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Louisiana's First USDA Agricultural Land Easement to Be Placed on 100-Year-Old Rice Farm

Release Date: 09/13/2017

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LOUISIANA’S FIRST USDA AGRICULTURAL LAND EASEMENT TO BE PLACED ON 100-YEAR-OLD RICE FARM

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Awards $500,000 grant to match federal funding and permanently protect Live Oak Farm in Vermillion Parish

VERMILION PARISH, La. (September 13, 2017) — The Conservation Fund has been awarded $500,000 through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) Gulf Coast Conservation program to complete the first U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Land Easement project in Louisiana. This grant will be matched with funds from the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Regional Conservation Partnership Program to acquire an easement that will permanently protect a portion of the 5,800-acre, family owned and operated Live Oak Farm, which has provided valuable agricultural and ecological resources for the community and native wildlife for the past century.

“We are pleased to see this project in Vermilion Parish get started as Louisiana’s first working agricultural protection easement under the USDA,” said Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M. “Many states have participated in the USDA’s working lands protection programs for decades. It is beneficial that Louisiana is now utilizing this funding mechanism to directly support local farmers who are some of the greatest stewards of our natural assets.”

Located along the Vermilion River just north of the Intracoastal Waterway, Live Oak Farm is recognized as one of the southernmost remaining rice farms in Louisiana. In addition to rice, the farm produces cattle, crawfish and alligator. The farm is also a significant resource for migratory birds, with up to 70,000 waterfowl wintering on this acreage annually.

“The Conservation Fund expects to not only build on this leading commitment from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation to deliver a successful outcome in Vermilion Parish, but also seeks a longer term mechanism to complete subsequent working lands protection projects across Louisiana,” said Ray Herndon, Director of the Central Gulf & Lower Mississippi River Region for The Conservation Fund. “We have assembled an exceptional group of partners to support both this initial effort and the bigger picture of identifying and securing dedicated funding for working lands protection across the state.”

“The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is pleased to join NRCS and The Conservation Fund in protecting working lands in Louisiana,” said Jeff Trandahl, Executive Director and CEO, NFWF. “Creative partnerships that leverage resources are critical to advancing conservation on the Gulf Coast.”

These USDA-NRCS Agricultural Land Easement funds—never previously utilized in Louisiana—will help deliver the permanent protection of priority working lands and high-quality wildlife habitats, while keeping them in private ownership. This approach to conservation aligns water quality benefits, habitat protection outcomes, and economic resiliency for Louisiana’s farmers. The Regional Conservation Partnership and Agricultural Land Easement programs were created by the U.S. Congress in the 2014 Farm Bill. The project is supported by Louisiana’s U.S. Congressional delegation representing Vermilion Parish—U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, U.S. Senator John Neely Kennedy and U.S. Representative Clay Higgins.

“This project in Vermilion Parish is the first of its kind in our state, and stands to become a model for agricultural land preservation efforts across Louisiana,” said U.S. Representative Clay Higgins. “Being able to maintain active and economically viable farms while also promoting conservation efforts that benefit wildlife habitats is a win-win for our state. I’m looking forward to a successful implementation at the Live Oak Farm so that we can model and expand our conservation efforts.”

The management at Live Oak Farm is also directly contributing to improved water quality for the Vermilion River, currently classified as an impaired waterway. The producers have invested in a tail water recovery system on their rice fields, which captures suspended nutrients and sediments on site, ensuring less pollution downstream. Through this project, the producers will be able to continue implementing infrastructure that benefits water quality in the Gulf Coast region.

“Louisiana NRCS is very pleased that the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, through this award, has recognized the importance of permanently protecting private agricultural lands in coastal Louisiana,” said Kevin Norton, Louisiana State Conservationist for NRCS. “NRCS, along with our partners, has sought to deliver the Agricultural Land Easement program here in Louisiana for many years, and, with this NFWF funding commitment and the partnership with The Conservation Fund and private landowners, we now have an opportunity to protect and preserve this important agricultural landscape.”

