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Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting May 10 in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 05/04/2011

May 4, 2011 – Next Tuesday, May 10 at 1 p.m. the Louisiana Oyster Task Force will meet at the Capitol Park Welcome Center in Baton Rouge, located at 702 N River Road. 

The agenda for tomorrow’s meeting is as follows:

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of  March 29, 2011 MINUTES
  3. Treasury Report
    1. Oyster Tag Sales
    2. LOTF Financial Report
  4. Committee Reports
    1. Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee – (Buddy Pausina)
    2. Enforcement   - (Keith Lacaze)
    3. Legislative - (Jakov Jurisic)
    4. Research – (John Supan)
    5. Coastal Restoration – (Dan Coulon)
    6. Marketing - (Dana Brocato)
    7. Health – (Glenn Cambre)
  5. Old Business
    1. Public Oyster Reef Evaluation & Shell Plant – Patrick Banks
    2. BP Oil Spill Remediation
      1. Claims Process
      2. Public Reef Remediation
      3. Oyster Lease Remediation
    3. Oyster Lease Moratorium Update
    4. Sabine Lake Oyster Reefs Update
  6. New Business
    1. Oyster-Related Legislative Bills Review
    2. Trip Tickets:  Adding Oyster Lease and Vessel Information – Dana Brocato
  7. Set Next Meeting
  8. Adjourn

This meeting is open to the public.

For more information contact Ashley Roth at aroth@wlf.la.gov or (504)286-8735.

Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Meeting Agenda for May 10

Release Date: 05/04/2011

May 4, 2011 – Next Tuesday, May 10, at 9:30 a.m. the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force will meet in Baton Rouge at the Capitol Park Welcome Center in Baton Rouge, located at 702 N River Road. 

  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call - Mark Schexnayder
  3. Selection of the Vice-Chairman
  4. Approval of Minutes from 4.21.11
  5. Review and Adoption of Amended Bylaws
  6. Discussion of Requesting Exemption of 99 mile travel limit
  7. Discussion on Shrimp Excise Tax
  8. Shrimp Management Opportunities
  9. Update from Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board
  10. Subcommittee Membership Discussion
    1. Seafood Promotion and Marketing Subcommittee
    2. Louisiana Certified Seafood Program Subcommittee
  11. Public Comment
  12. Other Business
  13. Next Meeting / Agenda
  14. Adjournment

The Louisiana Shrimp Task Force was created by Act 606 of the Louisiana Legislature to study and monitor the shrimp industry and to make recommendations to the state.

This meeting is open to the public.

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

Amended Agenda for May Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting

Release Date: 05/04/2011

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, May 5, 2011, in the Louisiana Room at the Wildlife and Fisheries Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

The following items will be discussed:

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Minutes of April 7, 2011
  3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege
  4. To hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/April
  5. To consider Resolution on Free Fishing Weekend
  6. To consider 2011-2013 Hunting Seasons and 2011-2012 WMA Season: Consideration of Conditionally Adopted Amendments to Notice of Intent and Consideration of Amended Notice of Intent
  7. To consider General and WMA Hunting Rules and Regulations: Consideration of Conditionally Adopted Amendments to Notice of Intent and Consideration of Amended Notice of Intent
  8. To consider Deer Management Assistance Program: Consideration of Conditionally Adopted Amendments to Notice of Intent and Consideration of Amended Notice of Intent\
  9. To consider Declaration of Emergency on Setting the Opening Dates of the 2011 Spring Inshore Shrimp Season
  10. To consider Declaration of Emergency to open Public Oyster Seed Grounds in the Lake Borgne and Mississippi Sound area
  11. To consider Declaration of Emergency and Notice of Intent on Fisheries Closures due to Oil Spill
  12. Set September 2011 Meeting Date
  13. Receive Public Comments
  14. Adjournment

 

Winners Announced for Second Stop on Louisiana Saltwater Series Tournament Trail

Release Date: 05/03/2011

May 3, 2011 – On Saturday, April 30, 2011, the second annual Louisiana Saltwater Series made its second stop on the tournament trail at Calcasieu Point Landing in Lake Charles, La., with 26 boats entered and over $4,000 awarded in cash prizes.

The series was developed by LDWF in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation to promote conservation of Louisiana’s saltwater sport fish resources and targets one of Louisiana’s most valuable sport fish, redfish.  

Taking home first place overall were Blake Champion and Mike Lambert with a two fish total weight of 11.7 pounds.

A total of 69 redfish were tagged and released during Saturday’s event.  The results of the tagging will aid conservation efforts for redfish in the future, helping to ensure healthy populations and a successful recreational fishing industry.

Visit www.lasaltwaterseries.com for more information including event photographs and a complete listing of results, and be sure to mark your calendars for our next tournament on May 14 at Venice Marina.  Each series includes two-man teams with a $200 entry fee for each event. For teams consisting of three members, only two of the members may be 16 or older.  The tournament is a 100 percent payout series.

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.

*Photos available upon request. 

SPECIAL SHRIMP SEASON SET FOR VERMILION BAY

Release Date: 05/02/2011

Special shrimp season map

May 2, 2011 – Today, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham, announced a special shrimp season in portions of state inside waters west of the Atchafalaya River, specifically Vermilion Bay, beginning Friday, May 6, 2011 at 6 a.m. 

Recent biological samples indicate that marketable size white shrimp are available for harvest in these waters. High river stages predicted for the Atchafalaya River may lead to considerably large movements of white shrimp populations from these waters into offshore waters prior to the effective date of the spring inshore shrimp season to be set by the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.

The specific area that is set to open to this special shrimp season is as follows:  state inside waters from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the Channel red buoy line westward to the western shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island.

