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Registration is now open to teachers for WETSHOP 2018

Release Date: 03/13/2018

Teachers participate in the beach profiling activity during WETSHOP.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is pleased to announce WETSHOP 2018, 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.

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

Release Date: 03/13/2018

Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Seed Grounds Committee

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 9:30 A.M.

2021 Lakeshore Drive, STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70122

AGENDA

I.      Call to Order

II.     Discussion of the Draft Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting NOI- OTF

III.    Discussion of Senate Bill 451 and 453- 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/6016156381539214338

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

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.

 

Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area Closed to all Traffic Due to High Water

Release Date: 03/12/2018

March 12, 2018 -   The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has closed all roads at the Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) due to flooding.
 
Increasing water levels in associated river systems and heavy rainfall has caused flooding on these roads. Once the water recedes, LDWF will inspect, repair and reopen the roads when deemed safe for travel. 
 
Grassy Lake WMA is located in northeastern Avoyelles Parish, approximately 12 miles from Bordelonville, Louisiana.
 
For information on this WMA, go to htt://www.wlf.la.gov/wma/36994 or contact Steven David at 337-948-0255 or sdavid@wlf.la.gov or Tony Vidrine at 337-948-0255 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov.
 

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LDWF Announces Additional Road Closures in Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 03/12/2018

March 12, 2018 -   The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has closed additional roads at the Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area (WMA) due to flooding, including Dobbs Bay Road, Union Point Road, Lincecum Road, Blackhawk Road, Blount Road, Wycoff Road, Ross Road, Silver Lake Road, Sunk Lake Road, Shell Road, Moreau Lake Road, Catfish Bayou Road, Lac A Sostein Road, and Hooper Road.
 
Increasing water levels in associated river systems and heavy rainfall has caused flooding on these roads. Once the water recedes, LDWF will inspect, repair and reopen the roads when deemed safe for travel. 
 
Richard K. Yancey WMA is located approximately 35 miles south of Ferriday on Louisiana Highway 15 in lower Concordia Parish.
 
For information on this WMA, go to htt://www.wlf.la.gov/wma/36994 or contact Steven David at 337-948-0255 or sdavid@wlf.la.gov or Tony Vidrine at 337-948-0255 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov.
 

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Recreational Red Snapper Season in State Waters Delayed

Release Date: 03/12/2018

It is anticipated that the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will determine and announce the recreational red snapper season dates at its monthly meeting in May.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet postponed the state-waters season that had been scheduled to open in late March.  By law, the recreational red snapper season in state waters is set to open on March 24, 2018.  However, LDWF requested the Commission delay considering this topic until the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) approves an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) application submitted by the agency.  The EFP application requests that NOAA allow Louisiana an opportunity to test state management of recreational red snapper.

The EFP, if approved, would allow the state to manage the recreational red snapper fishery in both state and federal waters for 2018 and 2019, and allow the Commission to determine when the season should open and how many fish can be harvested per day by each angler.  

Unlike previous years, the state season will likely be concurrent with the federal red snapper season, eliminating confusion for anglers.

LDWF’s EFP application recommends that Louisiana’s red snapper season open the Friday before Memorial Day, May 25, in both state and federal waters.   However, the Commission will determine the final season opening date and daily creel limit per angler.

LDWF requested that the state receive its historical share of the overall Gulf of Mexico annual recreational harvest for the duration of this pilot project.  Based upon such historical catch data and the 2017 annual catch limit (ACL), Louisiana’s share is equal to approximately 1.1 million pounds of snapper. NOAA can opt to approve or reject that number, however, during its review and evaluation process.  Harvest toward that quota would be monitored via La Creel and other optional recreational reporting methods such as a smart-phone app and an online reporting portal.

Once the EFP is approved, LDWF will provide recommended season dates to the Commission based on the quota determined by NOAA. 

LDWF to Close the Vermilion, East and West Cote Blanche, and Atchafalaya Bay Oyster Seed Grounds to Seed Harvest

Release Date: 03/09/2018

LDWF to Close the Vermilion, East and West Cote Blanche, and Atchafalaya Bay Oyster Seed Grounds to Seed Harvest

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will close the Vermilion, East and West Cote Blanche, and Atchafalaya Bay Public Oyster Seed Grounds to the harvest of seed oysters at one-half hour after sunset on Monday, March 12, 2018.  The area will remain open for the harvest of market oysters (sacking).

Recent harvest pressure has depleted the limited supply of seed oyster resources in these public oyster seed grounds. Protection of the remaining oyster resources is in the long-term interest of the oyster populations in these areas.

The Wildlife and Fisheries Commission authorized the Secretary of LDWF to take emergency action to close areas on an as-needed basis, based on biological data or if enforcement problems were encountered. The Secretary was authorized to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if there is no longer a threat to the resource. 

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.

For more information, please contact Carolina Bourque at 337-373-0032 or via e-mail at cbourque@wlf.la.gov

LDWF to Open Special Bedding Season in LDWF Lake Borgne Public Seed Grounds, St. Bernard Parish

Release Date: 03/09/2018

LDWF to Open Special Bedding Season in LDWF Lake Borgne Public Seed Grounds, St. Bernard Parish

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will open a portion of the Public Oyster Seed Grounds in Lake Borgne to the harvest of seed oysters at one-half hour before sunrise on Monday, March 12, 2018, and shall close the special season at one-half hour after sunset on March 17, 2018. This area is currently open to the harvest of market (sack) oysters.  Both the market oyster season and special bedding season will only be open in areas of the Lake Borgne Public Seed Grounds that are currently open by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (LDHH).

