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Shrimp Task Force Marketing Subcommittee to Meet December 7th

Release Date: 12/02/2016

Shrimp Task Force

Marketing Subcommittee Meeting

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 10:00am

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main St. Houma, LA 70360

 

AGENDA

 

I.               Call to Order

II.             Discussion of Country of Origin Shrimp Branding

III.           Discussion of LA Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board Funding

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/2415227202986162179

Shrimp Task Force to Meet December 7th

Release Date: 12/02/2016

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Meeting. The public is invited to attend.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 1:00 p.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360

 

AGENDA

I.               Roll call and introduction of guests

II.             Approval of November 2, 2016 meeting minutes and December 7, 2016 agenda

III.           Treasury Report

A.     Budget report- LDWF

IV.            New Business

A.     To Hear a Presentation on Lifting the Special Artificial Reef Sites Moratorium- Mike McDonough

B.     Marketing Subcommittee Update- Acy Cooper

C.     Discussion of Adaptive Shrimp Management- Lance Nacio

V.              Public Comment

VI.            Set Quarterly Meetings

VII.          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/3221141738355447555

LDWF Commercial Fishing Licenses Available in Chalmette

Release Date: 11/30/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will offer new commercial fishing licenses and renewals in Chalmette, La. from December 13 through 15 at the St. Bernard Parish Government Building located at 8201 West Judge Perez Drive. Licenses will be available for purchase from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
 
Commercial fishermen are reminded that acceptable forms of payment will include personal checks, money orders and cash. To avoid processing delays, those purchasing license are asked to bring their license renewal notices with them.
 
First-time applicants can apply by mail or in-person. Renewals can be completed online atwww.wlf.la.gov.
 
When applying in person, you must provide the following:

  • Resident applicants must provide proof of residency such as a Louisiana driver’s license (held continuously for 12 months), voter’s registration, vehicle registration and state income tax. 
  • Non-resident applicants must provide proof of residency from their domiciliary state, such as a driver’s license, voter’s registration, vehicle registration and state income tax.
  • Applicants applying for a license in a business name must provide documentation showing proof of valid federal tax ID# assigned to business name and proof of authorized signature or an occupational license will be required.

For commercial license inquiries, contact (225) 765-2898.

LDWF Extends Drawdown for Clear-Smithport Lake

Release Date: 11/29/2016

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) plans to extend the scheduled drawdown on Clear-Smithport Lake in Desoto Parish to allow the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) to further assess damage to the dam and spillway resulting from the March 2016 floods. 
 
The water control structure was originally scheduled to close on December 1, 2016, to allow the lake to refill for winter and early-spring recreational activities. Due to damage caused by excessive erosion during the March 2016 floods, the Clear-Smithport Dam is currently being assessed by DOTD to determine the extent of damage. The structure closure date has yet to be determined and will be announced following the DOTD assessment. 

During the extended drawdown, an estimated 600 to 700 acres of water will remain in open areas of the lake. Boater access will be limited at the Hwy. 509 Bridge Ramp and contingent upon rainfall. Caution is also advised if boating on the lake as numerous obstructions are present.
 
The current LDWF Clear-Smithport Aquatic Vegetative Management Plan can be viewed at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland
 
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Villis Dowden, LDWF Biologist Manager, at vdowden@wlf.la.gov or (318) 357-3214. 

 

December 2016 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 11/28/2016

The next regular Commission meeting will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, December 1, 2016, at Louisiana Tech University – Davison Athletic Center, 1454 West Alabama, 3rd Floor, Ruston, LA 71270

The following items will be discussed:

1.     Call to Order         

2.     Pledge of Allegiance

3.     Roll Call

4.     Adoption of November 03, 2016 Commission Meeting Minutes

5.     Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege         

6.     Enforcement Reports November, 2016 – Captain Edward Skena

7.     Receive and Consider a Declaration of Emergency for the Partial Closure of State Outside Waters to Shrimping – Jeffrey Marx, Biologist

8.     Receive an Update on the 2016-2017 Oyster Season in Calcasieu Lake – Patrick Banks, Assistant Secretary of Fisheries

9.     Set March, 2017 Commission Meeting Date

10.  Receive Public Comments

11.  Adjournment 

A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via Gotowebinar.com.  To attend this meeting via webinar visit: 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3187799048217693955

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

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 recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

LDWF Commercial Fishing Licenses Available in Lake Charles

Release Date: 11/22/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will offer new commercial fishing licenses and renewals in Lake Charles, La. from December 6 through 8 at the Lake Charles office located at 1213 North Lakeshore Drive. Licenses will be available for purchase from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
 
Commercial fishermen are reminded that acceptable forms of payment will include personal checks, money orders and cash. To avoid processing delays, those purchasing license are asked to bring their license renewal notices with them.
 
