November Lagniappe Fisheries Newsletter

Jack of All Trades

 

The jack crevalle (Caranx hippos) is a predatory gamefish that inhabits a wide range of environments in water less than 1,100 feet. Offshore they can be found over reefs or around oil rigs. Inshore they utilize a variety of habitats including harbors, bays and even in the brackish waters of estuaries.

 

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Seven Crab Trap Closures for Derelict Removal Along Louisiana Coast in 2018

 

Since 2004, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), together with individual volunteers and organizations, including Louisiana Sea Grant, has successfully removed and disposed of more than 33,000 abandoned and derelict crabs. The removal of these crab traps is especially important to boating safety and crab harvesting efforts..

 

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More articles in this month’s edition of Lagniappe:

 

  • Modified Blue Crab Harvest Regulations
  • Reminder: Crab Trap Changes Go into Effect this Month
  • Fisheries Update Meeting and Commercial License Sales
  • Louisiana Shrimp Watch
  • Important Dates & Upcoming Events
  • The Gumbo Pot – Pan-Grilled Flounder with Cajun Spices

 

View full November 2017 edition of Lagniappe

 

 

 

Past copies of Lagniappe Fisheries newsletter are available online at:

www.seagrantfish.lsu.edu/resources/lagniappe/2017.htm

 

 

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FB17-068 Request for Comments: Proposed Rule to Modify Greater Amberjack Allowable Harvest

Greater Amberjack

Greater Amberjack. Illustrations by Diane Rome Peebles

KEY MESSAGE:

NOAA Fisheries requests your comments on a proposed rule for commercial and recreational greater amberjack management measures in the Gulf of Mexico. Comments are due by December 5, 2017. 

SUMMARY OF PROPOSED CHANGES:

  • The proposed rule modifies the greater amberjack annual catch limits and annual catch targets for 2018 and subsequent years (see table below).
  • The proposed rule would set a new greater amberjack rebuilding timeframe of 2027 based on the adjusted annual catch limits and annual catch targets.
  • This proposed rule would change the greater amberjack recreational seasonal closure from June 1 – July 31 to January 1 – June 30.
  • This is a temporary closed season to give the Gulf Council time to develop another framework that would allow a spring and fall recreational fishing season.

Proposed acceptable biological catch (ABC), annual catch limits (ACL), and annual catch targets (ACT) in pounds whole weight for 2018 through 2020 and beyond.

  Recreational Commercial

 

YEAR ABC  ACL  ACT ACL  ACT
 2018  1,182,000 862,860 716,173 319,140 277,651
 2019  1,489,000  1,086,970  902,185  402,030  349,766
 2020+  1,794,000  1,309,620  1,086,985  484,380  421,411

 


HOW TO COMMENT ON THE PROPOSED RULE:

The comment period is open now through December 5, 2017. You may submit comments by electronic submission or by postal mail. Comments sent by any other method (such as e-mail), to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by NOAA Fisheries.
FORMAL FEDERAL REGISTER NAME/NUMBER: FR#2017-25050, published November 20, 2017.

Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal.

1. Go to https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=NOAA-NMFS- 2017-0116
2. Click the “Comment Now!” icon, complete the required fields.
3. Enter or attach your comments.

Mail: Submit written comments to Kelli O’Donnell, Southeast Regional Office, NMFS, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

Why are the annual catch limits and quotas changing?

  • The most recent Gulf of Mexico greater amberjack population assessment, completed in 2016, indicated greater amberjack are experiencing overfishing (too many fish are being removed) and are overfished (population is too low).
  • The current rebuilding plan was to be completed in 2019, but new scientific information indicates that the population cannot be rebuilt by 2019 under current harvest levels.
  • The assessment also indicates that Gulf of Mexico greater amberjack have been overfished in all years since 1987 and have been undergoing overfishing since 1985. Therefore, a reduction in the harvest limits is necessary to ensure that overfishing does not continue.
  • The new rebuilding plan is anticipated to rebuild the Gulf of Mexico greater amberjack stock by 2027.

Why is the recreational fixed closed season changing?

  • The current recreational fixed closed season is June 1 – July 31.
  • The original intent of the June 1 – July 31 closure was to reduce the likelihood of an in-season quota closure and allow for harvest of red snapper when greater amberjack would be closed.
  • Gulf of Mexico greater amberjack harvest has been closed earlier in the season in recent years not allowing the June – July fixed closed season to achieve those intents.
  • The January 1 – June 30 is a temporary closed season which would prevent the recreational season from opening on January 1, 2018, and allow additional time to consider the most appropriate recreational closed season.

Where can I find more information on the Greater Amberjack Allowable Harvest and Rebuilding Plan Framework?

  • Contact NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Regional Office

By Mail: Kelli O’Donnell

NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Regional Office

Sustainable Fisheries Division

263 13th Avenue South

St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-5505

By FAX: (727) 824-5308

By Phone: (727) 824-5305

LDWF Commercial Fishing Licenses Will Be Available At Field Offices

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will offer new and renewals of commercial fishing licenses and motorboat registration from the following locations:

Bourg Office

November 28-30, 2017
467 Texas Gulf Road

Bourg, LA

8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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.

LDWF Commercial Fishing Licenses To Be Available At Field Offices

Crab in trap

Credit: J. Lively

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will offer new and renewals of commercial fishing licenses and motorboat registration from the following locations:

Bourg Office

November 28-30, 2017
467 Texas Gulf Road

Bourg, LA

8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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.

