Fishing

Shrimp Season to Close Thursday July 4 in Majority of the Terrebonne Basin

Release Date: 06/28/2013

June 28, 2013 – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2013 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 a.m. on Thursday, July 4, in the Terrebonne Basin except for potions of lower Timbalier Bay, Terrebonne Bay, Lake Pelto and Pelican Lake that border the Gulf.
 
Specifically, the inside waters within the Terrebonne Basin that will remain open to shrimping are bounded by the following coordinates:  south of 29 degrees 15 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 90 degrees 18 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 90 degrees 34 minutes 00 seconds west longitude, and south of 29 degrees 07 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 90 degrees 34 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 90 degrees 50 minutes 30 seconds west longitude
 
Data collected in recent weeks by LDWF biologists indicate increased quantity, distribution and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp within these waters.  The decision to close this area was made in an effort to protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes.
 
LDWF is extending the shrimp season in these lower coastal bays and lakes to provide shrimpers with added opportunities to harvest emigrating brown shrimp while limiting adverse impacts to developing white shrimp populations.  However, if compliance among shrimpers with respect to these boundaries becomes a problem, LDWF will immediately close these waters to shrimping.
 
For a map detailing these closures please click here:
 
All remaining state inside waters, as well as all state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside shrimp line, will remain open to shrimp harvesting until further notice, with the exception of those areas still closed to recreational and commercial fishing due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Maps of the areas still closed to recreational and commercial fishing are posted to the LDWF website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill
 
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 more information, contact Martin Bourgeois at (985) 594-4130 or mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov.   For press inquiries, contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504)430-2623.
 

 

State Weekend-Only Red Snapper Season to Resume Saturday

Release Date: 06/27/2013

June 27, 2013 – The federal red snapper season is set to end this Friday, June 28 at midnight, the Louisiana weekend-only recreational red snapper will resume on Saturday, June 29.

The bag and possession limit for the state season is three fish per person at a 16-inch minimum total length.  A weekend is defined as a Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with the exception of Labor Day when Monday will be considered a weekend as well. 

LDWF reminds anglers of the free, required offshore landing permit.  The permit is required for all anglers, including anglers not normally required to possess a recreational fishing license, possessing tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers and snappers (except gray snapper), and hinds.

As Louisiana continues to make the case for regional management and the extension of Louisiana’s red snapper season, it is more important now than ever that anglers provide LDWF biologists with this critical data that will only strengthen our fight. 

The permit is available at no cost to the public.

 

Get the Permit

To obtain a Recreational Offshore Landings Permit click here:  http://rolp.wlf.la.gov/Permit/Apply

LDWF officials encourage fishermen to use caution and their own personal judgment when fishing beyond the three mile boundary that is currently recognized as federal waters, as it is fully expected that federal agents will continue to enforce federal law.  Until the time when the US Congress confirms Louisiana’s action, the battle will continue over Louisiana’s state water boundary.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant 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 Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504)430-2623.  For season and bag limit information, contact Jason Adriance at jadriance@wlf.la.gov or (504) 284-2032.

 

 

 

Greater Amberjack Commercial Season to Close

Release Date: 06/27/2013

June 27, 2013 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2013 commercial fishing season for greater amberjack will close on Monday, July 1, at 12:01 a.m.
 
Following a review of current landings, data indicates the 2013 Gulf of Mexico quota of 338,158 pounds will be harvested by that date.  Louisiana commercial landings of greater amberjack average 100,000 pounds annually.
 
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that federal waters will also remain closed to commercial amberjack fishing for the remainder of 2013. 
 
Greater amberjack are found throughout the Gulf of Mexico as well as in the temperate and tropical Atlantic Ocean.  Greater amberjack usually live in nearshore waters out to 300 feet deep.  This species is often found near offshore platforms, wrecks and artificial reefs.  Greater amberjack can reach sizes of 3 feet in length and weights of 170 pounds in the Gulf of Mexico. 
 
For more information contact Jason Adriance at 504.284.2032 or jadriance@wlf.la.gov.  For press inquiries contact Laura Deslatte at 504.430.2623 or ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov
 

 

Louisiana Modifies 2013 Recreational Red Snapper Season

Release Date: 05/28/2013

May 31, 2013 – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced a change in the recreational red snapper season and bag limits, to mirror the season set in federal waters by NOAA last week.
 