First-time applicants can apply by mail or in-person. Renewals can be completed online at www.wlf.la.gov.
 
When applying in person, you must provide the following:
•   Resident applicants must provide proof of residency such as a Louisiana driver’s license (held continuously for 12 months), voter’s registration, vehicle registration and state income tax. 
•   Non-resident applicants must provide proof of residency from their domiciliary state, such as a driver’s license, voter’s registration, vehicle registration and state income tax.
•   Applicants applying for a license in a business name must provide documentation showing proof of valid federal tax ID# assigned to business name and proof of authorized signature or an occupational license will be required.
 
For commercial license inquiries, contact (225) 765-2898.

 

Feral Hog Management Advisory Task Force to Hold First Meeting Nov. 30

Release Date: 11/21/2016

Nov. 21, 2016 - The Feral Hog Management Advisory Task Force, created by House Concurrent Resolution No. 9 during the 2016 regular session of the Louisiana Legislature, will hold its first meeting Nov. 30, 2016, at 9 a.m. at Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) headquarters, located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.
 
The eleven members of the task force represent the different entities spelled out in the resolution by the legislature. Nominations were solicited from those entities and presented to LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon and/or Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain for selection and appointment to the task force.
 
For more information on this meeting or the task force, please contact Dr. Jim LaCour, LDWF Wildlife Veterinarian, at jmlacour@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2346.

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Aerial Herbicide Treatment Scheduled for Lake Bistineau on Monday, November 21

Release Date: 11/18/2016

Helicopters are expected to hover over Lake Bistineau next week for an aerial herbicide application to treat giant salvinia.  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduled the aerial application for Monday, November 21 to address the large, open areas containing the invasive plant.

The aerial application will be used to treat selected areas where giant salvinia growth is particularly heavy, encompassing roughly 500 acres in total. Designated spray areas include the Catfish Pond, between Fairview Point and the mouth of Little Red Chute Bayou.

With cooler temperatures forecasted, results may be delayed, but the effectiveness of the herbicide will not be impacted. Results are expected to be visible within three days, but it could take up to three weeks for the plants to sink completely.

These aquatic herbicides are approved for use by the EPA.

Recreational activities will not be restricted on the lake.  LDWF personnel will be on hand to ensure that no boaters are in the areas to be sprayed. 

 

Gates at Mayhaw and Millcreek Roads in Camp Beauregard WMA Closed

Release Date: 11/18/2016

Nov. 18, 2016 – The gates at Mayhaw and Millcreek roads in the Camp Beauregard Wildlife Management Area (WMA) have been closed by the Louisiana National Guard, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced. The Buckhorn Road gate will be the only vehicle access point to the interior road system of the WMA.
 
The WMA may be closed daily due to military activities. Consult maps posted on self-clearing permit stations for closed areas. Should no maps be posted, call Camp Beauregard Range Control at 318-290-6300 or 318-290-6301 for information on open areas before entering the WMA.
 
Camp Beauregard WMA is located on 12,500 acres in northeast Rapides and southeast Grant parishes eight miles north of Alexandria. It is owned by the Louisiana National Guard, which uses it as a troop training facility. However, the WMA offers public hunting for squirrel, turkey, deer, rabbit, quail, dove, ducks and woodcock.
 
For more information and directions to Camp Beauregard WMA, visit the LDWF web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/32652 or contact Jeff Johnson at 318-371-3050 or jjohnson@wlf.la.gov .

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OYSTER HARVEST TO CLOSE IN HACKBERRY BAY

Release Date: 11/17/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has announced that all oyster harvest shall close at one half hour after sunset on Sunday, November 20, 2016 on the Hackberry Bay Public Oyster Seed Reservation (POSR) in Jefferson and Lafourche Parishes. Recent harvest pressure has depleted the limited supply of oyster resources in this public oyster area.  Protection of the remaining oyster resources is in the long-term best interest of the oyster populations in this area.

The Commission authorized Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Secretary Charles J. Melancon to take emergency action to close areas, on an as-needed basis, based on biological data or if enforcement problems are encountered.  The Secretary was also authorized to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended and to open areas if substantial oyster resources are located. 

To view current oyster season maps visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/commerical-oyster-seasons

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.

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