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Amended Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting

Release Date: 01/04/2016

Amended Agenda

January 7, 2016 9:30 AM

1. Call to order

2. Roll call

3. Approval of minutes from December 03, 2015 Meeting

4. Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

5. To hear Enforcement Reports December 2015

6. To consider a Declaration of Emergency for Partial Closure of State Outside Waters to Shrimping

7. To consider a Declaration of Emergency for setting the 2016-2017 Commercial King Mackerel Season

8. To consider a Resolution on the 2016 Recreational Red Snapper Season in Louisiana waters

9. To hear a presentation on the Commission’s authority to establish management targets for black drum, sheepshead and southern flounder resulting from Act 205, 2015 Legislative Session

10. To consider a Notice of Intent to modify the Rules for Turtle Excluder Devices (TED)

11. To consider a Notice of Intent to modify the rules for Turtle Harvest and to place a Moratorium on the Commercial Harvest of Wild Razor-backed Musk Turtle

12. To consider a Notice of Intent to modify the Rules for Alligator Farm Facility Requirements

13. To consider a Notice of Intent for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 General and WMA Hunting Seasons and Rules and Regulations, 2017 General and WMA Turkey Hunting Season and Rules and Regulations, and 2016-2017 Migratory Birds Regulations, Seasons, and Bag Limits

14. To hear a presentation on a Cooperative Endeavor to establish a Weevil Propagation Pond in Southwest Louisiana

15. To consider Rescinding the Declaration of Emergency for Partial Deer Season Closure (by Secretary Barham, effective date January 3, 2016)

16. Election of WLF Commission Chairman and Vice-Chairman

17. Set May 2016 Meeting Date

18. Receive Public Comments

19. Adjournment

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Road Closures Set for Some Dewey W. Wills WMA Roads Because of Flooding

Release Date: 01/04/2016

Jan. 4, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will close Sandy Bayou Road and Muddy Bayou Road (from Deville Crossing to Nolan Bayou Road) at Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) once the water level on Larto Lake reaches 42’ mean sea level, which is expected Thursday (Jan. 7).

In addition, Hunt Road south of the diversion canal will be closed to all traffic once the water level on Larto Lake reaches 45’ msl, which is expected Jan. 11.

Those using Dewey W. Wills WMA will be permitted to access Sandy Bayou Road with ATV/UTVs.

Increasing water levels in the Mississippi, Black, and associated river systems will create backwater flooding on these roads. Road closures are implemented in the interest of public safety. Once the water recedes and conditions allow, the roads will be reopened.

  
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 .
 

COMMERCIAL KING MACKEREL SEASON TO CLOSE JANUARY 7, 2016

Release Date: 01/04/2016

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Rene LeBreton
rlebreton@wlf.la.gov
504-286-8745

January 4, 2016

COMMERCIAL KING MACKEREL SEASON TO CLOSE JANUARY 7, 2016

 

January 4, 2016 – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced the commercial season for king mackerel in Louisiana waters will close at 12 p.m. (noon) on Thursday, January 7, 2016. 

The closure was made based on data gathered by LDWF biologists and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) that the annual quota for king mackerel of 1.07 million pounds for the western zone of the Gulf of Mexico would soon be met.  The commercial fishing season for king mackerel was previously closed in federal waters at noon on Tuesday, November 17. 

Each year, a commercial quota is established for Gulf of Mexico group king mackerel by NMFS based on recommendations by the Gulf and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils. That figure is then divided into allocations for various zones and fisheries.  According to the best information available, the 1.07 million pound commercial quota of king mackerel for the western zone of the Gulf of Mexico has been harvested, or is projected to soon be harvested.

The commercial king mackerel season in Louisiana waters has previously been closed on March 27, 2009 (08-09 season), September 12, 2009 (09-10 season), February 11, 2011 (10-11 season), September 16, 2011 (11-12 season), August 22, 2012 (12-13 season), September 20, 2013 (13-14 season), and October 31, 2014 (14-15 season).

While there are relatively few king mackerel harvested or targeted by Louisiana recreational anglers, a substantial commercial fishery exists, which typically lands 800 to 900 thousand pounds annually at Louisiana ports.  A significant portion of the king mackerel landed in Louisiana ports is shipped to markets in the northeast United States.

For more information, contact Jason Adriance at 504.284.2032 or jadriance@wlf.la.gov.  

