Fishing

LDWF Announces Annual Caney Creek Reservoir Public Meeting

Release Date: 02/19/2019

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold a public information meeting on Caney Creek Reservoir.  Discussion topics will include aquatic vegetation issues, angler trends following the recent regulation change, and future management recommendations.
LDWF established a comprehensive management plan for Caney Creek Reservoir in 2006, which provides annual meetings to update the public on ongoing projects, fisheries management issues, and aquatic vegetation management.
  
Who:        LDWF Inland Fisheries Staff
 
What:       Public meeting on Caney Creek Reservoir
 
When:      Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at 7 p.m.
 
Where:    Jimmie Davis State Park Conference Center
                1209 State Park Rd.
                Chatham, LA 71226
 
The meeting is open to the public, and all persons interested in the conservation and management of the fisheries resources and aquatic habitats of Caney Creek Reservoir are encouraged to attend.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. 
 
The current LDWF Caney Creek Reservoir Management Plan can be viewed at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland
 
For additional information regarding the meetings, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066.
 

Oyster Task Force to Meet February 26, at 1:00 PM

Release Date: 02/19/2019

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

Mitch Jurisich, Chairman

Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 1 p.m.

West Bank Regional Library Meeting Room

2751 Manhattan Blvd.

Harvey, LA 70058

 

 

 

I. Pledge of Allegiance

II. Roll call and introduction of guests

III. Approval of January 9, 2019 Minutes and February 26, 2019 Agenda

IV. Treasury Report

A. LOTF Financial Report & Oyster Tag Sales

V. Committee Reports

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

B. Enforcement (Major Edward Skena)

C. Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)

D. Research (Earl Melancon)

E. Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)

F. Marketing (LDWF)

G. Health (Justin Gremillion)

H. Professionalism (LDWF)

I. Aquaculture (Steve Pollock)

J. Joint Task Force Working Group (Mitch Jurisich)

VI. New Business

A. To Consider Funding for the Summer Dermo Study- Dr. Jerome La Peyre

B. To Discuss Moving the Oyster Industry to the Department of Agriculture- OTF

C. To Discuss Increasing Penalties for Fishing During Illegal Hours- OTF

D. To Hear an Update from the OTF Washington, D.C. Trip and LA Alive Event- OTF

E. To Hear an Update on the Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting NOI- OTF

F. To Discuss Storm Surge Barriers and Oyster Industry Expansion- John Lea

VII. Public Comment

VIII. Set Next Meeting

IX. 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/2763814188392316675

 

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

LDWF Provides Update on Bussey Brake Renovation Project

Release Date: 02/19/2019

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is working diligently to complete the Bussey Brake Wildlife Management Area renovation project in Morehouse Parish.  Flood events, untimely rainfall, equipment failures and other obstacles have delayed the completion of this important project. Despite these delays, LDWF remains committed to a complete renovation and enhancement of this unique property.

“It is our goal to develop an outstanding recreational area in Morehouse Parish,” said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. “We have had to work through some setbacks that have stalled the project. But be assured, we will get it done.”

The department’s plan for the restoration project includes a complete renovation of the waterbody.  Marked boat lanes and island construction projects to improve boater access and angler opportunity have already been completed. 

A contractor has been selected to complete the construction of fishing piers, including an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible pier, a boat mooring dock, improved parking and lighting, and a wave break to protect the boat launch area.  This project is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2019. 

Two flood events have caused significant delays to the project, while also severely damaging the pump and its components, which are required to refill and maintain the reservoir.  A new pumping system has been designed and was advertised for bid last week by Division of Administration Facility Planning and Control.  The bids will be opened after a one-month advertisement.

In addition, LDWF has completed numerous fish stockings of popular game fish species to begin rebuilding the fishery.  Fish stockings will continue as long as necessary.

DOTD Provides Update on Vernon Lake Dam

Release Date: 02/14/2019

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development would like to update the public on the status of the Vernon Lake Dam and planned repairs to damages sustained during Hurricane Harvey.
 
Although the management gate is currently open, the lake water surface has risen to within 5 feet of pool stage as a result of heavy rainfall over the last two months. In order to safely complete repair work, the lake water surface will need to be lowered to a minimum of 20 feet below pool stage (elevation 225 feet).
 
DOTD has awarded a contract to Merrick, LLC to repair the damages. On February 1, 2019, a pre-construction conference was held with the contractor. The Notice to Proceed has been issued for March 6, 2019, followed by a 30-calendar-day assembly period.
 
The timeframe to complete the necessary repairs is highly dependent upon the weather conditions over the next few months and will likely extend into early summer of 2019.   Upon completion, the management gate will be closed and the lake allowed to refill to pool stage. Additional updates will be provided as the project progresses.   
 
Anacoco Lake, which is located downstream of Vernon Lake, is near pool stage. The intent for Anacoco Lake is to keep the management gate closed and the lake near pool stage throughout this process.
 
Questions regarding this notice may be directed to Randall Duffey at (337) 238-6406, Brad Sticker at (318) 561-5280 or Jonathan Lachney at (318) 561-5103.

LDWF and BREC partner to remove debris at Dawson Creek; raise awareness about waterway litter in Baton Rouge, elsewhere

Release Date: 02/13/2019

Volunteers from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Baton Rouge Recreation and Park Commission (BREC) removed several hundreds of pounds of litter today from Dawson Creek in Baton Rouge.

The two agencies’ joint effort was initiated after several staff members at the nearby LDWF office on Quail Drive noticed litter mounting on the banks of Dawson Creek, which meanders near a BREC facility on Perkins Road.

