Fishing

Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet February 15th

Release Date: 02/10/2017

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 1 p.m.

2021 Lakeshore Dr., STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70122

 

I.          Roll call and introduction of guests

II.         Approval of January 17, 2016 Meeting Minutes and February 15, 2017 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)

1. To Consider Recommendations for the Oyster Seed Grounds Vessel Permit     Training Requirements

J.      Aquaculture (John Supan)

V.         New Business

A.     To Hear a Presentation on the 2017 Draft Coastal Master Plan- Bren Haase

B.     To Discuss the Interplay of Acts 570 and 595 and the Handling of Property Claims- OSL/ AG’s Office Rep

C.     Discussion of Sponsorship and Financial Polices and Procedures- Cara Tyler

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/8200376903307566338

 

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.

LDWF to Close Oyster Harvest in Calcasieu Lake

Release Date: 02/09/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will close all oyster harvest in the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area in Cameron Parish at one half-hour after sunset on Monday February 13th, 2017.

The oyster population in Calcasieu Lake has been in decline for several years and continued commercial harvest may threaten the long-term sustainability of remaining oyster resources in this public oyster area. Protection of the remaining oyster resources is in the long-term best interest of the oyster populations in this area.

The Commission authorized the Secretary of LDWF to take emergency action to close areas on an as-needed basis, based on biological data or if enforcement problems are encountered. The Secretary was also authorized to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended and to open areas if substantial oyster resources are located. 

Public notice of any opening, delay, or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns.

To view a current map of the oyster closures, visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/commerical-oyster-seasons

 

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.

LDWF Makes Delinquent Oyster Lease List Available Online

Release Date: 02/08/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is required to make public notice regarding the nonpayment of fees related to oyster leases on both its website and in the official journal of the parish in which the delinquent lease is located.

As per Louisiana Revised Statute 56:429, any lessee who pays their rent on or after the first day of February owes the rent due plus an additional 10 percent penalty. Failure of the lessee to pay the rent punctually on or before the first of each January, or within 60 days thereafter, terminates and cancels the lease and forfeits to the department all the works, improvements, betterments and oysters leased on the water bottom.

The list is available HERE.  Notices will also be made to each lessee who has not yet paid their rent by certified mail. All fees must be collected by close of business on March 1, 2017.

 

For questions regarding delinquent oyster lease payments, please contact Marc Maniscalco at (504) 284-5277.

Volunteers Needed for Derelict Crab Trap Cleanups

Release Date: 02/06/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will host its annual Derelict Crab Trap Rodeo with two volunteer cleanup events in March. LDWF encourages volunteers to participate in this opportunity to remove abandon crab traps and conserve Louisiana’s marine resources. Volunteers are needed to assist with dockside activities including unloading and stacking traps. The greatest need is for volunteer boat owners to help maximize collection. 
 
The department will host the following volunteer cleanup events:
 
Lake Pontchartrain Basin: In partnership with Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and St. Bernard Parish government, a dedicated volunteer day will be held on Saturday, March 4 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Sweetwater Marina located at 6205 Delacroix Hwy. For more information, contact Patrick Smith at patrick@saveourlake.org.
 
Terrebonne Basin: A second volunteer event will take place at Isle De Jean Charles Marina at 571 Island Road in Montegut on Saturday, March 11 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Jeff Marx at jmarx@wlf.la.gov
 
Boat owners will be given the equipment needed to collect the traps and transport them in the owner’s vessel. Additional volunteers are welcome to man the unloading dock and help with the demolition and disposal of traps.
 
The derelict crab trap cleanups will take place during the 30-day closure of the commercial blue crab fishery. The prohibition on the use of all crab traps begins on the third Monday in February.
 
The Derelict Crap Trap Removal Program was initiated by LDWF in 2004 to address removal of derelict and abandoned crab traps. The traps increase ghost-fishing mortality of blue crabs and other species captured incidentally, interfere with other commercial fishing gear types, create navigation hazards and reduce visual appeal of our environment. The volunteer-based program is funded through commercial fishermen gear fees, and since its inception has disposed of more than 27,000 derelict crab traps.

Shrimp Task Force to Meet February 8th

Release Date: 02/04/2017

Shrimp Task Force Meeting

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Meeting. The public is invited to attend.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 10:00 a.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360

 

AGENDA

I.               Roll call and introduction of guests

II.             Approval of December 7, 2016 meeting minutes and February 8, 2017 agenda

III.           Treasury Report

A.     Budget report- LDWF

IV.            New Business

A.     To Hear a Presentation on Louisiana’s 2017 Draft Coastal Master Plan- Bren Haase

B.     Discussion of Task Force Financial Procedures- Cara Tyler/ Yvette Buckner

C.     Discussion of Shrimp Industry Washington Trip- Acy Cooper

D.     To Hear a Meeting Update from the Joint Task Force Working Group - Acy Cooper

E.     Officer Elections

F.     To Hear a Presentation on TEDs- NOAA Study- Michael Barnette

V.              Public Comment

VI.            Set Quarterly Meetings

VII.          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/4945593786515888897

LDWF to Hold Lake Bistineau Public Meeting

Release Date: 02/03/2017

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will conduct an informational meeting concerning Lake Bistineau.

 
Who:       LDWF Inland Fisheries Staff
 
What:      Public information meeting about Lake Bistineau
 
When:     Tuesday, February 21, 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 answer 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
 
For additional information regarding the meetings, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066.

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.

