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Agenda for the June Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting

Release Date: 06/04/2018

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, June 7, 2018, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

 

The following items will be discussed:

1.    Call to Order

2.    Pledge of Allegiance

3.    Roll Call

4.    Adoption of April 26, 2018 Special Commission Meeting and May 3, 2018 Commission Meeting Minutes

5.    Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

6.    Enforcement Report May 2018 – Captain Edward Skena

7.    Receive an Update Regarding the Legislation Filed for the 2018 Regular Session – Cole Garrett, Executive Counsel

8.    Receive an Update on Recreational Red Snapper Landings – Jason Adriance, Fisheries Biologist

9.    Receive and Consider a Notice of Intent to Modify Rules on Mature and Immature Female Blue Crab Harvest – Peyton Cagle, Fisheries Biologist

10. Update on LDWF Response to MDWFP Discovery of CWD in Mississippi – Johnathan Bordelon, Deer Program Manager

11. Receive Presentation on “The Manitoba Waterfowl Habitat Securement Project” Proposal – John Davis, Vice President of Development, Delta Waterfowl

12. Receive Presentation on “Securing a Legacy of Habitat in Saskatchewan with Enduring Benefits for Current and Future Generations to Enjoy” Proposal – Pat Kehoe, Director of International Partnerships, Ducks Unlimited Canada

13. Set October 2018 Commission Meeting Date

14. Receive Public Comments

15. 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/4733370460985329922

 

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

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. 

Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge Hosts Conference for U.S. Coastal Wetland Wildlife Managers

Release Date: 06/04/2018

Researchers and Land Managers of the first annual Workshop for Coastal Wetland Wildlife Managers.
LSU Professor Andy Nyman examines a core sample out of the marsh at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge.
Core samples show the organic matter (decaying marsh) down to layers of sediment in the Unit 6 marsh impoundment.
Sammy King (left) and Refuge Manager Scooter Trosclair (right) take a core sample out of Unit 6 to compare with other samples.

June 4, 2018 - Marsh managers and researchers from around the country gathered at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge last week for a field-oriented conference, studying the changing coastlines and their impacts on wildlife.
 
Many states face similar coastal challenges like Louisiana, including saltwater intrusion, shoreline erosion and subsidence.
 
“One hundred years ago, people studied the marsh and its habitats to help learn how to manage vegetation to provide food and cover for wildlife,” said Andy Nyman, a professor at LSU’s School of Renewable Natural Resources. “A hundred years from now, I hope there are marsh managers standing here. In order for us to be here, we need to be able to manage vegetation not only for wildlife food and cover, but we must manage vegetation for elevation."
 
Nyman has visited coastal areas throughout the U.S., meeting with researchers and landowners to examine and compare ecological issues. The meeting at Rockefeller was the first of its kind, bringing in state and federal land managers as well as public and private consulting groups to discuss subsidence and sea-level rise.
 
“The problems do differ across the coastlines of America but the tools we use are pretty much all the same,” Nyman said. “Coastal marsh managers and researchers are getting together and sharing what they know and what they don’t know about sea-level rise, subsidence, really all the issues coastal wetlands will encounter over the next 100 years."
 
Rockefeller Refuge, managed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), was selected as the host site due to the many coastal issues the area is encountering. Rockefeller is nearing completion of facilities that were damaged and destroyed during Hurricane Rita’s strike in 2005.
 
"Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge is often called an outdoor laboratory due to the various types of marsh habitats successfully managed here for decades,’’ said LDWF program manager Phillip Trosclair, who oversees operations at the refuge. “Having a group of marsh managers like this out to our lab ensures we are using the best management practices for our wetlands while also sharing some of the techniques fostered here at Rockefeller."
 
The McGraw Center for Conservation Leadership of Dundee, Illinois, provided funding for transportation and meals for participants as a sponsor of the workshop. Visitors came from as far as New Hampshire down to Florida and across to Texas, all bringing unique backgrounds to wetland ecology.
 
For more information, please contact Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge at 337-491-2000 or e-mail Gabe Giffin at ggiffin@wlf.la.gov. For more information on the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation, please visit: McGrawconservation.org.
 

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Renew Your Louisiana Fishing and Hunting License

Release Date: 06/01/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reminds all sportsmen that all 2017-18 recreational fishing and hunting licenses will expire on June 30, 2018. Licenses for the 2018-19 seasons are available for purchase beginning June 1 and are valid until June 30, 2019.

 

Licenses can be purchased in several ways.   They may be purchased online at https://la-web.s3licensing.com, at local license vendors or at LDWF offices in Baton Rouge, Opelousas, Lake Charles, Pineville, and Monroe.   Acceptable methods of payment for purchases made online are Visa, MasterCard, Discover.

