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LWF Commission Amends NOI to Adjust the Boundary for the Three Day Possession Limit of Black Bass

Release Date: 04/03/2014

(Apr. 3, 2014) – Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission amended a Notice of Intent to change the northern boundary to U.S. Highway 90 for the three day possession limit of black bass.

The proposed change will include additional boat launches and provide a more defined boundary.

To view the full notice, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.

Interested persons may submit related comments regarding the proposed rule through June 4, 2014, to Mike Wood, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Office of Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or via email at comment@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov and 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.

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Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Welcomes New Member Edward W. Swindell

Release Date: 04/03/2014

April 3, 2014 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission welcomed newly appointed member Edward “Ed” W. Swindell at their monthly commission meeting today in Baton Rouge. Governor Bobby Jindal appointed Swindell in March.

Commissioner Swindell was raised in Cameron Parish and currently resides in Hammond. He worked for 38 years in the menhaden fishing and processing business and is now retired from 11 years of service with Daybrook Fisheries, Inc. in Empire, La. He will serve on the Commission as a representative of the coastal parishes and the commercial fishing and fur industries.

He currently serves on a fisheries advisory panel for the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission and is a member of CCA of Louisiana, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Louisiana Society of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

“Active management plans and programs benefit resource protection and utilization by a wide diversity of user groups that depend on the availability of wildlife and fish for their livelihood and personal enjoyment,” said Swindell. “I aim to assist the Commission in the ongoing development and adjustment of management programs to ensure that Louisiana continues to be a leader in the seafood industry.”

Commissioner Swindell received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from LSU and holds a Professional Engineer license with present status of retired. He met his wife, Rebecca Landry of Gonzales, while both were members of the LSU Marching Band. The Swindells have three sons and five grand children.

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

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Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

Release Date: 04/03/2014

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting. The public is invited to attend.
Tuesday, April 8 , 2014 1 p.m.
UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210, New Orleans

AGENDA

I. Roll Call and introduction of guests

II. Approval of February 10 minutes and April 8 agenda

III. Treasury Report
   A. Oyster Tag Sales
   B. LOTF Financial Report

IV. Committee Reports
   A. Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee – (Buddy Pausina)
   B. Enforcement - (Sammy Martin)
   C. Legislative - (Jakov Jurisic)
   D. Research – (John Supan)
   E. Coastal Restoration – (Dan Coulon)
   F. Marketing – (Ashley Roth) G. Health – (Lance Broussard)
   H. Sustainability- (LDWF)

V. Old Business
  A. BP Oil Spill Remediation
    1. Claims Process
    2. Public Reef Remediation
    3. Oyster Lease Remediation

VI. New Business
   A. Dermo Study- Tom Soniat
   B. Artificial Reef Plan- LDWF 
   C. Travel- LDWF 
   D. LDWF Survey Fee- Sam Slavich

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/921549431219760897

For press inquiries please contact Ashley Roth, 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov To sign up for LDWF Alerts sent as text messages and emails directly to your mobile device click here.

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.

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Agenda for Commission Meeting

Release Date: 04/01/2014

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA

The following items will be discussed:

  1. Roll Call
     
  2. Approval of Minutes of March 6, 2014
     
  3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege
     
  4. To Hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports March
     
  5. To Consider  the 2014-2016 Hunting Season Dates and 2014-2015 General and WMA Hunting Rules and Regulations: Consideration of Conditionally Adopted Amendments to Notice of Intent and Consideration of Amended Notice of Intent
     
  6. To Hear a Presentation on Hog Control Efforts on WMA’s, NWR’s and Private Lands in Louisiana
     
  7. To Consider a Resolution to Establish the Ben Lilly Wildlife Conservation Area in Morehouse Parish
     
  8. To Consider a Notice of Intent to Establish Permit Regulations for Animals in the Entertainment and Film Industry in Louisiana
     
  9. To Consider an Amendment to Adjust the Boundary for the Three Day Possession Limit of Black Bass
     
  10. To Consider a Proposal on Feral Hog Depredation
     
  11. Set August  2014 Meeting Date
     
  12. Receive Public Comments
     
  13. Adjournment

 

 

 

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LDWF Hosts Father-Child FUN Camp 2014

Release Date: 03/28/2014

LDWF Hosts Father-Child FUN Camp 2014

March 28, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Education Program held the annual Father-Child FUN Camp March 21-23 at the Woodworth Outdoor Education facility, south of Alexandria.

Twelve families participated in various activities including .22 rifle and shotgun target shooting, archery, kayaking, outdoor cooking, orienteering, nature hiking, construction of toad houses, owl pellet dissection, fishing and overnight camping in tents.

FUN means Families Understanding Nature and offers parents and their children an opportunity to spend a weekend in the outdoors, re-establishing bonds and honing outdoor skills.

