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NOAA Fisheries Seeking Public Comment on Changes to Charter Vessel and Headboat Reporting Requirements

Release Date: 12/05/2018

NOAA Fisheries has proposed a new rule that would modify reporting requirements for owners or operators of vessels with a federal Gulf charter/headboat reef fish permit or Gulf charter/headboat coastal migratory pelagics permit. These proposed changes would require the owner or operator of a vessel with one of these permits to:

  • Electronically declare (hail-out) a fishing trip before leaving port.
  • Submit an electronic fishing report for each trip prior to the vessel offloading fish, or within 30 minutes after the end of the trip if no fish are landed.
  • Install NOAA Fisheries-approved hardware/software with global positioning system (GPS) capabilities that, at a minimum, archive vessel position data and transmit data to NOAA Fisheries. This requirement would not preclude the use of GPS devices that provide real-time location data or vessel monitoring systems (VMS). The GPS portion of the hardware must be permanently affixed to the vessel and turned on at all times, unless a power-down exemption is granted. 
  • Comply with these reporting requirements no matter where the vessel is fishing.

You can submit comments electronically via https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=NOAA-NMFS-2018-0111 or by mail to:

Rich Malinowski

Southeast Regional Office, NMFS

263 13th Avenue South

St. Petersburg, Florida 33701

Comments are due January 9, 2019.

NOAA Fisheries will review public comments and modify the proposed changes if necessary then submit the rule to the Secretary of Commerce for review and approval. If the Secretary of Commerce approves the rule, NOAA Fisheries would implement the changes in phases during 2019.

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council approved these changes to improve data collection and fisheries management. NOAA Fisheries has compiled several Frequently Asked Questions on these proposed changes. For more information, contact Chris Schieble at cschieble@wlf.la.gov or 504-284-2035.

Gulf Council to Hold Public Hearings on State Management of Recreational Red Snapper

Release Date: 12/03/2018

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is considering six amendments that would allow the individual Gulf states to set their own seasons and potentially other management measures for the recreational red snapper fisheries in both state and federal waters off their coasts. The Gulf Council will be holding several public hearings across the Gulf coast to solicit public comments on these amendments, including:

  • Monday, December 10, 2018 at 6 pm CST at the Embassy Suites on 4914 Constitution Avenue in Baton Rouge
  • Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 5 pm CST via webinar.

Other hearing locations and dates are listed on the Gulf Council’s website. You can also submit written comments via the Gulf Council’s website or email to gulfcouncil@gulfcouncil.org. Written comments must be received on or before 5 pm Eastern (4 pm Central) on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

Recreational offshore anglers and charter captains have a vested interest in the Gulf Council’s decision on these amendments. We encourage you to participate in the amendment’s development—it is important that the Gulf Council hears and considers your preferences. The final amendments will set the framework within which the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will work to establish rules for the state’s recreational red snapper fishery. If the final amendments reflect your preferences, the Commission will have a better foundation for addressing the desires of Louisiana’s recreational fishing community. The Gulf Council is expected to make a final decision on these amendments at their January 28-31, 2019 meeting in Orange Beach, Alabama.

For more information on these amendments, see our Louisiana Recreational Reef Fish Management Plan page. You can also contact Chris Schieble at cschieble@wlf.la.gov or 504-284-2035.

Commercial King Mackerel Season To Close December 5, 2018

Release Date: 11/30/2018

Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced the commercial season for the harvest of king mackerel in Louisiana waters will close at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, and remain closed until the season is scheduled to re-open on July 1, 2019. 

The commercial season for the harvest of king mackerel was previously reopened on November 12, 2018, to harvest quota remaining for the western Gulf of Mexico.  LDWF has been informed that the quota for the western Gulf of Mexico is projected to be reached.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission provided the authority to Secretary Montoucet to modify the commercial king mackerel season at its regular meeting on November 1, 2018, in order to harvest the remaining quota.

For more information, contact Jason Adriance at 504.284.2032 or jadriance@wlf.la.gov

Shrimp Task Force to Meet December 5 at 10:00 a.m.

