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46 Fish Tagged at the Louisiana Saltwater Series Speckled Trout Tournament

Release Date: 05/08/2012

First place finishers James Tumey and Marcus Rieffel with Tournament Directors Dwayne Mills and Becky Chaney.

(May 8, 2012) -This past weekend’s Louisiana Saltwater Series speckled trout tournament held true to form, and although there were several prized catches, the highlight of the event was inarguably the extraordinary number of fish tagged and released.  A total of 45 trout and one flounder were caught, tagged and released by the 18 participating teams. 

The tournament, hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, allows teams to bring extra fish to the weigh-in, thus increasing the total number of tagged fish. 

Josh Hall and Mitchell Chevalier brought in 14 fish to be tagged, earning them the title of team who tagged the most fish for the second year in a row. 

Taking home the tournament’s top prize of $900 were Marcus Rieffel and James Tumey, with a two fish total weight of 6.09 pounds.

The top finishing teams, all taking home cash prizes, include: 2nd place, Chas Champagne and Kristi Mayeux; 3rd place, George Rau and Wesley Rau; 4th place, Benny Sanchez and Kris Robert. 

Chase Rau took home first place in the tournament’s youth division.

For complete event results, including photos, visit www.lasaltwaterseries.com.  The next speckled trout tournament will be held on Oct. 20 out of Seabrook Harbor in New Orleans. 

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

For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov (225) 765-2396.

Longleaf Pine Restoration Workshop Set for May 24

Release Date: 05/08/2012

May 8, 2012 - Private landowners, forestry professionals, wildlife biologists and managers are invited to a Longleaf Pine Workshop on Thursday, May 24 in Sheridan, La.

The event begins at 8 a.m. at the Lee Memorial Forest on LA 10, nine miles west of Bogalusa, and includes morning tours of the area, lunch and afternoon information sessions.

Participants will hear presentations on managing land after a natural disaster, ecosystem restoration and how to establish and manage longleaf pine stands. Information about state and federal cost share programs will also be provided to assist with restoration of longleaf pine.

Longleaf pine forests once covered millions of acres throughout the Southeastern United States. Today, longleaf pine habitat is limited to several thousand acres. Longleaf pine habitat can contain as many as 300 different species of groundcover plants per acre, and approximately 60 percent of the amphibian and reptile species found in the Southeast. Additionally, this forested habitat is home to at least 122 endangered or threatened plant and animal species including the red-cockaded woodpecker and gopher tortoise, plus the northern bobwhite, a species of concern.

This field day event will provide time to meet professionals who can share their knowledge of the longleaf pine ecosystem and wildlife habitat it supports.  Participating partners include the Texas-Louisiana Longleaf Taskforce, National Wild Turkey Federation – LA Chapter, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, US Forest Service-Southern Research Station, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, the Farm Service Agency, LSU AgCenter, Larson-McGowin Forest Managers and Consultants, the Louisiana Society of American Foresters, The Nature Conservancy and Weyerhaeuser Company.

The pre-registration deadline for the workshop is May 16. For more information on registration or the workshop, contact Brian Chandler at 225-683-3101 or bchandler@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Body of Missing Baton Rouge Man Recovered in Lake Maurepas

Release Date: 05/07/2012

 

Search crews found the deceased body of a missing Baton Rouge man on Lake Maurepas shortly after 7:30 this morning, May 7.

Taylor Russell, 26, was reported missing around 6:30 p.m. on May 5.  Search crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Coast Guard responded within minutes to the scene.

According to other passengers in the 24-foot ski boat, Russell jumped from the boat while they were travelling across Lake Maurepas.  The passengers said they never saw Russell resurface and called 911 shortly thereafter.

Russell was reported to go into the water in between where the Amite and Blind Rivers feed into Lake Maurepas.  According to the operator of the boat, they were returning from the Blind River to return to where they launched on the Tickfaw River to go home.

Russell’s body was recovered about a half mile from where he was reported to go into the water and his body was turned over to the Livingston Parish Coroner’s Office to determine a cause of death.  The LDWF Enforcement Division will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.

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

AMENDED - LWFC Takes Unprecedented Step to Move Forward with “State-waters Only” Red Snapper Season for 2013

Release Date: 05/04/2012

May 4, 2012 – Today the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) took action to implement a “Louisiana-only” red snapper recreational season, set to begin in 2013. 

