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LDWF Reopens Roaring Bayou Bridge On Big Lake Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 06/30/2017

June 30, 2017The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has reopened Roaring Bayou Bridge on Big Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The original bridge was replaced with a modern concrete structure to provide safe access for the public and management activities on the WMA.
 
Roaring Bayou Bridge is located on the south end of the WMA, about one mile north of the Louisiana Hwy. 4 entrance. Big Lake WMA is located in Franklin, Madison and Tensas parishes, approximately 12 miles east of Gilbert. For more information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/32646.
 
For more information, contact Mitch McGee at 318-343-4044 or mmcgee@wlf.la.gov or Lowrey Moak at lmoak@wlf.la.gov.

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Volunteer Participation Drives Successful Weevil Distribution Event on Lake Bistineau

Release Date: 06/29/2017

Volunteer Participation Drives Successful Weevil Distribution Event on Lake Bistineau
Volunteer Participation Drives Successful Weevil Distribution Event on Lake Bistineau
Volunteer Participation Drives Successful Weevil Distribution Event on Lake Bistineau
Volunteer Participation Drives Successful Weevil Distribution Event on Lake Bistineau

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries joined efforts with Lake Bistineau property owners and other concerned citizens this past Saturday to distribute over 110,000 giant salvinia weevils throughout the lake to help combat the growth of the invasive plant.  Distribution efforts targeted isolated areas of the lake that do not dewater and are disconnected from the main lake.
 
Sixty seven area residents volunteered by distributing weevil and larvae-infested plant material in areas near their property that hold water during lake drawdowns. Through volunteer labor alone, 102,000 adult weevils were stocked into the lake. LDWF personnel added an additional 8,400 insects to the total count. 
 
“This is the kind of community commitment that will help us in our battle to control salvinia on this beautiful lake,” LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet said. “In my conversations with lake residents, they pledged to play a role in the fight. They proved it, and I applaud them. We are committed to continuing these types of cooperative efforts.”
 
Weevils are a natural enemy of giant salvinia in its native habitat and can serve to limit the growth of the plant. They only feed and reproduce on giant salvinia, and if established, can serve as a long-term biological control for the plant. The weevils for this particular effort were harvested from Iatt Lake in Grant Parish, where they are found in high densities and have survived two successive winters, increasing their likelihood of survival in the north Louisiana climate.
 
This stocking is an ongoing effort by the department to establish a weevil population on Lake Bistineau. Weevils were first stocked in 2007.  Following this stocking biologists will continue to monitor the lake for the presence of weevils. If successfully established, it is likely to be 2 to 3 years before any long-term results are visible.
 
The department will continue to collaborate with LSU AgCenter researchers to identify and evaluate new potential giant salvinia control techniques. Recent efforts have focused on identifying a population of giant salvinia weevils that can survive winter temperatures in north Louisiana.
 
LDWF uses an integrated management program of water level fluctuations, herbicide applications, and biological control measures to achieve combined benefits. This approach is designed to reduce vegetation levels while maximizing recreational use of Lake Bistineau for the public throughout the year.

Crab Task Force to Meet Tuesday July 11 at 1:00 p.m.

Release Date: 06/29/2017

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting
Pete Gerica, Chairman
Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 1:00pm
Center for Energy Resource Management Building (CERM)
2045 Lakeshore Dr., STE 216
New Orleans, LA 70148

AGENDA
Note: Location changed from usual meeting room

 

I.         Roll Call and Introduction of New Task Force Members and Guests

II.         Approval of April 11, 2017 Minutes and July 11, 2017 Agenda

III.         Financial Report

IV.         Old Business

A.     Update on Crab Task Force Name Tags- -Allison West

V.         New Business

A.     Discussion of  Crab Marketing Opportunites- Thomas Hymel

B.     Discussion of Blue Crab Harvest Restrictions- Jeff Marx

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: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4580803319462738435

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.

To sign up for LDWF commercial fishing alerts sent as text messages or as emails, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.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.

Grand Bayou Boat Launch at Point-aux-Chenes WMA Reopened, Island Road Launch Remains Closed

Release Date: 06/28/2017

June 28, 2017 – The Grand Bayou boat launch at Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area (WMA) has been reopened, however, Island Road launch remains closed, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced. Both launches, located at Point-aux-Chenes WMA, were closed last week because of flooding from Tropical Storm Cindy.
 
Island Road launch will be reopened once repairs are made.
 
Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA is located in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes, approximately 15 miles southeast of Houma. The 35,000-acre WMA is owned by LDWF. For more information on Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2790 .
 
For more information, contact Vaughan McDonald at vmcdonald@wlf.la.gov or 225-763-8807.

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LDWF Clarifies Commercial Shad Regulations

Release Date: 06/27/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to clarify regulations pertaining to the commercial shad fishery. 
 
Recent questions raised during the June Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting indicated that a portion of the 2017 commercial fishing pamphlet may cause confusion regarding commercial shad harvest regulations. Although similar, shad seining and shad gill netting have different regulations.
 
Commercial shad gill netting is allowed only in Lake Palourde, Lake Verret, Lac Des Allemands, all waterways in Iberville Parish and certain portions of the Atchafalaya Basin. The gill netting season is closed beginning July 1 through the end of October and on all Saturdays and Sundays.
 
In addition, Act No. 109 of the 2017 regular session allows for the take of shad or skipjack using a shad gill net during the closed season and on Saturdays and Sundays for bait purposes only, with the following restrictions:
1.     The net shall not exceed 150 feet in length.
2.     No more than 50 pounds of shad or skipjack shall be taken per day.
3.     The net shall be attended at all times.
 
