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Louisiana Shrimp Task Force to Meet

Release Date: 07/21/2017

Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 10:00 a.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360

 

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

 

AGENDA

I.             Roll call and Introduction of Guests

II.            Approval of the April 12, 2017, Meeting Minutes and the August 2, 2017, Agenda

III.           Treasury Report

A.     Budget Report- LDWF

IV.            Old Business

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

V.             New Business

A.     Update on the 2017 Fall Inshore Shrimp Season- Jeff Marx

B.     Discussion of Tow Time Enforcement- Acy Cooper

C.     Discussion of White Spot Disease- Acy Cooper

D.     Update on LA Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Shrimp Industry Initiative Summary of Efforts- LSPMB Staff

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 https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8977246743102042370

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 the contact at the top of this announcement at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

It’s official, red snapper anglers get another weekend

Release Date: 07/20/2017

(Baton Rouge, LA) – There’s more good news for red snapper fishermen in the state.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries estimates show that the season will be open through this weekend. So far, state anglers have not threatened the harvest limit that would trigger the closure of the red snapper season, according to LDWF.

The latest catch numbers recorded by LDWF’s LA Creel program, the states near real-time data collecting program, is about 655,603 pounds. Last week’s reported catch total was 539,154 pounds. The state’s self-imposed cutoff is 1.04 million pounds for 2017. The most recent estimates cover the period through July 9.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has ordered LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet to close the red snapper season when it appears Louisiana’s catch will meet the 1.04-million-pound limit. It is the goal of LDWF to be accountable for the state’s catch in order to improve its chances of receiving federal government permission allowing Louisiana to oversee its own red snapper season out 200 miles from its coast.

The red snapper fishing season was extended 39 days as part of an agreement reached earlier this summer involving Louisiana, the four other Gulf states – Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida - and the U.S. Department of Commerce. It allowed recreational anglers to fish out 200 miles from the Louisiana coast for red snapper for 39 days. Those dates include June 16-18, June 23-25, June 30-July 4, July 7-9, July 14-16, July 21-23, July 28-30, August 4-6, August 11-13, August 18-20, August 25-27, and September 1-4.

Any dates after this weekend will be canceled immediately if the pound limit is reached before September 4.

Also under the agreement, there would be no red snapper fishing in state waters – out nine miles from the Louisiana coast – on Mondays through Thursdays, except on July 3-4 and September 4. Anglers are limited to two fish, measuring at least 16 inches per day.

For more information on the 2017 red snapper landings estimates, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/page/41176-red-snapper-long-range-plan-facts/redsnapperwebsitedocument7-19-17-1.pdf

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 LDWF email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

LDWF Phone Lines Are Down

Release Date: 07/20/2017

We apologize for the inconvenience, but our licensing phone lines are currently down. We ask for your patience as we work to resolve the situation. In the meantime, licenses can be purchased at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/licenses-and-permits

 

Thanks again for your patience, and we'll be sure to let you know when we're up and running again!

Louisiana Fisheries Forward Summit 2018 – Don’t Let it Catch You by Surprise

Release Date: 07/20/2017

Louisiana Fisheries Forward Summit 2018 – Don’t Let it Catch You by Surprise

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries together with their partners at Louisiana Sea Grant and LSU AgCenter are excited to announce the date has been set for the next Louisiana Fisheries Forward Summit for Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner.
 
This free event is the Gulf South’s premier commercial fishing and seafood industry event, attracting hundreds of commercial fishermen, seafood dealers, processors and others.  This year’s summit will again be structured as an expo, with an open trade and ongoing demonstrations throughout the day. 
 
To facilitate planning and provide the best experience, the Seafood Summit and Expo will be held every other year. 
 
To participate in the expo as a vendor (free of charge), or for more information, visitwww.LaFisheriesForward.org/Summit.

Louisiana Schools Honored as U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and Postsecondary Sustainability Winners

Release Date: 07/19/2017

July 19, 2017 – Three Louisiana schools selected to receive 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools awards were honored in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday (July 19). Mayfair Laboratory School in Baton Rouge, Belle Chasse Academy in Belle Chasse and Louisiana State University’s Campus Sustainability Office were the Louisiana schools presented the awards.
 
The honorees were recognized for reducing their environmental impact, creating healthy learning environments and providing real-world sustainability education that prepares students to succeed in the 21st century.
 
Assistant U.S. Secretary of Education for Management Holly Ham, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Director of Education Louisa Koch, Director of the Campaign for Environmental Literacy James L. Elder, Jr. and Director of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council Anisa Heming honored the 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C.
 
Accepting the award for Mayfair Laboratory School in Baton Rouge was Tiffany May, Karla Spears and Paige Laureano. Tammy Milican and Sarah Temple accepted the award for LSU. Traci Nelson accepted the award for Belle Chasse Academy in Belle Chasse.
 
“The Louisiana Department of Education is proud to count Belle Chasse Academy and Mayfair Laboratory School among the nation’s Green Ribbon honorees,” said Louisiana State Superintendent John White. “This award is a reflection of the state’s commitment to fostering healthy and productive learning spaces for all students—present and future—by reducing our impact on the environment and promoting wellness in our schools and communities.”
 
“We are very pleased to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for our efforts to create a more sustainable campus. This honor is a recognition of the hard work that LSU students, faculty and staff have invested in environmental stewardship and sustainability education, as well as operating more efficiently to reduce the carbon footprint of our university,” said Tammy Millican, executive director of LSU Facility & Property Oversight. 
 