Release Date: 11/29/2018

Shrimp Task Force Meeting

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Meeting. The public is invited to attend.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 10:00 a.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360

 

AGENDA

 

I. Pledge of Allegiance

II. Roll call and Introduction of Guests

III. Approval of the September 26, 2018 meeting minutes and of the December 5, 2018 Agenda

IV. Treasury Report

   A. Budget Report- LDWF

V. Federal Shrimp Permit Report- STF

VI. New Business

   A. To Hear an Update on the Gulf Hypoxia Action Plan and Louisiana’s State Strategy- Doug Daigle

   B. To Hear a Presentation on the Inflation Adjusted Value of Shrimp Landings- LDWF

   C. To Consider An Adjustment to a Nearshore Planning Area-LDWF

   D. Update on the Fishing Industry’s Adaptation Working Groups -Brian Lezina, CPRA

   E. To Discuss the STF Bylaws and Speaking Time Limits- STF

   F. To Discuss STF Vacancies- STF

   G. To Discuss Rescheduling the Shrimp Task Force Washington, D.C. Trip- STF

   H. To Discuss Closed Season Shrimp Violations- Barry Rogers

VII. Public Comment

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/3479554474778145793

 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.

 

Shrimp Task Force to Meet December 5 at 10:00 a.m.

Release Date: 11/29/2018

Shrimp Task Force Meeting

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Meeting. The public is invited to attend.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 10:00 a.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360

 

AGENDA

 

  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Roll call and Introduction of Guests
  3. Approval of the September 26, 2018 meeting minutes and of the December 5, 2018 Agenda
  4. Treasury Report
  1. Budget Report- LDWF
  1. Federal Shrimp Permit Report- STF
  2. New Business
  1. To Hear an Update on the Gulf Hypoxia Action Plan and Louisiana’s State Strategy- Doug Daigle
  2. To Hear a Presentation on the Inflation Adjusted Value of Shrimp Landings- LDWF
  3. To Consider Amended Location Proposals for Near shore Artificial Reef Sites- LDWF/LPBF
  4. Update on the Fishing Industry’s Adaptation Working Groups -Brian Lezina, CPRA
  5. To Discuss the STF Bylaws and Speaking Time Limits- STF
  6. To Discuss STF Vacancies- STF
  7. To Discuss Rescheduling the Shrimp Task Force Washington, D.C. Trip- STF
  8. To Discuss Closed Season Shrimp Violations- Barry Rogers
  1. Public Comment
  2. 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/3479554474778145793

 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.

 

LDWF New Orleans Regional Office and Oyster Lease Program Scheduled to Move

Release Date: 11/29/2018

The New Orleans office of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is moving. The new office will be immediately next door to its current location in the Lindy Boggs Conference Center at 2045 Lakeshore Drive within UNO’s Research and Technology Park.
 
Anyone wishing to renew oyster leases on or before December 7 may experience delays due to the move. Anyone appearing on or after December 10 should go to the new location. Signage within the building will direct individuals to the Oyster Lease Program offices.
 
If there are any questions regarding the renewal of oyster leases or payment of rental fees, you may contact the office at (504) 284-5279 or Marc Maniscalco at (504) 284-5277.
 
To locate and contact any of our field offices, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/contact-us .

Third CWD Positive Deer Confirmed in Mississippi in Issaquena County Near Louisiana Border

Release Date: 11/28/2018

Nov. 28, 2018 – A third deer in Mississippi has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), according to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP). The 2-year-old doe was harvested in Issaquena County this month, six miles north of where the first deer with CWD was discovered Jan. 25, 2018.
 
The 4-year-old buck that tested positive for CWD in January was found only a few miles from the Louisiana border on the east side of the Mississippi River.
 
The second positive deer was detected in October in Pontotoc County, Mississippi, located in the northeast part of the state and approximately 130 miles northeast of the cases in Issaquena County.
 
CWD has not been detected in Louisiana although it has been in 25 states, including Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi. Following the discovery of the first diseased deer in Mississippi the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) sampled 300 deer within a designated buffer zone, which is within 25 miles of the index case in Issaquena County and included East Carroll, Madison and Tensas parishes. CWD was not detected in any of the sampled deer.
 
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease that affects members of the cervid family. The disease is spread through contact with infected saliva, blood, urine and feces from live or dead deer. Disease transmission also occurs through contact with infectious material in the soil, food and water.
 
The recent discoveries in Mississippi have highlighted the importance of additional monitoring by LDWF while incorporating preventative measures to stem the potential spread of the disease. Proper handling of deer carcasses after harvest can help in preventing further spread of the disease.
 
