Fishing

Shrimp Task Force Meeting Scheduled for November 14 has been Cancelled

Release Date: 11/13/2018

The LA Shrimp Task Force meeting scheduled for November 14 in Houma, LA has been cancelled.  There is no rescheduled date available at this time.

 

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.

Gov. Edwards, LDWF, La. Veterans Affairs, CCA partner to offer wounded, disabled vets special red snapper fishing opportunity

Release Date: 11/13/2018

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA)  are teaming up to promote a special red snapper season for wounded and disabled military veterans to catch the remaining recreational red snapper allotment for the state.

The recreational red snapper season closed Aug. 12 in Louisiana when estimates showed that anglers were within 5,911 pounds of reaching the state self-imposed 743,000-pound limit of red snapper for recreational fishing. The remaining quota will be available to be caught before December 31.

The fishing opportunity will be through permit only and is limited to state waters out to nine nautical miles from shore.

“We can never do enough to thank our veterans for their service to our country, but we’ll always try.  I think our veterans will enjoy having the chance to catch the popular red snapper,” said Gov. Edwards a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. “I am proud to work with LDWF and LDVA on this joint effort.  I hope our wounded veterans, who sacrificed so much for our country, will have a great time on their fishing trips. They deserve it, and it is a great way to ensure we catch our full allotment of red snapper in 2018.”

LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet said the governor was quick to support the opportunity for the wounded military veterans. “He said, ‘Let’s make it happen,’” Montoucet said.

“Our anglers did such a great job helping our agency manage the red snapper catch numbers earlier this year, that now we are in a position to do something good for our wounded veterans. I could not be happier,” said Montoucet, a U.S. Marine veteran. “With less than 6,000 pounds of red snapper quota left over after the regular fishing season, it was not enough to reopen the season even for one day to the entire recreational fishing community.  This opportunity allows veterans to help us fully reach our 2018 red snapper fishing quota.”

LDVA Secretary Joey Strickland said he wholeheartedly supports the fishing opportunity.

“Healing through nature and activities in the outdoors, like fishing, has been proven to be beneficial to Veterans,” he said. “We are grateful to Governor John Bel Edwards for his continued support of Louisiana’s Veterans and to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for giving the men and women who’ve served our country an opportunity for camaraderie and relaxation through these fishing opportunities.”

Deron Santiny, with the Wounded War Heroes organization, echoed Strickland’s comments.

“Thank you for allowing the Wounded War Heroes to be a part of this event. It really means a lot,” said Santiny, who is also a commissioner of the Office of Veterans Affairs. “I know I speak for all of them in saying that you have no idea how much this means to us.”

Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana has committed to support the effort by recruiting volunteer CCA captains to take wounded veterans fishing. 

“This is a very unique opportunity to give back to heroes who have given so much for us,” said CCA Louisiana CEO David Cresson. “CCA is proud to support this effort, and encourages all of our members to donate their boats and their time to take a wounded veteran fishing.”

 

The final catch numbers are based on the state’s Louisiana Recreational Creel Survey (LA Creel) which uses a combination of data gathered through interviews at public fishing areas and weekly phone and email surveys to produce its estimates of the fish catch.

Over the next several days, LDWF staff will develop a special permit, update the electronic reporting app and provide instructions for the veterans about how to track the catch, department officials said.

All of the permits and other identifying information should be complete in time for the veterans to fish for the red snapper beginning Saturday, Nov. 17.  The special fishing opportunity will end no later than Dec. 31, or when the remaining red snapper quota is caught.

Anyone wishing to assist with this special opportunity for veterans can contact Collette Foret with the Wounded War Heroes organization via email at info@woundedwarheroes.org.  Please include the words “Red Snapper” in the subject line of the email.

