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Gov. John Bel Edwards appoints William D. “Bill” Hogan to Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission

Release Date: 04/05/2016

William D. "Bill" Hogan

April 5, 2016 - William D. “Bill” Hogan, President and CEO of Ruston Bank, has been appointed to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission by Gov. John Bel Edwards. Hogan, who will serve as an at-large member of the commission, replaces Ronny Graham of Ruston.
 
Hogan will attend his first commission meeting as a member of the board Thursday during the LWFC April meeting in Baton Rouge.
 
Hogan, who lives in Ruston, has resided in Louisiana since 1989. He and his wife Kelly have two daughters, Taylor and Natalie. He was born in Nashville, Tenn., grew up in Fort Smith, Ark., and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in finance.
 
“As an avid outdoorsman and a long-time Louisiana resident, I am honored to serve and support the state in its efforts to conserve, protect and wisely use our abundant hunting and fishing habitat, species and opportunities with which we are uniquely blessed,’’ Hogan said.
 
A member of Ducks Unlimited for 25 years, Hogan has served as state chairman of DU and is a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation. He also has been active in several civic groups in the Ruston area. He is vice president of the Louisiana Tech University Foundation and served as chairman of the Ruston-Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau. He was campaign chairman and a board member of the United Way.
 
“I believe we all have obligations to act as stewards of our natural resources and ensure that our rich outdoor traditions and culture are managed and maintained for current and future generations to enjoy,’’ Hogan said. “I am truly honored to be appointed as a commissioner by Governor John Bel Edwards and pledge to work for the people of Louisiana to help keep our state as the true Sportsman’s Paradise.’’

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LDWF Opens Boyce Tower Road at Maurepas Swamp WMA, Two Side Roads at Pearl River WMA

Release Date: 04/04/2016

April 4, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has reopened Boyce Tower Road at Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area (WMA). It has also opened Poboy Road and Indian Bayou Road on the Pearl River WMA.
 
Only Oil Well Road at Pearl River WMA remains closed. It is expected to open later this week as flood waters subside. LDWF will open that road when it has been inspected and deemed safe for travel.
 
Flooding in March at both WMAs forced closure of those roads.
 
The Pearl River WMA, which consists of 35,618 acres, is located approximately six miles east of Slidell and approximately one mile east of Pearl River in St. Tammany Parish. For more information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2789.
 
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.
 
For more information on both WMAs, contact Forest Burks at fburks@wlf.la.gov or 985-543-4781.

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Pearl River Wildlife Management Area Reopened But Three Side Roads Remain Closed

Release Date: 04/01/2016

April 1, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has reopened the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) but three side roads, including Poboy Road, Oil Well Road and Indian Bayou Road, remain closed.
 
The Pearl River WMA was closed March 13 when the flood gauge at the Pearl River reached 16.5 feet, initiating an automatic benchmark closure set by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.
 
Though the gauge has dipped below 16.5 feet, the three side roads remain closed due to high water. LDWF will continue to monitor the water levels and open the roads when they have been inspected and deemed safe for travel.
 
The Pearl River WMA, which consists of 35,618 acres, is located approximately six miles east of Slidell and approximately one mile east of Pearl River.

For more information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2789 or contact Forest Burks at fburks@wlf.la.gov or 985-543-4781.

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LA Crab Task Force to Meet Tuesday, April 5th

Release Date: 04/01/2016

 

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
April 1, 2016

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

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Louisiana Crab Task Force to Meet

                                                                             

 

Pete Gerica, Chairman

Tuesday, April 5, at 1:00 p.m.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Dr., Room 210

New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

 

AGENDA

I.            Roll Call and Introduction of Guests

II.           Approval of January 12 meeting minutes and April 5, 2016 agenda

III.          Financial Report

IV.          Old Business

A.    Further Discussion of Management Options- Pete Gerica

V.           New Business

A.     2016 Derelict Crab Trap Cleanup Summary - LDWF

B.     Changes to the LFF Professionalism Program - LDWF

C.     Discussion and Definition of Navigable Waters - Pete Gerica

D.     Discussion of black drum regulations and issues that will protect smaller crab population - Emery Lebouef

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/5038509109365190148

 

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.

 

Partial Reopening of Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation

Release Date: 03/31/2016

Partial Reopening of Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will reopen a portion of the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation at one half-hour before sunrise on Monday, April 4, 2016, for the purpose of market oyster harvest only.  This area will close at one half-hour after sunset on Thursday, April 14, 2016.
 
The portion of the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation to be reopened is the area west of a line of longitude at 90 degrees 55 minutes 25.907 seconds W.  The daily and possession sack limit is set at 25, and the following conditions also apply:

  • All oysters aboard a vessel harvesting on the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation are deemed to have been taken from the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation.
  • Prior to leaving the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation, all oysters must be sacked, the number of sacks harvested recorded in a logbook and each sack properly tagged.
  • All vessels located in the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation during those times between one half-hour after sunset and one half-hour before sunrise should have all oyster dredges unshackled.

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.

