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September 2017 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 09/05/2017

The next regular Commission meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, September  7, 2017, at LDWF headquarters in the Louisiana Room of 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70898.

 Agenda:

1.     Call to Order

2.     Pledge of Allegiance

3.     Roll Call

4.     Adoption of August 3, 2017 Commission Meeting Minutes

5.     Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

6.     Enforcement Report August, 2017 – Captain Edward Skena

7.     Receive and Consider a Resolution commending LDWF Enforcement Division for Hurricane Harvey response – Al Sunseri, Commissioner

8.     Receive Presentation on Passive Transponder Bird Migration Study --Michael Seymour, Biologist

9.     Recognize Conoco-Phillips for their Financial Contribution to the Transponder Study --Buddy Baker, Administrator

10.  Receive One Health presentation --Dr. Rusty Berry, Wildlife Veterinarian

11.  Receive a Presentation of LDWF’s participation in the Breeding Waterfowl and Habitat Survey --James Whitaker, Biologist

12.  Receive a Presentation on Waterfowl Population Status, Hunting Regulations, and Pre-Season Update --Larry Reynolds, Program Manager

13.  Receive Update on Roseau Cane Mortality --Todd Baker, Director

14.  Receive and Consider a Notice of Intent to update the Louisiana Threatened and Endangered Species List --Amity Bass, Director

15.  Receive and Consider a Notice of Intent to remove the current black bass slot limit regulations of 15-19 inches and 8 fish daily harvest from Caney Lake and place the lake under the statewide black bass regulations  -  Jeff Sibley, Fisheries Biologist Manager

16.  Receive and Consider a Declaration of Emergency setting the 2017-2018 oyster season on the public oyster areas of Louisiana – Steve Beck, Program Manager

17.  Receive an Update on the Recent Gulf Council Meeting (including a Louisiana Only Amendment Update) and Louisiana Red Snapper Harvest and 39-day Season Extension Projection Update – Chris Schieble, Biologist Manager

18.  Receive and Consider a Resolution supporting continued efforts to reduce the hypoxia zone in the Gulf of Mexico – Doug Daigle, Coordinator, Louisiana Hypoxia Working Group

19.  Set January, 2018 Commission Meeting Date

20.  Receive Public Comments

21.  Adjournment

A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via Gotowebinar.com.  To attend this meeting via webinar visit: 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2418555430874433283

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to the contact at the top of this announcement at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. 

 

Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Grounds Committee to Meet

Release Date: 09/01/2017

Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Grounds Committee

Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 9:30 A.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans 70122

 

 

AGENDA
I.              Call to Order
II.             To Receive an Updated Draft NOI with Proposed Changes
III.            Discussion of Stock Assessment and Season Recommendation  
(Habitat Suitability Index)
IV.            Discussion of the Shell Budget
V.             Discussion of Tagging Regulations for Mini-Sacks
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.  To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4948304087345110785

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 email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup. . For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

Oyster Task Force to Meet September 5

Release Date: 09/01/2017

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 1 p.m.

2021 Lakeshore Dr., STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70122

 

I.Roll call and introduction of guests

II.Approval of August 1, 2017 Meeting Minutes and September 5, 2017 Agenda

III.Treasury Report

A.      Oyster Tag Sales

B.      LOTF Financial Report

IV.Committee Reports

A.      Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee  (Mitch Jurisich)

B.      Enforcement (Captain Chad Hebert)

C.      Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)

D.     Research (Earl Melancon)

E.      Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)

F.      Marketing (LDWF)

G.      Health (Lance Broussard)

H.     Sustainability (LDWF)

I.        Professionalism (LDWF)

J.      Aquaculture (John Supan)

                     K.      Joint Task Force Working Group (Mitch Jurisich)

V.New Business

A.     Consideration of a State-Wide (Public/ Private Leases) 3-Inch Minimum Size Limit on Market Oysters- Steve Beck

B.     To Consider a Draft Resolution for the State’s Continued Work on the Gulf Hypoxia Issue- OTF

C.     Discussion of Tagging Regulations for Mini-Sacks- Brad Robin

D.    To Hear a Presentation on Oyster Import Data- Jack Isaacs

E.     To Hear an Update on the Summer 2016 Oyster Die-Off - Steve Beck

F.     To Hear an Update on the Assessment of Oyster Loss on Public Reefs East of the MS River – Steve Beck

G.     To consider funding and Participation in the 2018 LA Alive & Acadiana Events- OTF

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.  To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6279452028767510017

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 email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup. . For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge to Reopen Friday at Sunrise, LDWF Announces

Release Date: 08/31/2017

Aug. 31, 2017 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will reopen most of Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge on Friday (Sept. 1) at sunrise.
 
