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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

 

Reminder: LDWF Commercial Fishing Licenses To Be Available At Field Offices

Release Date: 12/05/2017

LDWF commercial license staff is at the New Orleans field office today through Thursday, near UNO's campus.  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
December 5-7, 2017
2021 Lakeshore Drive Suite 210
New Orleans, LA
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
 

Lake Charles Office

December 12-14, 2017 
1213 North Lakeshore Drive
Lake Charles, La.
8 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.

 

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting to Meet Thursday, December 7

Release Date: 12/04/2017

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, December 7, 2017, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA

 
1.     Call to Order

2.     Pledge of Allegiance

3.     Roll Call

4.     Adoption of November 2, 2017 Commission Meeting Minutes

5.     Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

a.         Recognition and Presentation of Plaque to Commissioner Pat Manuel

b.         Recognition and Presentation of Certificate to former Colonel Joseph “Joey” Broussard

6.     Enforcement Report November 2017 – Captain Edward Skena

7.     Receive Update on Louisiana Black Bear Post De-Listing Monitoring – Maria Davidson, Program Manager

8.     Receive Update on Chronic Wasting Disease – Johnathan Bordelon, Deer Program Manager

9.     To consider amendment to previously approved Notice of Intent, to specifically address comments received from the House Natural Resources Committee (legislative oversight), with regard to safety and importation of Sterlet Sturgeon – Rob Bourgeois, Biologist

10.    Set April 2018 Commission Meeting Date

11.  Receive Public Comments

12.  Adjournment

To access a live stream of the event, please register for the October 2017 LWF Commission Meeting on November 2, 2017 9:30 AM CDT at:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1755287138035478531 

 

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

Wycoff Road on Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area Reopened

Release Date: 12/01/2017

Dec. 1, 2017 – Wycoff Road on Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area (WMA) has been reopened, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced.
 
The damaged portion of the road has been rerouted with a new access road to Hog Pen Lake, Ross Road, Lower Sunk Lake and Silver Lakes.
 
Richard K. Yancey WMA, which consists of 70,872 acres in Concordia Parish, lies between the Mississippi and Red rivers, beginning north of Lower Old River. It is located about 35 miles south of Ferriday on Louisiana Highway 15.  For more information on the WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/36994.
 
For information on this WMA contact Tony Vidrine @ 337-948-0255 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov.

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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.

Wycoff Road in Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area Closed Due to Hazardous Conditions

Release Date: 11/29/2017

Nov. 29, 2017 – Wycoff Road in Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area (WMA) has been closed due to hazardous conditions, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced. The road is closed just beyond the boundary of the private property on Wycoff Road, which leads to Hog Pen Lake, Ross Road, Lower Sunk Lake and Silver Lakes.
 
The road bed has caved next to the river and is a hazard for traffic. Upon repair, LDWF will reopen the road.
 
Richard K. Yancey WMA, which consists of 70,872 acres in Concordia Parish, lies between the Mississippi and Red rivers, beginning north of Lower Old River. It is located about 35 miles south of Ferriday on Louisiana Highway 15. For more information on the WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/36994 .
 
For more information contact Tony Vidrine @ 337-948-0255 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov.

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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. 

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