Fishing

LWF Commission Modifies Rules for the Importation of Sterlet Sturgeon

Release Date: 12/12/2017

At its mothly meeting, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission considered a Notice of Intent (NOI) to modify rules and regulations for the importation of Sterlet sturgeon into the state.
 
The following stipulations were added to existing regulations for importation of this species to address safety and importation concerns expressed by the House Natural Resource Committee.
 
Shipments of Sterlet sturgeon into Louisiana must be escorted from the state line to the permitted facility by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement or other department approved escorts.
 
In addition, requests for the importation of Sterlet sturgeon from out of state must be made 10 business days before the expected date of shipment, instead of the previously required 3-day notice.
 
There will be a public meeting on the amended NOI on January 24, 2018, at 10 a.m. in the Louisiana Room at LDWF Headquarters in Baton Rouge.
 
Permit restrictions, the full notice of intent and potpourri are available here: 
http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items 
 
Interested persons may submit comments relative to the proposed rule to Robert Bourgeois, LDWF Permit Manager, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898 or via email to rbourgeois@wlf.la.gov  prior to January 24, 2018.

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

Release Date: 12/11/2017

Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Grounds Committee

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 10:00 A.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans 70122

 

AGENDA

 

I.               Call to Order

II.             Discussion of the RFP for Breton Sound Public Seed Grounds- Earl Melancon

III.           Discussion of the Oyster Lease Relocation Program- LDWF

IV.           Discussion of the Draft Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting NOI- OTF

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/2938516680730089729

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. . 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.

 

 
 

Commercial Fishing for Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks to Open in State Waters January 1

Release Date: 12/07/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the commercial fishing season for Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks will open in Louisiana waters at 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2018. Federal waters will also open in the Gulf of Mexico at this time.
 
The commercial and recreational season for the harvest of all sharks in Louisiana state waters will be closed from 12:01 a.m. on April 1, 2018, until 12:01 p.m. on July 1, 2018, per an existing fixed seasonal closure to protect shark pupping. The commercial season will remain open in Federal waters until 80 percent of the federal quota for a given fishery has been harvested or is projected to be harvested in the Gulf of Mexico.
 
During the open season, commercial harvest of Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks and Pelagic Sharks are regulated by the existing federal and state rules regarding trip limits, allowable species, and requirements for permits and landings as laid out in federal and state regulations. 
 
The Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Shark group is composed of the great hammerhead, scalloped hammerhead, smooth hammerhead, nurse shark, blacktip shark, bull shark, lemon shark, silky shark, spinner shark, and tiger shark. While sandbar shark are a member of the Large Coastal Shark group, only specifically designated federally permitted vessels may take sandbar shark while operating under conditions of that research permit. 
 
Commercial fishing for Small Coastal Sharks will also resume in Louisiana waters on January 1 through December 31, 2018, or until 80 percent of the federal quota has been met. The commercial Small Coastal Shark fishery consists of bonnethead shark, Atlantic sharpnose shark, blacknose shark and finetooth shark. Blacknose sharks, though part of the Small Coastal Shark group, are managed under a separate quota that is linked to the overall Small Coastal Shark quota. The Small Coastal Group fishery remained open for all of 2017.
 
There is no allowable harvest at any time for all Prohibited Species, which include basking shark, white shark, bigeye sand tiger, sand tiger, whale shark, smalltooth sawfish, largetooth sawfish, Atlantic angel shark, Caribbean sharpnose shark, smalltail shark, bignose shark, Caribbean reef shark, dusky shark, Galapagos shark, narrowtooth shark, night shark, bigeye sixgill shark, bigeye thresher shark, longfin mako, sevengill shark and sixgill shark.
 
For more information, contact Jason Adriance at (504) 284-2032 or jadriance@wlf.louisiana.gov.

Oyster Task Force to Meet Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 1 p.m.

Release Date: 12/07/2017

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 1 p.m.

