Fishing

LDWF Announces 2018 Derelict Crab Trap Rodeo; Volunteers Needed

Release Date: 02/21/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will again host its annual Derelict Crab Trap Rodeo, a volunteer derelict crab trap cleanup event, Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) Center located at 8124 LA-56, Chauvin, LA 70433. This event is being held in coordination with the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) and Louisiana Sea Grant; the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) will be providing lunch. 

We need many volunteers to make this crab trap rodeo successful and keep our Sportsman’s Paradise pristine. Volunteers will help collect traps in the field, unload traps at the dock and count traps as they are unloaded. Commercial crabbers are highly encouraged to participate; their experience with the local waters and ability to stack traps on their vessel is valuable. Event organizers will provide boat owners with the equipment needed to collect the traps; however, they are responsible for transporting traps in their vessels. 

Removing abandoned crab traps is a wet and dirty job, so please wear appropriate clothing and wet gear. Volunteers should bring their own personal floatation device, which should be worn at all times while on the water. A free t-shirt and lunch will be provided to all volunteers as a small token of appreciation for their help to keep our waterways free and clean of derelict crab traps.

Volunteers are encouraged to register in advance online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F9C2L2G

Please note that only LDWF, those approved by LDWF, or those assisting in the crab trap rodeo may remove derelict traps within the designated area. Derelict traps must be brought to the designated disposal site and may not be taken from the area. Furthermore, no one is authorized to access private property during the crab trap rodeo; individual landowners must provide authorization to access private property. 

The crab trap rodeo is part of LDWF’s Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program. LDWF initiated this program in 2004 to help address the abundance of derelict crab traps in public waters. Derelict, or discarded, lost, or abandoned traps, can incidentally catch and kill blue crabs and other species, interfere with other commercial fishing gear types, create navigation hazards, and reduce the aesthetics of our environment. 

The program is funded through commercial fishermen gear fees. Since its inception, program participants have removed and disposed of more than 33,000 derelict crab traps. 

Go to www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/derelict-crab-trap-removal or contact Peyton Cagle at 337-491-2575 or peyton.cagle@la.gov for more information on Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program.

LDWF Announces Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Training Workshop Dates

Release Date: 02/16/2018

Aquatic Volunteer Instructor teaching students about native fish and invasive species found in Louisiana.

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer instructor for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF)?  Through LDWF’s Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program (Aquatic VIP), you can learn not only the basics of fishing and fisheries management, but also how to teach those skills to get younger generations hooked on fishing too! The workshops offered through this program are perfect for teachers, Boy Scout leaders, homeschoolers, and anyone who enjoys fishing and the outdoors!

At this hands-on workshop led by LDWF biologists, you’ll receive the training you need to become a volunteer instructor, an invaluable ally in LDWF’s efforts to increase fishing participation and wise utilization of natural resources across Louisiana. Topics and activities include basic fishing techniques, proper fish identification, invasive species awareness, fish biology, fisheries management and more. A binder full of lesson plans, activity guides and educational materials will be given to all volunteers who attend the workshop. 

After completing the 8-hour workshop and passing a background check, volunteers can borrow equipment to help teach these topics to others. For example, if you’ve always wanted to host your own fishing clinic for youth, but didn’t have the materials and resources to run one, then this is your solution! We can provide fishing rods with basic tackle, a knot tying kit, art and crafts activities and more. Join us at one of our many free* workshops across the state to get started!  Here are the locations and dates of our upcoming Aquatic VIP workshops:

Wed. March 14th in Youngsville
Wed. April 18th in Shreveport
Wed. May 16th in Baton Rouge
Sat. June 16th in Baton Rouge for Teachers Only
Sat. August 11th in New Orleans
Wed. August 15th in Woodworth

If you have a group of people who are interested in taking this training together, please contact Alayna McGarry at 504-286-4050 or amcgarry@wlf.la.gov.  We may be able to come to your area and set up a private workshop for you and your group!

To find out more information or to sign up, please visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/ldwf-volunteer-programs.  For any questions about the Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program, contact Alayna McGarry at (504)286-4050 or at amcgarry@wlf.la.gov

*A $25 registration fee is required to reserve your spot. This fee will be returned upon your arrival at the workshop. 

 

 

Registration for the Spring Women’s Fishing Workshops is Now Open!

Release Date: 02/15/2018

Registration for the Spring Women’s Fishing Workshops is Now Open!