This Louisiana red snapper weekend-only season would begin the Saturday preceding Palm Sunday each year and end September 30 of the same year, with a recreational bag limit of three fish per day at a 16 inch minimum.  A weekend is defined as Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with the exception of Memorial Day and Labor Day, when Monday would be classified as a weekend as well. 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham was given the authority to modify the portions of this rule pertaining to red snapper recreational daily harvest limits and seasons if the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Survey institutes sub-regional management for the species or if it is otherwise deemed necessary. 

In related action, next month the Commission will also consider extending state waters from three miles offshore to three marine leagues or approximately 10.357 miles.  This action is being considered based on recent legislative action taken in 2011 in Act 336, which recognizes that the gulfward boundary historically consists of three marine leagues and designates that boundary to be enforced by state law regarding the protection and restoration of coastal lands, waters and natural resources, and regulation of activities affecting them.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant resources.  For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For press inquiries, contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504) 430-2623.

Ascension Parish Man Pleads Guilty to Hunting Violations

Release Date: 05/04/2012

 

The 23rd Judicial Court in Ascension Parish sentenced an Ascension Parish man on April 25 to pay $2,475 in fines and court costs stemming from hunting violations.

Judge Marylyn Lambert accepted Michael W. Theroit’s, 21, of Darrow, guilty plea on all charges and sentenced him to pay $1,625 in fines for night hunting violations.  Theroit is also responsible for $850 in court costs.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division Senior Agent Hal Bridges cited Theroit on Nov. 19 at 2:20 a.m. in Ascension Parish on River Road. 

Theriot was cited for hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light, hunting from a public road and moving vehicle, hunting without a resident basic and big game hunting license and hunting deer using illegal methods.

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

LSPMB Finance Committee to Meet Next Week in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 05/04/2012

May 4, 2012–The next meeting of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board (LSPMB) Finance Committee will be May 10, 2012, 1 p.m. at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Louisiana Room, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge.

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

I.    Call to order

II.   Adoption of the Committee Report 3/19/2012

III.  Financial Report through 3/31/2012 (Treasurer’s Report)

       A. Discussion of professional services

IV. BP 3Q FY2012 Quarterly Report

V.  EDRP Budget

       A. Key projects recommended

VI. Legislative update

       A.   HB 1 (Appropriations)

       B.   HB 822 (Statutory Dedications)

VII. Set Next Meeting

VIII. Adjourn

This meeting is open to the public.

For more information please contact Ashley Roth at Ashley@louisianaseafood.com or (504)286-8735.

 

L.W.F.C. Approves Notices of Intent for 2012-14 Hunting Seasons and the 2012-13 WMA Seasons

Release Date: 05/04/2012

May 4, 2012  -- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, during their May 3 monthly meeting, approved two notices of intent (NOI) that included two amendments for the 2012-14 hunting seasons and the 2012-13 Wildlife Management Area (WMA) hunting season.

Notable changes to the upcoming hunting seasons include modifying the primitive firearm definition by removing the pre-1900 designation, allowing the take of rabbits, squirrels, and outlaw quadrupeds with air rifles, modifying the hunting season for lands within the Morganza Floodway from I-10 south within the protection levees of the Atchafalaya Basin and providing increased deer hunting opportunity in Area 5. In addition, the season limit for deer for the 2013-14 season was changed to allow for the take of no more than 3 antlered deer or 4 antlerless deer.

The first amendment to the original NOI for the 2012-13 General-WMA Hunting Regulations allows for changing the firearm language specific for the take of raccoon and opossum to be consistent with the firearms legal to take small game, making .22 caliber or smaller legal.

A second amendment will allow for a bird dog training area in Kisatchie National Forest, on that portion of the Vernon Unit of the Calcasieu Ranger District known as the “dove field”, to allow for bird dog training year round, except during turkey season.

Included in the Commission approvals is the list of primitive firearm calibers, smaller than .38, that will be legal for deer hunting beginning with the 2012-13 season. Those calibers include the .38-55 Winchester, .375 Winchester, .357 S&W Magnum, .38 S&W Special, .35 Winchester SL and .351 Winchester SL.

To view the full notices of intent, as presented Feb. 2, 2012 by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and subsequent amendments, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.

For more information, contact Randy Myers at 225-765-2359 or rmyers@wlf.louisiana.gov.

