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Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Modifies Rule for Harvest of Mullet

Release Date: 08/04/2011

Aug. 4, 2011 – Today the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission passed a motion to modify the commercial mullet season by allowing the harvest of live mullet for bait purposes. 

The commission modified the existing rules to remain consistent with changes made during the 2011 Louisiana Legislative Session.    

The proposed rule states that commercial harvest of live mullet for bait purposes will be allowed in any season with a cast net not to exceed 12-feet in radius.  The proposed rule also requires that commercial fishermen wishing to harvest live mullet for bait purposes be required to obtain a commercial fishing license and a commercial cast net license, for each cast net, as well as all other applicable licenses.  The proposed rule further states that cast nets used for the commercial harvest of live mullet for bait purposes shall only be operated manually and that no mechanical device may be used to hold open the cast net or propel/deploy the cast net.

Currently the only commercial season for the taking of mullet is from the third Monday in October of a given year through the third Monday in January of the following year. 

Public comments on the notice of intent will be accepted prior to October 6, 2011. 

Comments should be submitted to Jason Adriance, Fisheries Division, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA  70898-9000, or via e-mail to jadriance@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.

EDITORS: For more information, contact Laura Deslatte-Wooderson at (225)610-2363 or at lwooderson@wlf.louisiana.gov.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Modifies Rules for Recreational Harvest of Bluefin Tuna

Release Date: 08/04/2011

 

Aug. 4, 2011 – Today the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission passed a motion to modify existing rules for the recreational harvest of bluefin tuna, in an effort to remain consistent with federal regulations currently in place. 

The proposed rule would change the minimum size limit for bluefin tuna to be 73 inches.  The proposed rule also changes bag and possession limits to one bluefin tuna per vessel per year. 

Currently fishing of bluefin tuna is prohibited in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and bluefin tuna may only be kept as incidental catch and only while possessing a Highly Migratory Species Recreational Angling Permit issued by NOAA Fisheries Service.

Public comments on the Notice of Intent will be accepted prior to October 6, 2011. 

Comments should be submitted to Jason Adriance, Fisheries Division, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA  70898-9000, or via e-mail to jadriance@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.

EDITORS: For more information contact Laura Deslatte-Wooderson at (225)610-2363 or lwooderson@wlf.louisiana.gov.

 

L.D.W.F. Kicks Off Yellowfin Tuna Tagging Program

Release Date: 08/04/2011

 

Department expands Louisiana Saltwater Series Fishing Tournament to include yellowfin tuna; first tournament of its kind in the Gulf of Mexico

Aug. 4, 2011- This fall, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) plans to launch a Yellowfin Tuna Tagging Program, an initiative unique to the Gulf of Mexico.  The program promotes a culture of catch, tag and release in the recreational fishing community and contributes to the scientific data necessary to further understand the behaviors of yellowfin tuna.

Tagging tuna can provide information about their movements, migrations, stock structure, growth, population size, mortality, schooling behavior and physiology.  NOAA acknowledges that the size and number of yellowfin caught are decreasing, and the downward trend has been happening since 1999.  “The new tuna tagging program will provide baseline information for the population models used to assess the health of the stock of this valuable fishery,” said LDWF Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina.  “It will also help clarify the evidence that yellowfin migratory patterns have been altered by the presence of offshore oil platforms.”

LDWF plans to kick off the program with a tag-and-release tournament at Venice Marina on Saturday, September 24.  With the success of the 2011 redfish tournaments, the department added a Yellowfin Tuna Fall Shootout to their Louisiana Saltwater Series.  By encouraging live tag and release, the series has focused attention on the conservation of our marine resources. 

This is the first tournament of its kind in the Gulf of Mexico, and there is a 100 percent payout for first, second and third place finishers.  Payout is determined based upon the total number of boats entered.  A $5,000 prize is up for grabs to the chartered boat with the most tagged yellowfin.  There is also a kill fish division, and the team with the largest tuna weighed will win an offshore tackle package valued at $3,000.

There is a $500 entry fee per boat for the tournament, with a maximum of eight anglers total on each team.

