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LDWF Plans Three Crab Trap Closures Along the Louisiana Coast

Release Date: 09/03/2015

News Release
 
For Immediate Release
September 3, 2015
 
Contact: Rene LeBreton
Public Information
LDWF
(504) 286-8745
rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

LDWF Plans Three Crab Trap Closures Along the Louisiana Coast
 
At today’s meeting, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a Notice of Intent that targets three different areas along Louisiana’s coast.  The first closure will take place in the eastern portion of Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Catherine and adjacent marshes and will begin at 6:00 am Friday, February 12, 2016 through 6:00 am February 21, 2016.  The second closure will take place in the upper Barataria basin centered near Lafitte and will begin at 6:00 am February 19, 2016 through 6:00 am February 28, 2016.  The last closure will take place in Sabine Lake to allow Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to conduct a cleanup of Sabine Lake.  In order to conduct the cleanup, both the Louisiana and Texas sides of Sabine Lake will be temporarily closed to the use of crab traps so staff and volunteers can conduct the cleanup without confusion. The Sabine Lake crab trap closure is scheduled to begin at 6:00 am February 19, 2016 through 6:00 am February 28, 2016.
Since 2004, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, together with individual volunteers and organizations, has successfully removed and disposed of over 24,645 abandoned and derelict crabs. The removal of these crab traps is especially important to boating safety and crab harvesting efforts. Last year, LDWF and Louisiana Sea Grant staff, volunteers, CCA and members of the recreational fishing community assisted in retrieving more than 400 abandoned crab traps.
 
To view maps of the closure locations visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/derelict-crab-trap-removal
 
Lake Pontchartrain Crab Trap Removal
The use of crab traps will be prohibited in the following area beginning at 6 a.m., February 12 through 6 a.m., February 21, 2016:

  • From a point originating from the intersection of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge and the southern shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain; thence eastward along the southern shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain to Chef Menteur Pass; thence southward along the western shoreline of Chef Menteur Pass to Lake Borgne; thence due south a distance of one-half mile from the Lake Borgne shoreline; thence eastward and then northward a distance of one-half mile from the Lake Borgne shoreline to a point due east of Catfish Point; thence northwesterly across Rigolets Pass to the southeastern most point of land on Hog Island; thence westward along the northern shoreline of Rigolets Pass to its intersection with U.S. Highway 90;  thence northward along U.S. Highway 90 to its intersection with U.S. Highway 190 (Fremaux Avenue); thence westerly along U.S. Highway 190 to Military Road; thence northward on Military road to U.S. Highway 190 (Gause Boulevard); thence westward on U.S. Highway 190 (Gause Boulevard) to Causeway Boulevard; thence southward along Causeway Boulevard and then the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge and terminating at its intersection with the southern shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain.

 
Barataria Basin Crab Trap Removal
The use of crab traps will be prohibited in the following area beginning at 6 a.m., February 19 through 6 a.m., February 28, 2016:

  • From a point originating from the intersection of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the northern shoreline of Hero Canal; thence due north to a point along the northern shoreline of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway; thence southward and then westward along the northern shoreline of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway to a point opposite the western shoreline of Bayou Perot; thence due south to the western shoreline of Bayou Perot; thence southward along the western shoreline of Bayou Perot to Little Lake; thence southward along the western shoreline of Little Lake to 29 degrees, 30 minutes, 00 seconds north latitude; thence eastward along 29 degrees, 30 minutes, 00 seconds north latitude to the eastern shoreline of Wilkinson Canal; thence northward along the eastern shoreline of Wilkinson Canal to its termination; thence due north to the western shore of the Mississippi River; thence northwestward along the western shore of the Mississippi River to a point due east of the northern shoreline of Hero Canal; thence due west to the northern shoreline of Hero Canal; thence westward along the northern shoreline of Hero Canal and terminating at its intersection with the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

Sabine Lake Crab Trap Removal
The use of crab traps will be prohibited in the following area beginning at 6 a.m., February 19 through 6 a.m., February 28, 2016:

  • From a point originating from the intersection of the southern side of LA Highway 82 and the eastern shore of Sabine Lake, thence north along the eastern shoreline of Sabine Lake to its intersection with East Pass, thence due north to Sabine Island, thence west along the southern shoreline of Sabine Island to its westward most point, thence due west to the Texas state line, thence south along the Louisiana / Texas state line to its intersection with LA Highway 82, thence east along the southern side of LA Highway 82 and terminating at its intersection with the eastern shore of Sabine Lake.  

