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LDWF wins approval of EFP for red snapper fishing, Commission to set season

Release Date: 04/16/2018

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has approved the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) request for state managerial control of red snapper for private recreational anglers fishing in 2018 and 2019.  Although LDWF requested to also manage the charter sector, NOAA has chosen to retain management authority for that sector and is expected to set a gulf-wide charter season in the near future.

The approval of LDWF’s Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) application allows the state to manage the private recreational red snapper fishery in both state and federal waters. The permit exempts Louisiana from certain federal regulations and allows the state to set those regulations in federal waters.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission is expected to determine when the season should open and the number of red snapper harvested per day by each angler at its meeting in May. LDWF’s EFP application recommended that the state’s red snapper season open the Friday before Memorial Day, May 25 in both state and federal waters.

Private recreational anglers will be able to fish in both state and federal waters, but are required to hold a valid Louisiana Recreational Offshore Landing Permit (ROLP) in addition to regular basic and saltwater fishing licenses.

“Once the commission makes its determination, Louisiana anglers will be able to enjoy red snapper fishing under consistent regulations for both state and federal waters,” said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. “State management of the red snapper season has been pushed for the past several years by the department and has received strong support from Gov. John Bel Edwards, along with other state and Congressional officials.”

The state’s recreational landings data program, known as LA Creel, will monitor landings on a weekly basis. The fishing season will close when landings approach or reach the requested allocation of red snapper approved under the EFP application.  That allocation is equal to approximately 743,000 pounds of red snapper, which is the historical average annual harvest of the fish by the private recreational sector.  LA Creel harvest monitoring will be coupled with a test of electronic harvest reporting via a smart phone app and online web portal.  To participate under the terms of the EFP and to participate in the electronic reporting, visit https://rolp.wlf.la.gov.

State charter boats, those that do not have a federal reef fish permit, are not covered by the terms of this EFP. They can fish for red snapper in state waters only, when the season is open in such state waters.

The Commission will meet May 3 at the LDWF headquarters at 2000 Quail Drive.

Press can access photos and b-roll from Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at: https://ldwf.cantoflight.com/s/PJ9GV

Get Out and Fish! has success at the newest community fishing site in Youngsville, LA

Release Date: 04/13/2018

1st place Little Angler winner Wes Ouber with his 8.09 pound channel catfish
Anglers display their catch from Saturday’s Get Out and Fish! event at Southside Regional Park

On Saturday, April 7th, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, The East Regional Library in Youngsville, and the Lafayette Consolidated Government partnered together to host a Get Out and Fish! event at the newest site at  Southside Regional Park – Fabacher Field in Youngsville.  Prior to the event, the pond was stocked with 600 pounds of adult size channel catfish.  Over 300 anglers participated in the fun fishing competition and fishing activities for all ages.

Winners in the “Catfish” Category included:

 

Little Angler               

1stWes Ouber (8.09 pound catfish)

2ndGunner Simon (8.04 pound catfish)

3rdAlayna Lafleur (3.08 pound catfish)

Junior Angler               

1stJackson Lavin (4.08 pound catfish)

2ndAiden Smith (3.12 pound catfish)

3rdLandon Hotard (2.14 pound catfish)

Adult Angler               

1stRygan Bourge (2.12 pound catfish)

2ndRandy Boudreaux (2.11 pound catfish)

3rdMegan Louviere (2.09 pound catfish)

 

Winners in the “Other” Category included:

 

Little Angler               

1stBen Broussard (largemouth bass)

Junior Angler             

1stGrant Martin (largemouth bass)

2ndLandon Hotard (largemouth bass)

3rdLuke Robinson (warmouth)

Adult Angler               

1st  Joe Zetty (bluegill)

The event was made possible through the generous donations from our sponsors including: Academy Sports and Outdoors, Buckfins N Feathers, Acadiana Cane Cutters Baseball, Raising Cane’s, Walmart (415- Broussard, LA), Starbucks, LA Soar, Lafayette Oil Men’s Bass Fishing Club, The Lafayette Public Library, and the Louisiana Master Naturalists.

Lunch was generously provided by the Kiwanis Club of Lafayette.

There is still a good opportunity to catch a stocked channel catfish at Southside Regional Park – Fabacher Field so grab your fishing gear and try your luck. For more information about future stockings and directions to all of our community fishing sites, you can visit www.wlf.la.gov/get-out-and-fish-1.

The Get Out and Fish! Program seeks to increase the number of people with access to quality fishing and to promote outdoor activities for future generations. In order to accomplish this mission, public water bodies that meet the required specifications are chosen by LDWF biologists to join the Get Out and Fish! community fishing program. These community fishing sites are stocked in the Spring and Fall with adult size channel catfish and in the winter with rainbow trout if weather permits. 