Additional information, including rules, regulations and entry forms will soon be available at www.lasaltwaterseries.com.

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 more information contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov (225) 765-5113.

L.D.W.F. Offering Volunteer Hunter Safety Instructor Training in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 08/03/2011

 

August 3, 2011—The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Education Section is offering a Volunteer Hunter Safety Instructor Academy at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge on Aug. 8 through 10.  Waddill is located at 4142 North Flannery Road.

The academy’s three, nightly sessions start at 5 p.m. and last until 9 p.m.  Participants must attend all three nights to be certified as a Volunteer Hunter Safety Instructor.  There is no charge for the academy, and it is open to anyone over the age of 18 who is interested in teaching Hunter Safety Courses.

Requirements for Becoming a Hunter Education Instructor are:

  • Attend a 12-hour instructor training course
  • Complete a live fire exercise
  • Pass a written exam
  • Undergo a criminal background check

Volunteer instructors are the backbone of LDWF’s hunter education program. One of the rewards of serving as a volunteer instructor is the self satisfaction of knowing you are helping to preserve the future of hunting by passing on a time honored tradition. Become a part of a team that makes a difference.

What Does LDWF Look For In a Volunteer Instructor?

  • Professional demeanor
  • Courteous and respectful
  • Good communicator
  • People oriented
  • Dedicated and motivated
  • Someone who believes in the importance of education

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 about the academy, or to register for the course, please contact Bradley Breland at 225-274-8089 or bbreland@wlf.la.gov .

Mud Hole Area Within Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge to Reopen Aug. 5

Release Date: 08/03/2011

Aug. 3, 2011 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will reopen on Friday,Aug. 5 that portion of Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge (SWR) known locally as Mud Hole.

The Mud Hole water management control structure area had been closed in July due to litter problems created by recreational fishermen. The structure, within Cameron Parish, has been cleaned and will again be available for public use.

The public is reminded that refuge regulations prohibit littering, which includes not returning bycatch of recreational cast-netting to the water. Violators can receive a citation for failure to comply.  To report littering on Rockefeller SWR or any LDWF property, individuals are encouraged to report violators to Operation Game Thief at 1-800-442-2511.

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, call Rockefeller SWR Refuge at 337-491-2593.

Louisiana Sales Tax Holiday Good for the Outdoors

Release Date: 08/03/2011

August 3, 2011 – Louisiana’s sales tax holiday provides a great opportunity to stock up and save on outdoor gear!
 
This weekend, the four percent state sales tax will be waived on the first $2,500 spent on individual items of tangible personal use. The tax-free holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday, August 5 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, August 6.  Only state tax is exempt and all other sales taxes, such as parish taxes still apply.
 
The time is now for outdoor enthusiasts to gear up and save money on the items they want. A tax-free holiday provides a savings opportunity for the hunter to be properly outfitted, birdwatchers to get the correct optics and anglers to update their tackle box. Whether it’s hunting, fishing or outdoor photography equipment, it is all available for less this weekend.
 
Not only are items bought this weekend included but also items put on layaway during the holiday are eligible for the exemption. Items that are already in layaway can also be purchased this weekend and receive the tax credit.
 
Taking time to step outside with family and friends is beneficial for the body and mind. Getting outside provides physical benefits, such as aerobic, cardiovascular and muscular fitness. Mentally, it helps prevent or reduce stress, gives an increased sense of exhilaration and provides an adventure from everyday routines.  
 
For more information on the tax-fee weekend go to the Louisiana Department of Revenue at http://revenue.louisiana.gov/sections/general/hottopics/salestaxholiday.aspx .
 
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.

Trapping Workshop Set for SEPT. 9-11 at Waddill Outdoor Education Center

Release Date: 08/02/2011

Aug. 2, 2011 --The Louisiana Trappers and Alligator Hunters Association will be hosting a Trapping Workshop on the weekend of Sept. 9 – 11.  The workshop will be presented at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Waddill Outdoor Education Center, 4142 N. Flannery Road in Baton Rouge.

