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LWF Commission suspends entry into the Louisiana Fisheries Forward program for those seeking a new commercial crab gear license

Release Date: 11/05/2015

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
November 5, 2015

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting Committee to Meet 11-4-15

Release Date: 11/02/2015

Oyster Task Force
Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting Committee
John Tesvich, Chairman
Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 1:00 P.M.
UNO Advanced Technology Center
2021 Lakeshore Dr., STE 210
New Orleans, LA 70122
 
AGENDA
 
I.               Roll Call and introduction of guests
II.             Continuing discussion on issues and parameters to follow in lifting oyster lease moratorium
III.           Set next meeting date
III.         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/7256027246689650690
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.
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For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov
 
 

LDWF Reminds Waterfowl Hunters to Be Alert for Whooping Cranes

Release Date: 10/29/2015

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
October 29, 2015

 

Contact: Bo Boehringer
LDWF

(225)765-5115

bboehringer@wlf.la.gov

 

 

LDWF November 2015 Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 10/29/2015

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
October 29, 2015

 

 

 

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Calcasieu Lake Oyster Season Reminder

Release Date: 10/27/2015

(Oct. 27, 2015) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to remind commercial oyster harvesters that the West Cove portion of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area will open for harvest on Sunday, November 1 at one half-hour before sunrise.
 
The sack limit of oysters is seven per day per person, per licensed vessel for the 2015-16 season.
 
Those participating in commercial oyster harvest in this area are also reminded that a 25-acre area in West Cove where oyster cultch material was deposited in June of this year will be closed to harvest.  The coordinates of the four corners of this closed area are as follows:
 
     A.     29 degrees 52 minutes 39.66 seconds N
             93 degrees 23 minutes 42.14 seconds W
                    B.      29 degrees 52 minutes 28.94 seconds N
         93 degrees 23 minutes 42.20 seconds W
C.     29 degrees 52 minutes 39.60 seconds N
         93 degrees 23 minutes 31.92 seconds W
D.     29 degrees 52 minutes 29.01 seconds N
                            93 degrees 23 minutes 31.92 seconds W
Maps available here: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/commerical-oyster-seasons
The east side of Calcasieu Lake remains closed to oyster harvest during the 2015-16 oyster season.
 
For further information about the Calcasieu Lake oyster harvest season, contact George Melancon, Biologist Manager, at (337) 491-2575.

Louisiana Youth Can Register Now for 2015 Hunter of the Year Awards

Release Date: 10/23/2015

Louisiana Youth Can Register Now for 2015 Hunter of the Year Awards

 

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AMENDED - Harvest of Seed Oysters For Bedding Purposes to Close in Sister Lake

Release Date: 10/22/2015

 The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has announced that the harvest of seed oysters for bedding purposes shall close in the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation (POSR) in Terrebonne Parish at one half hour after sunset on Wednesday, October 28, 2015.  Sister Lake POSR remains open for sacking purposes. This public oyster seed reservation holds a limited oyster supply and harvest pressure during the oyster season, which opened on October 19, has depleted the already small seed oyster resource.  Protection of the remaining oyster reef resources is in the long-term best interest of oyster conservation in this area.
 
 
The Commission authorized Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Secretary Robert J. Barham to take emergency action to close areas, 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 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.

Survey says: recreational fishermen support state-based management of red snapper; LDWF will continue toward this solution

Release Date: 10/19/2015

October 19, 2015 - According to a recent survey conducted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife Fisheries (LDWF), recreational fishermen, regardless of being a private angler or a charter boat captain, overwhelmingly support transferring responsibility for managing the recreational red snapper fishery from federal authorities to state agencies like LDWF. LDWF sent the online survey out to all recreational fishermen who hold a Louisiana Recreational Offshore Landings Permit, which is required to fish offshore for species like red snapper, to find out what they think about future management options for the red snapper fishery.

 

“We always hear from the same people at Gulf Council meetings and public hearings about red snapper management. Unfortunately, we rarely hear from Louisiana anglers and charter captains,” said Robert Barham, Secretary, LDWF. “This survey was an effort to reach out to our stakeholders and get their opinions. We really appreciate their valuable feedback.”

 

Of the 19,000-plus survey recipients, nearly 6,000 fishermen responded to the survey. In addition to asking fishermen their opinions on recreational red snapper fishery management, LDWF asked respondents to indicate whether they are a private angler or a charter captain and to provide their zip code. The majority of respondents were private anglers (96.2%); 61 federally-permitted charter captains responded (1.1%) and 148 state charter captains (no federal permit) responded (2.7%). Most respondents reside in Louisiana; however, residents of other Gulf states and states outside the Gulf also responded. Survey results are below:

 

Who should manage the recreational red snapper fishery?

