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Becoming An Outdoors-Woman

Release Date: 01/10/2012

Jan. 10, 2012- Watch out, here they come.  One hundred twenty-five enthusiastic women will fill the woods in Pollock at Camp Grant Walker in the rolling hills of central Louisiana. On March 23-25, 2012, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will sponsor its 24th Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop.  Women throughout Louisiana and neighboring states will attend an educational hands-on outdoor skill workshop.  If you are a woman 18 or older and like the outdoors, you will love this three-day skill workshop.

Registration will open on January 23, 2012.   Interested persons are urged to register as soon as possible beginning on this date.  The $170 fee (check or money order only) includes instruction for four selected classes, program materials, demonstration equipment, lodging, meals and T-shirt.

Participants will enroll in four classes from a selection of more than 30 topics.  These subjects include bucks and does, shotgun, rifle, handguns, fly-fishing, kayaking, camping, archery, horseback riding, fishing, boating/trailering, compass skills, outdoor photography, camp cooking and more.  Expert instructors donate their time and skills in classes taught in and around the nearby streams, lakes, wooded ridges and forest trails of beautiful Louisiana.

Natural resource scientist Christine Thomas of the University of Wisconsin founded the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program.  She completed a survey in 1991 entitled ‘Barriers to Women Participating in Hunting and Fishing.’  It documented that the most obvious problem was lack of instruction and encouragement.

To receive a registration form contact Dana Norsworthy in Monroe at (318) 345-3912 or Bill Breed in Monroe at (318) 343-1241.  Forms can be faxed, mailed or retrieved from the LDWF web site at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/becoming-outdoors-woman-bow. The forms will not be available until January 23, 2012 and must be returned by mail to the address on the form.  If you decide to hand-deliver your registration form it will not be accepted until January 24, 2012.  The first 125 completed registration forms received with payment will be accepted.  Registration will be taken until the workshop is full.  All forms received after the workshop is full will be placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations. 

Join the fun and be one of those 125 women in the woods.  Register for the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop and become skilled in something that you always dreamed about doing.

 

 

L.W.F.C. Welcomes New Commissioner, Elects Chairman and Vice Chairman

Release Date: 01/05/2012

January 5, 2012 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) today welcomed Pat Manuel of Eunice to the appointed panel. Governor Bobby Jindal announced the appointment of Manuel in December, replacing Pat Morrow, whose term had expired.

Manuel will serve as an at large representative on the commission, as required by statute. He owns and operates Manco Vegetation Management.

In other action, the commission elected Ann Taylor as chairman and Ronny Graham as vice chairman for 2012.

The Wildlife and Fisheries Commission was created to protect, conserve and replenish the natural resources and wildlife of the state, including all aquatic life. The commission promulgates regulations for hunting, fishing and trapping and approves programs and policies for the management and conservation of all fish and wildlife in the state. 

According to the statute, the commission is comprised of seven members appointed by the governor, subject to senate confirmation.  Members include three residents of the coastal parishes of the state who are representatives of the commercial fishing and fur industries and four members from the state at large.

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

 

 

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Considers Establishing Vessel Monitoring for the Harvesting of Oysters on Public Seed Grounds

Release Date: 01/05/2012

January 5, 2012 – Today the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission took action designed to improve harvesting and monitoring efforts on the state’s public oyster seed grounds.  The proposed action would require Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) onboard all oyster seed ground vessels.

The use of VMS technology will allow LDWF to have real-time access to resource management data and allow LDWF biologists to more effectively serve the oyster industry by monitoring and replacing cultch material where fishing pressures are greatest. 

“The use of this technology in the oyster industry is the first of its kind in the Gulf of Mexico,” said LDWF Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina.  “Our department continually strives to find innovative ways to manage our state’s seafood treasures while also serving the needs of the seafood community.”

Annually, there are over 700 vessel permits issued, giving access to the state’s public oyster beds, totaling 1.6 million acres. The VMS technology will help the department more accurately determine the actual number of vessels that fish the public seeds grounds as well as the amount of material these vessels take from the public. 

