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Get Out and Fish! Program Adds New Event Site in North Louisiana

Release Date: 10/12/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and City of Grambling invite you to join them for a Get Out and Fish! event on Saturday, Nov. 4 at Grambling City Park. The pond will be stocked with 400 pounds of adult channel catfish prior to the event - a perfect size to load the ice chest with to bring home.
 
The event is free, and the first 100 youth registrants (ages 15 and under) will receive a goody bag. In addition, every participant will be entered into a raffle drawing to win a slue of prizes.
 
Lunch will be provided by the City of Grambling while supplies last.
 
Fishing competition categories include heaviest catfish and heaviest “other” fish.  Age divisions include Little Angler (ages 8 and under), Junior Angler (ages 9-15) and Adult Angler (ages 16 and older). You can pre-register for this event at www.wlf.la.gov/get-out-and-fish-1 .
 
Participants 16 and older must possess a valid Louisiana fishing license available for purchase online at https://www.la.wildlifelicense.com . Don’t forget to bring your own gear, bait and tackle and an ice chest to keep your catch.
 
The Get Out and Fish! Program seeks to increase the number of people with access to quality fishing. The program intends to recruit new anglers to the sport of fishing and promote outdoor activities for future generations.
 
This event is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation. The LWFF was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fish resources.

 

LDWF Hosts Immersive Workshop for Aquatic Volunteer Instructors

Release Date: 10/12/2017

Last month, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries invited 15 Aquatic Volunteer Instructors to perfect their angling skills at an immersive three-day workshop. The Fishing 101 Workshop was held at the Fisheries Research Lab on Grand Isle and was developed to both educate and offer hands-on experience.
 
Volunteer instructors began their weekend with a knot tying demonstration and rod and reel rigging. LDWF enforcement agents were in attendance to discuss boating safety, regulations and fishing safety prior to a hands-on fishing trip. Each boat was assigned a veteran Aquatic Volunteer Instructor and a department biologist who provided tips on fish handling, bait selection, accurate casting and more. The final day of the workshop included fish cleaning and cast netting. The workshop concluded with the instructors putting their newly acquired skills to the test.
 
The Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program is open to anyone over the age of 18 who has an interest in teaching others about angling or aquatic science. After attending an eight-hour workshop, participants are able to volunteer at LDWF events and/or borrow equipment to coordinate their own event.
 
To join or learn more about the Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program, visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/ldwf-volunteer-programs . For questions, contact Alayna McGarry at amcgarry@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-4050.
 
This event is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LWFF). The LWFF was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fish resources.

LDWF, Untamed Science Partnering to Offer On-line Black Bear Curriculum for Louisiana Teachers

Release Date: 10/11/2017

Oct. 11, 2017 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has teamed with Untamed Science to offer Louisiana educators the Understanding Black Bear Curriculum.
 
The Understanding Black Bear Curriculum provides activities for both formal and informal educators, working with kindergarten through eigth grade students. The curriculum allows students the opportunity to learn math, history, social studies, geography and more while exploring the realm of black bears through videos, computer games, quizzes and hundreds of interactive pages in inquiry-based learning activities. The curriculum can be found at http://blackbearinfo.com/teachers/
 
The downloadable Understanding Black Bears curriculum is a self-contained computer program that works on both PC’s and Mac’s. Louisiana educators are able to download both a student section as well as a teacher section available through this curriculum.
 
Untamed Science is a company of scientists, educators and filmmakers whose mission is to make science education fun. The goal at Untamed Science is to create science videos and articles that are enjoyable to learn from and encourage students to become lifelong learners.
 
Thanks to conservation and management efforts, the Louisiana black bear has made a dramatic comeback in the state. In April of 2016, the Louisiana black bear was officially removed from the list of species protected by the Endangered Species Act by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Louisiana black bear is a subspecies of black bear unique to Louisiana, western Mississippi and eastern Texas.
 
For more information on this curriculum, contact LDWF wildlife outreach coordinator Carrie Salyers at csalyers@wlf.la.gov or 337-262-2080.
 

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Bearwise.org Offers Resources to Prevent Conflicts and Resolve Bear Problems

Release Date: 10/11/2017

Oct. 11, 2017 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is recommending a website that can assist Louisiana residents with learning to co-exist with the Louisiana black bear.
 
