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State Regulations Applicable with the Extension of Louisiana Waters

Release Date: 06/19/2012

(June 19, 2012) -  LDWF officials want to remind the public that state regulations are now applicable out to three marine leagues or 10.357 miles based on recent action by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.    

The commission approved this action at this month’s meeting based on Act 336 passed during the 2011 legislative session, which recognizes that the Louisiana gulfward boundary historically consists of three marine leagues and designates that boundary to be enforced by state law regarding the protection and restoration of coastal lands, waters and natural resources and regulation of activities affecting them. 

A map illustrating the new boundary is available here.   As an additional resource, an interactive map with GPS coordinates is now available on LDWF’s website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/revised-louisiana-gulfward-boundary.

With this action, boaters and anglers are reminded that all state regulations previously enforced within the three mile boundary will be applicable to the expanded waters.  These include, but are not limited to the following. 

Recreational and commercial licenses for all activities requiring a license will now be required for residents and non-residents out to 10.357 miles.

In Louisiana offshore territorial waters, out to 10.357 miles, each shrimping vessel shall, in addition to one test trawl, only use nets that do not exceed a total maximum per vessel length of 130 feet of cork line and 165 feet of lead line.

Also, the possession of gill nets, trammel nets, strike nets or seines on or aboard any vessel in the saltwater areas of the state out to 10.357 miles is prohibited unless the captain or owner of the vessel has possession of an LDWF issued traversing permit.  While traversing state waters going to and from federal waters, all gill nets, trammel nets, strike nets, or seines shall remain on board the vessel and shall not be used while in state waters.  Those fishermen convicted of possessing these nets or seines without a traversing permit will have their permits revoked permanently without the possibility for renewal.  Traversing permit holders are required to abide by all other regulations as required by the permit holder.

Until the time when the US Congress confirms the commission’s action, fishermen are urged to use caution and their own personal judgment when fishing beyond the three mile boundary that is currently recognized as federal waters, as it is fully expected that federal agents and the U.S. Coast Guard will continue to enforce federal law.  LDWF agents will also enforce federal regulations which are concurrent with state law within the new zone. 

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.

For press inquiries, contact Bo Boehringer at (225) 765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov.

 

Officials Find Second Body in Lake St. John

Release Date: 06/17/2012

Search and rescue teams from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division and Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office recovered the body of a second boater from Lake St. John around 11:30 a.m. this morning, June 17.

Authorities located the body of Larry Allen, 52, of Pearl, Miss., under a collapsed pier on Lake St. John in Concordia Parish.  Allen was a passenger in a boat that crashed into a pier shortly after midnight on June 16 that also killed the operator.

LDWF agents responded to a boating incident on Lake St. John around 12:15 a.m. on June 16.  Bruce Pickle, 50, of Ferriday, was found in the water by some onlookers after they witnessed him crash into a pier on Lake St. John with his bass boat.  Pickle was ejected from the boat and was recovered by the witnesses who attempted CPR on him before authorities arrived.

Later on the morning of June 16, LDWF agents received a call about the possibility of Allen being a passenger with Pickle at the time of the wreck.  LDWF agents along with the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office immediately began searching for Allen.  Searchers had to remove the collapsed pier in order to get to Allen who was trapped underneath the wreckage.

Both Pickle and Allen were transferred to the Concordia Parish Coroner’s Office.  LDWF agents did pull a blood sample from each man as standard procedure for a toxicology report, but do not suspect alcohol or drugs played a role in this incident at this time.

Neither man was wearing a personal flotation device.  The causes of death are unknown at this time.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-354-9517 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Boating Incident in Lake St. John Results in Fatality

Release Date: 06/16/2012

June 16, 2012 --- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents responded to a boating incident on Lake St. John that left one man dead and possibly another at 12:15 a.m. this morning, June 16.

Bruce Pickle, 50, was found in the water by some onlookers after they witnessed him crash into a pier on Lake St. John with his bass boat around midnight.  Pickle was ejected from the boat and was recovered by the witnesses who attempted CPR on him before authorities arrived.

Pickle’s body was transferred to the Concordia Parish Coroner’s Office.  LDWF agents did pull a blood sample for a toxicology report, but do not suspect alcohol or drugs played a role in this incident at this time.

This morning, LDWF agents received a call about the possibility of another person still under the water at the wreck scene at the pier.  The call has led authorities to believe there may have been a passenger with Pickle at the time of the wreck.

