LDWF News

LDWF News Release

LDWF to Host National Hunting and Fishing Day Events on Saturday Throughout State

Release Date: 09/20/2018

Sept. 20, 2018 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will host National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) events on Saturday (Sept. 22) in four locations throughout the state, including Baton Rouge, Haughton, Woodworth and West Monroe.  
 
All four of the events are free and the number and types of exhibits vary depending on the location. All events will feature exhibits on LDWF management programs, Ducks Unlimited, Safari Club, Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana and supporting businesses from the local communities. Attendees will have a chance to try their skills at shooting, fishing and boating, as well as learn about wildlife with live animals.
 
Details for the four events are as follows:
 
Waddill Wildlife Refuge
4142 North Flannery Road
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70814
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
(225) 765-2927
 The department will stock adult-sized channel catfish in the lake prior to the event, and anglers are urged to bring their own rod, reel and ice chest to keep their catch (limits apply). Limited bait and cane poles for use will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
Bodcau Wildlife Management Area Shooting Range
168 Ben Durden Rd.
Haughton, Louisiana 71037
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
(318) 371-3050
 
Woodworth
Woodworth Shooting Range
661 Robinson Bridge Road
Woodworth, Louisiana 71485
8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
(318) 484-2276
 
Ouachita Parish Rifle Range
357 Sheriff Fewell Road
West Monroe, Louisiana 71292
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
(318) 343-4044
 
NHFD is a national event celebrated in all 50 states on the fourth Saturday in September. It was created in 1972 when Congress passed two bills establishing a specific day to celebrate the conservation contributions of the nation’s hunters and anglers. Over forty years later, the events are still going strong.
 
LDWF introduced its first NHFD event in 1982 at the Monroe district office. In the following years, three more locations were added in Baton Rouge, Minden and Woodworth. Today, more than 10,000 people statewide attend the celebrations, making NHFD the biggest public event for the department.
 
The department would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support: Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, QDMA South Louisiana Branch, CCA Louisiana, Coca-Cola Baton Rouge, Associated Grocers of Baton Rouge, Bet-R Neighborhood Market, Louisiana Fish Fry, Armstrong's Cricket Farm, CenturyLink, Ryan Auto Group, ENTERGY, Hixson Ford of Alexandria, WoodmenLife, Doggett Equipment Services, Burger King, Sayes Office Supply, Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association and many other local business who made in-kind and monetary donations to help make these events a continued success.
 
For more additional event information, visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/nhfd2018
 

Tags:

LDWF Encourages Commercial Shrimpers to Participate in the 2019 Bycatch Study

Release Date: 09/19/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is urging commercial shrimpers to participate in its 2019 shrimp bycatch study. The voluntary study was developed as part of the Department’s commitment to support the sustainability certification of Louisiana’s shrimp fishery. The study is designed to collect bycatch data during commercial shrimping trips throughout state waters.

Participation will require commercial shrimpers to allow LDWF staff onboard their vessels during designated trips throughout the 2019 shrimp seasons. LDWF staff will collect a sample from each haul.  Shrimp and other commercial harvest will be sampled onboard the vessel and retained by the commercial fisherman.  The remainder of the catch will either be processed on board or held for later processing, depending on conditions.

Most trips will begin at 5 a.m. at the location of the final sale and must conclude by 5 p.m. at the same location.  A very limited number of trips will take place at night, beginning at 5 p.m. and concluding at 5 a.m. Participating fishermen will receive $350.00 compensation per trip.

To register as a potential participant in the 2019 shrimp bycatch study, click here. A background check and vessel/site inspection is required of each participating fisherman. LDWF will randomly select participants based on gear type and basin. The online registration portal will close on December 3, 2018. 

For more information, contact Peyton Cagle (337) 491-2575 or pcagle@wlf.la.gov.

 

Blue Line Handicapped ATV/UTV Trail on Big Lake Wildlife Management Area Closed Due to Repairs

Release Date: 09/17/2018

Sept. 17, 2018 – The Blue Line Handicapped ATV/UTV trail on Big Lake Wildlife Management Area is closed due to repairs being made on the trail, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced. Replacement of structures on the trail are required where severe erosion has occurred.
 
It will reopen once the repairs are completed.
 
Big Lake WMA, which consists of 19,231 acres, is located in Franklin, Madison and Tensas parishes approximately 12 miles east of Gilbert. For more information on Big Lake WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/32646 .
 
For more information, contact Mitch McGee at mmcgee@wlf.la.gov or 318-343-4044.
 

Tags:

Louisiana Crab Task Force to Meet September 18

Release Date: 09/13/2018

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting
Pete Gerica, Chairman
Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 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 May 8, 2018 minutes and September 18, 2018 agenda
III.          Financial report
IV.          New business
A.     To hear discussion on the amended blue crab regulations - LDWF
B.     To hear reccomendations for a legislative proposal to increase penalties for crabbing violations - Crab Task Force
C.    To dicuss crab trap markings in navigable waterways - Crab Task Force
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/5683738836204565251
 
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.

 

LWFC Approves Resolution Adding 8,172 Acres to Maurepas Swamp and Joyce WMAs

Release Date: 09/10/2018

LWFC Approves Resolution Adding 8,172 Acres to Maurepas Swamp and Joyce WMAs

Sept. 10, 2018 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) approved a resolution adding 8,172 acres to Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and nearby Joyce WMA during its monthly meeting here Thursday (Sept. 6) in Baton Rouge.
 
The addition of the property will add 5,114 acres to Maurepas Swamp WMA and give it a total of 117,729 acres. Joyce WMA will tack on 3,101 acres with the addition, giving it a total of 39,190 acres. Both Maurepas Swamp WMA and Joyce WMA are near Lake Maurepas.
 