 

 

 

Shrimp Task Force to Meet November 14 at 10:00 AM

Release Date: 11/08/2018

Shrimp Task Force Meeting

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

Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 10:00 a.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360

 

AGENDA

 

I. Pledge of Allegiance
II. Roll call and Introduction of Guests
III. Approval of the September 26, 2018 meeting minutes and of the November 14, 2018 Agenda
IV. Treasury Report

   A. Budget Report- LDWF
V. Federal Shrimp Permit Report- STF
VI. New Business
   A. To Hear an Update on the Gulf Hypoxia Action Plan and Louisiana’s State Strategy- Doug Daigle
   B. To Hear a Presentation on the Inflation Adjusted Value of Shrimp Landings- LDWF

   C. Update on the Fishing Industry Adaptation Working Groups - Brian Lezina, CPRA
   D. To Discuss the STF Bylaws and Speaking Time Limits- STF
   E. To Discuss STF Vacancies- STF
   F. To Discuss Rescheduling the Shrimp Task Force Washington, D.C. Trip- STF
   G. To Discuss Closed Season Shrimp Violations- Barry Rogers
VII. Public Comment
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/8255157885271160322

 

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 .

 

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.

Louisiana Crab Task Force to Meet November 13 at 1:00 PM

Release Date: 11/08/2018

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting

Pete Gerica, Chairman

Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 1:00pm

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Dr., STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70122

 

AGENDA

 

I. Pledge of Allegiance

II. Roll Call and Introduction of Guests

III. Approval of September 18, 2018 Minutes and November 13, 2018 Agenda

IV. Financial Report

V. New Business

   A. To Hear the Results of the Diversion Panel Discussion from the 2018 LFF Summit- LA Sea Grant

   B. Update on the Fishing Industry's Adaptation Working Groups - Brian Lezina, CPRA

   C. To Hear a Presentation on the Findings on Missing Traps from the 2015 Commercial Crabber Survey - LDWF

   D.To Hear Recommendations for a Legislative Proposal to Increase Penalties for Crabbing Violations- CTF

 

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/8153658668375420419

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

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.

 

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Coastal Restoration Committee to Meet Wednesday, November 7

Release Date: 11/02/2018

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 10:00 A.M.
UNO Advanced Technology Center
2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210
New Orleans 70122
 
AGENDA
 
I.              Call to Order
II.             Pledge of Allegiance
III.            To discuss planning for management of State Oyster Leasing and Public Seed
                Grounds affected by coastal projects and natural hyrdrolical changes
IV.             Public Comment
V.             Set next meeting
VI.            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/5985893428714494209
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.wlf.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.
 
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. 

Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet Wednesday, November 7

Release Date: 11/02/2018

John Tesvich, Chairman  
Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 1 P.M.
UNO Advanced Technology Center
2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210
New Orleans 70122
 
AGENDA

I.      Pledge of Allegiance
II.     Roll call and introdcution of guests
III.    Approval of September 25, 2018 minutes and November 7, 2018, 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 hear an update on the Pearl River Project (Andrew Whitehurst)
        b. To hear an update on the Fishing Industry’s Adaptation Working Group     
            Meetings (Brian Lezina, CPRA)
        c. To hear an update on the Gulf Hypoxia Action Plan and Louisiana’s State   
            Strategy (Doug Daigle)
        d. To discuss the setbacks and misconceptions of the Oyster Industry (OTF)
        e. To discuss the 2018 Oyster Bedding Season and enforcement (OTF)
        f. To discuss planting cultch material in Hackberry Bay (OTF)
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/3612869159533777154
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.wlf.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.
 
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. 

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

Release Date: 11/02/2018

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Wednesday, November 7, 2018. The meeting will convene at 9:30 a.m. in the second floor conference room of the University of New Orleans’ Advanced Technology Center located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans.  
 
Agenda items for the meeting of the Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board are as follows:
 
I.      Pledge of Allegiance
II.     Call to order
III.    Roll Call
IV.    Approval of agenda
V.     Approval of minutes from July 30, 2018, meeting
VI.    Hearing of Deferred Renewal Permit Appeals
         a. Mauricio Blanco
VII.   Hearing of New Renewal and Re-Issuance Permit Appeals
         a. Collins Oyster Company
         b. Kate Popic
VIII.  Receive department response to special mailing of Permit Notices Request
IX.    Receive public comments
X.     Set next meeting date
XI.    Adjournment
 
This Board was established by Act 922 of the 2008 Regular Legislative Session for the purpose of hearing appeals of vessel permit denials by LDWF. Act 922 requires that anyone commercially harvesting oysters on the public oyster seed grounds and reservations, except those in Calcasieu Lake, must do so from a vessel holding a public oyster seed ground vessel permit issued by LDWF.
 
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.
 
For more information, please contact Ty Lindsey at 225-765-2387 or tlindsey@wlf.la.govor Carolina Bourque at 337-735-8726 or cbourque@wlf.la.gov.   