PARTIAL RE-OPENING OF SEED GROUNDS IN MISSISSIPPI SOUND AND LAKE BORGNE FOR OYSTER TRANSPLANT

Release Date: 03/29/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has announced that a portion of the Public Oyster Seed Grounds in Mississippi Sound and Lake Borgne shall re-open at one half hour before sunrise on Friday, April 1, 2016 and shall close at one-half hour after sunset on Thursday, April 14, 2016.  This re-opening is for the purpose of conducting a permitted transplant, or relay, of live oysters for bedding purposes only from waters within the Public Oyster Seed Grounds further described in the map here which are currently classified as “closed” by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (LDHH).  All individuals found harvesting in this area must possess a valid LDHH Oyster Transplant Permit.

The Secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is authorized to take emergency action to re-open Public Oyster Seed Grounds and Reservations if sufficient quantities of oysters are available, to adjust sack limits and sacking-only areas, and to take emergency action as necessary to close this area if it is found that excessive amounts of non-living reef material is present in transplant loads.

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.

LDWF Reopens Roads on Joyce and Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Areas

Release Date: 03/28/2016

March 28, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has reopened all roads in the Joyce and Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Areas with the exception of a portion of Boyce Tower Road on Maurepas Swamp WMA. That portion of the road, closed near the bridge on Boyce Tower Road, is expected to be opened later this week.
 
The roads in these WMAs have been closed since March 15 due to flooding caused by heavy rain.
 
Joyce WMA is a 27,487 acre tract located in southern Tangipahoa Parish five miles south of Hammond. For more information on the WMA, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2774.

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. 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.

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

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AMENDED - Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet

Release Date: 03/24/2016

 

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
March 24, 2016

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.

LDWF Headquarters

2000 Quail Drive, The Louisiana Room

Baton Rouge, LA 70898

AMENDED AGENDA:

 

I.         Roll call and introduction of guests

II.        Approval of March 2, 2016 Meeting Minutes and March 29, 2016 agenda

III.       Treasury Report

A.      Oyster Tag Sales

B.      LOTF Financial Report

IV.         Committee Reports

A.      Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee  (Mitch Jurisich)

B.      Enforcement (Captain Chad Hebert)

C.      Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)

D.      Research

E.      Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)

F.       Marketing (LDWF)

G.      Health (Lance Broussard)

H.      Sustainability (LDWF)

I.        Professionalism (LDWF)

J.       Aquaculture

K.      Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting Committee (John Tesvich)

V.         New Business

A.    Legislative Update (LDWF)

B.    Discussion of the VMS Cargo Vessel Requirements- Brad Robin

C.    Discussion of  the ‘Taste of the Senate Event’- Mitch Jurisich

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/6854380050228477188

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.

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LDWF Closes Some Roads at Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 03/23/2016

March 23, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has closed several roads at Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area (WMA), including Goose Lake Road, Lac-A-Sostien Road, Ross Road, Catfish Bayou Road, Dobbs Bay Road, Blount Road at the Patton Lake Loop trail and all roads on the east side of the Mississippi River levee.
 
The Cheney Lakes Year Round ATV trail has also been closed.
 
Increasing water levels in associated river systems has caused backwater flooding on these thoroughfares. Once the water recedes, LDWF will inspect, repair and reopen the roads when they are safe for travel. 
 
Richard K. Yancey WMA is located approximately 35 miles south of Ferriday on Louisiana Hwy. 15 in lower Concordia Parish. 

For information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/36994 or contact Tony Vidrine at 337-948-0255 or tvidirne@wlf.la.gov or Cody Haynes at 337-948-0255 or jhaynes@wlf.la.gov.

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LDWF Assistant Secretary Jimmy Anthony Commended for 40 Years of Service by the Louisiana Senate

Release Date: 03/23/2016

 

March 23, 2016 – Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Assistant Secretary of Wildlife Jimmy Anthony was honored by the state senate Tuesday (March 22) for 40 years of service to the department and state by Louisiana Senate Resolution 24.

Louisiana State Senator Francis Thompson of Delhi acknowledged Anthony, who retired from the department this week, for his service to the LDWF in personal privilege comments on the senate floor Tuesday. Thompson highlighted the many accomplishments Anthony has made to the state and agency during his tenure at LDWF.

Senate Resolution 24 commends Anthony for his critical role in the development of the Wildlife Restoration Act Program, Wildlife Conservation & Restoration Program and the Mineral Exploration Program. He also was praised for his role in Louisiana’s wildlife restoration, reforestation, wetland restoration, timber management and deer herd evaluations as well as other programs and projects on which he worked. 

In addition to his daily duties with LDWF, Anthony is credited for his service on numerous special committees and boards, including the North American Bird Conservation Initiative, the Arctic Goose Joint Venture, the Fish and Wildlife Trust Funds Committee, Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society Reservoir Committee and the Atchafalaya Basin Program. 

Anthony’s expertise was recognized around the country and he was, on numerous occasions, asked to address members of the United States Congress concerning issues related to wildlife. He also served as an adjunct biology professor at Southeastern Louisiana University, teaching classes on cell chemistry, genetics, evolution, species diversity and ecology to undergraduate students.

“The Senate of the Legislature of Louisiana commends Jimmy Anthony upon his retirement after 40 years of service with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and extends a special thank you to him for his longtime service to the state of Louisiana and its citizens,’’ said Sen. Thompson.

“The tremendous impact of Jimmy’s lifelong commitment to ensuring the natural resources of our state are available for future generations may never be fully known,’’ LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon said. “But the example he is leaving behind for the staff following in his footsteps will always be held in high regard within our agency.’’

Anthony will remain involved with wildlife-related programs during his retirement.

 

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