The opening dates for the 2011 Spring Inshore Shrimp season will be considered by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at the May 5 meeting at LDWF Headquarters.

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 Laura Deslatte at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov or (225) 610-2363.

Agenda Set for May Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting

Release Date: 04/28/2011

April 28, 2011 - The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2011, in the Louisiana Room at the Wildlife and Fisheries Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

The following items will be discussed:

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Minutes of April 7, 2011
  3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege
  4. To consider Declaration of Emergency and Notice of Intent on Opening of Sabine Lake to Commercial Oyster Harvest
  5. To hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/April
  6. To consider Resolution on Free Fishing Weekend
  7. To consider 2011-2013 Hunting Seasons and 2011-2012 WMA Season: Consideration of Conditionally Adopted Amendments to Notice of Intent and Consideration of Amended Notice of Intent
  8. To consider General and WMA Hunting Rules and Regulations: Consideration of Conditionally Adopted Amendments to Notice of Intent and Consideration of Amended Notice of Intent
  9. To consider Deer Management Assistance Program: Consideration of Conditionally Adopted Amendments to Notice of Intent and Consideration of Amended Notice of Intent
  10. To consider Declaration of Emergency on Setting the Opening Dates of the 2011 Spring Inshore Shrimp Season
  11. To consider Declaration of Emergency and Notice of Intent on Fisheries Closures due to Oil Spill
  12. Set September 2011 Meeting Date
  13. Receive Public Comments
  14. Adjournment

L.D.W.F. Makes Available Revised Wildlife and Fish Values for Public Comment

Release Date: 04/28/2011

April 28, 2011 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) adopted a notice of intent this month to approve changes to the values assigned to fish and wildlife in Louisiana, and to modify the list of threatened and endangered species.  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) recommended the revised values, which are used to determine fines for individuals who illegally take fish and wildlife.

The list of threatened and endangered species will be amended to match the current federal listing of threatened or endangered species that are in Louisiana.  Key changes were the removal of the brown pelican and the bald eagle, and the addition of the red wolf.

To view the full notice of intent, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items. Public comment will be accepted at the LWFC monthly meetings on May 5 and June 2. Comments will also be accepted by mail to LDWF headquarters in Baton Rouge through June 2, 2010. Mailed comments should be directed to:

David Lavergne
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
P.O. Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000

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 Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov. 

Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Meeting Canceled

Release Date: 04/27/2011

 

April 27, 2011The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 27 at 1 p.m. has been canceled.  The public will be notified when the meeting is rescheduled. 

 

Contact Ashley Roth, Ashley@Louisianaseafood.com or 504-286-8735.

LDWF Announces More Fishing Openings

Release Date: 04/26/2011

Map of Openings 4/26/11

Over 99.4 percent of state waters now open for fishing

April 26, 2011 - Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in coordination with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, ordered an emergency reopening of recreational and commercial fishing in portions of state inside and outside waters within the Barataria Basin that were previously closed due to impacts from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill last year.  These areas were opened previously to only recreational and charter boat angling. 

“By working so closely with our state and federal partners we can continue to ensure consumers of Louisiana seafood that it is safe,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.  “Today we are one step closer to resuming normal fishing practices.”

Secretary Barham ordered this opening following the completion of comprehensive testing, after which the FDA advised that shrimp, crab and finfish tissue samples tested from these previously closed areas are safe for consumption.

Recreational and commercial fishing reopens immediately today in certain portions of state inside waters adjacent to Grand Terre Island, Four Bayou Pass and the Barataria Waterway.

This reopening does not include the harvest of species closed by season, including shrimp and certain finfish. 

Furthermore, this opening does not include the commercial harvest of oysters, as this activity is regulated by Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.

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, please contact Laura Deslatte at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov or (225) 610-2363.

 

Louisiana Saltwater Series Fishing Tournament Heads West to Lake Charles

Release Date: 04/26/2011

April 26, 2011 - The Louisiana Saltwater Series Fishing Tournament, hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, continues to its next scheduled tournament site on April 30, 2011, in Lake Charles, La., at Calcasieu Point Landing.  The series is dedicated to catch-and-release saltwater angling through a series of agency-sponsored fishing tournaments.

The series was developed by LDWF in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation to promote conservation of Louisiana’s saltwater sport fish resources and targets one of Louisiana’s most valuable sport fish, redfish.  

The grassroots-based tournament provides anglers with the opportunity to give back to the resource.  Contestants vie for cash prizes and test their skill while enjoying the thrill of the competitive sport. 

Each series includes two-man teams with a $200 entry fee for each event. For teams consisting of three members, only two of the members may be 16 or older.  The tournament is a 100 percent payout series.

This year, a youth division was established to introduce young anglers to the sport of fishing, and to teach the catch-and-release approach to conservation. Participants under 16 years of age will compete against one another in a separate category for trophy catch; all youth anglers will be recognized. 
 

The 2011 series is comprised of six fishing events and a championship. Tournament locations are scheduled across the coast.  The 2011 tournament schedule is as follows: 

  • April 2 Lafitte, Seaway Marina;
  • April 30 Lake Calcasieu, Calcasieu Point Landing;
  • May 14 Venice, Venice Marina;
  • June 18 Delacroix, Sweetwater Marina;
  • July 23 Slidell, Dockside Bait and Tackle/The Dock;
  • August 20 Port Fourchon, Moran’s Marina; and
  • Championship October 7 and 8 Empire, The Delta Marina.
     

Online registration for the tournament will close on Thursday, April 28 at noon, but those interested in participating can register at Calcasieu Point Landing from 5 to 6 a.m., the morning of the event.  Only cash or checks will be accepted for payment of registration fees the morning of the event.

For complete information, including rules, regulations and entry forms go to 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.
 

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