Vermilion Parish has seen a significant decrease in acreage designated as rice fields over the last 20 years. This trend represents a substantial threat to the migratory birds that rely heavily on flooded rice fields for wintering habitat. These flooded rice fields compensate for the loss of wetlands resulting from coastal erosion by providing critical resting and feeding habitat for Louisiana’s migratory birds. The working land easement at Live Oak Farm will protect and preserve the agricultural use of the site as well as its function as high-quality coastal habitat.

“Private lands are critical to adequately provide high-quality habitat to the wildlife of Louisiana,” states Jack Montoucet, Secretary of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). “The permanent protection, combined with exceptional management practices, on these private lands, complements LDWF’s efforts to provide adequate habitat to Louisiana’s wildlife populations. This partnership is to be commended, because LDWF cannot achieve its habitat conservation objectives without the complimentary stewardship of private landowners.”

With early support from the Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation, and additional commitments from the Land Trust for Louisiana, the Gustaf W. McIlhenny Foundation, and Ducks Unlimited, the existing partnership intends to deliver on a longstanding objective to support agricultural producers while providing the highest quality habitat for wildlife.

Photos: https://goo.gl/kjMUaz

About The Conservation Fund
At The Conservation Fund, we make conservation work for America. By creating solutions that make environmental and economic sense, we are redefining conservation to demonstrate its essential role in our future prosperity. Top-ranked for efficiency and effectiveness, we have worked in all 50 states since 1985 to protect nearly 8 million acres of land. www.conservationfund.org

Pass-a-Loutre WMA Users Should Be Aware Of Sawdust Bend Dredge Project This Fall and Winter

Release Date: 09/11/2017

Pass-a-Loutre WMA Users Should Be Aware Of Sawdust Bend Dredge Project This Fall and Winter

Sept. 11, 2017 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is advising hunters and fishermen destined for Pass-a-Loutre Wildlife Management Area (WMA) to be aware of an ongoing dredge project on the WMA.
 
The Sawdust Bend Dredge Disposal Project will take place prior to the beginning of teal season (Friday, Sept. 15) and continue beyond duck hunting season, which closes at sunset Jan. 21. The Willow Tree Cut canal within the project area will be impassable as a dredge pipe will be at or near the surface of the water at the western end of this canal (see map for the affected areas).
 
Pass-a-Loutre WMA, which encompasses 115,000 acres, is located at the mouth of the Mississippi River, approximately 10 miles south of Venice in southern Plaquemines Parish. Access is by boat only. For more information, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2786. 
 
For more information, contact LDWF biologist manager Vaughan McDonald at vmcdonald@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2708.

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New Limited Access Areas on Atchafalaya Delta WMA Are In Effect Through Jan. 31

Release Date: 09/11/2017

Sept. 11, 2017 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is reminding users of Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area (WMA) that new limited access areas (LAA) are in effect through Jan. 31.
 
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission voted to expand the areas on the Atchafalaya Delta WMA during its April meeting.
 
Operation of internal combustion engines inside LAA boundaries is prohibited from Sept. 1-Jan. 31. However, hunters and fishermen may access and navigate LAA via use of paddles, push poles or electric trolling motors. Any vessel with a movable outdrive system may enter an LAA as long as the boat’s internal combustion engine is trimmed up out of the water in an inoperable position. Vessels with fixed propellers must adhere to the no operation rule. Access is allowed within the large active passes within the LAA. 
 
Boundaries of the LAA are marked with signs on the Main Delta of the WMA. However, the Wax Lake Delta LAA are marked by a combination of signs or GPS coordinates. Users of Atchafalaya Delta WMA are encouraged to familiarize themselves with these areas prior to their visit. To view maps of the LAA and passes that can be accessed go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/32639 .
 
For more information, contact Lance Campbell at 337-373-0032 or ljcampbell@wlf.la.gov.

