Fishing

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Modifies Rules for Recreational Harvest of Bluefin Tuna

Release Date: 08/04/2011

 

Aug. 4, 2011 – Today the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission passed a motion to modify existing rules for the recreational harvest of bluefin tuna, in an effort to remain consistent with federal regulations currently in place. 

The proposed rule would change the minimum size limit for bluefin tuna to be 73 inches.  The proposed rule also changes bag and possession limits to one bluefin tuna per vessel per year. 

Currently fishing of bluefin tuna is prohibited in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and bluefin tuna may only be kept as incidental catch and only while possessing a Highly Migratory Species Recreational Angling Permit issued by NOAA Fisheries Service.

Public comments on the Notice of Intent will be accepted prior to October 6, 2011. 

Comments should be submitted to Jason Adriance, Fisheries Division, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA  70898-9000, or via e-mail to jadriance@wlf.la.gov.

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.

EDITORS: For more information contact Laura Deslatte-Wooderson at (225)610-2363 or lwooderson@wlf.louisiana.gov.

 

L.D.W.F. Kicks Off Yellowfin Tuna Tagging Program

Release Date: 08/04/2011

 

Department expands Louisiana Saltwater Series Fishing Tournament to include yellowfin tuna; first tournament of its kind in the Gulf of Mexico

Aug. 4, 2011- This fall, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) plans to launch a Yellowfin Tuna Tagging Program, an initiative unique to the Gulf of Mexico.  The program promotes a culture of catch, tag and release in the recreational fishing community and contributes to the scientific data necessary to further understand the behaviors of yellowfin tuna.

Tagging tuna can provide information about their movements, migrations, stock structure, growth, population size, mortality, schooling behavior and physiology.  NOAA acknowledges that the size and number of yellowfin caught are decreasing, and the downward trend has been happening since 1999.  “The new tuna tagging program will provide baseline information for the population models used to assess the health of the stock of this valuable fishery,” said LDWF Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina.  “It will also help clarify the evidence that yellowfin migratory patterns have been altered by the presence of offshore oil platforms.”

LDWF plans to kick off the program with a tag-and-release tournament at Venice Marina on Saturday, September 24.  With the success of the 2011 redfish tournaments, the department added a Yellowfin Tuna Fall Shootout to their Louisiana Saltwater Series.  By encouraging live tag and release, the series has focused attention on the conservation of our marine resources. 

This is the first tournament of its kind in the Gulf of Mexico, and there is a 100 percent payout for first, second and third place finishers.  Payout is determined based upon the total number of boats entered.  A $5,000 prize is up for grabs to the chartered boat with the most tagged yellowfin.  There is also a kill fish division, and the team with the largest tuna weighed will win an offshore tackle package valued at $3,000.

There is a $500 entry fee per boat for the tournament, with a maximum of eight anglers total on each team.

Additional information, including rules, regulations and entry forms will soon be available at www.lasaltwaterseries.com.

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

For more information contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov (225) 765-5113.

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting August 3 in New Orleans

Release Date: 08/02/2011

The Louisiana Oyster Task Force will hold a meeting on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 10 a.m.  The meeting will take place in room 206 of the Lindy C. Boggs Conference Center located at 2045 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, Louisiana.

The agenda for the meeting is below.

 

I.                 Roll Call

II.          New Business

       A. Cultch plant locations

      B. Oyster substitution/moratorium legislation

 

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

 

Reviving Eunice City Lake

Release Date: 07/29/2011

 

$1 million rehabilitation project scheduled for lake in central Louisiana

July 29, 2011 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LWFF) in cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the City of Eunice plan to launch a project to rehabilitate Eunice City Lake after a Union Pacific Railroad explosion in May 2000 potentially released hazardous materials and chemicals into the surrounding area. 

Thirty-three of the 113 cars making up an eastbound Union Pacific Railroad train derailed northwest of Eunice, Louisiana.  The derailment occurred on a bridge crossing an unnamed tributary to Bayou Des Cannes.  Fifteen of the derailed cars contained a variety of hazardous materials and chemicals, and two rail cars exploded, potentially sending their contents into the surrounding area, including Eunice City Lake. 

The total amount for environmental rehabilitation projects that will be executed by the LWFF and LDWF exceeds $1 million.  After all claimants had been paid following the incident, residual funds were left in the account.  The Honorable Richard T. Haik of the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, the presiding Judge overseeing the train derailment litigation, awarded the monies to the LWFF to fund the improvement projects on the lake.

Although it was determined that there were no health risks involved in eating fish from the lake, concerns about fish contamination discouraged recreational use of the lake.  Improvement projects will include draining the lake, removing the existing fish population and restocking the lake with bass, bluegill, redear sunfish and sac-a-lait.

Existing facilities will also be revitalized to accommodate those seeking an outdoor recreational refuge within the community.  A large pavilion will be constructed as a revenue generating space available to the community for private outdoor events.

Other site improvements include the construction of a deck and pier, restroom facility, picnic pavilions, nature walk, welcome center and asphalt road and parking.  Repairs will be made to the existing fishing and boat dock, boat slip and the existing lake control structure will be replaced. 

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation 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 fish resources.

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.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 (225) 765-5113. 

LDWF Releases 2010 Atchafalaya Basin Fishing Survey Results

Release Date: 07/28/2011

 

July 28, 2011 – In an effort to better capture the requests of the fishing community of the Atchafalaya Basin, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF)  issued surveys to 2,000 resident recreational fishermen within 60 miles of the basin.  In addition to biological data, department biologists recognize the importance of angler opinion in fish management.   The intent of the survey was to determine desired management for bass in waters than include the Atchafalaya Basin, Henderson Lake and the Verret/Grassy/Palourde Complex. 