Harvestable quantities of oyster resources exist in these public oyster seed grounds and the opening of the Bonnet Carre’ Spillway may place those resources in imminent peril. The influx of freshwater from the spillway will decrease salinity in some areas, which may lead to oyster mortality.  Allowing limited harvest of the resource prior to an oyster mortality event is in the best interest of the public.  The purpose of this opening is to allow for the take of live oysters and excessive removal of non-living material will not be allowed.

The Wildlife and Fisheries Commission authorized the Secretary of LDWF to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if it is in the best interest of the resource.  The special season was set at a week to avoid over harvest of important non-living material necessary to maintain oyster reefs in the area.  LDWF will continue to evaluate the potential impacts to the resource and will consider additional openings if necessary.

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.

For more information, please contact Carolina Bourque at 337-373-0032 or via e-mail at cbourque@wlf.la.gov.

Louisiana Crab Task Force to Meet March 13 at 1:00 p.m.

Release Date: 03/08/2018

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting
Pete Gerica, chairman
Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 1:00pm
UNO Advanced Technology Center
2021 Lakeshore Dr., STE 210
New Orleans, LA 70122

 

AGENDA

 

I.         Roll Call and Introduction of Guests

II.        Approval of January 9, 2018 Minutes and March 13, 2018 Agenda

III.       Financial Report

A. Tier 2.1 Financial Disclosure Filing Reminder

IV.       New Business

A.     To Hear a Presentation on the Comparison of Blue Crab Management Regulations- LDWF

B.     To Hear a Presentation on Crab Product Import Data- LDWF

C.     Discussion of Leadership Workshop and Meeting Rules of Order- LA Sea Grant

D.     To Consider Banning Immature Female Blue Crab Harvest- Al Cassagne

E.     Discussion of Crab Task Force Shirt Order- CTF

V.         Public Comment

VI.        Set Next Meeting

VII.       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/2909334544605100289

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.

Ban on Supplemental Deer Feeding in East Carroll, Madison and Tensas Parishes Now in Effect

Release Date: 03/06/2018

March 6, 2018 – A ban on supplemental deer feeding in East Carroll, Madison and Tensas parishes is now in effect in an effort to potentially curb the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD), recently discovered in Issaquena County, Mississippi, about five miles from the Louisiana border.
 
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) approved a Declaration of Emergency to cease supplemental deer feeding in those parishes at its March meeting Thursday (March 1). It became effective Monday (March 5). To read the entire Declaration of Emergency go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
 
The action comes after the discovery of a buck that tested positive for CWD in Mississippi on Jan. 25. Issaquena County borders northeast Louisiana.
 
The action is part of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) CWD Response Plan, designed to monitor and curb the potential spread of CWD into Louisiana.
According to the declaration, the use of bait not normally ingested by deer for feral hog trapping will still be allowed.  All bait must be placed and contained within the trap itself. Backyard bird feeders are also exempt from the declaration.
 
Baits that are permitted include commercially sold baits formulated and labeled for feral hog trapping, commercial fish based baits and soured grains, including whole shell corn soaked in water and fermented. Rice bran, non-fermented or whole cracked corn, soybeans, protein pellets and commercial feeds formulated for deer are prohibited from use in feral hog traps during the ban.
 
CWD is a neurodegenerative disease found in most deer species, including moose, elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer. It is infectious and always fatal. It is part of a group of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) and is similar to BSE (Bovine spongiform encephalopathy or mad cow disease) of cattle and scrapie in sheep. These diseases cause irreversible damage to brain tissue that leads to salivation, neurological symptoms, emaciation and death of the animal.
 
Deer infected with CWD can spread the disease even before symptoms develop. It can take one to two years for infected animals to become symptomatic. When symptoms appear, they can include emaciation, lethargy, abnormal behavior and loss of bodily functions. Other signs include excessive salivation, loss of appetite, progressive weight loss, excessive thirst and urination, teeth grinding and drooping ears.

LDWF has tested more than 8,300 deer since 2002 and has not detected CWD. For more information, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/CWD.
 
 
 

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LDWF Announces Additional Road Closures in Grassy Lake WMA

Release Date: 03/06/2018

March 6, 2018 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has closed additional roads at the Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) due to flooding, including North Bayou Natchitoches Road and South Bayou Natchitoches Road from the Bayou de Sot Bridge to Smith Bay.
 
Cas-cas Road on the WMA was closed last week and remains impassable.
 
Increasing water levels in associated river systems and heavy rainfall has caused flooding on these roads. Once the water recedes, LDWF will inspect, repair and reopen the roads when deemed safe for travel.
 
Grassy Lake WMA is located in northeastern Avoyelles Parish, approximately 12 miles from Bordelonville. For information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.la.gov/wma/36994 .
 
For more information, contact Tony Vidrine at 337-948-0255 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov or Steven David at 337-948-0255 or sdavid@wlf.la.gov .
 

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