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LDWF, Partners Ask Public to Limit Transport of Roseau Cane, Report Die Off

Release Date: 09/08/2017

The scale infecting stands of Roseau cane in coastal Louisiana.
LDWF, Partners Ask Public to Limit Transport of Roseau Cane, Report Die Off

Sept. 7, 2017 - Due to an expansive Roseau cane die off in some of Louisiana’s coastal parishes, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), along with several of its partners, are asking for the public’s assistance to limit transport of Roseau cane and report suspected die offs.
 
In addition to LDWF, the LSU AgCenter, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF), Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) and the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) are requesting aid from the public.
 
The Roseau cane scale, a non-native tiny insect that consumes the plant, may be contributing to the die off that has been found in 11 Louisiana coastal parishes, including Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Jefferson, Lafourche, Terrebonne, St. Mary, St. Charles, Orleans, St. John the Baptist, Tangipahoa and in southern Mississippi. Waterfowl hunters and fishermen are encouraged to do the following:
 
·             Do not transport Roseau cane.
·             Do not tie boats up to Roseau cane.
·             Remove all Roseau cane debris from boats prior to leaving local marinas.
·             Wash and drain boats at or near marinas with soapy water.
 
These measures will limit the spread of the scale or other vectors that could be the source of the die off. The public is also encouraged to report areas of stressed cane and the presence of the Roseau cane scale.  A short web based survey is the best way to report those observations. To participate in the survey, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PhragmitesSurvey .
 
The survey is short and asks for the location of the Roseau cane as well as a picture of the infected Roseau cane and scale (if present).
 
Roseau cane is a tall wetland grass that helps protect the Mississippi River’s bird foot delta and Louisiana’s coastal region. Unlike some marsh vegetation, Roseau cane stands up well to tropical storm events. It is one of the most erosion-resistant marsh plants along the Louisiana coast.  The spread of the scale could have severe impacts on the health of our coastal marshes as well as valuable agricultural crops throughout the state. For more information on Roseau cane, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/roseau-cane-scale-delta .
 
For more information, contact LDWF biologist director Todd Baker at tbaker@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2814.

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LWF Commission Sets 2017-2018 Louisiana Oyster Season

Release Date: 09/07/2017

LWF Commission Sets 2017-2018 Louisiana Oyster Season
LWF Commission Sets 2017-2018 Louisiana Oyster Season
LWF Commission Sets 2017-2018 Louisiana Oyster Season

Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the 2017-2018 oyster season based on the annual oyster stock assessment provided by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and comments received from members of the public, including the oyster industry.
 
The following dates were set for the upcoming oyster season:

  • Wednesday, November 1, 2017 – Calcasieu Lake: West Cove only
     
  • Monday, November 13, 2017 - all Public Oyster Seed Grounds east of the Mississippi River, north of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (DHH Shellfish Harvest Areas 1-4), Bay Long/American Bay sacking-only area, Sister Lake, and the Vermilion/East and West Cote Blanche Bay/Atchafalaya Bay Public Oyster Seed Grounds will open at one half-hour before sunrise
     
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - the following areas will close to seed harvest on November 13 but remain open as sacking-only areas: all Public Oyster Seed Grounds east of the Mississippi River, north of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (DHH areas 1-4) and Sister Lake 

During the 2017-2018 open oyster season, the following provisions will be in effect:
 
1.    Any vessel from which any person(s) takes or attempts to take oysters from the      public oyster seed grounds and reservations described above shall:
 
a.     Be limited to a daily take and possession limit not to exceed 50 sacks of oysters per vessel, except for in the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation where the limit shall not exceed 35 sacks per vessel, and except for in the West Cove portion of Calcasieu Lake where the limit shall not exceed 7 sacks per person per vessel per day. A sack of oysters for the purposes of this declaration of emergency shall be defined as the size described in R.S. 56:440. If sacks smaller than the size described in R.S. 56:440 are used, the daily harvest and possession limit shall be based on the number of sacks harvested. The daily take and possession limit will not apply to vessels harvesting seed oysters for bedding purposes. The possession limit will not apply to vessels operating under a valid Oyster Cargo Vessel Permit, and these vessels cannot harvest oysters.
b.     Be limited to either harvesting market oysters for direct sale (sacking) or harvesting seed oysters for bedding purposes on any one day and is specifically prohibited from doing both.
 