Women's Workshop Participant wins her fight with this large Crevalle Jack!

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), CCA Louisiana, National Wildlife Federation, Cabela’s, and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LWFF) are teaming up to present two Women’s Fishing Workshops this spring at Cabela’s Gonzales location. The workshops, held on Saturday, April 14 and Saturday, April 28, are open to women over the age of 18 who are looking to learn about fishing and utilizing Louisiana’s aquatic resources. 

Whether you’ve never fished, or you’re a more advanced angler looking to sharpen your knowledge, these workshops cover a variety of skills to help make fishing more enjoyable. LDWF biologists and aquatic volunteer instructors will train 30 women per event in fish identification, best fish handling practices, preparing fishing equipment, basic fishing skills, as well as catching, cleaning, storing, and cooking fish.  Fifteen participants will be randomly selected from each course and get the chance to apply their newly learned skills on an overnight fishing trip to Grand Isle under the direction of LDWF biologists and volunteer instructors. Participants will stay at the LDWF Fisheries Research Lab where they will get a chance to fish, tour and learn about the many projects led by fisheries biologists at the lab. The trip for the April 14 workshop will be June 1-3 and July 13-15 for the April 28 workshop.
 
Interested women may register at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishingworkshops. Please remember that each Women’s Fishing Workshop will be limited to 30 participants per date. Registration for the workshops will end on Friday, March 16, 2018. Participants may only attend one workshop.

Selected registrants will be notified via email or phone prior to each workshop. 

Participants must possess a valid Louisiana fishing license. To purchase a fishing license, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.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, on Facebook at www.facebook.com, on Instagram @WLFLA, or on Twitter @LDWF.
 

The Women’s Fishing Workshops are 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 Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fisheries resources. 
 
 

Slot Limit for Black Bass Removed on Caney Creek Reservoir

Release Date: 02/14/2018

Regulations for black bass on Caney Creek Reservoir in Jackson Parish will change on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. The existing slot limit will be rescinded and replaced with statewide regulations for the species, which is 10 fish daily creel limit with no length restrictions.
 
The protected slot limit was initially adopted as part of an effort to increase the production of trophy bass. Following a 3-year comprehensive assessment, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists determined length limit regulations have little impact upon the fishery, primarily due to the high rate of voluntary catch-and-release fishing by Caney bass anglers.
 
The removal of these regulations will enhance recreational opportunities and simplify regulations for area anglers; however, the department anticipates the potential for overharvest to be very low.
 
LDWF biologists will conduct a yearlong angler creel survey in 2018 to document any changes in angler behavior.
For additional information regarding this regulation change, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066. 

Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Grounds Committee to Meet Thursday

Release Date: 02/12/2018

Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Grounds Committee

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 9:30 A.M.

LA Room- LDWF Headquarters

2000 Quail Drive, LA Room

Baton Rouge, LA 70808

 

 

AGENDA

 

I. Call to Order
II. Discussion of the Possible Opening of Sabine Lake for Oyster Harvest- OTF
III. Discussion of the Draft Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting NOI- OTF
IV. Discussion of adding Lake Boudreaux to the Oyster Seed Grounds-OTF
V. To Hear an Update on the Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Sales LDWF
VI. Discussion of the RFP for Breton Sound Public Seed Grounds- Earl Melancon
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/314655327720020739

 

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.

 

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 the contact at the top of

 

this announcement at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. 

Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet Thursday at 1:00 PM

Release Date: 02/12/2018

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 1 p.m.

2000 Quail Dr., Louisiana Room

Baton Rouge, LA 70808

 

I. Pledge of Allegiance 
II. Roll call and introduction of guests 
III. Approval of December 12, 2017 Minutes and February 15, 2018 Agenda 
IV. Treasury Report
     A.       Oyster Tag Sales
     B.       LOTF Financial Report
V. Committee Reports
     A. Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee  (Mitch Jurisich)
     B.       Enforcement (Major Chad Hebert)
     C.       Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)
     D.      Research (Earl Melancon)
     E.       Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)
     F.       Marketing (LDWF)
     G.       Health (Justin Gremillion)
     H.      Sustainability (LDWF)
     I.         Professionalism (LDWF)
    J.      Aquaculture (John Supan)
    K.      Joint Task Force Working Group (Mitch Jurisich)
VI. New Business
    A. Discussion and Update on the 17/2018 Oyster Season- LDWF
    B. To Hear a Brief Biological Overview on the Sabine Lake Oyster Reef- LDWF
    C. To Hear an Update on the Oyster Shell Recycling Program and Upcoming Events- Deb Abibou (CRCL)
    D. Request for OTF Participation in a Diversion Panel Forum at the 2018 LFF Summit- Earl Melancon (LA Sea Grant)
    E. Discussion of an Oyster Commercial to Highlight the Industry’s Environmental and Coastal Conservation Efforts- Mitch Jurisich (OTF)
    F. Discussion of Using Drone Operation with GPS Coordinates to Assist in Oyster Enforcement- Willie Daisy (OTF)
    G. To Consider Funding for the 2018 ‘Let the World Be Your Oyster’ Event- 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/8012792530992770817