Thanks to conservation and management efforts, black bears have made a dramatic comeback in Louisiana. Bearwise.org offers ways to prevent conflicts, provides recommendations and resources to resolve problems and encourages community initiatives to keep bears wild. As bears expand into areas with suitable habitat, it is important to learn how to coexist with them and bearwise.org, part of a regional program based in the southeastern United States, recommends practical solutions.
 
In April of 2016, the Louisiana black bear was officially removed from the list of species protected through the Endangered Species Act by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Louisiana black bear is a subspecies of black bear unique to Louisiana, western Mississippi and eastern Texas.
 
For more information on the website, contact LDWF wildlife outreach coordinator Carrie Salyers at csalyers@wlf.la.gov or 337-262-2080.

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Oyster Task Force to Meet Thursday October 12 at 10 a.m.

Release Date: 10/10/2017

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Special Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 10 a.m.

2021 Lakeshore Dr., STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70122

 

I.          Roll call and introduction of guests

II.         Approval of the October 11, 2017 meeting Agenda

III.        New Business

           A.     Discussion of the Hurricane Health Closure of the Oyster Harvest Waters

IV.        Public Comment

V.         Set Next Meeting

VI.        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/2040887481157613570

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. . For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

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 rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

 

LDWF Schedules Aerial Herbicide Treatment for Lake Long

Release Date: 10/10/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduled an aerial herbicide application for Lake Long in Lafourche Parish from October 11 through 12, weather permitting, to control large expanses of water hyacinth hindering lake access.
 
The planned aerial application will treat approximately 650 acres in Lake Long and Little Lake Long. The herbicides used for this application are EPA-approved for use in aquatic environments.
 
The public boat launch on Texas Gulf Road in Bourg will be used as a staging and fueling area for the helicopter, so boaters are urged to avoid both this site and the application area during the scheduled spray.
 
For question or concerns, contact Daniel Hill at (225) 765-2328 or dhill@wlf.la.gov.

 

Flood Waters Force Closure of Deer Hunting Season in Maurepas Swamp WMA

Release Date: 10/08/2017

Oct. 8, 2017 – Rising flood waters in the Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area (WMA) have triggered an automatic deer hunting season closure. The benchmark closure, enacted by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, closes deer hunting in the WMA when the flood gauge reaches 3.0 feet.
 
It will remain closed until the gauge falls below 2.5 feet. Deer hunting season is currently limited to archery only in the WMA and only bucks may be harvested.
 
Maurepas Swamp WMA, which consists of two tracts totaling 122,098 acres in Ascension, Livingston, St. John the Baptist, St. James and Tangipahoa parishes, is located approximately 25 miles west of New Orleans along the south shore of Lake Maurepas west of Sorrento. For more information, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2791 .
 
For more information on hunting regulations for Maurepas Swamp WMA, go to http://www.eregulations.com/louisiana/hunting/w-m-a-schedules/ or contact Jillian Day at jday@wlf.la.gov or 985-543-4777.

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LWFC Takes No Vote on Fall Red Snapper Season in Louisiana

Release Date: 10/07/2017

Baton Rouge, LA – During the October meeting on Thursday, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission opted not to vote on a proposal to give anglers additional access to red snapper during the fall of 2017.

Several commissioners said they were concerned that the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) did not have the snapper harvest numbers from the four other Gulf Coast states, and that harvest could cause the overall gulf-wide quota to be exceeded. The overall catch numbers for 2017, especially if it far exceeds the gulf-wide quota, could affect both the federal and state red snapper season in 2018.

Earlier this summer, the Gulf Coast states – Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama and Florida - were granted a 39-day extension to allow private recreational anglers to fish for red snapper in federal waters out to 200 nautical miles from their coasts.  That extension ended on September 4, 2017.

Representatives from the Coastal Conservation Association and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership requested the commission delay approval of a fall red snapper season until the catch data from the other four Gulf States is announced. 

They also voiced concern about an Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) federal lawsuit challenging the 39-day season, suggesting that a quota over-run would benefit the EDF legal standing.

