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Louisiana DHH to Open Oyster Harvest Areas 6 & 7

Release Date: 01/12/2016

News Release

 

For Immediate Release

January 12, 2016

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public InformationLDWF

504-286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

Louisiana DHH to Open Oyster Harvest Areas 6 & 7

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is re-opening oyster harvest areas 6 and 7 on the east side of the Mississippi River effective at one-half hour before sunrise tomorrow, January 13. 

Currently, LDWF has the public oyster seed grounds in these areas open FOR SACKING ONLY with a 50-sack daily and possession limit.  Therefore, vessels will be allowed to resume market harvest on the public grounds in this area starting tomorrow at one-half hour before sunrise.

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals issued a molluscan shellfish closure order on December 11, 2015 for harvest areas 1 – 7 due to the presence of karenia brevis (Red Tide).  Today’s action only opens harvest areas 6 & 7, areas 1-5 remain closed until further notice.

To view a map of the Louisiana Department of Helath and Hospitals oyster harvest areas, click here.

 

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Oyster Transplant Permits Available

Release Date: 01/08/2016

 

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
January 8, 2016

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

Oyster Transplant Permits Available

 

(January 8, 2016) - Under a potential oyster transplanting program, licensed Louisiana oyster harvesters may be permitted to move oysters from the public oyster seed grounds located in Lake Borgne and Mississippi Sound (LDHH harvest areas 1 and 2), and transplant them to their private leases for later harvest.   This potential program would be for the purpose of moving live oyster resource from restricted areas of the public oyster seed grounds to private leases.  It is part of an initiative by both the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to provide additional harvest opportunities for the Louisiana oyster industry and to remove live oyster resource from the outfall area of the Bonnet Carre’ Spillway in the event that the spillway is determined to be a direct threat to the oyster resource.  The Secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has the authority to close the oyster season in this area if excessive amounts of non-living reef material are found in the oyster loads that are being transplanted.

 

The two state agencies allow such transplants on a permit-only basis, and will only allow the transplant if the oyster season in this area of the public oyster seed grounds is reopened. Permit applications will be accepted from January 12, 2016 through January 22, 2016 at 628 N. 4th Street, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

 

The transplant permit fee is $100 and a performance bond of $5,000 must accompany the transplant application. Oyster fishermen who are granted permits may be allowed to transplant during daylight hours between February 1, 2016 and February 14, 2016 only, and each transplant vessel must be under the direct supervision of a commissioned officer. All costs associated with the commissioned officer are the responsibility of the person securing the permit. Incomplete applications will be rejected.

 

The oysters that are transplanted must remain on the lease until written approval for market harvest is obtained from LDHH.  No part of any lease on which shellfish have been transplanted may be utilized for direct market harvesting during this period. Shellfish taken for transplanting purposes shall not be laid down within 500 feet of any adjoining lease where shellfish may be taken for sale as food during the active period of the transplant.

 

Oyster fishermen who receive permits may be allowed to transplant oysters taken from the public oyster seed grounds in Lake Borgne and Mississippi Sound only to a lease pre-approved by the Department of Health and Hospitals. A map identifying the lease where the oysters to be transplanted will be bedded must accompany each permit application.

 

Applications for transplant permits may be obtained between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, from Gordon LeBlanc or Christopher Lemaire, Department of Health and Hospitals, Commercial Seafood Program, 628 N. 4th Street , Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70821. Phone:  225-342-7539 or 225-342-7540.

 

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 or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

Crab Task Force to Meet January 12th at 1:00p.m.

Release Date: 01/07/2016

                                                                             

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting

Pete Gerica, chairman

Tuesday, January 12, at 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 November 17 meeting minutes and January 12 agenda

           III.             Financial Report

           IV.           Old Business

A.     Legislative Recommendations

B.      Discussion of Suspension of LFF Program

 

             V.            New Business

A.     Crab Trap Closures- Jeff Marx

B.     Blue Crab Tagging Project- Zack Darnell

C.     New Officer Elections

 

      V.             Public Comment

      VI.              Set Next Meeting

      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/4579328862495864834

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.