The south end of Price Lake Road will remain closed until flood waters recede and repairs to the road can be made. This closure is just south of the bird observation tower. Visitors are cautioned not to drive through any standing water or the shoulder of the road.
 
Areas available for public access include the Joseph Harbor Boat Launch and East End Locks Road, both located about three miles east of refuge headquarters. Water control structures throughout the refuge are open but visitors are urged to use extreme caution around these structures as the water current is high.
 
Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, which consists of 76,042 acres, is located in eastern Cameron and western Vermilion parishes. It borders the Gulf of Mexico for 26.5 miles and extends inland toward the Grand Chenier ridge, a stranded beach ridge, six miles from the Gulf. For more information on the refuge, go to ttp://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/rockefeller-wildlife-refuge.
 
For more information, contact Gabe Giffin at 337-491-2000 or ggiffin@wlf.la.gov.

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Sperm Whale Stranded at Grand Isle Third Found On Louisiana Coast in the Last Year

Release Date: 08/31/2017

A female sperm whale was found stranded near Grand Isle on Aug. 26.
The female sperm whale found stranded near Grand Isle on Aug. 26.

Aug. 31, 2017 – A female sperm whale found dead on a sandbar just off of Grand Isle Beach on Aug. 26 was the third sperm whale found stranded along the coast of Louisiana within the past year and the fifth stranding of this endangered species in the northern Gulf of Mexico.
 
The sperm whale, Physeter macrocephalus, is listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act in the Gulf of Mexico. This was either an older juvenile or a young adult, said LDWF biologist Mandy Tumlin, the Louisiana Marine Mammal Stranding and Rescue Program Coordinator.
 
“Sperm whales found in the Gulf of Mexico are generally smaller than those found in other locations,’’ Tumlin said. “This animal was a female and they tend to be a lot smaller than males in this species. Sperm whales only have teeth on the lower jaw, those teeth have been collected and can be used in determining the age of the animal.’’
 
Staff from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), City of Grand Isle and Audubon’s Coastal Wildlife Network responded to the stranding. They were able to get the animal onto the beach and to perform a necropsy on the whale.
 
The necropsy allows biologists to collect internal samples from organs and tissues that are analyzed by a lab in an effort to determine the cause of death. Upon conclusion of the necropsy, the City of Grand Isle buried the carcass on the beach further away from camps and residences. LDWF thanks the public, Grand Isle Employees, Coastal Wildlife Network and everyone who assisted with these efforts.
 
“It is important to note that sometimes we may not be able to identify an exact cause of death,’’ Tumlin said. “However, each and every stranding is important for obtaining valuable information about each of these species, especially in this case of an endangered species such as the sperm whale.’’
 
LDWF encourages the public to report any marine mammal strandings to the NOAA Southeast Region Marine Mammal Stranding Network Hotline at 1-877-433-8299. To report marine mammal violations, such as people feeding, attempting to feed, or harassing marine mammals in the wild, please contact the national NOAA Fisheries Enforcement Hotline at 1-800-853-1964. Information may be left anonymously. Sperm whales are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act. It is illegal to harass or interact with marine mammals whether they are dead or alive.
 
Dos and Don’ts For Encountering Marine Mammals
 
DO immediately report all dead marine mammals, even if they are decomposed. Call the Southeast Region Stranding Network 24-hour hotline: 1-877-WHALE HELP (1-877-942-5343) to be connected to your state’s marine mammals stranding network. The stranding network will send out trained responders who will get to the scene quickly with appropriate equipment.

DON’T push the animal back out to sea! Stranded marine mammals may be sick or injured. Returning animals to sea delays examination and treatment and often results in the animal re-stranding in worse condition.

If the animal returns to the water on its own, DON’T attempt to interact with it (swim with, ride, etc.).

DO put human safety above animal safety. If conditions are dangerous, do not attempt to approach the animal.

DO stay with the animal until rescuers arrive, but use caution. Marine mammals can be dangerous and/or carry disease. Keep a safe distance from the head and tail. Also, minimize contact with the animal (use gloves if necessary) and avoid inhaling the animal’s expired air.