 

Private Anglers

Federal Charter

State Charter

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and NOAA Fisheries (status quo)

3.9%

14.8%

3.4%

State agencies should have some management authority

87.2%

80.3%

90.5%

 

Would you support or oppose a proposal to move ALL authority for managing recreational red snapper in the Gulf from the Council to state agencies?

 

Private Anglers

Federal Charter

State Charter

Strongly Oppose

4.0%

14.8%

5.4%

Moderately Oppose

4.2%

4.9%

4.1%

Neither Oppose nor Support

10.0%

8.2%

6.8%

Moderately Support

16.5%

11.5%

9.5%

Strongly Support

65.3%

60.7%

74.3%

 

Should private anglers and charter boats be managed separately?

 

Private Anglers

Federal Charter

State Charter

State agencies should only manage private anglers and state charter boats; the Council and NOAA should manage federal charter boats

13.5%

12.2%

12.1%

State agencies should manage both groups separately; each group could have different seasons, bag limits, etc.

39.0%

53.1%

40.9%

State agencies should manage both groups together as one; both groups would have the same seasons, bag limits, etc.

43.6%

28.6%

43.2%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Would you like to see management authority changed for other species such as amberjack and grouper?

 

 

Private Anglers

Federal Charter

State Charter

No

3.5%

6.8%

1.6%

Yes

96.5%

93.2%

98.4%

 

There are ongoing efforts through both Congress and the Gulf Council (Reef Fish Amendment 39) to transfer some or all authority for the red snapper fishery to the Gulf states. LDWF will continue to advocate on behalf of its stakeholders and press Congress and the Gulf Council for state-based management of red snapper. We also encourage our recreational fishermen to speak out at the upcoming Gulf Council public hearings on Amendment 39, including one at the Doubletree Hotel in Baton Rouge at 6 pm on November 2. The Council will also hold a public hearing via webinar at 5 pm on October 28. “Public testimony has been monopolized by paid non-governmental organizations who have no direct interest in the fishery—it is now more important than ever for those with a direct stake in the fishery, like those we surveyed, to come out and voice their concerns at these public meetings,” said Randy Pausina, LDWF Assistant Secretary for Fisheries.

The video below further explains why the five Gulf state marine fisheries directors support state management of red snapper and have aligned their positions with their constituents who are directly involved in this fishery.

 

https://vimeo.com/141539357

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

LDWF to Close Harvest of Seed Oysters for Bedding in Hackberry Bay

Release Date: 10/19/2015

(Oct. 19, 2015) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will close the harvest of seed oysters for bedding purposes in the Hackberry Bay Public Oyster Seed Reservation one half-hour after sunset on Friday, October 23. The area will remain open for sacking purposes.
 
This small, public oyster seed reservation in Jefferson and Lafourche parishes holds a limited oyster supply, and harvest pressure during the season opening on October 19 has depleted the already small oyster resource. Protection of the remaining oyster reef resources is in the long-term best interest of oyster conservation in this area. 
 
The Commission authorized LDWF Secretary Robert Barham to take emergency action to close areas on an as-needed basis based on ecological data or if enforcement problems are encountered. The Secretary was also authorized to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resources 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. 

Legendary Deer Taken Illegally in Avoyelles Parish

Release Date: 10/19/2015

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) agent cited an Abbeville man for alleged deer hunting violations on Oct. 17 in Avoyelles Parish.

Senior Agent Douglas Anderson cited Glen Toups Jr., 40, for not possessing basic season and big game hunting licenses and not possessing deer tags.

Around 10 a.m. Senior Agent Anderson was notified about a buck that was taken on an Avoyelles Parish hunting club’s property near Simmesport by a guest hunter.  The hunting club notified the agent to help measure the deer for record purposes.  When the agent arrived he was told that the deer may have been harvested by a non-licensed hunter.

Around 11 a.m. Senior Agent Anderson made contact with Toups Jr who told him he shot the deer with an arrow around 9 a.m.  Toups Jr. confessed that he did not have the required basic season and big game licenses or deer tags.  The agent issued the citations to Toups Jr and seized the deer.

The deer was unofficially scored as a 208 class buck.  The deer meat was donated to a local charity and the antlers and head are being held as evidence by LDWF.

Not possessing deer tags carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting without basic and big game licenses each brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.  Toups Jr. may also face civil restitution charges totaling $2,033 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.

Agents further learned that Toups Jr. could not obtain a hunting license since he is under a hunting license revocation.  Charges are pending for Toups Jr. for hunting while under hunting license revocation.  Hunting while under hunting license revocation brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

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