Preferences for bass regulations in all three water bodies varied based upon regional differences of respondents. 

For the Atchafalaya Basin, results show that the majority of survey respondents want to keep the current 10 fish daily limit for bass.  This finding was constant among all survey respondents.  Results for desired creel limits in Henderson Lake and the Verret/Grassy/Palourde Complex were less pronounced.  The most common response was a preference for the current 10 fish daily limit. 

Responses indicate Atchafalaya Basin anglers are satisfied with the current 14-inch minimum size limit.  Angler opinions for bass size limits in Henderson Lake were similar to those for the Atchafalaya Basin, with 36 percent of responses indicating a desire to keep the current size limit.  However, opinion differed for the Verret/Grassy/Palourde Complex.  Thirty-seven percent of responses indicated a preference to decrease or remove the size limit. 

For all three water bodies, results show that respondents who prefer lower creel limits also prefer no change to the current size limit.  Anglers who prefer increased daily limits want to eliminate or reduce the current 14-inch size limit. 

To access the full report on the survey results, visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/publication/2010-atchafalaya-henderson-and-verret-black-bass-survey

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.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 (225) 765-5113. 

Teachers Complete WETSHOP Training at L.D.W.F. Fisheries Research Lab

Release Date: 07/28/2011

WETSHOP - Water Quality Test
WETSHOP - Netting
WETSHOP - Group

July 28, 2011-- Twenty enthusiastic teachers from 12 parishes participated in the 13th Annual WETSHOP hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) on Grand Isle during the week of July 10-15.

WETSHOP is coordinated by the LDWF Education Program and is focused on providing 4th grade through high school teachers an in-depth look at issues related to wetland ecology and coastal land loss in Louisiana. Over 250 teachers have participated in the program since it began in 1998.

Utilizing LDWF’s Fisheries Research Lab facilities, participating teachers attended 55hours of instruction over six days and covered a wide variety of topics including wetland ecology, fisheries management and coastal restoration. A portion of each day was devoted to field instruction on subject matter involving maritime forests, beach ecology, coastal restoration projects, bird life, marsh and swamp habitats, and marine organisms. 

Participating teachers are prepared to teach their students about coastal ecology and the threats facing coastal Louisiana, as well as teach other teachers so they can effectively educate even more students regarding coastal issues.  The “train the trainer” model expands WETSHOP’s impact to an estimated 40,000 students.

WETSHOP is sponsored by LDWF with grant funding provided by the Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) and the Louisiana Systemic Initiatives Program (LaSIP).  In addition to this funding, WETSHOP is a collaborative effort with partners that provide experts in their field for presentations and educational materials.  These agencies/organizations include:  BTNEP, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, LDWF, The Nature Conservancy-Louisiana, Louisiana College Sea Grant Program, theCoastal Planning, Protection and Restoration Act and Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium.

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 additional information, contact Angela Capello at 318-748-6999 or acapello@wlf.la.gov .

L.D.W.F. Reopening Sherburne Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 07/28/2011

July 28, 2011 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will re-open Sherburne Wildlife Management Area (WMA) effective Aug. 1, 2011.

The public shooting ranges that include the rifle, handgun, archery and shotgun range 1 are included in the Aug. 1 re-opening of those areas within the WMA which had remained closed since spring floodwater prompted LDWF to close the site in May. The public is reminded that LA 975 south from US Hwy. 190 remains closed.  Access to the site is restricted to LA 975 from I-10 to the Sherburne WMA Headquarters.

For more information, contact Johnathan Bordelon at jbordelon@wlf.la.gov or 337-948-0255 or Tony Vidrine at 337-948-0255 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov .

LDWF Announces Additional Shrimp Season Closures in Zone 1

Release Date: 07/26/2011

Closure Map Overview

July 26, 2011 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2011 spring inshore shrimp season will close within the remainder of Shrimp Management Zone 1 at 6 a.m., Tuesday, August 2, with the exception of portions of Mississippi Sound and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds.

The areas that will remain open in Zone 1 are as follows:

·       That portion of Mississippi Sound beginning at a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 09 minutes 39.6 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence due south to a point at 30 degrees 05 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence southeasterly to a point on the western shore of Three-Mile Pass at 30 degrees 03 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 22 minutes 23.0 seconds west longitude; thence northeasterly to a point on Isle Au Pitre at 30 degrees 09 minutes 20.5 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 11 minutes 15.5 seconds west longitude, which is a point on the double–rig line as described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2; thence northerly along the double–rig line to a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 12 minutes 37.9056 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 10 minutes 57.9725 seconds west longitude; thence westerly along the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary to the point of beginning, and

·       The open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2.

For a map detailing these closures click here

Louisiana shrimp harvesters typically harvest brown shrimp during the spring shrimp season, while harvests during the fall are largely comprised of white shrimp. The quanitity, distribution and percentage of small juvenile white shrimp taken in recent biological samples have rapidly increased.  These waters are being closed to protect these developing shrimp.

Shrimp landings through June 2011 indicate that approximately 26.5 million pounds of shrimp (heads-off weight/all species combined) have been landed in Louisiana.

For more information please contact Marty Bourgeois at mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov or (225)765-2401.  For press inquiries please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225)610-2363.

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