The workshop will begin on Friday, Sept. 9 at 5 p.m. and run through Sunday at noon, providing classroom activity and field exercises. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of trapping including equipment selection, scouting, set making, bait and lure usage, bait making, fur handling, ethics, skull identification, snare making and more.

The registration fee is $25 per student and will cover food costs. Accommodations are provided on a first come, first serve basis, if needed.  Overnight participants will need to bring sheets, blanket, and a pillow to fit a full size bed. Students under 13 must have an adult guardian with them to attend. Only 25 openings are available and interested participants are encouraged to reserve their spot as soon as possible.

For additional information, or to pre-register, contact Wesley Blanchard at 337-375-1932.

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 Oyster Task Force Meeting August 3 in New Orleans

Release Date: 08/02/2011

The Louisiana Oyster Task Force will hold a meeting on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 10 a.m.  The meeting will take place in room 206 of the Lindy C. Boggs Conference Center located at 2045 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, Louisiana.

The agenda for the meeting is below.

 

I.                 Roll Call

II.          New Business

       A. Cultch plant locations

      B. Oyster substitution/moratorium legislation

 

For more information contact Laura Deslatte-Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225)610-2363.

 

L.D.W.F. to Lease Catahoula Lake Acreage for Haying

Release Date: 08/01/2011

August 1, 2011 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be leasing areas for cutting hay around Catahoula Lake as part of the department’s 10-year management and research plan to improve waterfowl habitat.

A mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held in September when exact locations, acreages and timeframes will be specified.  Approximate acreage available could include a 270-acre unit and a 500-acre unit, although unit sizes and the number of units may change in advance of bids being accepted. Hay collection will be allowed from the date winning bids are awarded through Oct. 31. Individuals who have notified LDWF of their interest in participating will be notified in advance of the pre-bid meeting.

The department’s experimental management plan for the lake will include varying water levels, utilizing a variety of vegetation control activities such as hay cutting, and collection of vegetation data from permanent monitoring plots. Through analysis of this data, the department hopes to determine effective measures that can be implemented to control woody vegetation on the lake.

For more information, or to have your name placed on a bid notification list, contact Steve Smith at 318-487-5885 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov or Paul Link at 225-765-2358 or plink@wlf.la.gov.

 

Reviving Eunice City Lake

Release Date: 07/29/2011

 

$1 million rehabilitation project scheduled for lake in central Louisiana

July 29, 2011 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LWFF) in cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the City of Eunice plan to launch a project to rehabilitate Eunice City Lake after a Union Pacific Railroad explosion in May 2000 potentially released hazardous materials and chemicals into the surrounding area. 

Thirty-three of the 113 cars making up an eastbound Union Pacific Railroad train derailed northwest of Eunice, Louisiana.  The derailment occurred on a bridge crossing an unnamed tributary to Bayou Des Cannes.  Fifteen of the derailed cars contained a variety of hazardous materials and chemicals, and two rail cars exploded, potentially sending their contents into the surrounding area, including Eunice City Lake. 

The total amount for environmental rehabilitation projects that will be executed by the LWFF and LDWF exceeds $1 million.  After all claimants had been paid following the incident, residual funds were left in the account.  The Honorable Richard T. Haik of the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, the presiding Judge overseeing the train derailment litigation, awarded the monies to the LWFF to fund the improvement projects on the lake.

Although it was determined that there were no health risks involved in eating fish from the lake, concerns about fish contamination discouraged recreational use of the lake.  Improvement projects will include draining the lake, removing the existing fish population and restocking the lake with bass, bluegill, redear sunfish and sac-a-lait.

Existing facilities will also be revitalized to accommodate those seeking an outdoor recreational refuge within the community.  A large pavilion will be constructed as a revenue generating space available to the community for private outdoor events.

Other site improvements include the construction of a deck and pier, restroom facility, picnic pavilions, nature walk, welcome center and asphalt road and parking.  Repairs will be made to the existing fishing and boat dock, boat slip and the existing lake control structure will be replaced. 

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana's wildlife and fish resources.

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 Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov (225) 765-5113. 

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