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Bodcau, Woodworth Shooting Ranges to be Closed on Nov. 22-23; Sherburne WMA Range Hours to be Altered on Nov. 23-24, Nov. 30-Dec. 1

Release Date: 11/15/2018

Nov. 15, 2018 - The Woodworth shooting range will be closed Thanksgiving and Friday (Nov. 22-23) and the Bodcau shooting range Friday (Nov. 23) in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced. Both ranges will be open Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 24-25) with normal hours.
 
The Sherburne Wildlife Management Area (WMA) shooting range will be open only from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Nov. 23-24 and Nov 30- Dec. 1.
 
The Woodworth shooting range is located at 661 Robinson Bridge Road in Woodworth. For more information on the Woodworth shooting range, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/shooting-range/woodworth-shooting-range or call 318-484-2212.
 
The Bodcau shooting range is located at 168 Ben Durden Road in Benton. For more information on the Bodcau shooting range, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/bodcau-wma or call 318-326-3225.
 
The Sherburne WMA shooting range is located at 1132 Sherburne Road in Lottie. For more information on the Sherburne shooting range, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/shooting-range/sherburne-shooting-range or call 337-566-2251.
 
Information on all LDWF shooting ranges can be found at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/shooting-ranges .
 
 

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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.

 

 

 

LDWF, Ducks Unlimited Dedicate Projects Along Five Coastal Refuges and WMAs

Release Date: 11/09/2018

LDWF, Ducks Unlimited Dedicate Projects Along Five Coastal Refuges and WMAs

Nov. 9, 2018 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and Ducks Unlimited (DU) dedicated five restoration projects last week that will benefit thousands of acres on state managed public lands.
 
Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, State Wildlife Refuge in Vermilion Parish, Salvador Wildlife Management Area (WMA), Pass-a-Loutre WMA and Pointe aux Chenes WMA were or will be the sites of the projects that totaled more than $5.5 million.
  
Ducks Unlimited obtained grant funding from the North American Wetland Conservation Act (NAWCA). The NAWCA grants programs fund projects in the United States, Canada and Mexico that involve long-term protection, restoration and/or enhancement of wetlands habitats. Various public and private partners matched funding to leverage the grants’ impacts.
 
The restoration projects funding partners included the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, Global Wildlife Center, Pennington Foundation, Lamar Advertising, Wetland American Trust, CCA Louisiana, Axalta, Apache, Chevron, Shell, Phillips 66, Energy Transfer and Building Conservation Trust.
 
“Partnerships like this are crucial to fund these projects," LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet said. “Ducks Unlimited continually works with public and private partners, solidifying funding and leveraging dollars for the Sportsman’s Paradise. These money-on-the-ground-projects result in pristine habitat for our wintering ducks, geese and other migratory birds.”
 
Details on each of the projects follow:
  
Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge - Unit 4 Water Control Structure: Replacing an older water control structure from the 1960s. The new design utilizes an inverted T-panel built off site, thus reducing cost and creating a more durable water control structure. The Unit 4 impoundment contains 5,000 acres of wetlands. The total project cost was approximately $1.5 million.
  
State Wildlife Refuge - Tom’s Bayou NAWCA Project and Prien Lake Weir:  A rock weir was constructed in Tom’s Bayou that will slow tidal exchange and reduce tidal scour, which will improve submerged aquatic vegetation growth and reduce erosion of approximately 7,500 acres. Additional funding was available and the Prien Lake Weir was added to the grant. A fixed crest weir was constructed on Bayou Prien, benefitting a 630-acre area. The total project cost was approximately $1.2 million.
  
Salvador WMA - White Acquisition - 1,783 acres were purchased using NAWCA and LDWF funding. These lands are adjacent to Salvador WMA and will be incorporated into the boundary of Salvador WMA. The purchase price was $1.4 million.
  
Pass-a-Loutre WMA - Bird Enhancement Project: A hydraulic dredge was utilized to clean out an existing crevasse near South Pass. The cleanout was needed to increase the flow of sediment and freshwater from the Mississippi River into a shallow water bay.  The improved hydrology will increase the production of submerged aquatic vegetation and enhance delta splay development of the Mississippi River. The dredged material was then pumped approximately two miles away in open water to create a remote isolated bird nesting island. This island is three acres in size and provides a safe nesting area for black skimmers, various terns and Wilson’s plovers without the threat of land predators. This project was completed in March 2017. The total project cost was approximately $1.1 million.
  
Pointe aux Chenes WMA - Moist Soil Unit Project: To be constructed in 2019. This project will create a 75-acre moist soil unit, managed through installation of two small water control structures, water pumps and levee repairs. Approximate cost will be $450,000 with additional funding being secured.
 