The next scheduled Mother-Child FUN Camp will be offered October 3-5, 2014, at the Woodworth facility.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited and filled on a first come, first served basis. Registration is $50 for each family (a parent and child). Each additional child is $25. The fee covers meals, lodging and supplies (including tents) used over the weekend. Bed linens and sleeping bags are not provided.

To obtain a registration form on-line, visit LDWF’s website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/fun-camp or contact Karen Crabtree at kcrabtree@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.

PHOTO: 2014 Father-Child FUN Camp at LDWF’s Woodworth Outdoor Education Center.

 

 

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Shrimp Task Force Meeting

Release Date: 03/27/2014

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Meeting. The public is invited to attend.

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 1 p.m.

LDWF Headquarters, Louisiana Room

2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge 70808

AGENDA

I.  Roll Call and introduction of guests

II.  Approval of January 14, 2014 Minutes and April 3, 2014 Agenda

III.  Treasury Report

  1. Budget Report
    a. Five-year expenditure report

IV.  Old Business

  1. Monterey Bay Aquarium Update
  2. Shrimp Refrigeration Cost Share Program
  3. Certified Seafood Program Expansion

V.  New Business

    A.   Legislative Update

           a.  Skimmer Net Bill

            b.  Sustainability Legislation/TEDs Enforcement Amendment

    B.  Artificial Reef Plan

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.

Those interested in listening in to the meeting via Webinar or telephone register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/970494191219702786

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 please contact Ashley Roth, 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov.  To sign up for LDWF Alerts sent as text messages and emails directly to your mobile device click   here.

 

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Louisiana Crab Task Force Legislative Committee Meeting

Release Date: 03/27/2014

Monday, March 31, 2014, 1 p.m.
UNO Advanced Technology Center
2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

AGENDA

I.  Roll Call and Introduction of Guests
II.  Discussion of 2014 crab task force legislation
   A.  Moratorium and limited entry for commercial crab gear licenses
   B.  Escape Ring dimensions 

III.  Public Comment
IV.  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.

Those interested in listening in to the meeting via Webinar or telephone register at

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5990056142598416641

For press inquiries please contact Ashley Roth, 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov

To sign up for LDWF Alerts sent as text messages and emails directly to your mobile device click   here.

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.

 

 

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Joseph Harbor Boat Launch at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge to Close Temporarily for Ramp Modification

Release Date: 03/27/2014

March 27, 2014 -- The Joseph Harbor boat launch at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Grand Chenier will be closed from April 2 through April 17, 2014. The closure is necessary for a construction modification that will extend each back down ramp at the launch.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is making these modifications to allow the public to launch in low tide conditions. The Joseph Harbor boat launch and parking area, off La. Hwy. 82, will be closed to all boat launching and public activity during the construction.
 
The East End Locks boat launch, also accessible off La. Hwy. 82, will remain open for recreational boating activity on the eastern portion of Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge. Once the Joseph Harbor launch construction is completed, the East End Locks boat launch will then undergo the same modification to extend each back down ramp with similar modifications.
 
Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge is located in eastern Cameron and western Vermilion Parishes. Recreational opportunities on the refuge include shrimping, crabbing, fishing and bird-watching. For more information, call 337-491-2000 or go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/rockefeller-wildlife-refuge.

 

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LDWF Agents Issue 16 Citations During Opening Weekend of Turkey Season

Release Date: 03/26/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited 11 people for alleged turkey hunting violations during the opening weekend of the 2014 turkey hunting season.

The 11 cases were made in West Feliciana, Jackson, Vernon, Natchitoches and Tangipahoa parishes on March 22 and 23.

Agents cited Jim Bailey, 73, Mathew Lenard, 37, Jimmy Lenard, 67, and Harvey Stover, 56, all of West Monroe, for hunting turkeys over a baited area on March 22 in Jackson Parish.

Also on March 22, agents cited Mark Granger, 54, of Hackberry, for failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations in Vernon Parish.

Agents cited Brock Herring, 29, of Camden, Ark., for hunting turkeys with an unplugged gun on March 22 in Claiborne Parish.

Agents cited Jerry Green, 44, of Slagle, for hunting turkeys over a baited area and not possessing turkey tags on March 22 in Vernon Parish.

In West Feliciana Parish, agents cited Frank Gonzales, 58, of St. Francisville, for hunting turkeys over a baited area on March 22.

On March 23, agents cited Baylor Blanchard, 21, of Amite, Russel Thompson, III, 32, of Amite, and John Bel, 20, of Arcolo, for hunting turkeys over a baited area in Tangipahoa Parish.  Agents also cited Bel for hunting without a basic hunting license, without a big game license, without a turkey stamp and failing to comply with turkey tag requirements.