 

For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

LWF Commission Adopts Notice of Intent to Promulgate Rules Regarding Turtle Excluder Device (TED) Penalties

Release Date: 01/07/2016

News Release

For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 7, 2016

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton
Public Information
LDWF
(504) 286-8745
rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a notice of intent to promulgate rules that mirror the current federal rules and regulations for turtle excluder devices.

 

This action would allow infractions concerning the illegal use of TEDs to be handled in the state courts, as opposed to the federal system. This action is similar to those that the Commission has taken to have concurrent state and federal fishery management regulations.

 

The Shrimp Task Force supported this action unanimously at their December 9, 2015 meeting.

 

To view the full notice of intent, please click here.

 

Interested persons may submit comments relevant to the proposed rule by 4:30 p.m. April 1, 2016 to Jeffrey Marx, Office of Fisheries, 2415 Darnall Road, New Iberia, LA 70560 or via email at jmarx@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 or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

The LWFC acknowledges LDWF’s hard work regarding red snapper management

Release Date: 01/07/2016

January 7, 2016 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) adopted a resolution to commend and endorse LDWF on setting the 2016 recreational red snapper season in state waters, which begins tomorrow at 6:00 a.m.  The resolution acknowledges the work accomplished by LDWF to provide recreational red snapper anglers with additional fishing days while remaining within the states historic harvest percentage. 

The development of LA Creel (near real-time recreational harvest monitoring), the extension of state water boundaries, regional management actions at the Gulf Council, and outreach to the private recreational and charter fishing sectors are tools the agency has used to prove that the state is better suited to manage recreational fisheries.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commissioner, Billy Broussard said “LDWF, under Robert Barham’s leadership, has provided an example to state and federal fishery managers across the country, how a recreational fishery can be accountable and precisely managed.”

LDWF has recently announced a recreational red snapper season in state waters beginning January 8th at 6:00 a.m.

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 or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

 

LWF Commission Sets Commercial King Mackerel Season

Release Date: 01/07/2016

(Jan. 7, 2016) - Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the 2016 commercial king mackerel season to begin Friday, July 1.  The Commission granted the authority to the Secretary of the Department to close the season once the 2016-17 quota is met or projected to be met.
 
King mackerel is a substantial commercial fishery in Louisiana. From 2000 through 2014, Louisiana landed, on average, approximately 76 percent of the allotted western Gulf of Mexico quota.  In 2014, approximately 1,111,806 pounds were landed in Louisiana alone, with a significant portion shipped to markets in the northeastern U.S. 

COMMERCIAL KING MACKEREL SEASON TO CLOSE JANUARY 7, 2016

Release Date: 01/04/2016

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Rene LeBreton
rlebreton@wlf.la.gov
504-286-8745

January 4, 2016

COMMERCIAL KING MACKEREL SEASON TO CLOSE JANUARY 7, 2016

 

January 4, 2016 – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced the commercial season for king mackerel in Louisiana waters will close at 12 p.m. (noon) on Thursday, January 7, 2016. 

The closure was made based on data gathered by LDWF biologists and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) that the annual quota for king mackerel of 1.07 million pounds for the western zone of the Gulf of Mexico would soon be met.  The commercial fishing season for king mackerel was previously closed in federal waters at noon on Tuesday, November 17. 

Each year, a commercial quota is established for Gulf of Mexico group king mackerel by NMFS based on recommendations by the Gulf and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils. That figure is then divided into allocations for various zones and fisheries.  According to the best information available, the 1.07 million pound commercial quota of king mackerel for the western zone of the Gulf of Mexico has been harvested, or is projected to soon be harvested.

The commercial king mackerel season in Louisiana waters has previously been closed on March 27, 2009 (08-09 season), September 12, 2009 (09-10 season), February 11, 2011 (10-11 season), September 16, 2011 (11-12 season), August 22, 2012 (12-13 season), September 20, 2013 (13-14 season), and October 31, 2014 (14-15 season).

While there are relatively few king mackerel harvested or targeted by Louisiana recreational anglers, a substantial commercial fishery exists, which typically lands 800 to 900 thousand pounds annually at Louisiana ports.  A significant portion of the king mackerel landed in Louisiana ports is shipped to markets in the northeast United States.

For more information, contact Jason Adriance at 504.284.2032 or jadriance@wlf.la.gov.  

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