For more information, contact Gabe Giffin at 337-491-2000 or ggiffin@wlf.la.gov.
 
Photos and video of the Unit 4 Water Control Structure, along with images from the dedication: https://ldwf.cantoflight.com/v/DUDedicationatRockefeller/landing
 
 
 

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LDWF Offices will be closed on Monday, November 12 in Observance of Veterans Day

Release Date: 11/09/2018

LDWF honors and thanks all those who have served our country. In observance of Veterans Day, LDWF offices will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12 and will re-open on Tuesday, Nov. 13. 

Happy Veterans Day!

LDWF Announces Commercial King Mackerel Season to Reopen Nov. 12

Release Date: 11/08/2018

Nov. 8, 2018 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced Thursday (Nov. 8) the commercial season for the harvest of king mackerel in Louisiana waters will reopen at 12:01 a.m. on Monday (Nov. 12, 2018) and remain open until further notice. 
 
The decision came after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries recently informed LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet that the commercial season for the harvest of king mackerel in the western Gulf of Mexico will be reopened on Nov. 12. The commercial king mackerel season was closed on Oct. 5, 2018, but landings data indicate there is quota remaining to be harvested.
 
In anticipation of such a reopening, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, at its Nov. 1 meeting, gave Secretary Montoucet the authority to reopen the commercial king mackerel season.
 
For more information, contact Jason Adriance at 504.284.2032 or jadriance@wlf.la.gov.  
 

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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.

 

Pass-a-Loutre WMA Users Should Be Aware of Sawdust Bend Dredge Project This Fall, Winter

Release Date: 11/08/2018

Pass-a-Loutre WMA Users Should Be Aware of Sawdust Bend Dredge Project This Fall, Winter

Nov. 8, 2018 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is advising hunters and fishermen destined for Pass-a-Loutre Wildlife Management Area (WMA) to be aware of an ongoing dredge project on the WMA.
 
The Sawdust Bend Dredge Disposal Project will take place prior to the beginning of waterfowl season this Saturday (Nov. 10) and could continue beyond waterfowl hunting season, which closes at sunset Jan. 20. WMA users should be aware that there will be a 30-inch sediment conveyance pipeline submerged in Pass-a-Loutre and Dennis Pass, reportedly marked with lighted markers.
 
In addition to the pipeline there will be increased boat traffic on the WMA between the Head of Passes to the dredged material disposal area on Dennis Pass (see map for the affected areas).  Additionally, WMA users are cautioned to refrain from utilizing dredge equipment such as pipes, pipeline markers, vessels or any other equipment associated with this project as this poses a safety issue for both the WMA users and dredging contractor.
 
Pass-a-Loutre WMA, which encompasses 115,000 acres, is located at the mouth of the Mississippi River, approximately 10 miles south of Venice in southern Plaquemines Parish. Access is by boat only. For more information, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2786
 
For more information, contact LDWF biologist manager Vaughan McDonald at vmcdonald@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2708.
 

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LDWF Commercial Fishing Licenses To Be Available At Field Offices

Release Date: 11/07/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will offer new and renewals of commercial fishing licenses and motorboat registration from the following locations: 
  
 

New Orleans Office

November 27-29, 2018
2021 Lakeshore Drive Suite 210
New Orleans, LA
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Bourg Office

December 4-6, 2018
467 Texas Gulf Road
Bourg, LA
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Lake Charles Office

December 10-11, 2018
1213 North Lakeshore Drive
Lake Charles, LA
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Lafayette Office

December 12-13, 2018
200 Dulles Drive
Lafayette, LA  70506 
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Fishermen are reminded that acceptable forms of payment will include personal checks, cashier's checks, money orders and cash.  No credit cards. To avoid processing delays, those purchasing licenses are asked to bring their license renewal notices with them.  
  
 First-time applicants can apply by mail or in-person.  Renewals can be completed online at https://la-web.s3licensing.com/.   When applying in person you must provide the following: 

  • Resident applicants must provide proof of residency such as a Louisiana driver’s license, (held continuously for 12 months) voter’s registration, vehicle registration and state income tax.
  • Non-residents applicants must provide proof of residency from their domiciliary state, such as driver's license, voter's registration, vehicle registration and state income tax.
  • Applicants applying for a license in a business name must provide documentation showing proof of valid federal tax ID# assigned to business name and proof of authorized signature, or an occupational license will be required.

For commercial licenses inquiries, contact (225) 765-2898. 

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.

 

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