Fishing

Oyster Task Force Coastal Restoration Subcommittee to Meet

Release Date: 09/23/2016

OTF Coastal Restoration Subcommittee

Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 11:00 A.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans 70122

 

AGENDA

 

I.               Call to Order

II.             To hear the presentation: Building Land in Coastal Louisiana: Expert

Recommendations for Operating a Successful Sediment Diversion that Balances Ecosystem and Community Needs- Natalie Peyronnin

III.           Public Comment

IV.           Set next meeting

V.             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/590619541043204097

 

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.

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

Release Date: 09/22/2016

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, September 27, 2016. The meeting will convene at 10:00 a.m. in the second floor conference room of the University of New Orleans’ Advanced Technology Center located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans.  

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

1.     Roll Call of Board Members

2.     Approval of Minutes from August 23, 2016 Meeting

3.     Hearing of Deferred Renewal Permit Appeals

a.     Randy Chaisson, Sr.

4.     Update on Recommendations Made at August 23, 2016 Meeting

5.     Receive Public Comments

6.     Set next meeting date

7.     Adjournment

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 those in Calcasieu Lake and Sabine Lake, must do so from a vessel holding a public oyster seed ground vessel permit issued by LDWF.

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.

 

For more information, please contact Ty Lindsey at 225-765-2387 or tlindsey@wlf.la.gov.  

Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet

Release Date: 09/21/2016

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 1 p.m.

2021 Lakeshore Dr., STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70122

 

AGENDA:

I.Roll call and introduction of guests

II.Approval of August 23, 2016 Meeting Minutes and September 27, 2016 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)

 

V.New Business

A.Update on the Findings of Surveying Area 1-N and Calcasieu Lake- LDWF

B.Discussion of the NOI to Amend Title 76 as it Pertains to Oyster Leasing- LDWF

C.Update on oyster sampling in Barataria Basin for System Wide Assessment & Monitoring Program (SWAMP) – CPRA

D. To Hear a Presentation on the Pearl River Project- Andrew Whitehurst

E.Discussion of the Hardships Facing Oystermen Engaged in Aquaculture- Byron Encalade

 

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/693968136452161794

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LDWF releases stock assessments previously held due to DWH litigation

Release Date: 09/20/2016

Today, LDWF published several stock assessments that were previously unreleased due to ongoing Deepwater Horizon litigation. 

Recently released assessments include:

·     Update Assessment of Blue Crab

·     Update Assessment of Striped Mullet

·     Assessment of Black Drum

·     Assessment of Southern Flounder

·     Assessment of Sheepshead

·     Update Assessment of Spotted Seatrout

·     Oyster Stock Assessment - 2014

 

A list of recent LDWF fisheries stock assessments can be found at: www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/stock-assessments. Earlier stock assessments may be obtained upon request from Rene LeBreton, rlebreton@wlf.la.gov.

On April 4th, 2016, the Court approved the settlement between the United States, the five Gulf States and BP for damages stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

 

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.

LDWF Explores Lifting Moratorium on Special Artificial Reef Sites

Release Date: 09/20/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Artificial Reef Program is considering lifting an 8-year moratorium on Special Artificial Reef Sites (SARS). The program feels unique opportunities for creating reef sites outside of artificial reef planning areas still exist and should explore these potential opportunities and improve guidelines for SARS development.
 
In the 1990s, the Louisiana Artificial Reef Program amended the Louisiana Artificial Reef Plan to allow the program to take advantage of unusual opportunities to create reef sites outside of the program’s existing planning areas, referred to as SARS.  Twenty-two SARS were established or permitted, but a moratorium was established on news SARS in 2008.
 
The program is seeking both questions and comment on this proposal for 30 days.  For more information or to submit a comment, contact Mike McDonough at (225) 765-5418 or mmcdonough@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF hosts successful Family Fish Fest at Ivan Lake

Release Date: 09/16/2016

Image 1: Boat Division - Junior Anglers

Largemouth Bass Category -- 1st place Hayden Townsend and 2nd place Camryn Layfield

Image 2: Shore Division – Little Anglers 
White Perch/Bream -- 1st place Abby Campbell, 2nd place Jar’Lai’jah Jefferson, and 3rd place Anna Young

LDWF hosts Family Fish Fest at Ivan Lake

LDWF hosted a Family Fish Fest at Ivan Lake in Cotton Valley on September 10, 2016. Fisheries staff, US Army Corps of Engineers, local Fire Department, Stubborn Hicks Fishing Lures and LDWF volunteers all worked together to offer nearly 200 anglers and family members a fishing competition and numerous educational fishing activities. 

Winners in the Shore Division include Little Angler White Perch/Bream, 1st Abby Campbell, 2nd Jar’Lai’jah Jefferson, 3rd Anna Young Junior Angler Largemouth Bass1st Javier Johnson, 2nd Cody Carson Junior Angler White Perch/Bream 1st Cody Carson, 2nd Saraya Morgan, 3rd Amber Sullivan Junior Angler Other 1st Cody Carson Adult Angler White Perch/Bream 1st Amie Carson, 2nd Anthony Thompson, 3rd Olivia Hardin Adult Angler Other Mark Hicks, 2nd Delton Nail. Winners in the Boat Division include Little Angler White Perch/Bream, 1st Jaxson Barnard, 2nd Jacob Barnard, 3rd Mason Shipp Little Angler Largemouth Bass 1st Trevor Brown Little Angler Other 1st Jameson Butts Junior Angler Largemouth Bass1st Hayden Townsend, 2nd Camryn Layfield Junior Angler White Perch/Bream 1st Wesley Alexander 2nd Hayden Townsend Junior Angler Other 1st Kody Beshea Adult Angler White Perch/Bream 1st Toby Sinclair, 2nd Sherman Sinclair, 3rd Sandy Kimmel Adult Angler Largemouth Bass 1st Allen Kimmel 2nd Shaun Weems

Family Fish Fest is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.  The LWFF was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fisheries resources. 

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.la.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information on the Family Fish Fest program, contact Danica Williams at dwilliams@wlf.la.gov .  For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.

 

 

LDWF to Hold Lake Bistineau Public Meetings

Release Date: 09/15/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will conduct an informational meeting concerning Lake Bistineau.
 
Who:  LDWF Inland Fisheries Staff
 
What:  Public information meeting on Lake Bistineau
 
When:  Monday, September 19, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.
 
Where:    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Region 1 Office
                Jonathan Glasscock Memorial Classroom
                9961 Hwy. 80
                Minden, LA 71055
 
The meeting will include an update on the current status of the lake, and LDWF staff will field questions concerning the management of the lake and giant salvinia.  Everyone interested in Lake Bistineau is encouraged to attend. 
 
Space is limited to 100 individuals, so please keep this in mind when making plans to attend.  
 
The current LDWF Lake Bistineau Management Plan can be viewed at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland

Larto Lake Gates Opened for Emergency Bridge Repairs

Release Date: 09/14/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development will open the Larto Lake water control structure for emergency repairs to the Highway 3102 bridge. The bridge is immediately below the control structure, and water flowing over the spillway structure is inhibiting bridge repair work.
 
DOTD plans to open the gate immediately to increase the rate at which the lake will return to normal pool stage.  The lake water level is currently 1 foot above normal.
 
The drawdown gates will remain open until the water reaches normal pool stage.
 
LDWF does not anticipate any impacts to the lake habitat or fish populations during this period.

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