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March Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Location has Changed

Release Date: 02/21/2017

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will be meeting in Natchitoches for the meeting on March 2nd.  An agenda will be published prior to the meeting date

 

What:  Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting

 

When:  Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 10:00 A.M.

 

Where: Magnolia Room of the Natchitoches Events Center located at 750 Second Street, Natchitoches, Louisiana

 

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.

LDWF Public Hearings Begin Feb. 20 to Gather Comments on Proposed Hunting Seasons, WMA Rules and Regulation Changes

Release Date: 02/15/2017

Feb. 15, 2017 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold six public meetings beginning Monday (Feb. 20) around the state to present and gather comments on the proposed 2017-19 resident game hunting season dates, 2017-18 waterfowl and migratory bird hunting season dates, 2017-18 wildlife management areas (WMA) general rules and regulation changes, 2018 wild turkey seasons and hunting areas and experimental dove field leasing program.
 
Public comment will be taken on all items currently under consideration as notices of intent by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. The meeting dates and locations include:
 
Feb. 20 (Monday) at 6 p.m. at the Ponchatoula High School library, 19452 Louisiana Hwy. 22, Ponchatoula;
 
Feb. 21 (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. at the New Orleans LDWF Field Office, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, second floor conference room, Suite 210, New Orleans;
 
Feb. 22 (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. at the New Iberia VFW Hall-Post 1982, 1907 Jefferson Terrace Blvd., New Iberia;
 
Feb. 23 (Thursday) at 6 p.m. at the Ruston Historic Fire Station Building, 200 East Mississippi Street, Ruston;
 
Feb. 24 (Friday) at 6 p.m. at the LSU Ag Center Building, 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles;
 
Feb. 25 (Saturday) at 2 p.m. at the Louisiana State Evacuation Shelter at LSU-Alexandria, 8125 Hwy. 71, Lecompte.
 
To view the full notices of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulation changes, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
 
Public comment will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings from now through March 5 or may be submitted directly to Steve Smith, LDWF Wildlife Division, PO Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ssmith@wlf.la.gov .
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359, 318-487-5885 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

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Joint Fisheries Seafood Task Force Working Group to Meet February 15th

Release Date: 02/14/2017

Joint Fisheries Task Force Working Group Meeting

Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 10:00 A.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans 70122

 

 

AGENDA

 

I.              Call to Order

II.            Old Business

A.    Discussion of LA Certified Wild Seafood Program-Acy Cooper

III.         New Business

A.    Discussion of Shrimping Requirements RE: Plastic Jugs, Returning Ghost Traps to the Water- George Barisich

B.    Discussion of Dual Claimed Waterways and the Potential impact on User Groups- Mitch Jurisich

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/6662203017136174339

Follow LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet on Twitter

Release Date: 02/13/2017

You can now follow Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet on Twitter @JMontoucetLDWF. Secretary Montoucet will update followers about important issues regarding the agency’s management of Louisiana’s precious resources. Even more, Secretary Montoucet will share day-to-day information about agency activities that impact his constituents – the citizens of Louisiana.
 
Secretary Montoucet was appointed LDWF Secretary in January by Governor John Bel Edwards. The Louisiana native from Scott, Louisiana, is the former owner of Jacques’ Crocs & Farm Pride Processors and the retired fire chief of the Lafayette Fire Department. For 30 years, he was involved in growing and marketing the alligator farming program under LDWF, serving as president of the Louisiana Alligator Association.
 
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.

Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to Host Public Meetings on Shrimp Amendment 17B

Release Date: 02/13/2017

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will host a series of meetings to gather public comments on Shrimp Amendment 17B. This Amendment considers setting shrimp harvest benchmarks, setting a target number of Federal Gulf of Mexico Shrimp permits, creating a permit pool, and allowing transit through federal waters for non-permitted shrimp vessels. Because the Council may take final action as early as April 2017, few opportunities remain for public input.

Louisiana meeting location:

Monday, March 6, 2017 at 6:00 P.M.
Courtyard by Marriott
142 Library Drive
Houma, LA 70360

 

Nearby meeting location:

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 6:00 P.M.
Courtyard by Marriott
1600 East Beach Boulevard
Gulfport, MS 39501

The Gulf Council will also hold a public hearing webinar on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 for those who cannot attend in person.  To register, use the link below.  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1465688961281780737

You can also submit comments online via the link below before March 28, 2017: http://gulfcouncil.org/council_meetings/comment_forms/Shrimp%20Amendment%2017B.php

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.