Joyce WMA is located five miles south of Hammond in Tangipahoa Parish. For more information on Joyce WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2774.
 
Maurepas Swamp WMA is located approximately 25 miles west of New Orleans, along the south shore of Lake Maurepas west of Sorrento in Ascension, Livingston, St. John the Baptist and St. James parishes. For more information on Maurepas Swamp WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2791.
 

Tags:

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to Modify Blue Crab Harvest Regulations

Release Date: 09/07/2018

At its September 6, 2018 meeting, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a Notice of Intent to change regulations for the recreational and commercial harvest of blue crabs in 2019.  The proposed rule would change the season during which the harvest of mature female blue crabs is closed, currently set for mid-March to mid-April 2019, to September 9 – October 13, 2019.  The proposal will also include banning the recreational harvest of female blue crab during that season. These changes are expected to result in less negative impact on the crab fishery while maintaining the same level of protection to the blue crab stock.

The changes are listed below :

  • The recreational and commercial take of female blue crab from any of the waters of the state or the possession of female blue crabs while on waters of the state is prohibited for a thirty-five day period beginning the second Monday of September in 2019 (September 9 – October 13, 2019). All female blue crab in possession of any persons on the water shall be deemed to have been taken from the waters of the state.
    • These regulations will replace the previous 30-day closure, imposed in 2017, and the 60-day female harvest restriction imposed in the spring of 2018, and the previously proposed restriction in spring of 2019.
  • Removal of the sunset provision on the currently established ban on the commercial harvest of immature female blue crabs, making the ban permanent.

Regulations on commercial female blue crab harvest to remain in effect in 2018 and 2019 are as follows:

  • Commercial harvest of immature female blue crabs is illegal. A commercial fisherman may possess an incidental take of immature female crabs in an amount not to exceed two percent of the total number of crabs that is possessed. Crabs in a work box, used to sort or cull undersized and/or immature female crabs, are not subject to the restriction while held aboard an active fishing vessel. (An immature female crab, also known as a “maiden” or “V-bottom” crab, can be identified as having a triangular shaped apron on her abdomen. A mature female crab can be identified as having a dome shaped apron on her abdomen.)
     
  • There is an exception for immature, female blue crabs held for processing as softshell crabs or being sold to a processor for the making of softshell crabs.

Interested persons may submit written comments relative to the proposed rule to Peyton Cagle, Marine Fisheries Biologist DCL-B, Marine Fisheries Section, 1213 N. Lakeshore Dr., Lake Charles, LA 70601, or via e-mail to peyton.cagle@la.gov prior to November 28, 2018.

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.

Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Seed Grounds Committee to Meet September 11

Release Date: 09/04/2018

Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Seed Grounds Committee
Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 9:30 A.M.
2021 Lakeshore Drive, STE 210
New Orleans, LA 70122
AGENDA

I. Call to Order
II. Pledge of Allegiance
III. Discussion of the Draft Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting NOI- OTF
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/110594770181899011

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.

Elmer's Island to Close at 9:00 a.m. September 4

Release Date: 09/03/2018

Baton Rouge - The Louisaina Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announces the temporary closure of Elmer's Island, located on the southwestern tip of Jefferson PArish beginning September 4 at 9:00 a.m.

As a precautionary measure due to the projected path of Tropical Storm Gordon and anticipated impacts from this storm, Elmer's Island will remain closed until further notice.

 

 

Elmer's Island to Close at 9:00 a.m. September 4

Release Date: 09/03/2018

 

AMENDED: September 2018 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 08/29/2018

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LAThe following items will be discussed:

 

1. Call to Order

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Roll Call

4. Adoption of August 2, 2018 Commission Meeting Minutes

5. Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

6. Enforcement Report August 2018 – Captain Edward Skena

7. Present the NASBLA’s Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award to Sgt. Austin Arteaga – Major Rachel Zechenelly, Enforcement

8. Receive an Update on Required Age to Purchase Commercial Licenses – Michelle Rayburn, Director of Licensing

9. Recognize the LDWF’s Initial Chronic Wasting Disease Response Team – Jack Montoucet, Secretary

10. Receive a Presentation on the LDWF’s Chronic Wasting Disease 2018-2019 Hunting Season Surveillance Plans – Johnathan Bordelon, Wildlife Biologist

11. Receive a Presentation on the Migratory Waterfowl Status for the 2018-2019 Fall Season – Larry Reynolds, Wildlife Biologist

12. Consider Commission’s Response to Proposed Legislation in U.S. Congress Affecting Waterfowl Season and Limit Establishments; Senate Bill 2942 and HR 6013 – Larry Reynolds, Wildlife Biologist

13. Receive an Update on Feral Hog Matters – Dr. Jim LaCour, Wildlife Veterinarian

14. Receive and Consider a Resolution to Add Property through Donation to Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area – Alvin F. Landry, Attorney

15. Receive and Consider Resolutions to Add Properties through Acquisition/Donation to Joyce Wildlife Management Area – Alvin F. Landry, Attorney

16. Receive an Update on the August 2018 Gulf Council Meeting – Chris Schieble, Fisheries Biologist

17. Receive and Consider a Resolution and Notice of Intent to Modify Rules on Mature and Immature Female Blue Crab Harvest – Peyton Cagle, Fisheries Biologist

18. Receive an Update on Recreational Red Snapper Landings – Fisheries Biologist

19. Set January 2019 Commission Meeting Date

20. Receive Public Comments

21. Adjournment

 

A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via Gotowebinar.com.  To attend this meeting via webinar visit: 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/425777474869151745

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

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. 

Syndicate content