LDWF Announces Annual Caney Creek Reservoir Public Meeting

Release Date: 01/04/2016

(Jan. 4, 2016) - A public meeting will be held on Caney Creek Reservoir issues, including an overview of aquatic vegetation and the results of recent fish population sampling. A comprehensive management plan for Caney Creek Reservoir was established in 2006, calling for annual hearings to update the public on ongoing projects, fisheries management issues and aquatic vegetation management. 
 
Who:  Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
 
What:  Public meeting on Caney Creek Reservoir
 
When:  Tuesday, January 19 at 7 p.m.
 
Where:  Jimmie David Sate Park Conference Center, 1209 State Park Rd., Chatham,
               LA 71266
 
The meeting is open to the public, and all persons interested in the conversation and management of the fisheries and aquatic habitats in Caney Creek Reservoir are encouraged to attend.
 
For additional meeting details, contact Jeff Sibley at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066.

LDWF sets 2016 recreational red snapper season; Louisiana waters officially extended from three to nine miles offshore for reef fish management

Release Date: 01/04/2016

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Rene LeBreton
rlebreton@wlf.la.gov
504-286-8745

 

January 4, 2016

 

LDWF sets 2016 recreational red snapper season; Louisiana waters officially extended from three to nine miles offshore for reef fish management

LDWF Secretary Robert Barham announced that the 2016 red snapper fishing season in state waters will begin at 6:00 a.m. on January 8, 2016 and remain open until further notice. The season will run seven days a week in state waters with a daily bag and possession limit of two fish per person at a 16-inch minimum total length. 

“LDWF will do everything we can to provide our anglers the opportunity to harvest their share of this healthy and thriving resource,” said Barham.

Assistant Secretary, Randy Pausina said, “Through LA Creel, our recreational landings data collection program, we're able to monitor how much red snapper our anglers harvest in real time. With this data, we can ensure our recreational fishery is fully accountable—we're able to set a fishing season that allows our anglers to harvest their entire share of the catch but also close the season in time to prevent over harvest.”

Louisiana waters officially extended from three to nine miles offshore for reef fish management

Recently signed into law, the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act includes a provision to temporarily extend Louisiana state waters to nine nautical miles for fishery management purposes, an effort championed by LDWF Secretary Robert Barham during his tenure at the agency.

Senator Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, added the provision to the Act to push state waters for reef fish management in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama (currently three miles) to nine miles to match the current state water boundaries of Florida and Texas. “We are grateful for the additional provision by Senator Shelby and the recognition by Congress of the nine-mile boundary the State of Louisiana has claimed since 2012,” said Secretary Barham. “Because the 2016 Omnibus Appropriation Act applies to the current federal fiscal year, the nine-mile extension is only temporary. However, Congressman Garret Graves (R-LA) has proposed a more permanent solution through H.R. 3094; he and his bill have our agency’s full support.”

Secretary Barham worked hand in hand with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission and Louisiana state legislators for years to ensure Louisiana’s fishing boundaries are equal with those of Texas and Florida. In 2011, Louisiana state legislators passed Act 336, recognizing that the Gulfward boundary of Louisiana’s state waters historically consisted of three marine leagues (9 nautical miles) and designating that boundary to be enforced by state law for the protection and restoration of coastal lands, waters and natural resources, and regulation of activities affecting them.

Following the direction of our state legislators and at the request of Secretary Barham, the Commission officially extended state waters from three nautical miles offshore to nine nautical miles offshore for fisheries management purposes and for the benefit of Louisiana fishermen. Secretary Barham said, “I was simply correcting an injustice. If our Florida and Texas neighbors fish a nine-mile state boundary, so should Louisiana fishermen. Unfortunately, it has taken over three years for action on this issue and that action is only temporary. I look forward to the day that all fishermen are treated equally across the Gulf of Mexico.”  Although this congressional action is only temporary, it is a step forward for Louisiana fishermen and is a direct result of Secretary Barham’s continued vigilance on this issue. “Louisiana fishermen will benefit from improved access and more flexible management of the reef fish fishery in the waters off Louisiana,” said LDWF Assistant Secretary of Fisheries Randy Pausina. “And without Secretary Barham’s initial leadership claiming a nine-mile state water boundary for our fishermen, this would not have gained the momentum it needed to be carried through Congress,” said Billy Broussard, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commissioner. 

Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

LDWF reminds anglers and charter captains that they must have a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit to possess certain species, including red snapper. They may obtain or renew the permit, free of charge at rolp.wlf.la.gov. Anglers and charter captains may renew their permits up to 30 days prior to expiration. They must have a valid Louisiana fishing license number to obtain a permit; they may use their confirmation number for a temporary (trip) permit.