State Red Snapper Season
 
    •    The state recreational red snapper season first opened March 23, 2013, on weekends only, with a recreational bag limit of 3 fish per person per day at a 16-inch minimum
 
    •    Beginning June 1 through June 24, the state red snapper season will be open seven days a week, with a daily bag limit of two fish per person at a 16-inch minimum length 
 
    •    On June 25, the season will revert back to weekends only through September 30 

    •    A weekend is defined as Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with the exception of Memorial Day and Labor Day, when Monday will be classified as a weekend day as well

 
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will discuss the red snapper season modifications at its June 2013 meeting.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant 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 Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504430-2623.  For season and bag limit information, contact Jason Adriance at jadriance@wlf.la.gov or (504) 284-2032for your review.

 

Louisiana Crab Task Force to Meet May 7, 2013

Release Date: 04/30/2013

The next meeting of the Louisiana Crab Task Force will be on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Waddill Outdoor Education Center.  The Waddill Center is located at 4142 North Flannery Rd. in Baton Rouge. 
Agenda items will include:

  • Review of personal financial disclosure reporting requirements
  • Review of Crab Task Force standard operating procedures
  • Update on balances in the derelict crab trap removal and crab promotion and marketing accounts
  • Serviceable crab trap sub-committee meeting report
  • 2013 derelict crab trap removal rodeo results
  • Immature female blue crab harvests
  • Enhancing professionalism in the blue crab fishery

EDITORS:  For more information, contact Carl Britt at 985-882-0027, or cbritt@wlf.la.gov

Larto Saline Control Structure Fails

Release Date: 01/29/2013

Jan. 29, 2012 - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) personnel have confirmed that a portion of Cross Bayou Weir has failed.  As a result, the Larto-Saline Complex in central Louisiana has begun to dewater and will soon become equal with the water level of Black River.  

The Cross Bayou Weir is a low-water dam designed to allow inflow of beneficial Black River water.  Current estimates suggest that the water level of the complex could fall an additional 6 feet without immediate repairs.  

The Cross Bayou Weir and similar structures at Long Branch and Open Mouth Bayou are considered to be primarily responsible for the renovation of the Larto-Saline sport fishery.  Waters  previously impaired by flood control projects have provided excellent fishing since LDWF constructed the structures in the late 1980’s.  LDWF staff recognize the urgency of the situation and are currently assessing damage to the structure and will initiate repairs as soon as possible.   

For additional information please contact Mike Wood mwood@wlf.la.gov.  For press inquires, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@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.

LDWF Launches New Program to Improve the Accuracy of Yellowfin Tuna Landings

Release Date: 12/29/2012

Dec. 29, 2012- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced today that a more accurate method of determining Louisiana’s recreational  landings  of yellowfin tuna will go into effect January 1, 2013.  The new method requires anglers and charter captains possessing tunas, billfishes, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers, and snappers first obtain an Offshore Landing Permit.  The permit is available at no cost to the public, and can be obtained through the Department’s website at www.wlf.la.gov/rolp or through smartphone applications.  The iPhone app can be downloaded free from the App Store by searching for Louisiana Recreational Offshore Landing Permits App.  The Android app can be downloaded free of charge from the Google Play Store by searching for LDWF Rec. Offshore Landing App.  Permits will be available after January 1, 2013.

Anglers who land yellowfin tuna must report that catch prior to offloading the catch.  Reporting can be done through the smartphone application described above or by calling the toll free number 877-792-3440 and responding to the prompts provided. 

Charter captains using tags provided by the department must report landings by the 15th of the month following the month in which the yellowfin tuna was landed.

 A detailed description of the program and reporting requirements can be found at the department’s website www.wlf.louisiana.gov/rolpor by calling Jason Adriance at (504)-284-2032. 

The department will hold three informational workshops explaining reporting requirements and the use of the new technology.  These workshops will be held in the following locations beginning at 5:30 p.m. local time:

January 15, 2013

LDWF Fisheries Research Lab

195 Ludwig Annex

Grand Isle, La 70358

 

January 16, 2013

Belle Chasse Auditorium

8398 Highway 23

Belle Chasse, La 70037

 

January 17, 2013

Houma Municipal Auditorium

880 Verret Street

Houma, La 70360

 

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 more information, contact Jason Adriance at 504-284-2032 or jadriance@wlf.la.gov.