2021 Lakeshore Dr., STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70122

 

I.Roll call and introduction of guests

II.Approval of October 3, 2017 Meeting Minutes and December 12, 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 (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)

    V.         New Business

A.     Discussion and Update on the 2017 Oyster Season

B.     Discussion of Opening Sabine Lake for Commercial Oyster Harvest - Leo Dyson- OTF

C.     Discussion of the Oyster Lease Acquisition Program- OTF

D.    To Consider Funding for the Summer Dermo Study- Thomas Soniat

E.     To Consider Funding Travel for LA Alive Assistants- OTF

  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/9121718175865292290

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

 

Shrimp Task Force to Meet December 6 at 10 A.M.

Release Date: 12/01/2017

Shrimp Task Force Meeting

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

Wednesday, December 6, 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 the October 18, 2017 meeting minutes and of the December 6, 2018 Agenda

III.           Treasury Report

A.     Budget Report- LDWF

IV.            New Business

A.     To Consider Funding for Shrimp Task Force Members Travel to D.C. to Walk the Hill

V.              Public Comment

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/7408284335159298563

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.

 

LDWF Recognizes Aquatic Education Volunteers

Release Date: 11/30/2017

Angela Capello (LDWF), Tim and Rhonda Dean (Toledo Bend Lake Association)
Jay Schwander, Tim Dean, Kaye Florane, Cory MacMenamin (back), Charlie Bush, Bob Batemen, Don Montgomery

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries hosted an Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program (VIP) Continuing Education Workshop on Thursday, November 16 to show their appreciation for the agency’s aquatic volunteers. Volunteers from across the state were invited to Palmetto’s on the Bayou in Slidell to sharpen their skills through daytime workshops and to recognize those volunteers who’ve gone above and beyond during an appreciation dinner that followed.
 
Since the Aquatic VIP’s inception in September 2015, volunteers have offered aquatic education at 115 events and logged over 2,300 hours of service. Events range from fishing tournaments, to classroom visits, to church festivals and more. Volunteers are required to donate their time at least once after becoming certified; however, many volunteers well exceeded the minimum requirement.
 
Don Montgomery surpassed our highest expectations and donated 174 hours of his time to the program. “The Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program has been an inspiration to me,” explained Montgomery. “I was so impressed with the possibilities for sharing my experiences with the next generation. If I had to choose where to spend my volunteer hours, this program would be my first choice.”
 
His dedication was acknowledged with the 2017 Most Outstanding Volunteer Award.
 
The Toledo Bend Lake Association was acknowledged for their 20 years of service with the 2017 Most Outstanding Group of Volunteers award. The TBLA has assisted with the coordination of the Sabine Fishing Clinic for two decades, long before the Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program was developed. They also donated an enclosed trailer to the department in 2009, which was outfitted with aquatic education equipment and supplies.
 
Exceptional volunteers were recognized at the following levels: 
 
Tier One Volunteers: (8 days of service and 40 hours) 
Bob Bateman
Charlie Bush
Cory MacMenamin
Don Montgomery
Honda Brown
Jay Schwander
John Eddleman
Justin Ammon
Kaye Florane
Nathan Clophus
Shannon Burton
Tim and Rhonda Dean representing the Toledo Bend Lake Association
 
Tier Two Volunteers: (4 days of service and 20 hours) 
Alfred Levy
Bill Lejeune
Gail Klostermeyer
Joann Haydel
Joe France
Joe Guinta
John Kinabrew
Kelsie Jolly
Natalie Weiss
Rachael Mathews
Rachel Duplechain
Robert Johnson
Stephanie Vidrine
Sue Marchal
Wanda Stewart
 
If you or someone you know, including teachers, is interested in becoming an Aquatic Volunteer Instructor for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, please visit our website at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/ldwf-volunteer-programs. For questions, contact Alayna McGarry at amcgarry@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-4050.
 
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.

