refundable administration fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to the La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries must accompany each application.
 
Each applicant who is selected will be allowed to bring one additional hunter as a guest.
 
All hunters must have appropriate licenses, including a basic hunting license (or Louisiana Sportsman's Paradise license), a Louisiana duck license, federal duck stamp and HIP permit.
 
Successful applicants will be notified by mail and required to submit an additional check or money order for $250 per hunt party. Applications are non-transferrable.
 
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 more information on White Lake WCA teal season lottery hunts, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400, ext. 1, or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov.
 

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Last day of federal red snapper season for charter vessels is July 14th

Release Date: 07/09/2015

 

(July 7, 2015) – LDWF would like to remind charter vessels and headboats (for-hire sector) that July 14th is the last day of the federal red snapper season.
 
NOAA Fisheries made the decision to split the recreational red snapper quota into two distinct components – private anglers and charter vessels and headboats (for-hire).  Each component has its own quota allocations based upon NOAA’s catch target figures. Private anglers had a 10-day federal season that closed on June 10, and charter vessels/headboats have a 45-day federal season, closing at the end of day July 14, 2015.
 
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.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.  
 
For press inquiries, contact Rene LeBreton at rlebreton@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8745.  To sign for text alerts related to recreational fishing visit: http://www.fishla.org/text-alert-sign-up/.

 

Application Available for Elbow Slough WMA Opening Weekend Lottery Dove Hunts

Release Date: 07/08/2015

July 8, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for lottery dove hunts on Elbow Slough Wildlife Management Area (WMA) for the opening weekend of dove season, Sept. 5-6.
 
The lottery dove hunt access to the WMA in Rapides Parish will provide 80 hunters the opportunity to hunt on the first Saturday and Sunday of the first season split. Hunt times each day will be from one half hour before sunrise until noon. 
 
The deadline for applications to be submitted is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7.  The application form, along with a $5 administrative fee payment, must be sent to LDWF’s Wildlife Division, Elbow Slough Lottery Dove Hunts, P. O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA  70898-9000. A random drawing will then select 40 hunters to participate each day. The application is available on the LDWF website at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts.
 
Only those selected through the lottery drawing will be allowed to attend the dove hunts at Elbow Slough WMA on opening weekend. For safety reasons, guests or other observers will not be allowed.   
 
Starting on Wednesday, Sept. 9, Elbow Slough WMA will be open to all dove hunters, and will remain open for dove hunting by anyone on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays ONLY, through Sunday, Sept. 27.  Elbow Slough WMA will again be open to anyone for dove hunting on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays ONLY, Oct. 10 through Nov. 8. Hunt times for these scheduled open days will be from one half hour before sunrise until sunset.  Dove hunters are reminded that non-toxic shot is required for all hunting on Elbow Slough.
 
For more information, contact Jeff Johnson at (318) 371-3050 or jjohnson@wlf.la.gov .
 
 

 

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LDWF Reminds Offshore Anglers of Free, Required Permit

Release Date: 07/07/2015

 

(July 7, 2015) – With summer in full swing, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries takes this opportunity to remind anglers of the free, required Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.  The permit is required for all anglers possessing tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers and snappers, hinds, cobia, wahoo and dolphin, except for anglers under 16 years of age or anglers fishing on a paid-for-hire trip where the captain holds a permit.
 
The program was developed to better quantify and characterize the charter and recreational fishermen who fish beyond Louisiana’s territorial waters. 
 
The permit is available at no cost to the public.
 
Anglers wishing to obtain or renew a permit can register at https://rolp.wlf.la.gov.
 
Anglers may renew their permits up to 30 days prior to expiration.  A valid Louisiana fishing license number is required to obtain a permit.  A confirmation number is allowed for a temporary (trip) license.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant 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 media inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.

 

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