 

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.

 

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 the contact at the top of

 

this announcement at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. 

Come out to the 71st annual Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival at New Orleans City Park on Saturday, March 24

Release Date: 02/08/2018

Come out to the 71st annual Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival at New Orleans City Park on Saturday, March 24

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is getting ready for the 71st annual Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival in New Orleans City Park on Saturday, March 24. With a fishing category for every age and a family friendly Fishtival, there’s sure to be something for everyone.  This year’s event will include the Battle for the Bass student fishing tournament and Boats on the Bayou non-motorized tournament on Bayou St. John. 

 

The Big Bass Rodeo is a catch-and-release fishing tournament for anglers targeting the largest bass. For junior anglers (ages 12 and under), the rodeo includes competitive categories for heaviest bass and heaviest cichlid, bream, or perch.

 

The Battle for the Bass Tournament is back again for their third year to encourage a fun and friendly school competition. Students in grades 7 through 12 will represent their respective schools in teams of up to five anglers and will battle it out for the heaviest two-bass combined weight. The winning team will take home bragging rights for the year as well as a 3-foot trophy to display at their school. The first 50 students to register will receive a weigh bag donated by Berkley.

 

Boats on the Bayou is open to anglers with kayaks and other non-motorized watercraft and offers four competitive categories. All participating anglers will be entered to win a kayak, courtesy of Massey’s Professional Outfitters. Massey’s will also offer the opportunity for anglers to reserve a free kayak for the event. For anglers that have always wanted to participate in Boats on the Bayou but didn’t have a kayak, now is your chance! Kayak rentals are limited so signup early to reserve yours today.

 

The Fishtival will take place from 9 a.m. to noon in the grandstand area in front of Morning Call on Dreyfous Avenue in City Park. The event will feature music as well as educational and hands-on activities for kids. LDWF mascot Robbie the Redfish will be on hand for photo opportunities. Event raffle prizes include a kayak donated by Academy Sports and Outdoors, charter fishing trips, along with tons of fishing gear and other items.

 

Online registration is now open and will close at 5 p.m. on March 22. For more information or to register online, visit www.bigbassfishingrodeo.com. Registration fees vary depending on division. Contact Danica Williams at dwilliams@wlf.la.gov with questions.

 

A recreational fishing license is required for participants 16 years and older. To purchase a license online, click HERE.

 

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

 

 

LDWF, Illinois DNR Support Effort to Utilize Invasive Asian Carp

Release Date: 02/01/2018

LDWF, Illinois DNR Support Effort  to Utilize Invasive Asian Carp

Feb. 1, 2018 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is supporting Silverfin™ Group, Inc., headed by Chef Philippe Parola, in its history-making effort to process the first invasive species into a value-added product for human consumption.

The product, fish cakes called Silverfin (also known as Asian carp), was on display at a recent product launch press conference at the University of Illinois. Chef Parola and Dr. Dawn Aubrey, Food Service Director for the University of Illinois, spearheaded the event. The product will be distributed nationally, primarily by SYSCO food distributors. 

LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet and Bill Sherman from the Louisiana Lt. Gov.'s Office were guest speakers. Other attending the event were Illinois Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, Illinois Chief of Fisheries Dan Stephenson and University of Illinois Chancellor Dr. Robert J. Jones. 

Chef Philippe selected Illinois as the jump-start to launch his Silverfin™ fish products because of the serious problems the state is having with Asian carp.

Asian carp have also invaded Louisiana waterways, including Lake Pontchartrain, Vermillion Bay, Lake Verret and many of Louisiana’s rivers, canals and bayous. Asian carp can tolerate low salinity environments and therefore are a threat to our recreational and commercial fisheries throughout Louisiana. 