According to the 2014 Turkey Regulations pamphlet, no person shall hunt or take turkeys by the aid of baiting or on or over a baited area.  Hunters are not allowed to place, expose, deposit or scatter corn, wheat or other grain, salt or other feed to lure turkeys to their hunting area.

Also, turkey hunters are required to possess Louisiana basic hunting and big game licenses, Louisiana wild turkey permit and turkey tags.  In addition, shotguns capable of holding over three shells must be plugged with a one piece filler.

Hunting turkeys over a baited area and hunting without an unplugged gun each bring a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.  Failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Not possessing a basic hunting license, big game license and turkey stamp brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail for each offense.

Agents participating in the cases are Lt. Kenneth Balkom, Senior Agent Bryant Coburn, Sgt. Wesley Duck, Senior Agent Kurt Hatten, Senior Agent Russell Brack, Sgt. Billy Shoemaker, Senior Agent Andy Mitchell, Sgt. Eric Droddy, Senior Agent Scotty Delaney, Lt. Will Roberts, Sgt. Guy Adams, Sgt. Carl Armstrong, Sgt. Toby Miller, Senior Agent Brody Roberts and Senior Agent Lee Davis.

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

White Lake W.C.A. 2013-2014 Waterfowl Hunting Report

Release Date: 03/26/2014

White Lake W.C.A. 2013-2014 Waterfowl Hunting Report

March 26, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) manages the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WLWCA) for a variety of aquatic and wildlife species, but the habitat is especially attractive to waterfowl and wading bird species. 

The 71,000-acre WCA in Vermilion Parish, south of Gueydan, requires a managed hydrology to provide a consistent wetland environment for species native to southwest Louisiana. Management of this property includes creating and maintaining sufficient habitat, while also ensuring abundant refuge areas. These management strategies provide substantial wintering waterfowl habitat which enhances hunting opportunities throughout the area.

Aerial waterfowl surveys indicate that WLWCA holds huge concentrations of ducks that move around the property.  During the 2013-14 waterfowl season, over 70,000 ducks were observed on the property on numerous occasions. In addition to providing superior hunting opportunities, waterfowl movement from WLWCA to private lands creates enhanced hunting opportunities for landowners in the area. This provides a substantial economic impact to the area in the form of waterfowl blind leases, hunting lodge leases, premium waterfowl hunting trips, and patronage of local businesses.

Additionally, LDWF offers public lottery waterfowl hunting opportunities at WLWCA each year. These opportunities include teal hunts, youth hunts, marsh hunts and rice field hunts. Applicants selected get the chance to experience a premier hunting opportunity.

“Extra lottery slots were created in 2012 for increased public access to marsh and rice field acreage and we continue to fill all available lottery dates each year,” said LDWF  Biologist Schuyler Dartez.

The results for the various types of guided Marsh Lottery Hunts on WLWCA during the 2013-14 Waterfowl Hunting Season were as follows:

  • Teal season concluded with 105 hunters harvesting 461 teal, and averaging 4.4 teal per hunter.
  • A total of 16 youth hunters harvested 79 ducks and 4 geese during the youth weekend hunts on WLWCA, averaging 4.94 ducks per hunter and 0.25 geese per hunter.
  • Group hunts attracted 196 participants who harvested 989 ducks and 96 geese for an average of 5.05 ducks and 0.49 geese per hunter.
  • One hundred seventy three marsh lottery hunters harvested 891 ducks and 99 geese for an average of 5.15 ducks and 0.57 geese per hunter.
  • The predominant species of ducks harvested on the guided public marsh hunts were Green-winged Teal, Mallard, Gadwall, Northern Pintail, and Blue-winged Teal.

The results for the WLWCA Rice Field Lottery Hunts during the 2013-14 season were as follows:

  • A total of 276 hunters participated in the non-guided rice field hunts. These hunters harvested 542 ducks and 84 geese, which averaged 1.96 ducks and 0.30 geese per hunter.
  • The predominant species of ducks harvested on the rice field hunts were Green-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Pintail, and Mallard.

“White Lake WCA is a valuable habitat in southwest Louisiana and it supports large numbers of wintering waterfowl and a diversity of other wildlife species,” said Wayne Sweeney, WLWCA’s hunt coordinator. “The Department will continue to provide public access opportunities for outdoor recreation at the WLWCA in a fashion that is compatible with protection of this sensitive ecosystem.”

Waterfowl hunt applications for the 2014-15 hunting season will be available via the Department’s web site in mid-summer.

For more information, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400, ext. 1, or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov; or Schuyler Dartez at 337-536-9400, ext. 2, or sdartez@wlf.la.gov.

*PHOTO CAPTION: 2013 White Lake WCA youth waterfowl hunt participants.

 

 

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