All crab traps remaining in the closed area during the specified period will be considered abandoned.
In the weeks leading up to the closure, LDWF will mail notices to all licensed recreational and commercial crab trap license holders and crab buyers within affected parishes as well as non-resident licensed crab fishermen who fish Louisiana waters and reside in Texas.
These proposed trap removal regulations do not provide authorization for access to private property. Authorization to access private property can only be provided by individual landowners.
Crab traps may be removed only between one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. Anyone may remove these abandoned crab traps from within the closed area. Abandoned traps must be brought to LDWF designated disposal sites and may not be taken from the closed area.
Interested persons may submit written comments relative to the proposed rule to Mr. Jeffrey Marx, Marine Fisheries Biologist DCL-B, Marine Fisheries Section, 2415 Darnall Rd., New Iberia, LA 70560, or via e-mail to:  jmarx@wlf.la.gov prior to November 1, 2015.  

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 or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

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LDWF Announces New Crappie Regulations on Eagle Lake

Release Date: 09/02/2015

(Sept. 2, 2015) –The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has amended crappie regulations on Eagle Lake in Madison Parish to establish consistency with Mississippi, who borders the lake on the east.
 
Effective October 1, the new daily take and size regulations are 30 fish per person with an 11 inch minimum length limit. 
 
The Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Commission passed identical regulations, and the new rules will remain in effect for a four-year period.
 
After the four-year period, a crappie population stock assessment and angler opinion survey will be administered to determine future management. 
 
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 Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8733.

L.D.W.F. Providing Public Dove Hunting Opportunities on Private Land Leases on Sept. 5 Opening Day

Release Date: 09/01/2015

Sept. 1, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will provide public dove hunting opportunities for the Sept. 5 season opening on leased private land in three parishes.
 
The 2015-16 dove season opens Saturday, Sept. 5 in the north and south zones and hunters have multiple options available. LDWF has leased private land in the following parishes for Sept. 5 only, from noon to sunset:
 
Beauregard Parish, DeRidder-500 acres harvested corn and milo:  Directions -- Take Hwy. 190 West from DeRidder.  The field is approximately 5 miles West of DeRidder on the south side of Hwy. 190, just past Hwy. 3226.  An LDWF sign will designate the check-in area.  Contact Kori Legleu at 337-491-2575 for more information.  Maps are available in the Lake Charles field office, 1213 North Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA  70601, or on the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/dove.
 
Jefferson Davis Parish, Roanoke-300 acres, harvested rice and partially plowed fallow fields that were planted in rice last year:  Directions -- Take I-10 to Exit 59 (Roanoke).  Drive north on Hwy 395, then turn west on Blanchard Rd.  Follow Blanchard Rd to Compton Rd.; field is located on southwest corner of Blanchard and Compton roads. An LDWF sign will designate the check-in area. Maps are available in the Lake Charles field office, 1213 North Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA  70601, or on the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/dove .
 
Jefferson Davis Parish, Elton-300 acres harvested rice and hay, and pasture with goatweed:  Directions -- From Hwy 190, drive south on Hwy 26 for 3 miles, then west on Dan Buller Rd.  From I-10, exit Hwy 26 Jennings and drive north for approximately 14 miles, then west on Dan Buller Rd.  Fields are located on the right approximately ½ mile from Hwy 26. An LDWF sign will designate the check-in area. Maps are available in the Lake Charles field office, 1213 North Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA  70601, or on the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/dove.
 
Tangipahoa Parish, Wilmer - 152 acres prepared native grass pasture:  Directions -- Take Route 10 to Wilmer then Hwy. 1061 North to Olon Bankston Road.  Check-in area will be on Olon Bankston Road.  Call 985-543-4777 for more information.  Maps will be available at LDWF’s Hammond field office, 42371 Phyllis Ann Dr., Hammond LA 70403, or on the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/dove.
 
The following rules will apply to all leased fields:
 
1.  Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
2.  Shot larger than size 7 ½ is prohibited (size 7 ½ , 8, 9 are allowed)
3.  All trash - including shell hulls - must be picked-up.
4.  Only legal doves may be taken. Legal doves include: Mourning, White-winged, fully dressed Eurasian Collared and Ringed-turtle doves.
5.  All hunters must have a daily permit as well as appropriate hunting license with HIP certification; note, hunters under 16 years of age do not need HIP certification.  The daily permit is available at the field and will be issued on a first-come first-served basis.  HIP certifications are available from hunting license vendors.  If hunters have formed a line prior to the time permits are issued, permits will then be issued to those in line in order of arrival.
6.  There is a $10 fee per hunter, 16 years of age and older. Cash or check. Hunters under 16 will be admitted free, but they must check-in and have a permit.
7.  When a predetermined number of hunters are admitted, the field will be closed.  Additional hunters may be admitted when someone leaves the field and surrenders his/her permit.  Use of vehicles, including ATV’s, may be restricted and will vary from field to field.  Check with department personnel about restrictions when you check-in.
8.  These leased fields are open to the public Sept. 5 only.  Entrance at any other time is trespassing.
 
These leased fields have been made available through the cooperation of the landowners.  Future access to these fields and other private property is dependent on the conduct of the hunters using these fields.
 