The VMS technology will also provide an added safety factor by allowing vessel operators to dispatch help with exact GPS coordinates, as well as for vessel owners to better manage their fleet. The systems will also be available for oyster harvesters to use while fishing private leases.

The Louisiana oyster industry provides more than one-third of the oysters consumed in the United States.

LDWF proposed to institute the VMS program on a year-to-year basis.

The VMS units, service and installation will be provided at no cost to the vessel operator, participants will only be required to provide minimal maintenance for the units.

All information collected by LDWF will be considered privileged and confidential and will not be made public. 

Public comments on the Notice of Intent will be accepted prior to April 4, 2012.  Comments should be submitted to Jason Froeba at jfroeba@wlf.la.govor (225) 765-0121. 

LDWF is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, and on Facebook at www.facebook.comldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact Jason Froeba at (225)765-0121 or jfroeba@wlf.louisiana.gov.  For press inquiries please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225)610-2363.

LWF Commission Closes State Waters to Recreational Harvest of Gag Grouper

Release Date: 01/05/2012

January 5, 2012 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission took action today to extend the closure for the recreational harvest of gag grouper in state waters until June 2, 2012. 

Today’s action ensures that regulations in Louisiana waters are consistent with those of federally managed waters. 

This closure also prohibits anyone on board a vessel for which a federal commercial or charter/headboat permit for the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish fishery has been issued from harvesting or possessing gag grouper in state waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

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.

For more information, contact Jason Adriance at (504)284-2032 or jadriance@wlf.louisiana.gov.  For press inquiries please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225)610-2363.

 

LWF Commission Sets Commercial King Mackerel Season

Release Date: 01/05/2012

January 5, 2012 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the 2012 commercial king mackerel season to begin July 1, 2012. Once the season opens, it will remain open until the quota set for the Gulf of Mexico of approximately 1 million pounds is met.

King mackerel is a significant commercial fishery in Louisiana.  From 2000 through 2011 Louisiana has landed approximately 87 percent of the allotted western Gulf of Mexico quota.  In 2011 approximately 690,000 pounds were landed in Louisiana.  A considerable portion of the king mackerel landed in Louisiana is shipped to markets in the northeastern United States.

Currently, the 2010-2011 commercial king mackerel season is closed as the established quota has been harvested.

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 Jason Adriance at (504)284-2032 or jadriance@wlf.louisiana.gov.  For press inquiries please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225)610-2363.

 

West Monroe Man Sentenced for Killing Bald Eagle

Release Date: 01/05/2012

A West Monroe man was sentenced on Jan. 3 for violating the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act in the Federal Western District Court of Louisiana in Monroe.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Hayes ordered Jeffrey M. Miles, 23, to pay a $2,525 fine, to serve three years of supervised probation and revoked his hunting privileges for three years for shooting a mature bald eagle in Franklin Parish on April 4, 2011.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents initiated the investigation on April 4 after finding a dead bald eagle in a drainage ditch along Camphouse Road.

After a thorough investigation and receiving tips from the public through the department's Operation Game Thief hotline, agents were able to cite Miles on April 22 for violating the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.  Miles entered a guilty plea on Sept. 19.

U.S. Assistant District Attorney Cytheria Jernigan prosecuted the case.

Agents participating in the case were Capt. Alan Bankston, Lt. Scott Watson, Senior Agent Albert Tarver and Senior Agent Johnny Wilson.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Senior Agent Kash Schriefer also assisted in the case.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

 

Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Announces Public Hearing for Amendment 35 for Greater Amberjack

Release Date: 01/04/2012

Anglers are encouraged to provide their input regarding changes to recreational and commercial management measures

(Jan. 4, 2012)– The Gulf Council has scheduled a series of public hearings for Reef Fish Amendment 35 for Greater Amberjack.  Reef Fish Amendment 35 contains alternatives that modify the Greater Amberjack rebuilding plan and consider changes to both recreational and commercial management measures. 