 

Earlier this year, the department transitioned to a new license sales system with added conveniences for outdoor enthusiasts.   The new system allows license holders to reprint copies of their license during the year at no charge, create login information, and eventually the option to auto-renew.

 

If you need assistance with your online purchase, please contact the 24-hour help desk at 888-362-LDWF (5393).  If you have other licensing questions call the license office at 225-765-2887 or 225-765-2898, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Anglers are also invited to take part in the agency’s Free Fishing Weekend on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10.   The weekend is an opportunity for Louisiana residents and visitors alike to fish Louisiana waters without an otherwise required fishing license. While a fishing license is not required, all fishing regulations, including size, season, catch limits and gear restrictions will remain in effect.

 

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.

Kingston Elementary School Wins Elementary National Championship in NASP Tournament

Release Date: 05/30/2018

Benton Elementary School
Goodpine Elementary School
Haughton Middle School
(L-r) Aiden Jones, Joe Kirchoff and Taylor Bourn
Kingston Elementary School
Princeton Elementary School

May 30, 2018 - Kingston Elementary School in Benton captured the elementary national championship in the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP®) National Tournament held in Louisville, Kentucky, on May 10-12.
 
It is the third time a Louisiana school has won a national title. Benton Middle School won the first in 2016, taking the middle school national championship. Benton Elementary won last year’s championship over 179 other schools. Kingston took home this year’s championship over 171 other elementary schools.
 
Kingston also finished fourth in the NASP®/IBO 3-D championship. Kingston Elementary and other Louisiana schools taking part in the NASP® National Tournament are part of the Archery in Louisiana Schools Program (ALAS), administered by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).
 
Benton Elementary School, located seven miles from Kingston Elementary, placed third in bullseye and second in 3-D.
 
In the middle school division, Haughton Middle School brought home the second place trophy with a score of 3,420. Benton Middle School finished third out of 255 middle schools with a score of 3,403. Haughton Middle also brought home second place in the NASP®/IBO 3-D championship. Benton Middle School finished third in the 3-D tournament. 
 
Case Smith of Northwood High School won the elementary individual championship with a score of 292 in the 3-D championship. Case beat out 597 other male archers. Aiden Jones had another great year. Jones finished as the middle school champion in the 3-D tournament. Jones beat 919 other male archers to take the top spot.
 
Tyler Pope from Benton Elementary finished second in the 3-D tournament for elementary boys.
 
Brailey Bishop of Benton Middle School finished second in the bullseye competition out of 2,644 female archers in the middle school division. Bishop shot a 295 to take the second spot. Taylor Bourn of Haughton Middle School took a spot in the top five female archers in her division with a score of 293.
  
Other top ten finishers for Louisiana included: Matthew Hollis, Haughton Middle School, ninth place middle school in bullseye; Tyler Pope, Benton Elementary School, sixth place elementary in bullseye; Spencer Campbell, Kingston, eighth place elementary in bullseye; Jackson Vickers, Kingston, 10th place elementary in bullseye; Emma Greer, Ball Elementary, sixth place elementary in bullseye; Gilliana Gonzalez, Kingston, eighth place elementary in bullseye; Mason Hicks, Benton Elementary, 10th place elementary in 3-D; Anna Young, Benton Elementary, eighth place elementary girls in 3-D.
 
Joe Kirchoff, assistant coach for Haughton Middle School, won the Super Hero Award, given to recognize an unpaid volunteer who makes an outstanding positive impact on their NASP® program or team. This award is part of the On Target for Life Awards and Recognition program. 
 
A total of 14,139 archers from across the U.S. competed in the 2018 National Tournament, including 220 from 14 Louisiana schools. Louisiana archers earned the opportunity to attend the NASP National Tournament by qualifying at the ALAS State Tournament in Shreveport in March. To see all scores from the NASP National Tournament visit www.nasptournaments.org.
 
LDWF would like to congratulate all Louisiana student archers and coaches who competed at the NASP National Tournament.  Many of these students will move on to compete at the NASP World Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky, on June 7-9.
 
The ALAS Program is part of NASP, designed to teach students in grades 4-12 international target style archery. The NASP/IBO 3-D program features students shooting life-like 3-D animal targets with the same equipment used in the NASP program. The ALAS/NASP program is available to all schools in Louisiana and grants are available to assist with funding. 
 
For more information on the ALAS program, contact Chad Moore at cmoore@wlf.la.gov or 318-230-4352. 
 

