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AMENDED - June 2016 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 06/01/2016

AMENDED - June 2016 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

(REMOVED:  Presentation of Landowner Recognition Award for Support of the First Successful Whooping Crane Nest of the Reintroduction Project)

The next regular Commission Meeting of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will be held at 2:00PM on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA  70808

The following items will be discussed:

1.    Call to Order        

2.    Pledge of Allegiance

3.    Roll Call

4.    Approval of May 05, 2016 Commission Meeting Minutes

5.    Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege        

6.    To hear Enforcement Reports May 2016

7.    To hear an update on the 2016 Legislative Session

8.    To consider a Notice of Intent to establish the Oyster Harvester Training Program

9.    To hear an update on Potential Actions to address overfished status of Blue Crabs

10.  To hear an update on West End Artificial Reef Project

11.  To hear an update related to possession limit for saltwater recreational finfish landed at Port Eads Marina 

12.  To hear an update on the Notice of Intent to Outlaw Quadruped, Nutria and Beaver Night Take Permit and to consider amendments thereto

13.  Set October 2016 Meeting Date

14.  Receive Public Comments

15.  To consider holding an executive session, pursuant to R.S. 42:17(A)(2) to discuss on-going litigation in the matters of:  State of Louisiana v. ASA Properties, et al., Docket No. 72779, Sec. B, 42nd JDC, DeSoto Parish;  State of Louisiana v. ASA Properties, et al., Docket No. 35809, Red River Parish;  Chesapeake Louisiana, L.P. v. Pintail Properties, LLC, et al., Docket No. 35565, 39th JDC, Red River Parish;  Petrohawk Operating Company v. Chesapeake Louisiana, L.P., et al., Docket No. 35,903, Red River Parish;  QEP Energy Company v. Pintail Properties, et al., Docket No. 35,801, Red River Parish, and;  Stroud Petroleum Inc. v. Pintail Properties LLC, et al., Docket No. 34865, 39th JDC, Red River Parish

16.  To consider allowing the Attorney General’s Office to pursue settlement negotiations on behalf of the Commission in the litigation identified in Agenda Item 15

17.  Adjournment

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June 2016 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 05/31/2016

The next regular Commission Meeting of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will be held at 2:00PM on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

The following items will be discussed:

1. Call to Order

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Roll Call

4. Approval of May 05, 2016 Commission Meeting Minutes

5. Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

6. Presentation of Landowner Recognition Award for Support of the First Successful Whooping Crane Nest of the Reintroduction Project

7. To hear Enforcement Reports May 2016

8. To hear an update on the 2016 Legislative Session

9. To consider a Notice of Intent to establish the Oyster Harvester Training Program

10. To hear an update on Potential Actions to address overfished status of Blue Crabs

11. To hear an update on West End Artificial Reef Project

12. To hear an update related to possession limit for saltwater recreational finfish landed at Port Eads Marina

13. To hear an update on the Notice of Intent to Outlaw Quadruped, Nutria and Beaver Night Take Permit and to consider amendments thereto

14. Set October 2016 Meeting Date

15. Receive Public Comments

16. To consider holding an executive session, pursuant to R.S. 42:17(A)(2) to discuss on-going litigation in the matters of: State of Louisiana v. ASA Properties, et al., Docket No. 72779, Sec. B, 42nd JDC, DeSoto Parish; State of Louisiana v. ASA Properties, et al., Docket No. 35809, Red River Parish; Chesapeake Louisiana, L.P. v. Pintail Properties, LLC, et al., Docket No. 35565, 39th JDC, Red River Parish; Petrohawk Operating Company v. Chesapeake Louisiana, L.P., et al., Docket No. 35,903, Red River Parish; QEP Energy Company v. Pintail Properties, et al., Docket No. 35,801, Red River Parish, and; Stroud Petroleum Inc. v. Pintail Properties LLC, et al., Docket No. 34865, 39th JDC, Red River Parish

17. To consider allowing the Attorney General’s Office to pursue settlement negotiations on behalf of the Commission in the litigation identified in Agenda Item 16

18. Adjournment

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LDWF Accepting Applications for Waterfowl Group Hunts at White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area for 2016-17 Hunting Season

Release Date: 05/26/2016

May 26, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will begin accepting applications Thursday (May 26) through June 20 for waterfowl group hunts for up to 12 hunters per group at White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA). 
 
The cost of the 2016-17 waterfowl season hunts will be $30,000 for each group and the application form is available on the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/lottery-applications. A completed application form and $2,500 deposit must be submitted to LDWF by the close of business on June 20.
 