LDWF agents along with the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office have begun searching for this possible missing boater.

Pickle was not wearing a personal flotation device.  His cause of death is unknown at this time.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-354-9517 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Louisiana Operation Game Thief Issues $8,500 In Rewards To Tipsters

Release Date: 06/15/2012

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. (LOGT), a Louisiana wildlife crime-stoppers program, awarded $8,500 to diligent citizens statewide at their quarterly meeting on May 19 in Woodworth.

The group approved and dispensed cash reward amounts for tipsters who reported wildlife violations that led to 25 subjects being apprehended in wildlife cases.  There were a total of 17 cases presented and 65 offenses associated with those cases.

Louisiana Department Wildlife Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement LOGT Coordinator Lt. Will Roberts provided LOGT members with information on each case and a recommendation for reward amounts.

“We depend on Operation Game Thief and these public tips to help break a lot of cases that might have otherwise gone unsolved,” Roberts said.  “These tips led to a few turkey baiting cases, closed season and over limit waterfowl cases and a night hunting case.”

Anyone wishing to report wildlife or fisheries violations should anonymously call LDWF’s 24-hour toll free Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or utilize LDWF's new tip411 program.  To use the tip411 program, citizens can anonymously text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone app from the Apple iTunes store free of charge.  CitizenObserver, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text so that LDWF cannot identify the sender.

LOGT was instituted in 1984 and provides cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of violators of fish and wildlife regulations.  Funds are raised through private donations, court directed contributions and through contributions from cooperative endeavor agreements with organizations such as the National Wild Turkey Federation and Quality Deer Management Association.

To make a donation to the LOGT that can be used for cash rewards, please contact Lt. Will Roberts at wroberts@wlf.la.gov.

LOGT meets quarterly throughout the year to review cases and dispense rewards.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2465.

Amended -- Shrimp Season to Close Saturday June 23 in Parts of Inside Waters

Release Date: 06/15/2012

2012 Spring Shrimp Closure Map

(June 14, 2012) – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2012 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 a.m. on Saturday, June 23 in the Vermilion-Teche, Atchafalaya River and Terrebonne Basins.

The shrimp season closure includes state inside waters from the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal eastward to the eastern shore of Bayou Lafourche. 

Data collected in recent weeks by LDWF biologists indicates increased quantity, distribution and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp within these waters.  The decision to close this area was made in an effort to protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes.

All remaining state inside waters, as well as all state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside shrimp line, will remain open to shrimp harvesting until further notice, with the exception of those areas still closed to recreational and commercial fishing due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Maps of the areas still closed to recreational and commercial fishing are posted to the LDWF website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill

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.

For more information, contact Martin Bourgeois at (985) 594-4130 or mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov.  For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at (225) 765-2396 or awethey@wlf.la.gov.

 

L.D.W.F. to Accept Public Bids for Lease Tracts at White Lake W.C.A.

Release Date: 06/08/2012

Agricultural and hunting leases up for competitive public bid summer 2012

June 8, 2012 – Two hunting and agricultural leases on the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) will be open for competitive public bid in mid-summer 2012 and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be accepting bids through Aug. 15, 2012.

The surface leases for two tracts, one totaling 933 acres and one totaling 6,962 acres, will include agricultural property for rice and crawfish farming, plus hunting habitat for waterfowl, dove, rabbit, deer and alligator.

Public waterfowl hunts and lease revenues offset LDWF’s operational costs to maintain the White Lake WCA acreage and facilities which exceed $1 million annually. The department is also facing erosion abatement costs along the Intracoastal Waterway that must be addressed.

The bid packets for tracts E and G, detailing land use stipulations and minimum per acre lease costs, will be available June 8. Interested parties will have access to bid details online via the LDWF website or by mail upon request. Completed bid packages must be returned to LDWF by 10 a.m. on Aug. 15. Following review of all bids submitted, winning bids will be announced in September.

To review additional parcel details, bid forms and a draft lease, visit

http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/whitelakeleases on the LDWF website. Anyone without access to the LDWF website can call 225-765-2812 or send a letter of request to:

White Lake Wetlands WCA Bid Process 2012
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
P. O. Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA  70898-9000

Agricultural practices will also have to be maintained by those awarded leases in September. The term for all new leases will be approximately nine (9) years with annual lease payments required. LDWF’s public waterfowl hunts, including the annual youth hunt, lottery hunts and corporate hunts, will still be offered by the department on the White Lake property as they have been since 2005.

