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Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA Boat Launch Closed for Repair

Release Date: 09/11/2012

 

Sept. 11, 2012  – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has closed a boat launch at Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area (WMA) for repair. The launch, off LA 665 in Lafourche Parish, provides access into the St. Louis canal and the marsh north of the WMA’s Grand Bayou management units.

Dirt and limestone must be replaced in the parking area and ramp approaches to facilitate safe launching by the public. Repairs are scheduled to be completed for the Sept. 15 teal season opening. A privately owned and operated boat launch at the end of LA 665 is open and providing access to the marsh on the northern portion of the WMA.

For more information, contact LDWF’s New Iberia office at 337-373-0032.

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.

 

LDWF Reopens Pearl River WMA

Release Date: 09/11/2012

Sept. 11, 2012 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) today reopened for public use all acres within Pearl River Wildlife Management Area in St. Tammany Parish. The WMA had been partially reopened following Hurricane Isaac, but only those acres south of Interstate 10. Today’s opening provides for public access to that part of the WMA north of I-10, as well.

Access to the WMA via Old Highway 11, within the WMA, will remain closed however, until Thursday, Sept. 13. Floodwater levels still present unsafe conditions for the public on Old Highway 11 and repairs by LDWF staff are underway.

LDWF sites that remain closed until further notice include the following WMAs and refuges:  Elm Hall (Assumption Parish) and Elmer’s Island (Jefferson Parish). Storm impacts affecting vehicle access and debris removal are ongoing at sites still closed. 

For a complete list of state WMAs and refuges, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma.

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.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

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LDWF Agents Conclude Three Year Illegal Fish Sales Investigation

Release Date: 09/10/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Bridge City man on Sept. 9 for alleged commercial finfish violations.

Agents arrested and cited Yoan C. Hernandez, 26, of Bridge City after agents concluded a three year investigation into the illegal sale of red snapper.  Undercover agents with the department’s Special Investigation Unit bought a total of 655 pounds of illegal red snapper from Hernandez.

Agents cited Hernandez for six counts of violating individual reef fish quota allotment, three counts of selling fish without a wholesale/retail dealer permit, three counts of failing to maintain records, three counts of failing to fill out trip tickets and three counts of failing to report commercial fisheries data.

Violating individual reef fish quotas carries a fine up to $350 and up to 60 days in jail for each count.  Selling fish without a wholesale/retail dealer permit, failing to maintain records, failing to complete trip tickets and failing to report commercial fisheries data brings up to a $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense and count.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Adam Young, Sgt. Kris Bourgeois, Sgt. Tim Fox, and Senior Agents Mitch Saunders, Jared Taylor, and Villere Reggio.

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

LDWF Reopens Maurepas Swamp WMA

Release Date: 09/10/2012

Sept. 10, 2012 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) today reopened Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area. The WMA, which contains acreage in Ascension, Livingston, St. James and St. John the Baptist parishes, had been closed in advance of Hurricane Isaac’s landfall.

Due to flood water still overtopping the road, the Hope Canal boat launch access road will remain closed until the water recedes and the road can be cleared of debris and is deemed safe for vehicular traffic.  Additionally, Maurepas Swamp WMA users are advised that local parishes have some waterways within and around the WMA closed at this time.  WMA users are advised to consult with the respective parish Sheriff’s Office to ensure the waterways they intend to traverse are open before attempting to utilize the WMA.

LDWF sites that remain closed until further notice include the following WMAs and refuges:  Elm Hall (Assumption Parish); Elmer’s Island (Jefferson Parish); and that part of Pearl River WMA north of I-10 in St. Tammany Parish. Storm impacts affecting vehicle access and debris removal are ongoing at sites still closed. 

For a complete list of state WMAs and refuges, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma.

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.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

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LDWF Reopening Three Wildlife Management Areas Sept. 8

Release Date: 09/07/2012

Sept. 7, 2012  -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will reopen Joyce, Manchac, and a portion of Pearl River wildlife management areas (WMAs) on Saturday, Sept. 8. All had been closed in advance of Hurricane Isaac’s landfall.

Due to flood water impacts preventing full site access, only that part of Pearl River WMA south of I-10 will be opened, until further notice.  Additionally, the Swamp Walk on Joyce WMA will remain closed until further notice. Within Manchac WMA, users are reminded that a portion of site known as “The Prairie” is designated as a Limited Access Area and internal combustion engines are not allowed from September through January. 

LDWF sites that remain closed until further notice include the following WMAs and refuges:  Elm Hall (Assumption Parish); Elmer’s Island (Jefferson Parish); and Maurepas Swamp (Ascension, Livingston, St. James and St. John the Baptist parishes). Habitat and facility damage assessments are ongoing at sites still closed to determine storm impacts. 