LWFC Passes Resolution to Recommend Adequately Evaluating Feral Hog Toxicants Before State Approval

Release Date: 02/10/2017

Feb. 10, 2017 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) passed a resolution at its Feb. 2 meeting in Baton Rouge, recommending the adequate evaluation of the feral hog toxicant Kaput and any other similar poisons prior to state approval to determine impacts on wildlife.
 
The resolution reads as follows: “The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) resolves that the LWFC recommends the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry and the Louisiana Feral Hog Management Advisory Task Force (hereafter referred to as task force) should adequately evaluate the hog toxicant Kaput, as well as any additional toxicants that may be proposed in the future, prior to approval in Louisiana, as to its potential impacts on wildlife and the effects of consumption of those wildlife on humans.’’
 
LWFC Commissioner Bart Yakupzack of Lake Charles authored the resolution, which was passed unanimously by the commission.
 
“This resolution is consistent with recommendation No. 5 of the Task Force Report dated Feb. 1, 2017, which states that all feral hog toxicants must be evaluated by LDWF to ensure imposition of minimal risk to other wildlife species prior to the registration and legalization of the toxicant for use in Louisiana,’’ Yakupzack said.
 
The resolution came after a report from LDWF veterinarian Dr. Jim LaCour, a member of the task force.
 
During his presentation to the commission, LaCour said LDWF and the task force had many concerns about the toxicant, which has received conditional general licensure from the Environmental Protection Agency.
 
Though general directions for use states that the bait may only be applied in special feeders with 8-10 pound lids, LaCour and the Task Force believe other species would be able to access the poison. LaCour said LDWF researchers have witnessed a raccoon lifting a 23-pound lid on a feeder. There is also a worry the toxicant could be ingested by non-target species of concern like the Louisiana black bear.
 
LaCour also stated that squirrels and other rodents could feed on bait dropped or scattered by feral hogs, which could lead to secondary intoxication of predators such as bobcats, owls, hawks, eagles and vultures.
 
“Though there are specific directions for the toxicant’s use”, LaCour told the commission “concerns are high for inappropriate use of the product, especially bait dumping on the ground by users.’’
 
For more information, contact Dr. Jim LaCour at jlacour@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-0823.

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The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to meet in Natchitoches on March 2nd

Release Date: 02/10/2017

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will be meeting in Natchitoches for the meeting on March 2nd.  An agenda will be published prior to the meeting date

 

What:  Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting

 

When:  Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 10:00 A.M.

 

Where: Natchitoches Arts Center located at 716 Second Street, Natchitoches, Louisiana 71457

 

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.

Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet February 15th

Release Date: 02/10/2017

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 1 p.m.

2021 Lakeshore Dr., STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70122

 

I.          Roll call and introduction of guests

II.         Approval of January 17, 2016 Meeting Minutes and February 15, 2017 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 (Earl Melancon)

E.      Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)

F.      Marketing (LDWF)

G.      Health (Lance Broussard)

H.     Sustainability (LDWF)

I.        Professionalism (LDWF)

1. To Consider Recommendations for the Oyster Seed Grounds Vessel Permit     Training Requirements

J.      Aquaculture (John Supan)

V.         New Business

A.     To Hear a Presentation on the 2017 Draft Coastal Master Plan- Bren Haase

B.     To Discuss the Interplay of Acts 570 and 595 and the Handling of Property Claims- OSL/ AG’s Office Rep

C.     Discussion of Sponsorship and Financial Polices and Procedures- Cara Tyler

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/8200376903307566338

 

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.

LDWF to Close Oyster Harvest in Calcasieu Lake

Release Date: 02/09/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will close all oyster harvest in the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area in Cameron Parish at one half-hour after sunset on Monday February 13th, 2017.

The oyster population in Calcasieu Lake has been in decline for several years and continued commercial harvest may threaten the long-term sustainability of remaining 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 the Secretary of LDWF 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. 

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.

To view a current map of the oyster closures, visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/commerical-oyster-seasons

 

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.

LDWF Makes Delinquent Oyster Lease List Available Online

Release Date: 02/08/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is required to make public notice regarding the nonpayment of fees related to oyster leases on both its website and in the official journal of the parish in which the delinquent lease is located.

As per Louisiana Revised Statute 56:429, any lessee who pays their rent on or after the first day of February owes the rent due plus an additional 10 percent penalty. Failure of the lessee to pay the rent punctually on or before the first of each January, or within 60 days thereafter, terminates and cancels the lease and forfeits to the department all the works, improvements, betterments and oysters leased on the water bottom.

The list is available HERE.  Notices will also be made to each lessee who has not yet paid their rent by certified mail. All fees must be collected by close of business on March 1, 2017.

 

For questions regarding delinquent oyster lease payments, please contact Marc Maniscalco at (504) 284-5277.

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