Interested groups must select one two-day group hunt per application.  When selecting dates from the dates offered (example: Nov. 12-13), it is understood that arrival will be the afternoon before (example: Nov. 11).  The two consecutive days of hunting do not include the arrival day, which will be the day before from 3-5 p.m.
 
LDWF will select one application by random lottery drawing for each hunt offered.  Applicants must be at least 18 years old and must submit a separate application for each two-day group hunt they wish to reserve. Applicants can apply for as many as three separate two-day hunts. If multiple applications are submitted, each will require a separate $2,500 deposit.
 
Applications must be accompanied by a bank draft, money order or other liquid instrument made payable to Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in the amount of $2,500.  If the application is selected, the deposit is non-refundable. The applicant will be notified by mail or e-mail, and will be required to submit the final payment of $27,500 no later than Oct. 15, 2016.
 
PLEASE NOTE: Any unsold hunts after the application deadline will be sold on a first-come first-serve basis. Please contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400 ext. # 1 or email wsweeney@wlf.la.gov to find out what hunting dates may still be available. A hunt will be considered sold once a deposit and application is received in our Baton Rouge office at the address referenced in the application.
 
The fee covers up to 12 hunters and includes the following:  transportation to and from the airport (Jennings or Lake Charles or Lafayette), all food and beverages, two-night stay at the White Lake Lodge, professional hunting and fishing guides, hunting and fishing licenses, steel shot shotgun shells for waterfowl hunts and steel shot for skeet range, the use of shotguns and fishing gear, bird and fish cleaning and packaging.
 
On the arrival day, hunters will watch a safety film and then be issued hunting and fishing licenses. If time allows, the group will shoot skeet in the late afternoon hours.  Day two starts with a morning waterfowl hunt from 6-9:30 a.m.  After the hunt, the group can fish or shoot clay targets on the skeet range or sporting clays course.  On day three, a morning waterfowl hunt is scheduled from 6-9:30 a.m., and checkout is no later than noon after lunch.
 
Applications must be mailed or delivered to:
 
 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Attention: White Lake Group Hunt
2000 Quail Drive, Room 422
Baton Rouge, LA   70808
 
For more information on White Lake WCA waterfowl group hunts, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400, ext. 1, or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov .

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LDWF Reminds Anglers of Amberjack and Gray Triggerfish Closure

Release Date: 05/25/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to advise anglers while targeting red snapper and other offshore species, the 2016 recreational fishing season for greater amberjack and gray triggerfish will close in state waters on Wednesday, June 1. 
  
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will also close federal waters to recreational harvest of both species June 1 through July 31.
 
The season for the recreational harvest of red snapper in Louisiana state waters is currently open and will remain open during the federal season, which begins on June 1, 2016.  
 
The Department reminds anglers that a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit is required in order to posses certain species, including red snapper. Anglers may obtain or new the permit, free of charge at https://rolp.wlf.la.gov.
 
The permit is required for any angler possessing tuna, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers, snappers, hinds, wahoo, cobia 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.
 
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.

 

LDWF Celebrates Bayou Platte Waterbird Rookery Restoration Project at Marsh Island Refuge

Release Date: 05/23/2016

Black skimmers and gull-billed terns gather at Bayou Platte Waterbird Rookery. (LDWF photo).

May 23, 2016 – Thanks to a grant from the Shell Marine Habitat Program through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has completed restoration of the Bayou Platte Waterbird Rookery at Marsh Island Refuge.
 
LDWF celebrated the accomplishment Monday by holding a small celebration at the colony on Marsh Island Refuge.
 
Located in Iberia Parish between Vermilion Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, Marsh Island is home to two island rookeries which make up the Bayou Platte Waterbird Colony. These two islands are the only colonial seabird rookeries in the Vermilion/Cote Blanche Bay complex.
 
This year marks the first nesting season since the restoration of the islands was completed, and the rookeries are already proving to be very productive. This season an estimated 2,000 nesting pairs of birds have taken up residence on the rookeries, which far exceeds the project goal of 500 nesting pairs.
 
“This project has created and restored the largest artificial nesting islands in coastal Louisiana and provides nesting opportunities for species of conservation need,’’ said Todd Baker, the director of LDWF’s Coastal and Nongame Resources Division who oversees coastal operations and habitat conservation. “Our surveys indicate many waterbird species utilize these rookeries, many of which are Species of Greatest Conservation Need as identified in the Louisiana Wildlife Action Plan.’’
 