2.    If any person on a vessel takes or attempts to take oysters from the Public Oyster Seed Grounds, Reservations, or areas described above, all oysters contained on that vessel will be deemed to have been taken from said seed ground, reservation, or area from the time harvest begins until all oysters are offloaded dockside.
 
3.    Prior to leaving Public Seed Grounds or Reservations with oysters harvested from said seed ground or reservation for market purposes: all oysters must be sacked, the number of sacks shall be recorded in a log book, and each sack shall be properly tagged.
 
4.    All vessels located in Public Seed Grounds or Reservations during those times between one half-hour after sunset and one half-hour before sunrise must have all oyster scrapers unshackled.
 
5.    In Calcasieu Lake, oyster scrapers are prohibited on vessels actively harvesting oysters.
 
The following areas will remain closed for the entire 2017-18 oyster season:

  • the area east of the Mississippi River as described in LAC 76:VII:511, south of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (DHH Shellfish Harvest Areas 5,6,7,8), excluding the American Bay area defined above;
     
  • the Bay Gardene, Hackberry Bay, and Bay Junop Public Oyster Public Oyster Seed Reservations as described in R.S. 56:434;
     
  • the Little Lake Public Oyster Seed Grounds as described in LAC 76:VII:521;
     
  • the Barataria Bay, Deep Lake, Lake Chien, Lake Felicity, Lake Tambour, and Lake Mechant Public Oyster Seed Grounds as described in LAC 76:VII:517;
     
  • the east side of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area;
     
  • the Sabine Lake Public Oyster Area as described in R.S. 56:435.1. 

Closure dates, adjustments in sack limits and/or sacking-only areas will be determined by LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet on an “as needed” basis, based on biological and harvest data, or if enforcement issues are encountered. The Secretary is also authorized by the Commission to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended and to open public areas if substantial oyster resources are located. 
 
Public notice of any opening, delay, or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns.
 

LWF Commission to Modify Black Bass Regulations on Caney Creek Reservoir

Release Date: 09/07/2017

Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission considered a Notice of Intent (NOI) to modify rules and regulations for black bass on Caney Creek Reservoir in Jackson Parish to be consistent with statewide regulations for the species.
 
The proposed change will remove the 15 to 19 inch protected slot limit, and 8 fish daily take and replace it with statewide black bass regulations of 10 fish daily, with no minimum length limit. The possession limit will be the same as the daily take on water and twice the daily take off water.
 
The protected slot limit was initially adopted as part of an effort to increase the production of trophy bass. Following a 3-year comprehensive assessment, LDWF biologists determined length limit regulations have little impact upon the fishery, primarily due to the high rate of voluntary catch-and-release fishing by Caney bass anglers. The removal of these regulations will enhance recreational opportunities and simplify regulations for area anglers.
 
Black bass is the most sought after freshwater gamefish species in the United States.
 
The full notice of intent is available here.
 
Interested persons may submit comments relative to the proposed rule to Jeff Sibley, District 1 Biologist Manager, 9961 Hwy. 80, Minden, LA 71055 or via email to jsibley@wlf.la.gov prior to November 20, 2017.

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Regulation Governing Importation of Cervid Carcasses Now in Effect in Louisiana

Release Date: 09/06/2017

Sept. 6, 2017 - A new regulation governing importation of cervid carcasses into Louisiana is in effect, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced. The regulation was passed by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) in the fall of 2016 and aims to prevent the introduction of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Louisiana’s white-tailed deer population.
 