LDWF To Close Oyster Harvest In Hackberry Bay

Release Date: 10/31/2018

LDWF To Close Oyster Harvest In Hackberry Bay

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will close oyster harvest in the Hackberry Bay Public Oyster Seed Reservation (POSR), located in Lafourche and Jefferson Parishes,  at one-half hour after sunset on Saturday, November 3, 2018.

The oyster population in Hackberry Bay is managed based on a harvest threshold, and the recommended harvest threshold has been reached.  Continued harvest may threaten the long-term sustainability of the 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.

To view a map of the current oyster closure areas, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/oyster-season .

The Commission authorized Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Secretary Jack Montoucet 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 for public health concerns.

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 .

Gulf of Mexico Seafood Sustainability Certification Program Achieves International Recognition

Release Date: 10/19/2018

The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) has formally recognized the Audubon Nature Institute’s Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries (G.U.L.F.) Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) seafood sustainability certification program. This recognition means that the G.U.L.F RFM program meets the same standards as other established and respected international seafood sustainability certification programs. As a result, Gulf seafood suppliers now have access to a regional program that can credibly assess the sustainability of Gulf fisheries, rather than having to solely rely on international certifications or rating schemes from organizations unfamiliar with or not applicable to the Gulf’s unique fisheries.

 

The GSSI has determined that the G.U.L.F. RFM certification standard aligns with all applicable Essential Components of the GSSI Global Benchmark Tool, which is based on the United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Technical Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries and consists of performance areas related to scheme governance, operational management (including chain of custody), and applied wild-capture fisheries audit standards.

 

Since 2012, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), the Audubon Nature Institute, and stakeholders across the Gulf have worked together to develop the G.U.L.F. RFM certification program as a seafood sustainability certification program that is more attuned to the particular biological, environmental, and socioeconomic conditions in Gulf fisheries. Currently, the Louisiana blue crab fishery is certified to the G.U.L.F. RFM standard, as well as that of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), another GSSI-recognized program. LDWF continues to work with stakeholders in other fisheries who wish to demonstrate the sustainability of their fishery products through seafood sustainability certifications.

 

For more information on the G.U.L.F. RFM program, visit www.audubongulf.org .

 

For more information on the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative, visit www.ourgssi.org .

 

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.

Get Out and Fish! brings new community fishing site to Walker, LA

Release Date: 10/16/2018

Youth shows off her channel catfish caught at LDWF Get Out & Fish pond.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the city of Walker invite anglers ages 15 and under to join them for a free fishing event on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at Sidney Hutchinson Park as part of the department’s Get Out and Fish! Program. Prior to the event, the pond will be stocked with 600 pounds of adult channel catfish. In addition, there will be a multitude of fishing activities for the entire family including a mobile touch tank, casting inflatable and a chance to meet Robbie the Redfish. 

Competition categories include heaviest catfish and heaviest “other” fish.  Age divisions are broken into Little Angler (ages 8 and under) and Junior Angler (ages 9 to 15). Attendees are encouraged to bring your own gear, bait and tackle, and an ice chest to keep your fish. Anglers 16 and older must possess a valid Louisiana fishing license. To purchase a fishing license online, visit https://www.la.wildlifelicense.com.

The first 100 youth to register will receive a goody bag, and every participant will be entered into a raffle drawing to win prizes. Adults who accompany a minor at the event will also be entered into a separate raffle.  Lunch will be provided by Forte and Tablada while supplies last. To pre-register for this event, or for more information visit www.wlf.la.gov/get-out-and-fish-1. You can also follow us on Facebook @ldwfgetoutandfish.

Prizes and raffle items are provided by event sponsors including Walmart and Albasha Greek and Lebanese Restaurant. The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation is still looking for interested parties to support launching our newest community fishing site. If you are interested in volunteering or donating prizes and supplies for the event, contact Megan MacMenamin at mmacmenamin@wlf.la.gov.

The Get Out and Fish! Program seeks to increase the number of people with access to quality fishing. The program intends to recruit new anglers to the sport of fishing and promote outdoor activities for future generations.

This event is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.  The LWFF was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fish resources.

For more information on Get Out and Fish! Program, contact Megan MacMenamin at mmacmenamin@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-2375.  

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