Asian carp can weigh up to 100 pounds. They eat large amounts of plankton each day.  Plankton is the base of the food chain for all aquatic life. So many Asian carp eating so much plankton daily will inevitably displace native aquatic species such as fish, frogs, crustaceans, mollusks and vegetation. 

“We see this effort by Chef Parola as a means of limiting the expansion of this unwanted species in the waterways of Louisiana,’’ Montoucet said. “If it can be turned into jobs for Louisiana while at the same time fighting the growth of the species, then it is a win-win for us.

“However, LDWF’s primary goal continues to be eradication of all destructive invasive species in Louisiana.”

Parola said, "Silverfin, or Asian carp, are natural proteins and a good source of vitamin B12, Omega-3 and many other healthy nutrients,’’ Parola said. “There is no better time to introduce a new and healthy domestic wild-caught fish product on American dining table, especially when the entire world is facing a wild-caught exhaustible commercial fisheries that now includes the popular Atlantic cod."

“Those Asian Carp cooked into Silverfin fish cakes surely won’t reproduce anymore,” Dr. Dawn Aubrey said.  

IMMINENT DANGER!  

Asian carp are known for jumping out of the water in large quantities when the water is agitated by boat motors. Due to their size and quantity, these jumping carp are extremely dangerous to boaters and water sports enthusiasts. Many injuries and a few fatalities have been blamed on Asian carp jumping out of the water. This threat is so severe that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has warned that collisions between boaters and jumping carp can potentially cause human fatalities. 

The Asian carp population in the Mississippi River Basin is growing fast and virtually unstoppable. An adult female Asian carp can spawn more than 1 million eggs per year with up to 80 percent of those eggs hatching and surviving. In the rivers of the northern states of the Mississippi River Basin, including Illinois, studies show that there are 35 tons of Asian carp per river mile.  Another 10-15 years of non-action, will put Louisiana in a similar situation.

Working closely with LDWF and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Silverfin™ Group’s “Can’t Beat ‘Em, Eat ‘Em” project will make eating this invasive fish a reality. Silverfin™ Group’s solution is to commercially harvest Asian carp, branded as Silverfin™, process it into Silverfin™ Fish Cakes, a value-added fish product for human consumption, and distribute it nationally, with SYSCO as the first primary distributor, to institutional food marketplaces such as restaurants, caterers and colleges/universities. 

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

The mission of Silverfin™ Group is to provide the solution for the Asian carp that is threatening the aquatic eco-system of the entire Mississippi River Basin. By promoting commercial harvest of Asian carp throughout the entire Mississippi River Basin, we will reduce their population to minimize their threat so they can coexist with native species, minimize water sports accidents caused by jumping carp, create much-needed jobs, revitalize commercial fisheries, stimulate local economies and provide a clean and healthy fish product for consumers.

 

 

LDWF Makes Delinquent Oyster Lease List Available Online

Release Date: 02/01/2018

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 on the previously leased water bottom.

 

The list of delinquent leases is available at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/delinquent-oyster-leases.   Notices were made by certified mail to each lessee who had not yet paid their rent. The current list shows those lessees who did not provide payment by February 1, 2018.  All fees must be collected for leases by close of business on March 1, 2018.

 

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

 

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 recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

 
 

LDWF Launches Online Ordering for Oyster Hatchery Larvae

Release Date: 01/30/2018

(January 30, 2018) – Beginning at 8 a.m., CST, Tuesday, Feb. 06, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will launch an online ordering portal to provide the oyster industry with hatchery-reared oyster larvae and seed produced at the Michael C. Voisin Oyster Hatchery.

Requests will only be accepted via the online ordering portal and will be filled based on the order that they are received. Priority will be given to in-state larvae orders. Requests made in writing or by phone will not be accepted. Larger orders may be reduced or split by the department based on availability of larvae and seed.

Payment will not be required at the time of requests. LDWF will contact those requesting hatchery products at a later date for payment.

 

The online ordering form can be found at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/commercial-oyster by clicking the “Larvae Order Form” button or can be accessed directly by clicking this link: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/oyster-larvae-order-form.

 

For more information, or for assistance with completing the form, contact Program Development at 225-765-3980, 1-855-262-1764, or at Oversightprograms@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 . To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup .

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