Commercial shad seining is allowed in all freshwater areas of the state, except the Pearl River and those water bodies where seine use is prohibited.  There is no closed season for commercial shad seining
 
For a detailed explanation of regulations for each gear type, please reference pages 26 and 27 of our commercial regulations pamphlet. Additional details are available here:
http://www.legis.la.gov/Legis/Law.aspx?d=206917,
http://www.legis.la.gov/Legis/Law.aspx?d=206918 and
http://www.legis.la.gov/Legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=1051086.

Nature Trail at Maurepas Swamp WMA Closed, Pearl River WMA Remains Closed Due to Flooding

Release Date: 06/27/2017

June 27, 2017 – The Nature Trail at Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area (WMA) has been closed due to flooding, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced. LDWF will inspect the trail once the water has receded and make necessary repairs before reopening.
 
The Pearl River WMA remains closed because of flooding. Once the Pearl River falls below 16.5 feet, the road and bridges will be inspected and any necessary repairs made before it is reopened.
 
Maurepas Swamp WMA, which consists of 122,098 acres, is located approximately 25 miles west of New Orleans and along the south shore of Lake Maurepas west to near Sorrento. The WMA includes property in Ascension, Livingston, St. John the Baptist, St. James and Tangipahoa parishes. For more information on the WMA, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2791.
 
Pearl River WMA, which consists of 35,032 acres, is located in St. Tammany Parish, five miles east of Slidell and over to the Louisiana-Mississippi state line. For more information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2789.

For more information on both WMAs, contact Forest Burks at fburks@wlf.la.gov or 985-543-4781.

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LDWF Reopens Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge Except for Price Lake Road

Release Date: 06/27/2017

June 27, 2017 – Much of Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge was reopened Tuesday (June 27) after being closed due to flood damage from Tropical Storm Cindy, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced. Repairs to Joseph Harbor Launch and other refuge locations have been made and all have been reopened.
 
Price Lake Road and the Hess water control structure will remain closed until appropriate repairs can be made.
 
For more information on Rockefeller, contact refuge manager Phillip Trosclair (ptrosclair@wlf.la.gov) or Gabe Giffin (ggiffin@wlf.la.gov) at 985-351-2783.
 
Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, located in eastern Cameron and western Vermilion Parishes, is 76,042 acres. 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. The refuge allows visitors opportunity to fish, shrimp and crab recreationally. For more information, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/rockefeller-wildlife-refuge .
 

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Two Boat Launches At Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area Closed Due to Flooding

Release Date: 06/23/2017

June 23, 2017 – Grand Bayou and Island Road boat launches at Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area (WMA) have been closed because of flooding from Tropical Storm Cindy, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced.
 
The Grand Bayou launch is located on Louisiana Hwy. 665 south of the WMA headquarters. Both launches will remain closed until the water recedes and any necessary repairs are made.
 
Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA is located in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes, approximately 15 miles southeast of Houma. The 35,000-acre WMA is owned by LDWF. For more information on Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2790 .
 
For more information, contact Vaughan McDonald at vmcdonald@wlf.la.gov or 225-763-8807.

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LDWF Closes Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge Because of Tropical Storm Cindy

Release Date: 06/21/2017

June 21, 2017 – Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge has been closed because of flooding caused by Tropical Storm Cindy, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced.
 
All public access roads and boat launches are closed until further notice.
 
For more information on Rockefeller, contact refuge manager Phillip Trosclair (ptrosclair@wlf.la.gov) or Gabe Giffin (ggiffin@wlf.la.gov) at 985-351-2783.
 
Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, located in eastern Cameron and western Vermilion Parishes, is 76,042 acres. 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. The refuge allows visitors opportunity to fish, shrimp and crab recreationally. For more information, go to http://www.rwrefuge.com .

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Massive wetland restoration project completed on Russell Sage WMA

Release Date: 06/21/2017

Massive wetland restoration project completed on Russell Sage WMA

Partners gathered to celebrate Wham Brake restoration project
 
MONROE, La. – Nearly 40 conservation partners gathered at Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area Tuesday, June 20, to celebrate the completion of the Wham Brake enhancement project. Ducks Unlimited and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries partnered on the project to enhance 3,500 acres of wetland habitat in northeast Louisiana.
 
“After adding Wham Brake to Russell Sage WMA, the LDWF wanted to improve waterfowl habitat in this wetland basin and provide increased public hunting opportunities,” said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. “As always, Ducks Unlimited’s restoration and engineering expertise was vital to the success of this project.” 
 
Ducks Unlimited wetland engineers replaced three failing structures, a bridge that connected the entrance road to the boat ramp and levee, and a large, concrete weir water-control structure that controls much of the water level in the basin, enabling LDWF to manage habitat more effectively. This terminal structure is 270 feet wide and made of 550 cubic yards of reinforced concrete.
 
“This project provides water quality, recreation and wildlife habitat benefits near a major metropolitan area,” said DU Southern Region Director Jerry Holden. “Ducks Unlimited is proud to again partner with LDWF in improving public lands for waterfowl and all who enjoy them.”
 
The enhancement work is part of a North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant. Project partners include LDWF, Ducks Unlimited, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, the Walker Foundation, Biedenharn Foundation, International Paper and DU major sponsors who support the America's River Initiative.
 
“The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation is proud to have partnered with the department, DU and the other contributors on the Wham Brake Project as it enabled us to leverage foundation funds to rehabilitate and enhance this WMA for the benefit of wildlife and for public enjoyment for years to come,” LWFF Executive Director Kell McInnis said.
 
Fast Facts:
 

  • LDWF and DU enhanced 3,500 acres of wetland habitat in northeast Louisiana.
  • Wham Brake project improves waterfowl habitat and provides increased public hunting opportunities.
  • Photo album https://flic.kr/s/aHskXy9tqG

Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4bTzmnQ4-E
 
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 14 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org

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