For more information on state WMAs, contact Christian Winslow in LDWF’s Hammond field office at 985-543-4781 or cwinslow@wlf.la.gov. For a complete list of state WMAs and refuges, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma.

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.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

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LDWF Assessing Hurricane Isaac Impacts on Deer

Release Date: 09/06/2012

Sept. 7, 2012 --Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) biologists are assessing the impact of Hurricane Isaac on the deer populations in parishes flooded by the storm.

Flood conditions created by Isaac’s heavy rainfall moved deer out of normal habitat and in some instances resulted in deer mortalities. Biologists are working to determine the overall effect on the deer herd within impacted areas of the state. Aerial, waterborne and ground surveys will continue throughout the month of September.

The data collected would be utilized by LDWF’s Deer Program manager to develop any recommendations for changes to the upcoming deer season.  Any recommendations for changes will be presented to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission for consideration at the October 4, 2012 Commission meeting.

For more information, contact Scott Durham at 225-765-2351 or sdurham@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.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

 

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Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Calls Special Meeting

Release Date: 09/05/2012

Sept. 5, 2012 –The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board will meet on Friday, September 7 at 9 a.m. in the LSPMB office located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 310 in New Orleans.

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

I.Call to order and introduction of guests

II. Adoption of the Agenda

III. Hurricane Isaac Update

   A. Assessments and Crisis Communications

   B. Relief Efforts

IV. Media and Broadcast Advertising Proposal

V. Public comment

VI. Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting is September 26, 2012

VII. Adjourn

This meeting is open to the public.

For more information please contact Ashley Roth at ashley@louisianaseafood.comor (504) 286-8735.

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LDWF Closes a Portion of Coastal Waters Due to the Emergence of Oil on Adjacent Beaches

Release Date: 09/05/2012

LDWF Closes a Portion of Coastal Waters Due to the Emergence of Oil on Adjacent Beaches

(Sept. 5, 2012)– Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham announced an emergency closure of a portion of coastal waters due to the emergence of a large tar mat and concentrations of tar balls on adjacent beaches, effective September 4.  This action was taken in coordination with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, who will assist with the investigation to determine the extent, source, and impacts of the oil in the environment. 
The area affected by this emergency closure includes the portion of state outside waters seaward a distance of one mile from the shoreline from the eastern shore of Belle Pass at 90 degrees 13 minutes 30 seconds west longitude eastward to the western shore of Caminada Pass at 90 degrees 02 minutes 46.6 seconds west longitude.
The only fishing activity allowed in the closed area is recreational, rod and reel (hook and line) fishing for finfish.  The following activities are prohibited:

  • all commercial fishing
  • recreational harvest of shrimp, crabs and oysters

The harvest of live bait by wholesale/retail seafood dealers who hold a special bait dealers permit and who harvest live bait for sale to recreational fishermen exclusively is also permitted. 
In addition to this closure, certain areas are 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 on the LDWF website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill.
For press inquiries regarding fisheries closures contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.govor (225) 765-2396.  For press inquiries regarding investigation of the presence of oil, contact Olivia Watkins at owatkins@la.gov or (225) 241-5707.

AMENDED Agenda for Commission Meeting

Release Date: 09/05/2012

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, September 6, 2012, in the Main Auditorium in the C.B. Pennington Jr Building (Conference Center) at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808.

The following items will be discussed:

 

1. Roll Call

 

2. Approval of Minutes of August 2, 2012

 

3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

 

4. To hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/August

 

5. To receive and consider a Notice of Intent on the 2013 Abandoned Crab Trap Removal Program

 

6. To receive and consider a Notice of Intent on the Special Bait Dealer Permit Program

 

7. To receive and consider a Declaration of Emergency for Commercial and Recreational Fisheries Closure

 

8. Obtain public comment on 2013 Wild Turkey Season Notices of Intent

 

9. Set January Commission Meeting Date

 

10. Receive Public Comments

 

11. Adjournment

 

LDWF Postpones Opening of the WMA Lottery Alligator Season on Four WMAs

Release Date: 09/04/2012

Sept. 4, 2012 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is postponing the opening of the 2012 Wild Alligator Lottery Season on Pearl River, Joyce, Manchac and Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Areas due to continuing impacts from Hurricane Isaac.  The previously scheduled opening on Saturday, September 8, 2012 has been rescheduled for Wednesday, September 12, 2012.

All alligator hunters are urged to verify that their selected buyer will be open to buy harvested alligators, prior to beginning any harvest effort.

For more information on alligator season on these WMAs, contact Christian Winslow in the Hammond Field Office at 985-543-4781 or cwinslow@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.

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