The two rookeries were originally built in the early 1990s but by 2012 were in poor shape due to subsidence and erosion. The restoration project began in August of 2013 through May 2014 when bird nesting activities halted construction to avoid disturbing nesting birds. Construction resumed after nesting season in November of 2014 and was completed last year.
 
Bird surveys during and after construction indicated heavy use by black skimmers, gull-billed terns, Forster’s terns, least terns, laughing gulls among other waterbird species.
 
This summer marks the 26th anniversary of the creation of the nesting islands. This was the first nesting season after restoration was completed. Biologists estimate that within the last 10 years, more than 10,000 nesting birds utilized these islands. 
 
For more information, contact Tyson Crouch at 337-373-0032 or tcrouch@wlf.la.gov.

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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Reopens All Roads at Dewey W. Wills WMA

Release Date: 05/23/2016

May 23, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has reopened all roads in the Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA).
 
Repairs have been made to roads in the WMA impacted by flood water and are safe for use.
 
Dewey W. Wills WMA is located in the southern portion of LaSalle and Catahoula parishes in central Louisiana approximately 20 miles northeast of Alexandria. For more information on the WMA, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2753 .
 
For more information, contact Cliff Dailey at 318-487-5885 or adailey@wlf.la.gov .
 

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Gov. John Bel Edwards Appoints Telley Madina to Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission

Release Date: 05/20/2016

New LWFC Commissioner Telley Savalas Madina

May 20, 2016 – Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has appointed Telley Savalas Madina of New Orleans to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC). Madina, who will represent the commercial fishing and fur industries, replaces Nathan Wall, who recently resigned from the commission.
 
His first appearance on the commission will come June 2 when the LWFC holds its monthly meeting.
 
Born and raised in New Orleans, Madina is the senior Gulf Coast policy officer for Oxfam America, an international non-governmental organization. He graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans and is pursuing a master’s degree in public policy from UNO.
 
Among the boards on which he serves, Madina was the executive director of the Louisiana Oystermen Association in 2010-11 and is still a board member. He currently serves as CEO of Red & Blue Consulting, LLC of New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina, Madina worked as a business service representative and intergovernmental affairs liaison for New Orleans, focused on issues of small business recovery, contracting and policy equity within coastal Louisiana.
 
“My experience as executive director of the Louisiana Oystermen Association and working in the recovery process after Katrina will be assets serving on the commission,’’ Madina said. “I visited Washington, D.C., 40 times as executive director of the LOA after the BP oil spill, advocating for minority fishing communities across the Gulf of Mexico within governmental agencies, Congressional and Senate offices. I look forward to the opportunity to work on the commission.’’
 
Madina’s term runs through Jan. 7, 2022.

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Three Louisiana Archers Named to National Archery in Schools Program All-Academic Team

Release Date: 05/20/2016

May 20, 2016 – Benton Middle School’s Aidan Haire and Abbie Rutledge and Northwood High School’s Shelby Stout have been named to the 2016 National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) Middle School Division All-Academic Team, NASP announced Thursday.
 
“These student archers not only excelled on the range but also were recognized by their school for proficiency in the classroom,’’ NASP said. “NASP is proud to recognize these top student archers as they provide an excellent scholastic example for all NASP participants in 47 states, eight Canadian provinces and nine other countries.’’
 
Haire and Rutledge, both eighth graders, helped lead Benton Middle School to the NASP Middle School Division National Team Championship on May 12-14.
 
Haire was the top male shooter from Louisiana with a score of 292. That put him 10th among middle school boys and 47th overall amongst males. Shelby Stout, a sixth grader from Northwood High School, tied for 17th among middle school boys and 75th overall amongst males with a score of 291.
 
Rutledge finished 15th in the girls middle school division and 48th overall amongst females with a score of 290.
 
 “NASP began the Academic Archer program this year to recognize students not just for their achievements on the range but also in the classroom,’’ said Robert Stroede, the Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) state coordinator who oversees the program for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LWDF). “This is a great achievement for these students and I’m sure a proud moment for their parents, teachers and schools. We’d like to offer our congratulations.’’
 
All Louisiana students and schools who participated in the NASP National Tournament are part of the ALAS program, which is designed to teach students in grades 4-12 international target style archery.
 
The ALAS/NASP program is available to all schools in Louisiana and grants are available to assist with funding. For more information regarding the ALAS program, please contact NASP state coordinator Robert Stroede at rstroede@wlf.la.gov or 318-484-2276.