The Louisiana public hearing for Reef Fish Amendment 35 is scheduled as follows:

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport

2829 Williams Blvd.

Kenner, Louisiana

The public hearing begins at 6 p.m. local time, and will conclude at the end of public comment, but no later than 9 p.m. 

These hearings offer the public an opportunity to have a voice in determining federal fishing regulations by actively participating in the Council process. 

A guide to the amendment can be downloaded here, and comments can be submitted here.  The amendment is scheduled for final action during the Council meeting on January 30 through February 3, 2012, in Mobile, Ala.

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

For more information contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov(225)765-2396.

 

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet in New Orleans

Release Date: 01/03/2012

January 3, 2012 - The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the UNO Advanced Technology Building in suite 210.

Agenda items for the meeting of the Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board are as follows:

1. Approval of Minutes From November 15, 2011 Meeting

2. Hearing of New Appeals

    a. Emmett J. Adolph, Jr.

    b.  Wilfred Cross, Jr.

3.  Hearing of New Permit Requests

     a. Charles Lapeyrouse

4. Set next meeting date

5. Adjourn

This Board was established by Act 922 of the 2008 Regular Legislative Session for the purpose of hearing appeals of vessel permit denials by LDWF. Act 922 requires that anyone commercially harvesting oysters on the public oyster seed grounds and reservations, except Calcasieu Lake and Sabine Lake, must do so from a vessel holding a public oyster seed ground vessel permit issued by LDWF and no new applications for such vessel permits shall be accepted after December 31, 2009.

For more information please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.govor (225)610.2363.

Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet in New Orleans

Release Date: 01/03/2012

January 3, 2012 – The Louisiana Oyster Task Force will meet in New Orleans next Tuesday, January 10 at 1 p.m. at the UNO Advanced Technology Building in the second floor conference room. 

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

I.  Roll Call

II.  Approval of  August 23, 2011 MINUTES

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   - (Steve McManus)

   C.  Legislative - (Jakov Jurisic)

   D.  Research – (John Supan)

   E.  Coastal Restoration – (Dan Coulon)

   F.  Marketing - (Dana Brocato)

   G.  Health – (Glenn Cambre)

V.  Old Business

   A.  BP Oil Spill Remediation

        1. Claims Process

        2. Public Reef Remediation

        3. Oyster Lease Remediation

VI. New Business

    A.   Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill Legal Update: Irma Espino with Baron and Budd, P.C. and Philip Cossich with Cossich Law

   B.   Early Restoration Plan presentation-Drue Banta

   C.   Ratification of Bylaws

   D.   Officer Elections

VII. Set Next Meeting

VIII. Adjourn

Public and Private Grounds Committee will also meet in New Orleans

The Louisiana Oyster Task Force Public and Private Grounds Committee will meet on January 10, at 10 a.m. in suite 310 of the UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive.

The agenda is as follows:

1)  Amendment to seed ground permit system

2) Seed restoration set aside areas

These meetings are open to the public.

For more information please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225)610-2363

Agenda For Commission Meeting

Release Date: 01/03/2012

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, January 5, 2012, in the Louisiana Room at the Wildlife and Fisheries Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

The following items will be discussed:

1.  Roll Call

2.  Approval of Minutes of December 1, 2011

3.  Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4.  To hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/December

5.  To hear General Information on Upcoming Notices of Intent for the 2012-2013 Hunting Seasons

6.  To receive and consider a Resolution and Declaration of Emergency for the 2012-2013 Commercial Reef Fish Seasons

7.  To receive and consider a Resolution and Declaration of Emergency for the 2012-2013 Recreational Reef Fish Seasons

8.  To receive and consider a Resolution and Declaration of Emergency for the 2012-2013 Commercial King Mackerel Season

9.  To receive and consider a Resolution and Declaration of Emergency – Closure of the Recreational Fishery for Gag Grouper in Louisiana Waters

10. To consider Declaration of Emergency on Fisheries Closures due to Oil Spill

11. To consider Notice of Intent to Establish Procedures for a Vessel Monitoring System to be used by Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permittees

12.  Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman

13.  Set May 2012 Meeting Date

14.  Receive Public Comments

15. Adjournment

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