If the animal is alive, DO keep its skin moist and cool by splashing water over its body. Use wet towels to help keep the skin moist and prevent sunburn.

If the animal is alive, DON’T cover or obstruct the blowhole. Try to keep sand and water away from the blowhole.

DO keep crowds away and noise levels down to avoid causing further stress to the animal.

DO keep dogs/pets away from the live or dead marine mammal.

DON’T collect any parts (tissues, teeth, bones, or gear, etc.) from dead animals. They are still covered by the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

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Elmer's Island to Reopen Tomorrow at Noon After Temporary Closure.

Release Date: 08/31/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will reopen Elmer's Island on Friday, September 1 at 12:00 pm.  The island was temporarily closed as a precaution due to Hurricane Harvey.

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 email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

White Lake WCA Birding and Nature Trail Closed Due to Flooding From Harvey

Release Date: 08/31/2017

Aug. 31, 2017 – The White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) Birding and Nature Trail has been closed until further notice due to flooding from Hurricane Harvey. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LWDF) will notify the public when the trail will reopen.
 
The White Lake property is located in southwest Louisiana in Vermilion Parish. White Lake WCA consists of 71,905 acres along the western boundary of Vermilion Parish. For more information on White Lake WCA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/white-lake-wetlands-conservations-area .
 
For more information, contact Schuler Dartez at sdartez@wlf.la.gov or 337-536-9400, extension 2.

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LDWF Cancels Leased Dove Field Hunts in DeRidder and Ragley Due to Excessive Rain From Harvey

Release Date: 08/31/2017

Aug. 31, 2017 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has cancelled its leased dove field hunts in DeRidder and Ragley due to the excessive rainfall from Hurricane Harvey. However, the LDWF leased dove field hunt in Tangipahoa Parish will be available for Saturday’s (Sept. 2) opening day of dove season as will several wildlife management areas (WMAs) throughout the state.
 
Go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/dove for a list of WMAs providing dove hunting opportunities and information on the LDWF leased dove field in Tangipahoa Parish. 
 
LDWF will continue to work with the landowners to provide an alternative date for the DeRidder and Ragley hunts. If successful, LDWF will announce the dates via a news release and on the LDWF website.
 
Hunters are reminded that on state WMAs and LDWF leased dove fields non-toxic shot is required when hunting doves; no lead shot is allowed.
 
For more information, contact Jeff Duguay at jduguay@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2353.

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Issuance of Alligator Hunting Licenses And Tags at Rockefeller Refuge will begin Friday at 1 P.M.

Release Date: 08/31/2017

Aug. 31, 2017 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will issue alligator hunting licenses and tags at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge on Friday (Sept. 1) beginning at 1 p.m. The issuance of the tags was delayed earlier this week because of impacts from Hurricane Harvey.
 
For more information contact the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge at 337-538-2165 or the LDWF Field Office in New Iberia at 337-373-0032

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Red snapper fishing continues through Labor Day weekend

Release Date: 08/31/2017

Baton Rouge, LA – Louisiana anglers will be able to complete the 39-day extended red snapper season which ends Monday, Sept. 4 at 11:59 p.m., according to the latest LA Creel landings data.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission had ordered LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet to shut down the red snapper season when it appears anglers will meet the self-imposed limit of 1.04 million pounds.

The latest catch statistics from LDWF’s LA Creel, the agency’s near real-time data collecting program, show that 880,603 pounds of red snapper had been caught as of August 20. The last reported amount was 849,227 pounds.

The LDWF established a limit on its red snapper catch because it believes that being accountable for the catch limit will help the state’s chances of receiving federal government permission allowing Louisiana to manage its own red snapper season out 200 nautical miles from its coast.

The red snapper fishing season was extended 39 days as part of an agreement reached earlier this summer involving Louisiana, the four other Gulf states – Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida - and the U.S. Department of Commerce. It allowed recreational anglers to fish out 200 miles from the Louisiana coast for red snapper on weekends through Labor Day.

Also under the agreement, there would be no red snapper fishing in state waters – out nine miles from the Louisiana coast – on Mondays through Thursdays, except on July 3-4 and September 4. Anglers are limited to two fish, measuring at least 16 inches, per day.

*For more information on the 2017 red snapper landings estimates, visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/page/41176-red-snapper-long-range-plan-facts/redsnapperwebsitedocument8-20-17.pdf

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. To receive LDWF email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

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