LDWF began management of White Lake Preserve in 2005 as part of a transition agreement entered into between White Lake Preservation, Inc., and the state of Louisiana, and approved by BP America Production.

The property, near Gueydan in Vermilion Parish, was donated to the state in 2002 by BP and the transfer of management authority was mandated by legislation passed during the 2004 session. The original donation framework granted management control to White Lake Preservation, Inc., a non-profit charitable entity overseen by a designated board. Legislative action, approved in Act 613, placed property management decision-making under the control of LDWF and a 10-member advisory board appointed by the governor.

To request a lease packet, please contact Tracy Mancuso at 225-765-2812 or tmancuso@wlf.la.gov. To obtain details about the bid process, contact Buddy Baker at 225-765-2812 or bbaker@wlf.la.gov. For all media inquiries, please contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov.

 

Louisiana Saltwater Series Youth Fishing Festival Postponed

Release Date: 06/08/2012

June 8, 2012 – The Louisiana Saltwater Series Youth Fishing Festival, originally scheduled for tomorrow on Elmer's Island, has been postponed due to the threat of inclement weather. 

The event, hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, has been rescheduled for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 30.

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.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225)721-0489.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Takes Action to Extend Louisiana State Waters

Release Date: 06/08/2012

June 8, 2012 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission took the first bold move to extend state waters from three miles offshore to three marine leagues or approximately 10.357 miles. 

The commission approved this action based on Act 336 passed during the 2011 legislative session, which recognizes that the Louisiana gulfward boundary historically consists of three marine leagues and designates that boundary to be enforced by state law regarding the protection and restoration of coastal lands, waters and natural resources and regulation of activities affecting them.

“Today’s action by the commission supports what the governor, legislature and people of Louisiana want to see from our department,” said Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham.  “The bountiful resources that are native to Louisiana’s waters should be managed beyond the three mile boundary currently recognized by the federal regulatory body and this is a bold first step by Louisiana in claiming what is rightful ours.”

LDWF officials encourage fishermen to use caution and their own personal judgment when fishing beyond the three mile boundary that is currently recognized as federal waters, as it is fully expected that federal agents will continue to enforce federal law.  Until the time when the US Congress confirms Louisiana’s action today, the battle will continue over Louisiana’s state water boundary.

To view Act 336 in its entirety click here:  http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata/streamdocument.asp?did=760938

Hunting and Fishing Advisory Education Council Meeting Set for June 12

Release Date: 06/07/2012

The Hunting and Fishing Advisory Education Council will meet Thursday, June 12, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters building located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.

The agenda for Thursday’s meeting in the Louisiana Room is as follows:

1.            Roll Call

2.            Approval of Minutes of March 15, 2012

3.            Welcome and Opening Comments from Chairman

4.            Enforcement Division Report: Lt. Col. Joey Broussard

5.            Legislative Update: Lt. Col. Jeff Mayne

6.            Office of Wildlife: Larry Reynolds, Waterfowl Study Leader

                               Report on Three Zone Waterfowl Seasons

7.            Council Discussion of Stated Mission

8.            Set Next Meeting Date

9.            Receive Public Comments

10.          Adjournment

For more information, contact Bo Boehringer 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Adopts Notice of Intent on Yo-Yo and Trotline Regulations on Specified Lakes

Release Date: 06/07/2012

(June 7, 2012)– The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, during their monthly meeting today, approved a notice of intent to establish consistent regulations for the use of yo-yos and trotlines on Black Lake, Clear Lake, Prairie Lake, Caddo Lake, Chicot Lake, D’Arbonne Lake and Lake St. Joseph.

Concerns related to the use of yo-yos and trotlines have been voiced for years in some areas, with most complaints being very similar.  Untended gear interfered with the recreational efforts of other anglers.  Regulations, enacted through legislative action, addressed those concerns but were not consistent, thus creating angler confusion.

Recent legislative action rescinds the existing regulations on the previously mentioned water bodies.  This Notice of Intent will replace them with a uniform set of regulations.

Interested persons may submit written comments relative to the proposed rule by August 7, 2012, to Mike Wood, Office of Fisheries, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or via email at mwood@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.

For press inquires, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.govor (225) 765-2396.

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