The regulation reads in part: No person shall import, transport or possess any cervid carcass or part of a cervid carcass originating outside of Louisiana, except: for meat that is cut and wrapped; meat that has been boned out; quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached, antlers, clean skull plates with antlers, cleaned skulls without tissue attached, capes, tanned hides, finished taxidermy mounts and cleaned cervid teeth. …Any and all bones shall be disposed of in a manner where its final destination is at an approved landfill.
 
For more information on CWD and a video on proper deer caping, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/CWD.
  
The ban defines a cervid as animals of the family Cervidae, including but not limited to white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, moose, caribou, fallow deer, axis deer, sika deer, red deer and reindeer. 
 
This ban is strictly for the purpose of reducing the likelihood that CWD will enter Louisiana through carcass importation. Approved parts and meat from other states must contain a possession tag with the hunter’s name, out-of-state license number (if required), address, species, date and location (county and state) of harvest.
 
Each state has different possession requirements for game once processed. A total of 41 states have regulations on cervid carcass importation. Click here to see an interactive map with specific state regulations or go to http://www.ncwildlife.org/Hunting/Cervid-Carcass-Regulations.

CWD is a neurodegenerative disease found in most deer species, including moose, elk and mule deer as well as white-tailed deer. It is infectious and always fatal. It’s part of a group of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) and is similar to BSE (mad cow disease) of cattle and scrapie in sheep. These diseases cause irreversible damage to brain tissue which leads to death of the animal.
 
CWD is caused by prions, which are proteins normally found in the body that have mutated. These prions replicate, leading to holes in the brain tissue. They are spread through direct deer-to-deer contact or through contact with urine, feces, saliva and exposure to infectious materials in the soil. Infected soils are caused by prions binding to soil particles after the animal has decomposed. This creates a route for disease transmission through environmental contamination.
 
It is different from hemorrhagic disease (epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus and/ or bluetongue virus), which is a virus spread by bites from infected insects.   

Deer infected with CWD can spread the disease even before symptoms develop. It can take one to two years for infected animals to become symptomatic. When symptoms appear they can include emaciation, lethargy, abnormal behavior and loss of bodily functions. Other signs include excessive salivation, loss of appetite, progressive weight loss, excessive thirst and urination, teeth grinding and drooping ears.
 
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) there is no evidence that CWD can infect humans. However, the CDCP recommends caution in handling venison in the infected region and that deer be tested for CWD before consuming.
 
CWD has been documented in 24 states, including Texas and Arkansas, and two Canadian provinces.
 
For more information, contact Johnathan Bordelon at jbordelon@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2344.

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LDWF Bird Radio Tracking Project To More Than Double in Capacity Thanks to Grant From ConocoPhillips

Release Date: 09/06/2017

Receiver stations in the Coastal Louisiana Array are typically small footprint, 30-foot towers.
(From left to right) Kell McInnis, LWFF, Michael Seymour, LDWF, Phil Precht, ConocoPhillips Coastal Wetlands, Buddy Baker, LDWF.

Sept. 6, 2017 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Coastal Louisiana Array Project, used to track radio-tagged birds, will more than double in capacity by July 2018 thanks to a generous grant from ConocoPhillips.
 
This project started as a joint effort among LDWF, the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LWFF) in the spring of 2016. Louisiana’s network, based on Bird Studies Canada’s successful Motus Wildlife Tracking System, consists of multiple very high frequency (VHF) receiver stations constructed along the coast.
 
The ConocoPhillips’ grant will allow construction of an almost seamless digital network, consisting of 32 VHF receiver stations stretching from the Texas border to the Mississippi border. To support the donation, ConocoPhillips, through its subsidiary, The Louisiana Land Exploration Company LLC which owns approximately 636,000 acres, will provide free access to its property along the southeast Louisiana coast.
 
"BTNEP is pleased to partner with the many organizations and funding partners who understand the value of tracking migratory birds,’’ said BTNEP Director Susan Testroet-Bergeron. “The key benefit of this technology is that it allows biologists to conduct research on target individuals without the requirement of recurring and often random visual observation. This low impact form of monitoring has led to tremendous advances in our knowledge of bird habitat use, breeding success and mortality."
 