For additional public dove hunting opportunities on state wildlife management areas, go to the LDWF web list posted at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/dove .
 
Shooting hours: The shooting hours during dove season are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset except for opening day of the first split on WMAs and LDWF leased fields where shooting hours will be 12 p.m. (noon) to sunset.  However, the shooting hours for dove on the Point Farm Unit at Pointe Aux Chenes WMA in Terrebonne Parish will be one-half hour before sunrise to sunset since all dove hunting hours for all dates within all splits end at noon on Pointe Aux Chenes WMA; and Elbow Slough WMA lottery hunt participants will also hunt from one-half hour before sunrise to 12:00 noon on Sept. 5 and 6.
 
All licensed hunters are reminded that the appropriate Louisiana hunting license with HIP certification is required to hunt doves on public and private land.  Those hunters who are ages 18 to 59 are also required to have a WMA Hunting Permit when hunting doves on WMAs.
 
For more information about public dove hunting opportunities, contact Jeff Duguay at 225-765-2353 or jduguay@wlf.la.gov .

 

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Reminder – Louisiana state recreational red snapper season closes 12:01 a.m. September 8th.

Release Date: 09/01/2015

News Release
 
September 1, 2015
 
Contact: Rene LeBreton
Public Information
LDWF
(504) 286-8745
rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

Reminder – Louisiana state recreational red snapper season closes 12:01 a.m. September 8th.
 
(September 1, 2015) The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) would like to remind anglers that the state recreational red snapper season will close at 12:01 a.m. on September 8th. We anticipate that private recreational anglers will have harvested our state’s historic and projected share of the total Gulf of Mexico private angler red snapper harvest  (745,000 pounds, or 18 percent of the total) on this date. The state season has been open since March 20, 2015.
 
“This is a prime example of how this fishery should be managed across the Gulf; using real-time data to account for our recreational red snapper harvest and make management decisions that protect the resource while maximizing the benefit for our anglers,” said Robert Barham, Secretary of LDWF
 
We would also like to remind charter vessels / headboats with federal reef fish permits that the 45-day federal charter season, closed on July 14, 2015.
 
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 or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.
 
For press inquiries, contact Rene LeBreton at rlebreton@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8745.

 

 

 

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Application Period for Shrimp Refrigeration Cost-Share Program is Closed

Release Date: 09/01/2015

(Sept. 1, 2015) – Officials with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced today that the shrimp refrigeration cost-share program has closed. Due to the large number of applications received and the limited amount of funds, the department is closing the application portal.
 
The program, announced in July, will provide eligible shrimp vessel owners, docks, and processing facilities the opportunity to qualify for 50 percent of any authorized refrigeration equipment costs, up to $30,000. The application period opened on August 31st, 2015 and by the end of the day a large number of applications were received.
 
Staff will review the submitted applications and work directly with the applicants to determine eligibility.
 
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.
 
To sign up for LDWF commercial fishing alerts sent as text messages or as emails visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/signup.
 
For press inquiries, contact Rene LeBreton at rlebreton@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8745.

AMENDED - Agenda for September LWF Commission Meeting

Release Date: 08/31/2015

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, September 3, 2015, 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 August 6, 2015
 
3.             Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege
 
4.             Recognition and Presentation of Five Civilian Meritorious Service Awards
 
5.             Presentation on the Youth Hunter of the Year Contest 
 
6.             To hear Enforcement Reports August 2015
 
7.             To Consider the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries staff evaluation of the three proposals for use of Breeding Habitat Statutory dedicated funding
 
8.             To Consider a Resolution to rename the Sicily Island Hills Wildlife Management Area to the J.C. “Sonny” Gilbert Wildlife Management Area
 
9.             To Consider a Resolution to add the Kennedy Rice Dryers Tract to the Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area
 
10.          To Consider a Resolution to add the Steele Tract to the Bayou Pierre Wildlife Management Area
 
11.          To Consider a Notice of Intent for the 2016 Abandoned Crab Trap Removal
 
12.          To Consider a Declaration of Emergency to Set the 2015-2016 Oyster Season on the Public Oyster Areas of Louisiana
 
13.          To Consider a Resolution of Support for the Reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund
               
14.          Set January 2016 Meeting Date
 
15.          Receive Public Comments
 
16.          Adjournment
 

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Corrections to Migratory Bird Hunting Season Dates for Extended Falconry Seasons

Release Date: 08/31/2015

Aug. 31, 2015 – Correcting the dates announced Aug. 6 by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for the 2015-16 extended falconry season, the following dates are now posted on the department’s website.

 

Nov. 4 is the uniform start date for all extended falconry seasons noted below.

 

EXTENDED FALCONRY SEASONS FOR RAILS AND GALLINULES:

Statewide: Nov. 4 – Jan. 31

Sixteen (16) days of the total season lengths for rails, gallinules and extended falconry seasons were used during the September teal season.