LDWF Get Out & Fish 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 Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fisheries resources. 

For more information on the Get Out & Fish program, contact Megan MacMenamin at mmacmenamin@wlf.la.govor 225-765-2375.

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.la.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

Become a volunteer instructor for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries!

Release Date: 04/13/2018

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 skills in order to get younger generations hooked on fishing too! This month, LDWF will be hosting an Aquatic VIP workshop in the Shreveport area on Wednesday, April 18th.  This workshop is perfect for teachers, Boy Scout leaders, homeschoolers, and everyone 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 offer an event, 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 our free* workshop to get started!  The workshop will be held at the LDWF District 1 Office (9961 Hwy. 80) in Minden, LA.

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

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 Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program 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 Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fisheries resources. 

 

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

REMINDER: Registration is open to teachers for WETSHOP 2018

Release Date: 04/12/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) would like to remind teachers that a few spaces are still available for WETSHOP 2018.  WETSHOP 2018 is a coastal awareness workshop for science, history and social studies teachers. The workshop is scheduled for July 8 – 13, 2018 at the LDWF Grand Isle Research Lab.

 

The focus of this 6-day workshop is to provide teachers with an in-depth look at issues related to wetland ecology and coastal land loss in Louisiana. Participating teachers will accrue 55 hours of instruction covering a wide variety of topics including wetland ecology, fisheries management, and coastal restoration. Teachers will also spend a portion of each day in the field learning about maritime forests, barrier island beach ecology, coastal restoration projects, bird life, marsh and swamp habitats and marine organisms. This year, participants will visit one of the largest coastal restoration projects in the world.

 

All participating teachers will receive standards-based correlated wetland lessons and many other educational resources from numerous sponsoring agencies and organizations. Lodging and meals are provided once participants reach the workshop site. Upon completion of the workshop, each participant will receive a $250.00 stipend. An additional stipend is available during the academic year upon completion of a wetland stewardship project.

 

WETSHOP is sponsored by LDWF in partnership with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) and the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program. WETSHOP is also a collaborative effort with partners that provide experts in the field for presentations and educational materials. These agencies/organizations include BTNEP, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, Louisiana Nature Conservancy, Louisiana Sea Grant College Program, Coastal Planning Protection and Restoration Act, and Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium.

 

Teachers interested in WETSHOP 2018 can register at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wetshop . For more information, contact LDWF Biologist Supervisor Angela Capello at 318-623-4661 or acapello@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 email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

Fourchon Oilman’s Association, Bayou Community Foundation Award Grant to Assist LDWF Sea Turtle Research

Release Date: 04/11/2018

LDWF's Mandy Tumlin (center) accepts a grant check from Fourchon Oilman's Assocation.

April 11, 2018 – The Fourchon Oilman’s Association (FOA), in conjunction with the Bayou Community Foundation (BCF), recently awarded a $5,000 grant to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LWFF) to assist the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) with research on sea turtles in Lafourche Parish.
 
LDWF began conducting sea turtle research in Lafourche Parish in December 2014 and performs biannual sampling each year. This grant will support spring and fall sampling trips in 2018.
 
The grant was one of 11 presented by FOA and BCF to local nonprofits with grant awards totaling $35,000. The grants were selected and funded by the FOA from proceeds of the 2017 FOA Invitational Fishing Rodeo and distributed through BCF as part of an ongoing partnership between the two local foundations.
 
“The members of FOA are committed to giving back to our Lafourche and Terrebonne communities that support our local industry and the thousands of men and women here who work in our oil and gas industry,’’ FOA President Eddie Callais said. “We are excited to once again provide grants to local nonprofits that are doing great work to educate students of all ages, train our workforce, care for the sick, conserve our wildlife and fisheries and create a better quality of life for everyone.”
 
“This grant will allow LDWF to obtain valuable observations, measurements, samples and data regarding sea turtles,’’ LWFF Executive Director Sam Barbera III said. “This is the first partnership between LWFF and FOA and the grant funding further underscores FOA and BCF’s efforts to conserve the wildlife of Louisiana.’’
 
For more information on FOA and BCF go to www.fourchonoilmans.com or www.bayoucf.org.
 
LWFF, a non-profit public charitable foundation, was created in 1995. Its goals are to aid LDWF in habitat conservation, youth recruitment, environmental education and training, natural resource research and management, regulation enforcement and financial assistance to LDWF programs.
 
The Foundation receives no public funding and depends entirely upon contributions from individual and corporate donors. Encouraging cooperation and support for LDWF programs is the major focus of LWFF, accomplished by connecting people and businesses with Louisiana’s natural resources.
  