Jack Montoucet, LDWF Secretary, had proposed the fall state season after the 39-day federal season ended with Louisiana being 107,000 pounds below its self-imposed limit of 1.04 million pounds.  The self-imposed limit represented approximately 15.5% of the estimated gulf-wide quota and is equal to the historical percentage of the gulf-wide annual harvest taken by Louisiana’s recreational anglers.  Harvest of less than this self-imposed limit will represent a decreased share of the overall gulf-wide recreational landings, especially if the overall gulf-wide quota is exceeded in 2017.

The state-waters season proposal would have provided red snapper fishing on weekends only, possibly into December of this year.

Commission Chairman Chad Courville announced that he would convene a special meeting of the commission to consider a fall season if the catch numbers from the other four Gulf states show the overall catch quota had not been reached.  It is unclear when official gulf-wide catch data will be released from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

LWF Commission Modifies Rules for Approved Domestic Aquatic Organisms

Release Date: 10/05/2017

Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission modified the rules and regulations for approved Domestic Aquatic Organisms to include Sterlet sturgeon.

An application for consideration was submitted to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to add Sterlet sturgeon to the list of approved species for aquaculture purposes including processing for meat and caviar.  This action today also established a Sterlet sturgeon permit and the permit regulations

The department heavily monitors this process to limit the impacts from non-native aquatic organisms into aquaculture.  Species are considered for approval by evaluating their potential negative risks to native species, their habitats, and human health.

Permit restrictions and the full notice of intent are available here.

Questions about the Sterlet Sturgeon permit or people interested in applying for the permit should contact Robert Bourgeois, LDWF Fisheries Permit Manager, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898 or via email to rbourgeois@wlf.la.gov.

 

 

 

LDWF Plans Seven Crab Trap Closures Along Louisiana Coast

Release Date: 10/05/2017

At today’s meeting, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a Notice of Intent (NOI) allowing the removal of derelict crab traps from seven different areas along Louisiana’s coast in 2018.

Since 2004, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, together with individual volunteers and organizations, has successfully removed and disposed of over 33,000 abandoned and derelict crabs. The removal of these crab traps is especially important to boating safety and crab harvesting efforts. Last year, LDWF, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation members, volunteers, CCA and members of the recreational fishing community assisted in retrieving more than 5,600 abandoned crab traps.

1. The first closure will take place in the upper Barataria Basin and adjacent marshes, west of Port Sulphur, and will begin at 12 a.m. Thursday, February 1, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

2. The second closure will take place in Lake Pontchartrain, west of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, and will begin at 12 a.m. Thursday, February 1, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. February 10, 2018.

3. The third closure will take place in Sabine Lake and will run concurrent with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department closure of Sabine Lake. Both the Louisiana and Texas portions of Sabine Lake will be temporarily restricted for the use of crab traps to eliminate confusion during trap cleanup efforts. The Sabine Lake crab trap closure is scheduled to begin at 12 a.m. February 16, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. February 25, 2018.

4. The fourth cleanup will be located in the Pontchartrain Basin, just north of the MRGO, including the southern portion of Lake Borgne and the area around Bayou La Loutre. This closure will begin at 12:00 a.m. February 16, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. March 3, 2018.

5. The fifth closure area will be located in the Pontchartrain Basin, within the area from Delacroix to the MRGO, beginning at 12 a.m. March 4, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. March 19, 2018.

6. The sixth closure area will take place in the Terrebonne Basin, in an area from Dulac south beyond Cocodrie beginning at 12 a.m. March 16, 2018, through 11:59 pm March 29, 2018.      

7. The seventh closure area will be in the Vermilion-Teche Basin, in the West Cote Blanche Bar area beginning at 12 a.m. March 18, 2018, through 11:59 pm March 31, 2018.

Barataria Basin Crab Trap Removal

The use of crab traps shall be prohibited for a 14-day period from 12 a.m. February 1, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. February 14, 2018:

  • From a point originating on the western boundary of the Barataria Waterway (Lat. 29° 34' 54.52" N., Long. 90° 3' 41.24" W.), then eastward to the intersection of Highway 23 and Reddick Lane (Lat. 29° 34' 53.36" N., Long. 89° 49' 38.29" W.), then southward on Highway 23 to the intersection of Caroline Avenue and Highway 23, then southwesterly to a point where Little Pass and the southern bank of the Freeport Sulphur Canal intersect (Lat. 29 27’ 19.15”N Long. 89 42’ 25.96” W.), then southwest to the point located at Lat. 29° 23' 51.08" N., Long. 89° 46' 30.00" W., then westward to a point located at Lat. 29° 24' 17.19" N., Long. 89° 59' 24.00" W., then northward following the Baratraia Waterway, then       terminating at a point Lat. 29° 34' 54.52" N., Long. 90° 3' 41.24" W