 

EXTENDED FALCONRY SEASONS FOR DUCKS:

Coastal Zone: Nov. 4 – Jan. 31

West Zone: Nov. 4 – Jan. 31

East Zone: Nov. 4– Jan. 31

To view all dates for migratory and waterfowl seasons, go to: http://www.wlf.state.la.us/hunting/waterfowl/seasons .

For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at 225-765-0456 or lreynolds@wlf.la.gov .

 

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LDWF Completes Drawdown of Catahoula Lake

Release Date: 08/31/2015

Aug. 31, 2015 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has announced that, after an unusually long summer flooding period, the annual drawdown of Catahoula Lake has been completed.
 
The annual drawdown is conducted to stimulate germination and growth of moist-soil vegetation that provides important food resources for migrating and wintering waterfowl and shorebirds.
 
“If the water level stays within our target levels, there is still enough time to get production of desirable waterfowl food plants like millet and sprangletop  before re-flooding in November,” said LDWF WMA Biologist Supervisor Cliff Dailey.  “To maximize the chances of success, the water level will be held at 27.0 feet above MSL until mid-November.”
 
Catahoula Lake is one of the most important early-season habitats for migrating and wintering waterfowl in the Mississippi Flyway, largely because of the vast amount of food provided by vegetative growth following the annual summer drawdown.  Hundreds of thousands of ducks and shorebirds are regularly counted on the lake in early November.
 
Water levels are managed cooperatively by LDWF and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers via an operations document called the Tri-Party Agreement.  The agreement calls for a lake drawdown level of 27.0 to 27.5 feet, with drawdown usually complete by late July.  High water from rainfall and runoff made that impossible this year, therefore the water level will be kept at the lower end of that range to increase the chances of vegetative growth prior to arrival of large migratory flocks of ducks in the fall.
 
For more information contact Larry Reynolds at 225-765-0456 or lreynolds@wlf.la.gov .

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L.D.W.F. Accepting Lottery Applications for Physically Challenged Deer Hunters for Floy McElroy WMA November Hunts

Release Date: 08/31/2015

Aug. 31, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for physically challenged hunters interested in deer hunts to be held on Floy McElroy Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on Nov. 7 and 8. 
LDWF is sponsoring the lottery hunts to provide a quality outdoor experience.  All applicants must be wheelchair-confined, physically challenged hunter permittees (PCHP) .
 
Floy McElroy WMA is a 681-acre tract in Richland Parish, two miles north of Rayville that has been part of LDWF’s WMA program since 1990.
 
Successful applicants will be selected by a randomized computer drawing and must be accompanied on the hunt by one escort, who will not be allowed to shoot.  Applications for the lottery must be submitted to LDWF before close of business on Friday, Oct. 2. A $5 administrative fee must be submitted with each application.
 
Applications and more information may be obtained by contacting your local LDWF field office or by visiting the LDWF Web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts .
 
Applications may be delivered in person to Room 442 of the LDWF Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge or by mail.  The mailing address is: Wildlife Division WMA Lottery Hunts, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000.
 
For more information, contact Lowery Moak at 318-343-4044 lmoak@wlf.la.gov.
 

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Six Men Arrested For Closed Season Oyster Violations In St Bernard Parish

Release Date: 08/31/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested six subjects on board two vessels for alleged oyster violations in St. Bernard Parish on Aug. 28.

Agents arrested Glenn J. Cascio Sr., 54, and Glenn J. Cascio Jr., 35, both of St. Bernard, from one vessel and Baron T. Navarro, 40, of Mereaux, Sotelo A. Galdino, 36, of Seabrook, Texas, Rigoberto Badillo-Gomez, 38, Mereaux, and Jose Camalgo, 18, of of Seabrook, Texas, from another vessel for taking oysters during a closed season.  Navarro was also cited for failing to comply with refrigeration requirements.

Due to numerous complaints of illegal oyster harvesting on the State Seed Grounds in Drum Bay, agents set up surveillance nearby and at 3:30 p.m. observed two oyster vessels enter the area and begin dredging.  The Drum Bay public grounds are currently closed to all oyster harvesting.

Agents stopped both vessels and found each to have loose oysters on their decks and in their dredges. Agents seized all four dredges and a total of 136 sacks of oysters, which were returned to the water.

All men were booked into the St. Bernard Parish Jail.

Taking oysters during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Any person convicted of this violation may only harvest oysters from a vessel that employs a vessel monitoring system monitored by LDWF for a period of one year.  Failing to comply with refrigeration requirements carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case are Capt. Stephen McManus, Lt. Scot Keller, Sgts. Keith Francis, Adam Young, Mike Garrity and Villere Reggio, Agent Jason Gernados and Senior Agent Richard Clark.

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

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