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LDWF Offers Online Renewal for Commercial Licenses

Release Date: 12/24/2012

 

Dec. 24, 2012 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) now offers commercial license holders the option to renew online for 2013.

LDWF has opened another avenue for Louisiana commercial license holders to renew their licenses for 2013.  Customers who held a license in the immediate prior year for the requested renewal can go online at the department’s web site and renew those licenses.

Previously, customers with commercial licenses could only renew by mail or in person at the Baton Rouge office.  Now, they have a third option of using the Internet, which provides the customers with at-home service and savings on travel expenses.  It also allows LDWF to provide quicker service to its customers.  Online renewal can be found at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/licenses.

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.

Fall Shrimp Season To Close In Large Portion of Inshore Waters

Release Date: 12/12/2012

Fall Shrimp Closure - Large Portion of Inshore Waters

December 12, 2012– Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham announced today that the fall shrimp season will close in a majority of state inside waters on Tuesday, December 18, at sunset except for inside waters located east of the Mississippi River and in a portion of the Terrebonne Basin.

Shrimping will remain open in the following areas of inshore waters ONLY:

·         State inside waters east of the Mississippi River from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line southward to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River

·         The portion of state inside waters within the Terrebonne Basin south of 29 degrees 13 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 90 degrees 18 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 90 degrees 34 minutes 00 seconds west longitude, and those inside waters south of 29 degrees 06 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 90 degrees 34 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 90 degrees 46 minutes 00 seconds west longitude

Shrimping will remain open in the following areas of outside waters ONLY:

·         The portion of state outside waters, south of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line as described in LA R.S. 56:495 seaward a distance of three nautical miles, from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the Channel red buoy line westward to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at 92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude which will close to shrimping on Monday, January 7, 2013 at sunset.

·         All state outside waters east of the northwest shore of Caillou Boca as well as state outside waters west of Freshwater Bayou Canal and fishery jurisdiction waters claimed by the state beyond the three nautical mile closure zone

This closure date coincides with the December 18 closure of a portion of state outside waters approved earlier this month by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. These closures historically take place at this time of year when the temporary exemption from the white shrimp minimum possession size of 100 count per pound expires.

Current sampling conducted by the Department indicates that average white shrimp size in the areas to be closed is smaller than 100 count per pound. This action protects these small white shrimp and provides increased opportunity for growth to larger, more valuable sizes.

Shrimp are the state’s most valuable fishery, and Louisiana continues to lead all states in shrimp landings.  In 2011, approximately 5,900 licensed Louisiana commercial shrimpers landed 92 million pounds of shrimp (all species combined/heads-on weight) that had a dockside value of $130 million. 

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 more information, contact Martin Bourgeois (985) 594-4130 mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov.  For press inquiries please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov.

Louisiana Saltwater Series Announces 2013 Schedule

Release Date: 12/11/2012

 

Dec. 11, 2012 -The Louisiana Saltwater Series Redfish Series will commence its 2013 season at The Dock/Dockside Bait and Tackle in Slidell and will visit seven different marinas across Louisiana’s coast to create a true test of the best and the most exciting season yet.  The coming year marks the fourth anniversary of the LASS redfish trail.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, tournament host, will be commemorating the milestone with new prizes and partnerships, including a weigh-in hosted by Marsh and Bayou Magazine at the Northshore Boat-N-Fishing Show.

“Every angler who participates is not only signing up for a day of competition and entertainment, but they’re making their mark in fisheries research,” explained LDWF Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina.  “Our tournament is one of the only in existence that offers this unique opportunity to give back to the resource.”

Last year, 1,002 redfish were tagged and released, eclipsing the 2010 and 2011 combined total of 978 redfish tagged and released. 

The 2013 LASS Redfish Series dates are as follows:

     March 2 Slidell, The Dock/Dockside Bait and Tackle;

     April 20 Lake Charles, Calcasieu Point Landing;

     May 4 Lafitte, SeaWay Marina;

     June 8 Port Fourchon, Port Fourchon Marina;

     June 29 Delacroix, Sweetwater Marina;

     August 10 Delta Marina, Empire; and

     Championship October 4 and 5 Venice, Venice Marina.

All information related to rules and registration will soon be available at www.lasaltwaterseries.com.  For more information on the series contact Ashley Wethey at 225-765-2396 or awethey@wlf.la.gov.

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