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Fur Advisory Council Meeting Set For June 21, 2018, In Woodworth

Release Date: 05/29/2018

                              Agenda
                                  Fur Advisory Council
                                      June 21, 2018
                                   Thursday, 1 p.m.
                                         Woodworth Education Center
                                         661 Robinson Bridge Rd, Woodworth, LA 71485
1. Approval of Minutes from the December Meeting 

2. Welcome New Council Member; introduction- Tony Howard 

3. Council Vacancy and Expiring Term; update- Tanya Sturman 

4. Outreach, Outreach Partners, and Trapper Education; update- Tanya Sturman 

5. SEAFWA Furbearer Working Group; update- Jennifer Manuel 

6. Louisiana Fur and Wildlife Cooperative Agreement; update- Jennifer Manuel 

7. Glenn Delaney’s Contract Activities; update- Tanya Sturman 

8. Fur Market; update- Danny Perry 

9. Annual Budget Planning; discussion and consideration- Amity Bass 

10. Public Comment 


 

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Alexandria Man Cited for Gross Littering in Rapides Parish

Release Date: 05/25/2018

Alexandria Man Cited for Gross Littering in Rapides Parish

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited an Alexandria man for alleged littering violations on April 30 and May 6.
 
Agents cited Rufus Fells, 28, for five counts of gross littering on April 30 and another five counts on May 6 in Rapides Parish.
 
Agents began investigating large dumpsites that were appearing in the Kisatchie National Forest around the Castor Plunge area near Woodworth in April.  These dump sites mainly consisted of used shingles from roofing jobs and other items such as cardboard boxes, plywood and other miscellaneous trash.  After initially discovering two locations, agents began finding fresh dumpsites on almost a weekly basis.
 
Agents were able to find a receipt on one of the dumpsites that linked them back to a roofing company.  Agents then were able to find out that Fells was responsible for hauling all of the old shingles from the roofing sites to a landfill.  Agents made contact with Fells on April 30 and he admitted to dumping the shingles.
 
Over the course of the next week, agents continued finding dumpsites with more shingles.  Agents went back to Fells on May 6 to charge him with the additional gross littering violations.
 
Agents found a total of six dumpsites on the Kisatchie National Forest of which two had two separate loads of shingles.  Agents also found two other dumpsites in Alexandria.  Agents found Fells responsible for making 10 separate loads of shingles at the eight dumpsites.
 
Gross littering brings up to a $900 fine and 16 hours of community service to be served in a litter abatement program for each count.
 
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

From LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet: Louisiana is in Charge of Red Snapper Season Now; Let’s Make It Work

Release Date: 05/25/2018

Louisiana anglers began their first day of the 2018 recreational red snapper season today (May 25) under new rules where, for the first time, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be managing fishing for the prized catch in both state and federal waters.
 
This has been a long time coming for LDWF and Louisiana’s avid fishing community.
 
This long-awaited authority resulted from approval of LDWF’s request for an Exempted Fishing Permit by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The result is the culmination of the hard work our biologists, staff, multiple LDWF administrations, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commissioners, sport fishing organizations and our congressional delegation.
 
Louisiana’s management of red snapper fishing in state and federal waters has been a consistent goal of Gov. John Bel Edwards. He gave me a clear message when he named me LDWF Secretary that Louisiana should be managing its own red snapper fishing program. He encouraged our agency to use whatever tools and science available to make this happen.
 
So now, the 2018 private recreational red snapper season is open and it is scheduled to run seven days a week in both state and federal waters off the Louisiana coast. The Louisiana Recreational Creel Survey, the state’s recreational landings data program, will play a major role in making sure Louisiana does not exceed its approximately 743,000-pound harvest limit.
 
Once that limit is met, the season must be closed under the terms of the EFP provided by the federal government. In comparison, anglers fished 42 days in 2017 during a joint state-federal waters season and did not exceed the self-imposed harvest quota.
 
LDWF encourages recreational anglers to participate in our data collection to make sure we have the best information available for careful management of this opportunity. Louisiana will make this work, just as we have shown we can over the last two seasons.
 
LA Creel harvest monitoring will be coupled with a test of electronic harvest reporting via a smartphone app and online web portal. To participate under the terms of the EFP and to participate in the electronic reporting, LDWF asks anglers to visit rolp.wlf.la.gov to sign up.
 
While rough weather is expected along the Gulf Coast this weekend that could hinder fishing, LDWF knows there are brighter days ahead for our anglers to enjoy themselves catching that beautiful red snapper.
 
As the slogan goes, Louisiana is the “Sportsman’s Paradise.” LDWF, in partnership with our anglers, will continue to make that moniker stick.
 