Minors (under 16) are not required to obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. Customers on a paid-for-hire charter trip also do not need this permit.

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

Public/Private Oyster Grounds Committee to Meet

Release Date: 01/04/2016

Public/Private Oyster Grounds Committee

Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 10 a.m.
UNO Advanced Technology Center
2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210,
New Orleans 70122
 
 
AGENDA
 
I.  Call to Order
II.  Requirements on oyster gear (dredges) allowed on public seed grounds
III. Public Comment
IV. Set next meeting
V. 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.
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

Agenda for January, 2016 LWF Commission Meeting

Release Date: 01/04/2016

Agenda for January, 2016 LWF Commission Meeting

 

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Trappers Workshop Set for Jan. 30, 2016 at Palmetto Island State Park

Release Date: 01/04/2016

Raccoon in trees

Jan. 4, 2016 – The Louisiana Fur Advisory Council and the Louisiana Trappers and Alligator Hunter Association will host a trapping workshop on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at Palmetto Island State Park near Abbeville.

The workshop is free but registration is required in advance and is limited. Youth participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The $2 per person state park entry fee is waived for workshop participants.

Classes begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Participants will see demonstrations on trap models and uses, trap preparation and trap modification. Professional instructors from the Louisiana Trappers and Alligator Hunter Association will be teaching workshop participants about tactics and techniques with on-site applications for mink, otter, bobcat, raccoon and beaver. Participants can ask questions and take notes but no video cameras are allowed.

For more information and to register, contact Quentin Morris at 318-581-1170 or by e-mail at mudplodder@hotmail.com.

Directions to Palmetto Island State Park: from I-10, take Exit 100 south onto LA 3184/Ambassador Caffery Parkway. Turn right onto U.S. 167/Johnston St. and continue to Abbeville. In Abbeville, turn left onto LA 14/W. Summers Dr., then right onto LA 82. State Street. Follow LA 82 south out of Abbeville, turning left onto LA 690 then right onto Pleasant Dr.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.wlf.la.gov or www.FishLA.org.

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LDWF Deer Hunting Season Closure in portion of Northeast and Central Louisiana Shortened to Five Days

Release Date: 01/02/2016

LDWF Deer Hunting Season Closure in portion of Northeast and Central Louisiana Shortened to Five Days

Jan. 2, 2016 – The closure of deer hunting season in a portion of northeast and central Louisiana near the Mississippi River scheduled to begin Sunday (Jan. 3) 30 minutes after sunset has been shortened to five days.
 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham has amended the closure, the result of Mississippi River flooding, to last from Sunday through Friday (Jan. 8). Deer hunting will resume 30 minutes before sunrise on Saturday (Jan. 9) unless further measures due to the flooding are necessary. However, land from the levee to the Mississippi River in this area will remain closed until further notice.
 
The closure will be from the Arkansas state line, east of U.S. 65 to Vidalia, La., and west of the Louisiana-Mississippi border.
 
Parishes affected by this include East Carroll, Madison, Tensas and Concordia.
 
Barham is acting under authority granted by emergency provisions of R.S. 49:953 of the Administrative Procedure Act and under authority of R.S. 56:115.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.wlf.la.gov or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

Agents Cite Two Men for Illegally Taken Nine Point Buck

Release Date: 12/31/2015

Agents Cite Two Men for Illegally Taken Nine Point Buck

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents cited two men for alleged hunting violations on Dec. 29 in Madison Parish.
 
Agents cited David R. Graham, 26, of Waverly, and Jeremy Southern, 36, of Pioneer, for hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light and hunting from a public road. Graham was also cited for discharging a firearm from a public road.
 
Agents received a tip on Dec. 29 that a nine point buck was taken at night in October by Graham and Southern. After further investigation, Graham and Southern confessed to agents that they took the buck at night from Hwy. 577 just north of Waverly using a spotlight and rifle. Graham admitted to shooting the deer.
 
Agents participating in the case are Senior Agent Johnny Wilson, Sgt. Albert Tarver, Senior Agent Kurt Hatten and Senior Agent John Miller.
 
Hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Hunting from a public road carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Discharging a firearm from a public road brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.
 
The two men could also face civil restitution charges totaling $2,033 for the illegally taken deer.
 
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.wlf.la.gov or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

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