Although radio-tracking of animals has occurred since the 1960s, the miniaturization of electronics and the collaborative nature of the Motus project have revolutionized animal tracking. Biologists across North America have been attaching miniature radio tags, called nanotags, to birds and other animals for several years. Nanotags emit radio signals that are detected by the receiver stations, allowing scientists to study animal behaviors like migration and allowing identification of sites for conservation.
 
To date, LDWF and BTNEP have constructed 13 receiver stations across coastal Louisiana. Several dozen birds, from songbirds to shorebirds, including federally threatened species like the red knot, have already been detected in just the first year of the project.
 
Because of the Motus program and Louisiana’s new coastal network, Louisiana scientists and colleagues across the globe are able to more efficiently study animal movements and implement conservation.
 
Generous funding from ConocoPhillips, BTNEP, LWFF and LDWF ensures Louisiana’s continued contribution to this novel, international scientific network.
 
For more information, contact LDWF ornithologist Michael Seymour at mseymour@wlf.la.gov or 225-763-3554.

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September 2017 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 09/05/2017

The next regular Commission meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, September  7, 2017, at LDWF headquarters in the Louisiana Room of 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70898.

 Agenda:

1.     Call to Order

2.     Pledge of Allegiance

3.     Roll Call

4.     Adoption of August 3, 2017 Commission Meeting Minutes

5.     Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

6.     Enforcement Report August, 2017 – Captain Edward Skena

7.     Receive and Consider a Resolution commending LDWF Enforcement Division for Hurricane Harvey response – Al Sunseri, Commissioner

8.     Receive Presentation on Passive Transponder Bird Migration Study --Michael Seymour, Biologist

9.     Recognize Conoco-Phillips for their Financial Contribution to the Transponder Study --Buddy Baker, Administrator

10.  Receive One Health presentation --Dr. Rusty Berry, Wildlife Veterinarian

11.  Receive a Presentation of LDWF’s participation in the Breeding Waterfowl and Habitat Survey --James Whitaker, Biologist

12.  Receive a Presentation on Waterfowl Population Status, Hunting Regulations, and Pre-Season Update --Larry Reynolds, Program Manager

13.  Receive Update on Roseau Cane Mortality --Todd Baker, Director

14.  Receive and Consider a Notice of Intent to update the Louisiana Threatened and Endangered Species List --Amity Bass, Director

15.  Receive and Consider a Notice of Intent to remove the current black bass slot limit regulations of 15-19 inches and 8 fish daily harvest from Caney Lake and place the lake under the statewide black bass regulations  -  Jeff Sibley, Fisheries Biologist Manager

16.  Receive and Consider a Declaration of Emergency setting the 2017-2018 oyster season on the public oyster areas of Louisiana – Steve Beck, Program Manager

17.  Receive an Update on the Recent Gulf Council Meeting (including a Louisiana Only Amendment Update) and Louisiana Red Snapper Harvest and 39-day Season Extension Projection Update – Chris Schieble, Biologist Manager

18.  Receive and Consider a Resolution supporting continued efforts to reduce the hypoxia zone in the Gulf of Mexico – Doug Daigle, Coordinator, Louisiana Hypoxia Working Group

19.  Set January, 2018 Commission Meeting Date

20.  Receive Public Comments

21.  Adjournment

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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. 

 

Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Grounds Committee to Meet

Release Date: 09/01/2017

Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Grounds Committee

Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 9:30 A.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans 70122

 

 

AGENDA
I.              Call to Order
II.             To Receive an Updated Draft NOI with Proposed Changes
III.            Discussion of Stock Assessment and Season Recommendation  
(Habitat Suitability Index)
IV.            Discussion of the Shell Budget
V.             Discussion of Tagging Regulations for Mini-Sacks
VI.            Public Comment
VII.           Set next meeting
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:

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