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Rescue Volunteers Headed to Houston Urged to Contact Houston Police Department First

Release Date: 08/28/2017

Aug. 28, 2017 – Volunteers with boats who would like to assist in the search and rescue effort in the Houston area are asked to call the Houston Police Department (HPD) at 713-881-3100. The HPD is coordinating search and rescue efforts in the city and is asking volunteers to call its office for directions and other information that will aid department efforts to manage the massive operation.

Houston and other parts of southeast Texas have been inundated with more than 25 inches of rain from what is now Tropical Storm Harvey since Saturday.

In addition, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) is working with the Texas Governor’s Office to stage search and rescue efforts in College Station at the TEEX training facility known as Disaster City. Interested individuals who would like to volunteer should contact Texas Task Force 1 at 972-841-2105 or by e-mail at TTF1@soc.texas.gov for additional information.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which has received calls about rescue information, is not coordinating search and rescue efforts in the Houston area.

The LDWF Enforcement Division has sent 40 agents with 40 trucks and 40 vessels to the Houston area to assist with search and rescue.  All agents remain on alert and will be dispatched to the Houston area as requested.

 

 

LDWF Postpones Issuance of Alligator Hunting Licenses and Tags at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge

Release Date: 08/28/2017

Aug. 28, 2017 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has postponed issuance of alligator hunting licenses and tags for the upcoming 2017 wild alligator season at the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge due to the impacts of Tropical Storm Harvey.
 
The dates for the alligator license and tag issuance were scheduled for Tuesday (Aug. 29) and Wednesday (Aug. 30). LDWF will alert the public of the rescheduled dates once conditions have improved.
 
For more information contact Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge at 337-538-2165 or the LDWF New Iberia Field Office at 337- 373-0032.

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LDWF sending search and rescue teams to Texas

Release Date: 08/27/2017

The LDWF Enforcement Division has sent 40 agents with 40 trucks and 40 vessels to the Houston area to assist Texas Parks and Wildlife Department with Hurricane Harvey search and rescue efforts.  LDWF sent 10 agents with trucks and boats on Saturday and 30 more agents with trucks and boats on Sunday.  All agents remain on standby and more will be sent as they are needed.

LDWF to close Elmer’s Island due to hurricane Harvey Sunday at Noon

Release Date: 08/25/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will temporarily close Elmer's Island beginning on Sunday, August 27 at 12:00 pm, due to the anticipated impacts of Hurricane Harvey. As a precautionary and preparedness measure Elmer's Island will remain closed until further notice.

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.

Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge Closed Until Further Notice Due To Hurricane Harvey

Release Date: 08/25/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has closed Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge due to Hurricane Harvey.

 

This morning at 6:00 a.m. Cameron Emergency Operations Center ordered a mandatory evacuation of Cameron Parish below the Intracoastal Waterway. 

Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, which consists of 76,042 acres, is located in eastern Cameron and western Vermilion parishes. 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. For more information on the refuge, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/rockefeller-wildlife-refuge.

 

 

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.

Red Snapper fishing likely to continue through Labor Day

Release Date: 08/24/2017

News Release

For Immediate Release
August 23, 2017

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton
Public Information
LDWF
(504) 286-8745
rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

Baton Rouge, LA – Based on the latest LA Creel landings data and this weekend’s weather forecast, LDWF biologists anticipate the red snapper season will remain open through Labor Day.

The latest catch stats from LDWF’s LA Creel, the agency’s near real-time data collecting program, show that 849,227 pounds of red snapper had been caught as of August 13. The last reported amount was 780,769 pounds.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has ordered LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet to shut down the red snapper season when it appears anglers will meet the self-imposed limit of 1.04 million pounds.

LDWF believes that being accountable for the catch limit will help the state’s chances of receiving federal government permission allowing Louisiana to manage its own red snapper season out 200 nautical miles from its coast.

The red snapper fishing season was extended 39 days as part of an agreement reached earlier this summer involving Louisiana, the four other Gulf states – Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida - and the U.S. Department of Commerce. It allowed recreational anglers to fish out 200 miles from the Louisiana coast for red snapper for 39 days. The dates left on the schedule are August 25-27, and September 1-4.

Any dates after this weekend will be canceled immediately if the limit is reached before September 4.

Also under the agreement, there would be no red snapper fishing in state waters – out nine miles from the Louisiana coast – on Mondays through Thursdays, except on July 3-4 and September 4. Anglers are limited to two fish, measuring at least 16 inches, per day.