 

Oyster Possession Limit Reduced On Certain Public Oyster Seed Grounds

Release Date: 11/30/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the daily take and possession limit of oysters will be reduced to 25 sacks on all public oyster seed grounds east of the Mississippi River and north of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), including Lake Borgne, as well as the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation in Terrebonne Parish, effective one half-hour before sunrise on Tuesday, November 28, 2017.
 
Since the season opening on November 13, 2017, harvest activities have significantly reduced oyster stocks. Continued commercial harvest at the current rate may threaten the long-term sustainability of the remaining oyster resources and reefs in these areas. Protection of the remaining oyster reef resources is in the best interest of oyster conservation for these areas.
 
The Commission authorized Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet to take emergency action to modify daily take and possession limits, 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 close or 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.

Finfish Task Force to Meet Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Release Date: 11/29/2017

Finfish Task Force Agenda

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 1:00p.m.

The Louisiana Room

2000 Quail Drive

Baton Rouge, LA 70898

I.                    Call to Order

II.                  Introductions

III.                Adoption of the December 5, 2017 Meeting Agenda

IV.                Charge of the Task Force- LDWF

V.                  Discussion of Ethics Requirements- Brett Robinson

 i.      Required Documentation and Training

 ii.     Discussion of Travel Reimbursement Requirements

VI.                Discussion on the Establishment and Adoption of Bylaws-LDWF

                               i. Discussion of Alternate Designees

VII.              Discussion of Chairman and Vice Chairman- LDWF

VIII.            Future Agenda Items for Consideration

IX.                Public Comment

X.                  Set Next Meeting Date and Location

XI.                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/70832025617856514

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. . 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.

 

 

 

Lake Bistineau Drawdown Extended for Repairs

Release Date: 11/29/2017

Lake Bistineau Drawdown Extended for Repairs

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has delayed closure of the drawdown structure gates on Lake Bistineau to facilitate repairs to the spillway outflow area. The gates were originally scheduled to close on November 30, 2017, but repair contracts have not been awarded. 
 
The area immediately south of the Lake Bistineau spillway needs to be dry in order for work to be completed in the outflow area. To prevent water levels from rising and exceeding the normal pool stage during the construction, the gates will not be closed until necessary equipment and personnel are in place. 
 
A gate closure date has not been determined, but will likely occur in early January.  The department will make a formal announcement once an exact date is known.
 
The management of Lake Bistineau and its aquatic resources is the responsibility of LDWF. DOTD is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Lake Bistineau dam, spillway and control structures.  
 
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 drawdown, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at  jsibley@wlf.la.gov  or (318) 371-3066. 

Commercial Fishery For Gray Triggerfish In Louisiana Waters To Close

Release Date: 11/14/2017

The commercial fishery for gray triggerfish in Louisiana waters will close at 12:01 a.m. on November 18, 2017 and will remain closed until January 1, 2018.
 
The decision was made by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet, following notification by NOAA Fisheries that the Federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico will close for the commercial harvest of gray triggerfish from 12:01 a.m. November 18, 2017 until 12:01 a.m. January 1, 2018, and per a request from NOAA Fisheries.
 
Regulations for the gray triggerfish fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico include a commercial quota. Based on current commercial gray triggerfish landings, the 2017 commercial quota of 60,900 pounds is projected to be harvested by November 18, 2017.
 
After the closure, all commercial harvest, possession, purchase, barter, trade, sale or attempts to purchase, barter, trade or sell gray triggerfish is prohibited until 12:01 a.m., January 1, 2018, the date set for the opening of the 2018 season. The prohibition on sale/purchase of gray triggerfish during the closure does not apply to those that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to the effective date of the closure and were held in cold storage by a dealer or processor provided appropriate records in accordance with R.S. 56:306.5 and 56:306.6 are properly maintained.
 
For more information contact Jason Adriance at 504/284-2032 (jadriance@wlf.la.gov)

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