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Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet Tuesday, May 29

Release Date: 05/24/2018

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting                                                
John Tesvich, Chairman
Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 1 p.m.
UNO Advanced Technology Center
2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210
New Orleans 70122
 
AGENDA
 
I.              Pledge of Allegiance 
II.             Roll call and introduction of guest
III.            Approval of April 24, 2018, minutes and May 29, 2018, agenda
IV.            Treasury Report
                A. Oyster tag sales
                B. LOTF financial report
V.             Committee Reports
                A. Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee (Mitch Jurisich)
                B. Enforcement (Major Chad Hebert)
                C. Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)
                D. Reserach (Earl Melancon)
                E. Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)
                F. Marketing (LDWF)
                G. Health (Justin Gremillion)
                H. Sustainability (LDWF)
                I. Professionalism (LDWF)
                J. Aquaculture (Steve Pollock)
                K. Joint Task Force Working Group (Mitch Jurisich)
VI.           New Business
                A. To hear final update on the 2017-18 oyster season (LDWF)
                B. To hear a presentation of survey results from the LFF Sediment Diversion       
                     Panel and discussion (SeaGrant)
                C. To hear discussion and consider funding to order OTF name tags and shirts 
                     (OTF)
VII.           Public Comment
VIII.          Set next meeting
IX.            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/1074084712810039299
 
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.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all
reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign
language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to the contact at the top of
this announcement at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. 

LDWF to Hold Research Symposium on June 4 in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 05/23/2018

May 23, 2018 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will host a research symposium June 4 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at LDWF headquarters in Baton Rouge.
 
The symposium, which will be held in the Louisiana Room, will feature LDWF biologists from across the state presenting the latest information on wildlife and fisheries research.
 
The event is free and open to the public and no preregistration is required. For those unable to attend in person, a webinar link will be provided at  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5262302623075376385.
 
For more information, contact Jeff Duguay at 225-765-2353 or jduguay@wlf.la.gov or Brett Falterman at 504-286-4160 or bfalterman@wlf.la.gov.
 

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2018 Louisiana Recreational Red Snapper Season to Open Friday, May 25: Anglers Encouraged to Participate in Voluntary Electronic Reporting to Improve Landings Data

Release Date: 05/22/2018

 
The 2018 recreational red snapper season will begin on Friday, May 25 in both state and federal waters. The season will run 7 days a week with a daily bag limit of two fish per person and a 16-inch total length minimum size limit.   The season will remain open until recreational landings approach or reach Louisiana’s annual private recreational allocation of 743,000 pounds of red snapper according to estimates from LA Creel.
 
State and federal seasons will run concurrently because federal fisheries managers approved the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ application for an  Exempted Fishing Permit  to manage the private recreational snapper season in state and federal waters in 2018 and 2019. Under the EFP, participating anglers will be allowed to fish red snapper in the state territorial seas and adjoining federal EEZ, from shore to 200 nautical miles, during the season set by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. NOAA Fisheries will continue to regulate federal for-hire charter vessels.
 
Those who opt to fish under the EFP also have the option to test electronic reporting via the ROLP smartphone application or mobile and desktop version of the ROLP website. If you opt in to voluntary electronic reporting, you must declare each red snapper trip prior to departure and report your catch once you return from each red snapper trip. LDWF hopes that voluntary use of electronic reporting will provide the department with a larger sample size than standard dockside and telephone sampling, improving the quality of recreational landings data to make future management recommendations. Electronic reporting could also provide landings data even faster than LA Creel. If you opt in to voluntary electronic reporting, you may also be contacted to participate in LA Creel.
 
Only resident and non-resident recreational anglers are eligible to fish under the EFP and are reminded of the following:

  • Anglers can sign up via the  ROLP website  or smartphone application ( Google Play  or  iTunes ) to participate. Log into your ROLP account and click the link to register to fish for red snapper under the EFP. Once you have registered, save an electronic copy on your mobile device or print a copy of your ROLP indicating your EFP registration and carry it on your person along with applicable licenses while fishing under the EFP.

All EFP participants will be subject to periodic, random LA Creel dockside surveys and associated online and phone effort surveys, as has been the case since 2014 when LA Creel began. While these surveys are voluntary, we strongly urge your participation, as this will be the primary method for tracking harvest. The accuracy and reliability of harvest estimates depend on angler participation in LA Creel, so we need as many anglers as possible to complete both dockside and phone and email surveys.
 
For additional questions regarding the upcoming red snapper season, the Exempted Federal Fishing Permit, or voluntary electronic reporting, please reference our FAQs.

 
 

 

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