The list of all selected schools and districts, as well as their nomination packages, can be found here. More information on the federal recognition award can be found here.  Resources for all schools to move toward the three pillars of the award can be found here

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LDWF to Hold Wildlife Rehabilitation Training Class in Baton Rouge on Sept. 16

Release Date: 07/19/2017

July 19, 2017 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold a Wildlife Rehabilitation Basic Skills Class on Sept. 16 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at LDWF headquarters in Baton Rouge at 2000 Quail Dr. in the Louisiana Room. Registration deadline is Sept. 11 and the class will be limited to 150 participants.
 
The class is the only certification course recognized by LDWF and is for individuals who would like to become wildlife rehabilitators. The basic skills class fulfills one of the requirements for obtaining an LDWF wildlife rehabilitation license and is free.
 
The class will be taught by experienced wildlife rehabilitators, veterinarians and wildlife professionals.
 
To register for the class, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife-rehab-training-signup. For more information, contact LDWF permits coordinator Melissa Collins at 225-763-8584 or at mcollins@wlf.la.gov.
 
Anyone interested in pursuing an LDWF wildlife rehabilitation license should contact Collins.

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LDWF Closes Fishing Pier at Lake Bistineau Spillway

Release Date: 07/18/2017

LDWF Closes Fishing Pier at Lake Bistineau Spillway

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has temporarily closed the fishing pier located at the Lake Bistineau spillway as a safety precaution following a recent inpsection. The pier, located in Bossier Parish, consists of a portion of the old Highway 154 bridge that was abandoned when the Officer Thomas LaValley Memorial Bridge was completed in 2002.  
  
The pier will remained closed until further notice. For more information regarding Lake Bistineau, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/lake-bistineau.
 
For additional information regarding the closing, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066.

Louisiana Shrimp Season to Close In Remaining Inside Waters on July 24

Release Date: 07/17/2017

Louisiana Shrimp Season to Close In Remaining Inside Waters on July 24

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2017 spring inshore shrimp season will close on Monday, July 24 at 6 p.m. in Lake Pontchartrain, Chef Menteur and Rigolets passes, Lake Borgne, and the Louisiana portion of Mississippi Sound. With this action, all state inside waters will be closed with the exception of Breton and Chandeleur sounds.
 
All state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line, as described in R.S. 56:495 will remain open to shrimping until further notice. 
 
Data collected in recent weeks by LDWF biologists indicate increased quantity, distribution and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp within these waters. The closure will protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes.
 
LDWF would also like to remind shrimpers there is a possession count on saltwater white shrimp of 100 count (whole shrimp per pound) taken in either inside or outside (offshore) waters of Louisiana. This size restriction applies to the taking or possession of such shrimp aboard a vessel, EXCEPT from Oct. 15 through the third Monday in December, when there is no possession count on saltwater white shrimp. When more than 50 percent by weight of the saltwater shrimp taken or possessed is seabobs or brown shrimp, then the maximum allowable amount of undersized white shrimp taken or possessed should not exceed 10 percent by weight of the total saltwater shrimp taken or possessed. If compliance issues develop, remaining open areas can be closed by the Secretary of the Department.

For more information, contact Jeff Marx at (337) 373-0032 or jmarx@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF website will be down for maintenance on the evening of Monday, July 17

Release Date: 07/14/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ website will be offline for maintenance after 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 17. You will still be able to purchase fishing and hunting licenses online at www.la.wildlifelicense.com. This link will also be posted on our homepage during the maintenance period.  The site will be restored by Tuesday at 8:00 a.m.

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.

Red Snapper season to remain open this weekend, maybe longer

Release Date: 07/13/2017

Baton Rouge, LA – Louisiana anglers can breathe a sigh of relief for now. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will not close the red snapper season as some had feared. In fact, there is a chance that the season will last until Sept. 4, the official closure date.

According to estimates from LDWF’s LA Creel, the states near real-time data program, if anglers continue to catch red snapper at the current rate, the season may last through Labor Day.

“The current harvest rates are certainly lower than we were expecting, so we are able to keep the season open at this time,” said Assistant Secretary for Fisheries Patrick Banks. However, he said, it is very unlikely the current average weekly catch of 66,000 will hold.

Louisiana has a self-imposed limit of approximately 15 percent of the total Gulf of Mexico catch. The self-imposed limit equals about 1.04 million pounds of red snapper for 2017.

According to the latest LA Creel estimated harvest rate Louisiana anglers would only catch 902,616 pounds of red snapper by Sept. 4. 

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has ordered LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet to close the red snapper season when it appears Louisiana’s catch will exceed the 1.04-million-pound limit. It is the goal of LDWF to manage the state’s catch responsibly in order to improve its chances of the federal government allowing Louisiana to oversee its own red snapper season out 200 miles from its coast.

Louisiana is part of an agreement reached earlier this summer with four other Gulf states and the U.S. Department of Commerce that allow recreational anglers to fish out 200 miles from the Louisiana coast for red snapper for 39 days. The altered season opened June 16-18 continued on June 23-25, June 30-July 4, July 7-9 and will continue July 14-16, July 21-23, July 28-30, Aug. 4-6, Aug. 11-13, Aug 18-20, Aug. 25-27, and Sept. 1-4.

Under the agreement that includes Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida, there would be no red snapper fishing in state waters – out nine miles from the Louisiana coast – on Mondays through Thursdays, except on July 3-4 and Sept. 4. Anglers are limited to two fish, measuring at least 16 inches per day.

*For more information on the 2017 red snapper landings estimates go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/page/41176-red-snapper-long-range-plan-facts/redsnapperharvestupdateforwebsite-071317.pdf

 

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