 

Delinquent Oyster Leases

The oyster leases listed below are delinquent for nonpayment of rental fees. Any rental payment made on or after the first day of February will be subject to a 10% penalty in addition to the rent owed.  All rental payments, including any associated late fees, must be paid in full by close of business on March 1, 2017.  Failure to pay in full will result in the termination and cancellation of the lease and the forfeiture of any and all improvements, works, betterments, and oysters.

 






LESSEE LEASE ACRES LOCATION STATUS
RUBY LATHROP CANTRELLE 2723014 23 A BAY EAST OF BAYOU FERBLANC AND SOUTHWEST OF BAY GARCI CANCELLED
THELMA BERNARD LEONARD & MELVIN H. WELLS 2961003 5 A SMALL POND SOUTHEAST OF BAY DU WEST CANCELLED
DAVID M. WRIGHT, CPL, INC. 3652911 76 BAY COURANT CANCELLED
PHILLIP H. SIMMONS, JR. 2798415 2 BIG PASS AND BONNIES BAY CANCELLED
PHILLIP H. SIMMONS, JR. 3168507 11 BIG PASS CANCELLED

 

RS 56:429

§429. Default in payment of rent; cancellation and forfeitures

The failure of the lessee to pay the rent punctually on or before the first of each January, or within sixty days thereafter, ipso facto and without demand or putting in default, terminates and cancels the lease and forfeits to the department all the works, improvements, betterments, and oysters on the leased water bottom. The department may at once enter on the water bottom and take possession thereof. Such water bottom shall then be open for lease in accordance with R.S. 56:425.

 

Ten days thereafter the department shall enter the termination, cancellation, and forfeiture on its books and give public notice thereof by publication in one local paper in the parish where the formerly leased water bottoms are located. On or before the first day of each February, the department shall issue a written notice of delinquency by certified mail to each lessee who has not yet paid the rent. The department shall also publish notice of such delinquency on its website and in the official journal of the parish in which the delinquent lease is located. Any lessee who pays the rent on or after the first day of February shall pay the rent due plus an additional ten percent penalty.

AMENDED Louisiana Crab Task Force to Meet February 7th

Release Date: 01/31/2017

                                                                            

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting

Pete Gerica, chairman

Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 1:00 p.m.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Dr., Room 210

New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

 

AGENDA

I.            Roll Call and Introduction of Guests

II.            Approval of December 12, 2016 minutes and February 7, 2017 agenda

III.             Financial Repor

IV.           New Business

A.     Discussion of Upcoming Crab Trap Cleanups- Jeff Marx

B.     Discussion of Upcoming Crab Closures, Selling Crabs during Closed Trap Season -LDWF

C.     Discussion of MSC Sustainability Certification Assessment- Damon Morris

D.     Discussion of Task Force Financial Procedures- Cara Tyler/ Yvetter Buckner

E.     To Consider Funding for Jazz in the Park Treme Crab Festival- Emanuel Lain

F.     Discussion of Crab Marketing Opportunities- Thomas Hymel

G.     Officer Elections 

 

      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/8978087865756311809

Oyster Season to Re-open in Portion of the Public Oyster Seed Grounds East of the Mississippi River and North of the MRGO

Release Date: 01/27/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will re-open a portion of the public oyster seed grounds east of the Mississippi River and north of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO) within Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (LDHH) Harvest Areas 3 and 4 at one-half hour before sunrise on January 31, 2017.  Daily take and possession limit has been reduced from 50 sacks to 20 sacks of oysters per vessel.  It is expected that this reduced sack limit will reduce the threat to the oyster resources in this area compared to previous harvest levels and these areas can withstand continued, limited harvest.

LDWF reminds oyster harvesters that the Lake Borgne/Mississippi Sound area, which is generally the area of LDHH Harvest Areas 1 and 2, will remain closed until further notice due to extensive oyster mortality observed throughout the area and to protect a recent spat set.  Closure of this area is expected to increase the likelihood of spat survival and facilitate resource recovery.  The protection of remaining oyster resource is in the long-term best interest of the public oyster seed grounds in this area.

Closure dates are determined by the LDWF Secretary Montoucet on an “as needed” basis, based on biological and harvest data, or if enforcement issues are encountered.  The Secretary is also authorized by the Commission to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended, and to open public areas if substantial oyster resources are located. 

Public notice of any opening, delay or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours in advance, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns.

 

To view maps related to this action visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/commerical-oyster-seasons

LDWF Reminds Commercial Shark Anglers of Federal and State Shark Permit Requirements

Release Date: 01/26/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to remind commercial shark anglers who fish on a vessel holding a federal permit to harvest Large Coastal Sharks   that only one commercial limit (45 sharks) is allowed per vessel, per trip, regardless of the number of permitted or licensed anglers on that vessel. 
 
Federal shark permit regulations specify that a vessel with a federal shark permit must abide by the federal regulations associated with a federal shark permit at all times. Federal regulations for the LCS fishery allow only one trip limit (45 per vessel) for any one trip, but multiple trips may be taken in one day.
 
State harvest regulations allow commercial shark fishermen, in state waters only, to harvest one daily limit (45 sharks) for each commercially licensed state shark permit holder on a vessel as long as that vessel does not have a federal shark permit associated with it. Only one trip per vessel per day is allowed. State permit holders may only sell their own catch and are reminded of the restriction that prohibits long line gear in state waters.
 
For more information, contact Jason Adriance at (504) 284-2032 or jadriance@wlf.louisiana.gov

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