Louisiana is one of 41 states that have instituted cervid carcass importation bans prohibiting the importation of high risk parts. Along with the current moratorium on live importation of captive deer, these measures provide the best defense against potential disease introduction and spread.
 
The carcass ban includes animals of the family Cervidae, including but not limited to, white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, moose, caribou, fallow deer, axis deer, sika deer, red deer and reindeer. 
 
Cervids harvested in other states may not be transported into Louisiana, except for deboned meat; quarters with no part of the head or spinal column; meat that is cut and packaged; clean skulls with antlers; capes; cleaned cervid teeth; and finished taxidermy products.
 
Recommended deer carcass disposal includes burial on site where harvested; disposal at approved landfills through official waste collection companies or simply leaving the deer carcass on the property in which it was harvested after the meat has been removed. This is recommended for all deer harvested regardless of state of origin. 
 
Cervid carcass regulations have proven necessary in two cases this year. CWD infected deer from Texas and Arkansas were harvested by Louisiana hunters this year. In both cases, the hunters were notified by the respective state and the meat was incinerated by LDWF to avoid potential spread. The ash was then bagged and disposed of in an approved landfill. The fact that two known CWD deer were harvested by Louisiana hunters is significant because only a very small percentage of harvested deer are tested for the disease.
 
The two cases highlight the importance of regulations promoting best management practices that reduce the potential spread of the disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) there is no evidence that CWD can infect humans. However, it is strongly recommended that people do not consume venison from known CWD positive animals.
 
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.
 
Symptomatic deer should be reported to the nearest LDWF Field Office.
 
Deer hunters who would like to have their harvest tested may contact LDWF Field Offices throughout the state. Those offices can take samples during business hours from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please contact the office prior to your hunt to receive information on proper handling of your deer harvest for appropriate sampling.
 
LDWF continues cooperative discussions with other state and federal agencies in the fight against CWD and to prevent it from entering the state.
 
Go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/CWD for more information on CWD.
 

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December 2018 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda (Note: The December meeting will be held on Monday, December 3)

Release Date: 11/27/2018

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, December 3, 2018, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

 

The following items will be discussed:

 

1. Call to Order

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Roll Call

4. Adoption of November 1, 2018 Commission Meeting Minutes

5. Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

6. Enforcement Report, November 2018 – Major Edward Skena, Enforcement Division

7. Receive and Consider a Notice of Intent on Dredge Fill Material Program – Kyle Balkum, Biologist Director

8. Receive a Presentation on the New WMA Self-Clearing Permit App – Steve Smith, Wildlife Biologist

9. Receive an Update on Chronic Wasting Disease Status – Scott Durham, Wildlife Biologist Director

10. Receive a Presentation from the Louisiana Oyster Task Force (OTF) – OTF Representative

11. Set April 2019 Commission Meeting Date

12. Receive Public Comments

13. Adjournment

A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via Gotowebinar.com.  To attend this meeting via webinar visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6092608729370592771

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

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.

 

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. 

Louisiana Artificial Reef Council to Meet Nov. 27

Release Date: 11/26/2018

The Artificial Reef Program Council will meet on Tuesday, November 27 at 1:30 p.m. in the Joe L. Herring Louisiana Room at Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters building located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.
 
The agenda is as follows:

  1.  Introduction and welcome
  2.  Approval of agenda
  3.  Approval of minutes
  4.  Reef Program updates
  5.  a.  Nearshore & Offshore: Mike McDonough
  6.  b.  Inshore: Ashley Ferguson
  7.  c.  Monitoring & NRDA Rec Use: Ashley Ferguson
  8.  Presentation on proposed Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation Reef Sites*
  9.  Nearshore planning area addition*
  10.  Public Comments
  11.  Other business
  12.  Adjourn

*Action item for Council

 

Oyster Task Force Marketing Committee to Meet November 27

Release Date: 11/20/2018

Oyster Task Force Marketing Committee

Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 10:00 A.M.

UNO CERM Building

2045 Lakeshore Drive, RM 216

New Orleans, LA 70122

 

AGENDA

I. Call to Order

II. Pledge of Allegiance

III. To Discuss an Oyster Industry Marketing Plan- 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/3955016287817618690

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.

 

 

 

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