West Lake Pontchartrain Crab Trap Removal

The use of crab traps shall be prohibited for a 10-day period from 12 a.m. February 1, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. February 10, 2018:

  • From a point of origin where I-55 intersects Pass Manchac (Lat. 30 ° 17' 7.08" N., Long. 90 ° 24' 6.07" W.), then eastward where Pass Manchac exits at the northwest bank of Lake Pontchartrain, then northward following the bank of Lake Pontchartrain to the south bound lane of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway (Lat. 30 ° 21' 51.75" N., Long. 90 ° 5' 38.59" W.), then southward to a point where the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway crosses the Lakefront Trail located (Lat. 30 ° 1' 10.06" N., Long. 90 ° 9' 17.28" W.), then westward following the Lakefront trail along the south bank of Lake Pontchartrain until it intersects the Duncan Canal (Lat. 30 ° 2' 50.56" N., Long. 90 ° 16' 45.21" W.), then westward past the Duncan Canal continuing to follow the south bank of Lake Pontchartrain to a point where I-10 passes over the southern bank of Lake Pontchartrain (Lat. 30 ° 3' 21.43" N., Long. 90 ° 22' 17.79" W.), then westward on I-10 to the intersection of I-55, then northward on I-55 and terminating at the location I-55 crossing over Pass Manchac (Lat. 30 ° 17' 7.08" N., Long. 90 ° 24' 6.07" W.)

Sabine Basin Crab Trap Removal

The use of crab traps shall be prohibited for a 10-day period from 12 a.m. February 16, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. February 25, 2018:

  • From a point originating from the intersection of the southern side of LA Highway 82 and the eastern shore of Sabine Lake, then north along the eastern shoreline of Sabine Lake to its intersection with East Pass, then due north to Sabine Island, then west along the southern shoreline of Sabine Island to its westward most point, then due west to the Texas state line, then south along the Louisiana / Texas state line to its intersection with LA Highway 82, then east along the southern side of LA Highway 82 and terminating at its intersection with the eastern shore of Sabine Lake

Pontchartrain Basin Crab Trap Removal

The use of crab traps shall be prohibited for a 16-day period from 12 a.m. February 16, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. March 3, 2018:

  • From a point of origin located at the most northeastern corner of Proctor Point in Lake Borgne (Lat. 29 ° 56' 47.47" N., Long. 89 ° 42' 54.25" W.), then eastward to the most northwestern point in Lake Eugenie (Lat. 29 ° 55' 42.99" N., Long. 89 ° 26' 32.41" W.), then southward past Coon Nest Island to a point located on the western bank of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO) (Lat. 29 ° 42' 29.25" N., Long. 89 ° 26' 16.56" W.), then northwestward following the western bank of the MRGO to the intersection of Bayou La Loutre, then westward to the intersection of Bayou La Loutre and the Shell Beach Cut (Lat. 29 ° 50' 28.27" N., Long. 89 ° 41' 23.38" W.), then following the western bank of the Shell Beach Cut northward to its entry point at Lake Borgne (Lat. 29 ° 51' 54.53" N., Long. 89 ° 40' 32.52" W.), then westward following the southern bank of Lake Borgne as it makes its northern turn at Proctor Point and terminating at the northeastern corner of Proctor Point (Lat. 29 ° 56' 47.47" N., Long. 89 ° 42' 54.25" W.)