To donate to the Foundation or to volunteer, go to www.lawff.org or call 225-765-5100.
 

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LDWF Commercial Fishing Licenses To Be Available At Field Offices

Release Date: 04/10/2018

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

April 17-19, 2018 
467 Texas Gulf Road 
Bourg, LA 
8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

Lake Charles Office

April 24-26, 2018 
1213 North Lakeshore Drive 
Lake Charles, La. 
8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

New Orleans Office
May 1-3, 2018 
2021 Lakeshore Drive Suite 210 
New Orleans, LA 
8:00 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  www.wlf.la.gov. 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.

St. Bernard Man Cited for Crabbing Violations

Release Date: 04/10/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a St. Bernard man for alleged commercial fishing violations on April 2.

Agents cited Willard F. Guillot III, 55, for possessing commercial fish without a vessel license, possessing immature female crabs, and possessing crabs during a closed season.

While on patrol in the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet in St Bernard Parish, agents observed Guillot running crab traps.  Agents made contact with Guillot and found him in possession of a three crates of crabs.

The commercial harvest of female blue crabs is prohibited during the months of March and April.  Commercial fishermen are allotted two percent incidental take of immature female/female crabs for the total number of crabs in his possession.

Agents determined that the three crates contained 38 percent, 54 percent and 12 percent of female and immature female crabs.  Agents seized 350 pounds of crabs and returned them to the water.

Taking commercial fish without a vessel license carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Taking immature female crabs and female crabs during the closure each carry a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

LDWF Issues RFP to Begin Process for Allocation of Waterfowl Breeding Grounds Habitat Funds

Release Date: 04/09/2018

April 9, 2018 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) issued a   request for proposals (RFP) for breeding waterfowl habitat work through the next three years.
 
Since 1965, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has provided funding to support conservation of breeding-grounds habitat for migratory waterfowl and by statute allocates a portion of annual hunting license revenue for that purpose. Specifically, R.S. 56:104(A)(1)(b) states:
 
“An amount equal to ten percent of the fees collected from the sale of hunting licenses shall be dedicated by the commission to the development and preservation of breeding grounds for migratory waterfowl, the funds to be expended for such purposes through Ducks Unlimited, Inc. or under the direction of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at its discretion ...”
 
In the last eight years, an average of $319,465 annually has been awarded in two-year or three-year contracts for the protection, restoration and enhancement of breeding waterfowl habitat. The current contract expires on June 30, 2018. LDWF is soliciting three-year proposals for use of all or a portion of that funding during the July 2018 through June 2021 period.  Multiple contracts for partial amounts of the available funding have been awarded in the past at the discretion of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC).
 
The RFP process requires that proposals be submitted by May 25. Proposals may be submitted to the LDWF Waterfowl Program Manager via regular mail, fax, or e-mail at:
 
Larry Reynolds, Waterfowl Program Manager
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
2000 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA  70808
Office phone: 225-765-0456
Fax: 225-763-5456
E-mail: Lreynolds@wlf.la.gov
 
The top qualifying proposals, as determined by an initial review by the LDWF Waterfowl Section staff, will be presented to the LWFC at their monthly meeting on June 7, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Louisiana Room on the first floor of the LDWF Headquarters Building.  No more than five prospective grantees will be given 15 minutes to present proposals to the LWFC.  The Waterfowl Program Manager will inform prospective grantees about the need for a presentation no later than May 29.  A summary of the Waterfowl Section staff’s proposal evaluations will be prepared and presented to the LWFC at their meeting on July 3.
 
Following presentation of the Waterfowl Section’s evaluation, LWFC will make public selection of proposals for funding and the amount awarded.
 
To view the 2018 RFP, past proposals, and reports, go to:http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/breeding-waterfowl-habitat
 
For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at 225-765-0456 or Lreynolds@wlf.la.gov.
 

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Oyster Task Force Marketing Committee to Meet April 10

Release Date: 04/09/2018

Oyster Task Force Marketing Committee

Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 1:00 P.M.

2021 Lakeshore Drive, STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70122

AGENDA

 

I.     Call to Order

II.    Pledge of Allegiance

III.   Discussion of Oyster Industry Commercial and Marketing Plan

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/6344542022443407619

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.

 

 

Oyster Task Force Marketing Committee to Meet April 10

Release Date: 04/09/2018

Oyster Task Force Marketing Committee

Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 1:00 P.M.

2021 Lakeshore Drive, STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70122

AGENDA

 

I.     Call to Order

II.    Pledge of Allegiance

III.   Discussion of Oyster Industry Commercial and Marketing Plan

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/6344542022443407619

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.govat least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

 

 

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