LWFC Takes Unprecedented Step to Move Forward with “State-waters Only” Red Snapper Season for 2013

Release Date: 05/04/2012

 

May 3, 2012 – Today the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) took action to implement a “Louisiana-only” red snapper recreational season, set to begin in 2013. 

This Louisiana red snapper weekend-only season would begin the Saturday preceding Palm Sunday each year and end September 30 of the same year, with a recreational bag limit of three fish per day at a 16 inch minimum.  A weekend is defined as Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with the exception of Memorial Day and Labor Day, when Monday would be classified as a weekend as well. 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham was given the authority to modify the portions of this rule pertaining to red snapper recreational daily harvest limits and seasons if the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Survey institutes sub-regional management for the species or if it is otherwise deemed necessary. 

In related action, next month LWFC will also consider extending state waters from three miles offshore to three nautical miles or approximately 10.357 miles.  This action is being considered based on recent legislative action taken in 2011 in Act 336, which recognizes that the gulfward boundary historically consists of three marine leagues and designates that boundary to be enforced by state law regarding the protection and restoration of coastal lands, waters and natural resources, and regulation of activities affecting them.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant resources.  For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For press inquiries, contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504) 430-2623.

2012 Free Fishing Weekend in Louisiana Set for June 9-10

Release Date: 05/03/2012

May 3, 2012  -- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission today officially proclaimed June 9 and 10 as “Free Fishing Weekend” for Louisiana citizens and visitors.  The promotional fishing dates are provided for novices and non-anglers as an opportunity to experience recreational fishing in fresh or salt water without the purchase of a recreational fishing license. 

The program is part of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) efforts to attract more participants into the ranks of licensed fishermen.  Fishing license fees support LDWF's conservation efforts including habitat management.

"LDWF is encouraging anyone who wants to fish in Louisiana to do so on the weekend of June 9-10," said John Sturgis, LDWF education manager.  "It's an activity the whole family can enjoy, even without a boat.  Louisiana offers some of the best bank and pier fishing opportunities in the south."

"Free Fishing Weekend" is a part of Fishing Week in Louisiana that runs from June 4 to 10.  The event was created to help reverse the trend of declining participation in outdoor activities across America.

In conjunction with Free Fishing Weekend, LDWF is working with supporting sponsors to offer the following events on Saturday, June 9:

Bass Pro Shops Kids Fishing Rodeo at Waddill Wildlife Refuge

4142 N. Flannery Road, Baton Rouge

Fishing competition from 7 to 11 a.m. followed by lunch at Bass Pro.

Free Fishing Day at Lake D’Arbonne State Park

3628 Evergreen Road, Farmerville

Registration begins at 8 a.m. for the fishing contest at 9 a.m. and bait casting contest at 10 a.m. with awards to be presented before noon.

Louisiana Saltwater Series Youth Fishing Event at Elmer’s Island

LA Hwy. 1, Grand Isle

Tournament hours: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact John Sturgis at 225-763-5448 or jsturgis@wlf.la.gov or Danica Williams at 504-628-7282 or dwilliams@wlf.la.gov.

Louisiana Spring Shrimp Season Set To Open

Release Date: 05/03/2012

Louisiana Spring Shrimp Season Set To Open

May 3, 2012 – The dates for the 2012 Louisiana spring shrimp season were announced at today’s meeting of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. The spring shrimp season was set based on information providedby Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and on public comments.

The opening dates for the 2012 Louisiana shrimp season are as follows:

1) That portion of state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River to open at 6 a.m. May 21

2) That portion of state inside waters from the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River to the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel Buoy Line to open at 6 a.m. May 7

3)  That portion of state inside waters from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel Buoy Line to the Louisiana/Texas state line to open at 6 a.m. May 21

4)  That portion of state outside waters from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou to open at 6 a.m. May 21

For a map detailing these opening please click here

LDWF biologists monitored water conditions and conducted over 900 trawl samples throughout the state’s estuarine and nearshore waters over the last five weeks to develop management recommendations for spring inshore opening dates.   The Department provided projections of the dates when a minimum of 50 percent of the inshore brown shrimp population would reach 100 count per pound or larger. 

Louisiana leads the nation in shrimp production and the shrimp fishery is the state’s largest and most valuable commercial fishery with 2011 landings totaling over 90.5 million pounds (heads-on) weight.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant resources.  For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information on the spring inshore season contact Marty Bourgeois at (225)765-2401.  For press inquiries contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504)430-2623.

 

 

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