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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to Reopen South End of Price Lake Road at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge

Release Date: 05/19/2016

May 19, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will reopen the south end of Price Lake Road on Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Grand Chenier on Friday (May 20) at official sunrise.
 
High water from heavy rain forced the closure of the road. Repairs have been made but visitors to the refuge are cautioned to stay away from high water near the road.
 
The north end of Price Lake Road remains open.
 
Other areas available for public access include the Joseph Harbor Canal and East End Locks Road, which are both located about three miles east of the refuge headquarters building.
 
Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, which consists of 71,500 acres, is located in eastern Cameron and western Vermilion parishes. It borders the Gulf of Mexico for 26.5 miles and extends inland toward the Grand Chenier ridge, a stranded beach ridge, six miles from the Gulf. For more information on the refuge, go to ttp://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/rockefeller-wildlife-refuge or visit: rwrefuge.com
 
For more information, contact Gabe Giffin at 337-491-2000 or ggiffin@wlf.la.gov.

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Benton Schools Claim National Championships in National Archery in Schools Program Tournaments

Release Date: 05/17/2016

Benton Middle School captured the NASP Middle School national championship during the national tournament.
Benton Elementary School won the NASP IBO 3-D national title.
Benton Elementary's Madeline Lowry was second overall in the NASP IBO 3-D National Championship elementary division.
Benton Elementary's Eden Old placed third overall in the NASP IBO 3-D National Championship elementary division.

May 17, 2016 – Benton Middle School earned the first-ever national championship for Louisiana in the 2016 National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) National Tournament held in Louisville, Ky., on May 12-14.  Benton Elementary also brought home a national title, finishing first in the NASP/IBO 3-D Challenge.
 
Led by eighth grader Aidan Haire, who finished 10th in the boys middle school division, Benton Middle School won the middle school division of the NASP National Tournament with 3,404 points. Benton Middle edged runner-up Pulaski Northern Middle School of Kentucky by eight points for the title. A total of 205 middle schools competed in the division.
 
Benton Elementary captured the NASP/IBO 3-D Challenge national crown with 1,361 points. East Elementary from Alabama was second with 1,339 points.
 
Both Benton Middle and Benton Elementary claimed the world titles at last year’s NASP World Tournament.
 
Benton Elementary finished fifth in the elementary division of the NASP National Tournament with 3,207 points. Kingston Elementary of Bossier Parish was sixth, four points behind Benton Elementary.
 
A total of 198 Louisiana student archers from 14 Louisiana schools, who qualified during the Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) State Tournament in March, competed in the national event. The NASP® National Tournament attracted nearly 13,000 students from across the nation.
 
Students and teams who qualified will be eligible to take part in the NASP World Tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C., June 24-26.
 
“These student archers spent countless hours honing their skills in preparation for the shoot and it paid off in a big way,’’ said NASP/ALAS state coordinator Robert Stroede. “We at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) would like to congratulate all Louisiana student archers and coaches who competed at the NASP National Tournament.’’
 
Haire was the top male shooter from Louisiana shooting a score of 292. That put him 10th among middle school boys and 47th overall amongst males. Shelby Stout, a sixth grader from Northwood High School, tied for 17th among middle school boys and 75th overall amongst males with a score of 291.
 
Abbie Rutledge of Benton Middle School, an eighth grader, finished 15th in the girls middle school division and 48th overall amongst females with a 290 score.
 
Madeline Lowry, a fourth grader from Benton Elementary, was second in the female elementary division of the IBO 3-D Challenge with a 282 score and teammate Eden Old, also in the fourth grade, was third in the female elementary division with a 278. A total of 392 female archers competed in that division.
 
Wayne Bearb of Acadiana High School was Louisiana’s top high school archer with a 291 score, which tied him for 43rd place nationally in the boys high school division.
 
Haughton Middle School finished 25th in the middle school division with a 3,283 score. It also received special recognition as a top three finalist for the NASP Community Service award.
 
To see all results for the NASP National, NASP/IBO 3-D Challenge, and the Centershot Nationals visit www.nasptournaments.org.
 
All students and schools who participated in the NASP National Tournament are part of the ALAS program, which is designed to teach students in grades 4-12 international target style archery.
 
The ALAS/NASP program is available to all schools in Louisiana and grants are available to assist with funding. For more information regarding the ALAS program, please contact NASP state coordinator Robert Stroede at rstroede@wlf.la.gov or 318-484-2276.

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