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Boyce Tower Road at Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area Closed Due to Flooding

Release Date: 05/04/2016

May 4, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has closed Boyce Tower Road within Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area due to flooding from heavy rain.
 
Once flood waters recede, damage will be assessed to determine repairs needed before the road can be reopened for safe travel.
 
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 this WMA, contact Forest Burks at fburks@wlf.la.gov or 985-543-4781.

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Drawdown for Aquatic Vegetation Control on Iatt Lake

Release Date: 05/03/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will initiate a drawdown for vegetation control in Iatt Lake in Grant Parish on May 16, 2016.
 
The lake level will be lowered 8 feet below pool stage to allow drying of the lake bottom, concentrating aquatic vegetation and increasing the effectiveness of herbicide applications.
 
The control structure will be closed no later than the first week of October 2016 to allow the lake to refill.
 
The drawdown is a component of LDWF’s integrated management plan for control of aquatic vegetation in Iatt Lake. Herbicide applications will also be conducted during the drawdown in accessible areas. In addition, 49,000 triploid grass carp were stocked into the lake in the fall of 2015 to control submerged nuisance vegetation.   
 
Although the lake will not be closed to fishing, caution is advised of boaters during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance for underwater obstructions.
 
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Ricky Moses, LDWF Biologist Manager, at rmoses@wlf.la.gov or (318) 487-5888.  

Agency Partnership to Expedite Boat Registrations

Release Date: 05/03/2016

News Release

For Immediate Release
May 3, 2016

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

Contact: Kizzy Payton
Press Secretary - LDR
225-219-2718
Kizzy.Payton@la.gov

Agency Partnership to Expedite Boat Registrations

(Baton Rouge, LA) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) have announced a partnership to help expedite the process of registering boats.

The Louisiana Department of Revenue will have a representative at the LDWF headquarters office in Baton Rouge, LA every Monday to help process tax payments for customers registering boats.  In some instances, when customers register a boat purchased from an individual, they are required to pay the taxes on that boat at LDR prior to registering the vessel at LDWF.  This partnership will prevent many customers from visiting both agencies; both transactions can be accomplished at one location.

“We look forward to this partnership with the Department of Revenue, and we will continue to identify opportunities to provide the highest level of customer service for our citizens,” said LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon.

“The partnership with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries represents a great opportunity to collaborate with other state agencies and provide the services needed for Louisiana taxpayers,” said LDR Secretary Kimberly Lewis Robinson. “We look forward to working with them to help expedite this process through this added convenience.”

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.
 

Wham Brake in Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area Reopened by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Release Date: 05/03/2016

May 3, 2016 – Wham Brake, located in the Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area (WMA), has been reopened by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. However, the remainder of Russell Sage WMA is closed due to flooding.
 
Russell Sage WMA is located in Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, and Caldwell parishes and is approximately seven miles east of Monroe and ten miles west of Rayville.
 
For information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2777 or contact Lowrey Moak at 318-343-4044 or lmoak@wlf.la.gov.
 

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AGENDA for the May 2016 Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries Commission Meeting

Release Date: 05/03/2016

AGENDA for the May 2016 Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries Commission Meeting

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, May 5, 2016, 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.    Roll Call
3.    Approval of Minutes from March 03 and April 07, 2016  Meetings
4.    Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege         
5.    To hear Enforcement Reports April 2016
6.    To hear an update on the 2016 Legislative Session
7.    To consider a Notice of Intent modifying the black bass regulations on the Sabine River.
 8.    To consider a Declaration of Emergency setting the opening dates of the Territorial Sea and 2016 Spring Inshore Shrimp Seasons
9.    To consider a Declaration of Emergency and Notice of Intent modifying the 2016 Recreational Gag Season and Gag and Black Grouper size limits 
10.  To hear a Summary Report on the 2015/2016 Public Seed Ground Oyster Season
11.   Announcement of dates for the 2016 Free Recreational Fishing Days
12.  To consider a Notice of Intent to Outlaw Quadruped, Nutria and Beaver Night Take Permit
13.  Set September 2016 Meeting Date
14.  Receive Public Comments
15.  Adjournment 
 
Live audi/video streaming of this meeting is available via Gotowebinar.  
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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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AGENDA for Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries Commission Meeting

Release Date: 05/03/2016

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, May 5, 2016, 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.     Roll Call
3.     Approval of Minutes from March 03 and April 07, 2016  Meetings
4.     Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege         
5.     To hear Enforcement Reports April 2016
6.     To hear an update on the 2016 Legislative Session

7.     To consider a Notice of Intent modifying the black bass regulations on the Sabine River

8.     To consider a Declaration of Emergency setting the opening dates of the Territorial Sea and 2016 Spring Inshore Shrimp Seasons                      

9.     To consider a Declaration of Emergency and Notice of Intent modifying the 2016 Recreational Gag Season and Gag and Black Grouper size limits 

10.  To hear a Summary Report on the 2015/2016 Public Seed Ground Oyster Season

11.   Announcement of dates for the 2016 Free Recreational Fishing Days

12.  To consider a Notice of Intent to Outlaw Quadruped, Nutria and Beaver Night Take Permit
13.  Set September 2016 Meeting Date
14.  Receive Public Comments
15.  Adjournment 

 

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Randy Pausina Resigns from Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Release Date: 05/02/2016

Release Date: April 30, 2016

News Release
For Immediate Release

April 29, 2016

Contact: Rene LeBreton
Public Information LDWF
(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

April 29, 2016 – Secretary Charlie Melancon announced today that Randy Pausina has tendered his resignation as an employee of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.  His resignation will become effective May 6, 2016. Melancon replaced Pausina as Assistant Secretary of Fisheries in February, and since that time he has continued to serve within the Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fisheries.