*For more information on the 2017 red snapper landings estimates, visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/red_snapper_website_document_8-13-17.pdf

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. To receive LDWF email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

LDWF Schedules Aerial Treatment of Aquatic Vegetation at Saline/Larto Complex

Release Date: 08/17/2017

LDWF Schedules Aerial Treatment of Aquatic Vegetation at Saline/Larto Complex

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduled an aerial herbicide application on Tuesday, August 22 to control large expanses of American lotus and giant salvinia that are inhibiting access in the Saline/Larto complex. 
 
The aerial application will be used to treat selected areas where giant salvinia and American lotus growth is particularly heavy, encompassing roughly 550 acres in total. The designated spray area will be the southwest portion of Saline Lake, including Friejon Bayou, Raccoon Bayou and up to the mouth of Big Creek. It also includes the mouth of Big Creek to approximately 0.7 miles past Camel’s Slough.
 
The aquatic herbicides to be used are approved by the EPA for use in aquatic environments.
 
LDWF asks that boaters avoid the application during this time. Recreational activities will not be restricted on other areas of the lake. 

 

 

The numbers say it all, red snapper fishing continues

Release Date: 08/17/2017

Baton Rouge, LA – Louisiana anglers find themselves looking at yet another weekend of red snapper fishing as catch numbers are more than 250,000 pounds below the state’s self-imposed limit for 2017.

The latest catch stats from LDWF’s LA Creel, the agency’s near real-time data collecting program, show that 780,769 pounds of red snapper had been caught as of Aug. 6. The last reported amount was 764,283 pounds.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has ordered LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet to shut down the red snapper season when it appears anglers will meet the self-imposed limit of 1.04 million pounds.

LDWF believes that being accountable for the catch limit will help the state’s chances of receiving federal government permission allowing Louisiana to manage its own red snapper season out 200 nautical miles from its coast.

The red snapper fishing season was extended 39 days as part of an agreement reached earlier this summer involving Louisiana, the four other Gulf states – Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida - and the U.S. Department of Commerce. It allowed recreational anglers to fish out 200 miles from the Louisiana coast for red snapper for 39 days. The dates left on the schedule are Aug 18-20, Aug. 25-27, and Sept. 1-4.

Any dates after this weekend will be canceled immediately if the limit is reached before Sept. 4.

Also under the agreement, there would be no red snapper fishing in state waters – out nine miles from the Louisiana coast – on Mondays through Thursdays, except on July 3-4 and September 4. Anglers are limited to two fish, measuring at least 16 inches, per day.

*For more information on the 2017 red snapper landings estimates, visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/page/41176-red-snapper-long-range-plan-facts/redsnapperwebsitedocument8-6-17-1.pdf

The August Louisiana Artificial Reef Council meeting to be rescheduled

Release Date: 08/17/2017

The Louisiana Artificial Reef Council meeting scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 29 in the Louisiana Room of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters building, has been canceled.  The rescheduled meeting date and time will be announced at a future date.

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.

 

White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area 2017-18 Marsh and Rice Field Waterfowl Lottery Hunts Announced

Release Date: 08/16/2017

Baton Rouge -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is now accepting applications for 2017-18 marsh and rice field waterfowl lottery hunts on White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish.

Marsh hunts are available on:

November 16, 25, 26 and 28;

December 21, 23, 29 and 30;

January 9 and 16.

Rice field hunts are available on:

November 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 25, 26, 29 and 30;

December 2, 3, 16, 17, 20, 23, 27, 29 and 30;

January  3, 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, and 21.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and applications for both hunts must be received by 4:30 p.m. on September 20, 2017.

Applications may be obtained by contacting any of LDWF's field offices or by visiting the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/lottery-applications. Completed applications may be delivered in person to the LDWF headquarters building at 2000 Quail Drive, Room 418, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70808 or by mail to the same address. Please note on the envelope: Attention: White Lake Marsh (or Rice Field) Lottery Hunt, whichever is applicable.

Each application must include a non-refundable $5 administrative fee. The $5 fee must be paid by check or money order payable to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Successful applicants will be notified by mail.

Selected applicants will be allowed two guests for the rice field hunts and one guest for the marsh hunts. An additional payment of $225 will be required for the rice field hunts and $350 for the marsh hunts.

For more information on White Lake WCA marsh and rice field waterfowl lottery hunts, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400, ext. 1, or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov .

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.

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