“The LDWF Enforcement Division is the leading litter enforcement agency in the state,” said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. “It is frustrating and disheartening to see the litter buildup in Dawson Creek and in other waterways, lakes and rivers around the state. This cannot be tolerated in the state that lays claim to being ‘Sportsman’s Paradise.’”

Common trash from consumer goods makes up the majority of what eventually becomes marine debris, polluting our streams, bayous, lakes and eventually Gulf of Mexico. Plastics in the aquatic environment are of increasing concern because of their persistence and effect on the environment, wildlife, and aquatic organisms.

LDWF is encouraging all Louisiana citizens to do their part to reduce the volume of trash entering our waterways by putting your trash in a proper trash receptacle.

Officials at BREC have similar concerns.

“BREC maintains over 180 parks throughout East Baton Rouge Parish, many containing water bodies which serve as large collection points for storm water run-off and whatever else the rain washes into them,” said BREC Superintendent Corey K. Wilson. “Floating debris accumulates in many of our ponds, and in addition to being unsightly, this trash becomes a hazard to wildlife. We recognize firsthand the detrimental effects pollution has on our waterways and are excited to partner with The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for this cleanup effort,”

What Citizens Can Do to Help

·                  Put your trash in a proper trash receptacle

·                  Clean out truck beds and refrain from throwing cigarette butts or other trash out of the car or watercraft.

·                  Carry a litterbag in your car or boat.

·                  Securely cover trash containers to prevent animals from spreading litter.

·                  Citizens, who witness littering or illegal dumping violations, are urged to call the  state's anti-litter hotline at 1-888-LIT-R-BUG (1-888-548-7284).

Dawson's Creek runs from South Acadian Thruway (beside Outback and I-10) to the LDWF Headquarters building and joins in with the drainage from the University Lakes becoming Ward Creek Diversion Canal.  The canal then becomes Bayou Manchac, eventually feeding into the Amite River and finally Lake Maurepas. 

Click HERE to download an interview with Buddy Baker, LDWF Biologist Administrator, photos from the cleanup and B-roll footage of today’s event.

Visit the Keep Louisiana Beautiful Website or LDWF Litter Enforcement page for more littering information.

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 www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

Oyster Task Force Aquaculture Committee Meeting Set for Feb. 14 in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 02/13/2019

Thursday, February 14, 2019, 11 A.M.
Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building
2000 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70898
 
 
AGENDA
 

  1. Call to Order
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Introductions
  4. Adopt the Agenda
  5. To Discuss Oyster Seed Supply Issues
  6. To Discuss the Promotion of AOC in Louisiana Waters West of Cocodrie
  7. To Discuss the Planned Mississippi River Diversions
  8. To Compile a List of AOC Issues and Enforcement Gray Areas
  9. Public Comment
  10. Set Next Meeting
  11. 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/5552692446740882946
 
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.
 
 
 

LDWF Prepares to Open Online Ordering for Oyster Hatchery Larvae

Release Date: 02/12/2019

(February 12, 2019) – Beginning at 8 a.m. February 19, 2019, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be opening its online ordering portal to provide the oyster industry with hatchery-reared oyster larvae produced at the Michael C. Voisin Oyster Hatchery.

Requests will only be taken via the online ordering portal and will be filled based on the order received; priority will be given to in-state orders. Requests made in writing or by phone will not be accepted. Larger orders may be reduced or split based on the availability of larvae and seed. Payment will not be required at the time a request is submitted. LDWF will contact those requesting hatchery products at a later date for payment.

The online ordering form can be found at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/oyster-larvae-order-form.

For more information, contact Program Development at 225-765-3980, 1-855-262-1764, or at Oversightprograms@wlf.la.gov.

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.

Sibley Lake fish consumption advisory lifted

Release Date: 02/06/2019

Baton Rouge, LA --  After more than 30 years of sampling lake sediments and fish, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ), the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) have lifted the fish consumption advisory for Sibley Lake as of Dec. 21, 2018. The fish consumption ban had been in place since 1989.

“I am proud to see one of our state’s impaired water bodies returned to its designated uses. This was no small feat. The long process to restore Sibley Lake demonstrates the care and commitment of the LDEQ, LDH and LDWF staffs to protecting the public from possible health risks of contamination, and making it safe for everyone to now enjoy,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said.

“This is a singular achievement. It is a victory for environmental remediation, a major battle we have won in the effort to clean all of Louisiana’s waterbodies,” LDEQ Secretary Dr. Chuck Carr Brown said.

“Thanks to a coordinated effort between multiple state agencies, our state, the Sportsman’s Paradise, now has one more body of water in which residents who enjoy fishing can also safely enjoy their catch,” said Dr. Jimmy Guidry, state health officer with the Louisiana Department of Health.

“This is a perfect example of this state’s dedication to cleaning up our waterways. It is a signature environmental achievement that Louisiana can show to the rest of the country,” LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet said.

No one currently involved with water quality at a state regulatory agency can recall another instance where a fish consumption advisory issued due to chemical contamination has been rescinded in Louisiana. The decision to lift the fish consumption advisory came after decades of work by the state agencies along with extensive remediation work by Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP). Based on contamination first reported to LDEQ by TGP, LDEQ issued a Compliance Order to the company in August 1988.

“We are very pleased to reach the objective of removing the fish consumption advisory for the future generations of fisherman at Sibley Lake,” said Kimberly Watson, president, Kinder Morgan Natural Gas Pipelines North Region, which includes TGP. “For 30 years, TGP has been committed to the environmental objectives of this project and appreciates the cooperation of LDEQ, LDH and the LDWF, to achieve this goal.”

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.

 

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