“We are thankful for Randy’s many years of service with the Department, and his leadership as Assistant Secretary of Fisheries, said Secretary Melancon.  “We wish Randy the best in the next phase of his career.”

Secretary Melancon replaced Pausina as Assistant Secretary with Patrick Banks, a fifteen-year veteran of the Department who previously served as its Director of Marine Fisheries.  “I am looking forward to working with Patrick and others who I have recently appointed to my leadership team to make this Department the best in the country”, said Melancon.

 

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 www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

NOAA Announces Recreational Red Snapper Season in Federal Waters

Release Date: 04/29/2016

News Release

For Immediate Release

April 28, 2016

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information LDWF

(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

NOAA Announces Recreational Red Snapper Season in Federal Waters

(4-28-16) – NOAA Fisheries has announced the recreational season for the harvest of red snapper in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico will open at 12:01 a.m. June 1, 2016. The bag and possession limit is two fish per person at a 16-inch minimum total length.

Last year, NOAA Fisheries, through the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Gulf Council), made the decision to split the recreational red snapper quota into two distinct components – private anglers and charter vessels and headboats (for-hire). Each component has its own quota allocations based upon NOAA’s recreational red snapper harvest estimates. Private anglers will have a 9-day federal season running through June 9th closing at 11:59 p.m., and charter vessels / headboats will have a 46-day federal season, closing July 16th at 11:59 p.m.

The “Louisiana-only” season

The season for the recreational harvest of red snapper in Louisiana state waters is currently open, will remain open during the federal season, and will continue to be open after the federal season closes. LDWF monitors real-time red snapper harvest during 2016 through the LA Creel program.

Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

The Department reminds anglers that a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit is required in order to posses certain species, including red snapper. Anglers may obtain or new the permit, free of charge at https://rolp.wlf.la.gov.

The permit is required for any angler possessing tuna, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers, snappers, hinds, wahoo, cobia and dolphin, except for anglers under 16 years of age or anglers fishing on a paid-for-hire trip where the captain holds a permit.

Anglers may renew their permits up to 30 days prior to expiration. A valid Louisiana fishing license number is required to obtain a permit. A confirmation number is allowed for a temporary (trip) license.

The Louisiana Gulfward Boundary

The fishermen of Louisiana have the benefit of Louisiana’s reef fish management to 9 nautical miles during the state red snapper season.

LDWF reminds charter fishermen with federal reef fish permits that they are only allowed to fish these new boundary waters when the federal recreational reef fish season is open. Federal reef fish permit regulations restrict the permit holder to the most restrictive season. Please also note that red drum are not considered reef fish; therefore, there is no change to regulations impacting this species.

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 www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

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Tom’s Bayou at State Wildlife Refuge in Vermilion Parish to be Closed From May 1-30

Release Date: 04/28/2016

April 28, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will close Tom’s Bayou at State Wildlife Refuge in Vermilion Parish on May 1-30 for construction of two rock weirs.
 
Refuge visitors should also use caution when navigating Fearman Lake in State Wildlife Refuge due to current dredging equipment and activity in the area.
 
The construction project will take approximately two months to complete. However, all other canals and public access areas on the refuge will remain open from official sunrise to sunset.
 
State Wildlife Refuge is approximately 13,000 acres of marshland located on the southwestern shore of Vermilion Bay. It is located approximately six miles south of Intracoastal City, La., and is bordered by the Audubon/Paul J. Rainey Wildlife Sanctuary to the west and Vermilion Bay to the east.
 
For more information about State Wildlife Refuge, go to http://www.wlf.la.gov/refuge/state-wildlife-refuge or contact Tyson Crouch at 337-373-0032 or tcrouch@wlf.la.gov

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LDWF to Host 12th Annual Step Outside Day on May 7 at Sherburne Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 04/27/2016

April 27, 2016 – The 12th annual Step Outside Day, an outdoor education program hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), will be held May 7 at Sherburne Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Lottie on the northern end of the Atchafalaya Basin from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
 
The event, which is free, will take place next to scenic Big Alabama Bayou near Sherburne WMA headquarters.
 
Some of the events planned for Step Outside Day include pontoon boat rides, canoeing, target and trap shooting, fishing and archery. Children can take part in blue bird box building, turkey and duck calling. All equipment will be provided.
 
Exhibits on the Louisiana black bear, other wildlife and fish species and water safety will be available.
 
Refreshments and lunch will be provided as well as drawings for door prizes. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
 
The Sherburne WMA headquarters is located at 1132 Sherburne Road in Lottie. From U.S. Hwy. 190, take the Sherburne (LA. 975) exit and drive south approximately three miles. The venue will be on the left near Big Alabama Bayou. From I-10, take the Whiskey Bay exit and drive north approximately 13 miles on LA. 975. The venue will be on the right near Big Alabama Bayou.
 
For more information, contact Tony Vidrine at 337-948-0255 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov or Cody Haynes at 337-948-0255 or jhaynes@wlf.la.gov.
 

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