Pontchartrain Basin Crab Trap Removal

The use of crab traps shall be prohibited for a 16-day period from 12 a.m. March 4, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. March 19, 2018:

  • From a point located where Bayou La Loutre crosses under Highway 300 (Lat. 29 ° 50' 40.41" N., Long. 89 ° 45' 32.18" W.), then south on Highway 300 to Sweetwater Marina in Delacroix, then south following the western bank of Bayou Terre aux Boeufs to its point of exit into Black Bay (Lat. 29 ° 39' 14.73" N., Long. 89 ° 32' 54.19" W.), then southeastward to a point located at the southern tip of Mozambique Point (Lat. 29 ° 38' 2.27" N., Long. 89 ° 30' 2.80" W.), then eastward to a point located on the western bank of the MRGO, across from Grace Point, (Lat. 29 ° 41' 1.11" N., Long. 89 ° 24' 2.54" W.), then northwestward following the western bank of the MRGO to the intersection of Bayou La Loutre, then westward following Bayou La Loutre and terminating where Bayou La Loutre intersects with Highway 300 (Lat. 29 ° 50' 40.41" N., Long. 89 ° 45' 32.18" W.)

Terrebonne Basin Crab Trap Removal

The use of crab traps shall be prohibited for a 14-day period from 12 a.m. March 16, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. March 29, 2018:

  • From a point originating from the intersection of LA Highway 57 and Dulac Canal, then east along LA Highway 57 to its intersection with LA 56, then due east to the western shoreline of Bayou Little Caillou, then north along the western shoreline of Bayou Little Caillou to its intersection with Lapeyrouse Canal, then east along the northern shoreline of Lapeyrouse Canal to its intersection with Bayou Terrebonne, then south along the eastern shoreline of Bayou Terrebonne to its intersection with Seabreeze Pass, then southwest to channel marker number 17 of the Houma Navigation Canal (Lat. 29 ° 11' 11.3" N., Long. 90 ° 36' 44.5" W.), then southwest to the northern most point on Pass la Poule Island (Lat. 29 ° 08' 33.5" N., Long. 90 ° 39' 01.3" W.), then west to Bayou Sale channel marker (Lat. 29 ° 06' 31.8" N., Long. 90 ° 44' 34.2" W.), then north to the western shoreline of Bayou Sale, then north along the western shoreline of Bayou Sale to its intersection with Four Point Bayou, then north along the western shoreline of Four Point Bayou to its intersection with the Houma Navigation Canal, then north along the western shoreline of the Houma Navigation Canal to its intersection with Bayou Grand Caillou, then north along the western shoreline of Bayou Grand Caillou to its intersection with Dulac Canal, then east along the northern shoreline of Dulac Canal and terminating at its intersection with LA Highway 57

Vermilion-Teche Basin Crab Trap Removal

The use of crab traps shall be prohibited for a 14-day period beginning at 12 a.m. on March 18, 2018, and end on March 31, 2018, at 11:59 p.m.:

  • From a point originating from the intersection of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the Acadiana Navigational Channel, then southwest along the Acadiana Navigational Channel red buoy line to the red navigational marker number 12 on the Marsh Island shoreline near Southwest Pass, then east along the shoreline of Marsh Island to Longitude 91 ° 43’ 00” W, then north along Longitude 91 ° 43’ 00” W to the shoreline of West Cote Blanche Bay, then west along the northern shoreline of West Cote Blanche Bay to its intersection with the Ivanhoe Canal, then north along the eastern shoreline of the Ivanhoe Canal to its intersection with the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, then west along the northern shoreline of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and terminating at the Acadiana Navigational Channel  

For maps of 2018 closure areas, visit the LDWF Derelict Crab Trap webpage at:  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/derelict-crab-trap-removal.

All crab traps remaining in the closed area during the specified period will be considered abandoned.

In the weeks leading up to the closure, LDWF will mail notices to all licensed recreational and commercial crab trap license holders and crab buyers within affected parishes as well as non-resident licensed crab fi.shermen who fish Louisiana waters and reside in Texas.

These proposed trap removal regulations do not provide authorization for access to private property. Authorization to access private property can only be provided by individual landowners.

Crab traps may be removed only between one half-hour before sunrise to one half-hour after sunset. Only LDWF or those designated by LDWF will be authorized to remove derelict crab traps in the closure areas. Abandoned traps must be brought to LDWF designated disposal sites and may not be taken from the closed area.

Interested persons may submit written comments relative to the proposed rule to Mr. Peyton Cagle, Marine Fisheries Biologist DCL-B, Marine Fisheries Section, 1212 N. Lakeshore Dr., Lake Charles, LA 70601, or via e-mail to: peyton.cagle@la.gov prior to November 30, 2017.

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.

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