Louisiana Shrimp Watch- September 2017

Louisiana specific data portrayed in the graphics are selected from preliminary data posted by NOAA on their website. All data portrayed are subject to final revision and approval by NOAA.  Shrimp landings are ex-vessel prices, inclusive of all species harvested. Missing, inadequate or withheld reports are portrayed as “zero” in these graphics. Price graphics reflect central Gulf states only (Texas and Florida are reported independently). For more information, please refer to: www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/st1/market_news/index.html.

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Nearshore oil spill response seminar – 11/13

Beach Scene

Credit: J. Lively

We’re one week away from our next Responding to oil spills seminar so be sure to sign up today to attend in person or listen online!

 

Responding to oil spills: Nearshore and beaches habitats
Monday, November 13, 2017, 9:00a CT – 4:00p CT
Disaster Response Center, 7344 Zeigler Blvd., Mobile, AL 36608
Watch online if you cannot attend in person. As with all of our seminars, a live, interactive webcast will be available for any interested party who cannot attend in person. To find out more, go to gulfseagrant.org/responding-to-oil-spills-nearshore-beach-habitats/ .

 

REGISTER: gulfseagrant.org/responding-to-oil-spills-nearshore-beach-habitats/

This Responding to oil spills seminar will focus on oil spills affecting beach and nearshore environments. The event is FREE, open to the public, and lunch will be provided for registered participants.

 

Also, for those interested –

 

Responding to oil spills: Coastal wetland habitats

If you missed our first of three Responding to oil spills seminars on October 26 in Biloxi, MS, the videos of presentations and discussions are now available for viewing at gulfseagrant.org/responding-to-oil-spills-coastal-wetland-habitats.

 

Responding to oil spills: Offshore and deep sea habitats
Stay tuned for details for our final Responding to oil spills seminar – COMING IN 2018!

As always, if you have any specific questions or comments about our seminars or other products, do not hesitate to contact me. Please share these opportunities to learn more about oil spill science with your networks.

LWFC Takes No Vote on Fall Red Snapper Season in Louisiana

During the October meeting on Thursday, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission opted not to vote on a proposal to give anglers additional access to red snapper during the fall of 2017.

Several commissioners said they were concerned that the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) did not have the snapper harvest numbers from the four other Gulf Coast states, and that harvest could cause the overall gulf-wide quota to be exceeded. The overall catch numbers for 2017, especially if it far exceeds the gulf-wide quota, could affect both the federal and state red snapper season in 2018.

Earlier this summer, the Gulf Coast states – Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama and Florida – were granted a 39-day extension to allow private recreational anglers to fish for red snapper in federal waters out to 200 nautical miles from their coasts.  That extension ended on September 4, 2017.

Representatives from the Coastal Conservation Association and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership requested the commission delay approval of a fall red snapper season until the catch data from the other four Gulf States is announced.

They also voiced concern about an Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) federal lawsuit challenging the 39-day season, suggesting that a quota over-run would benefit the EDF legal standing.

Jack Montoucet, LDWF Secretary, had proposed the fall state season after the 39-day federal season ended with Louisiana being 107,000 pounds below its self-imposed limit of 1.04 million pounds.  The self-imposed limit represented approximately 15.5% of the estimated gulf-wide quota and is equal to the historical percentage of the gulf-wide annual harvest taken by Louisiana’s recreational anglers.  Harvest of less than this self-imposed limit will represent a decreased share of the overall gulf-wide recreational landings, especially if the overall gulf-wide quota is exceeded in 2017.

The state-waters season proposal would have provided red snapper fishing on weekends only, possibly into December of this year.

Commission Chairman Chad Courville announced that he would convene a special meeting of the commission to consider a fall season if the catch numbers from the other four Gulf states show the overall catch quota had not been reached.  It is unclear when official gulf-wide catch data will be released from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

Shrimp Task Force to Meet October 18 at 10:00 a.m.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 10:00 a.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360

 

AGENDA

  1. Roll call and Introduction of Guests
  2. Approval of the August 2, 2017 Meeting Minutes and the October 18, 2017 Agenda

III. Treasury Report

  1. Budget Report- LDWF
  2. New Business
  1. To Hear a Presentation on Shrimping with Diversions- Nic Dixon
  2. To Consider Funding for the 2018 LA Fisheries Forward Summit- Mark Shirley
  3. To Hear a Presentation on Shrimp Import Data- Jack Isaacs
  4. Discussion of the Turtle Excluder Device State Regulations- Acy Cooper/ Peyton Cagle
  5. Discussion of Restaurant Seafood Advertisement and Labeling Regulations- Acy Cooper
  6. Discussion of Bait Permit Dead Shrimp Possession Limits- STF
  7. Discussion of Public Proposal to Extend the ‘3-Mile Line’ to ‘9 Mile Line’ – STF
  8. Discussion of the ‘Dead Zone’- STF
  1. Public Comment
  2. Set Quarterly Meetings

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/3326625592377635586

 

October Lagniappe Fisheries Newsletter

 

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Watts Going on with Catfish

In late fall 2015, new rules and regulations were published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) pertaining to

Siluriformes fish (catfish, Chinese catfish, pangasius and basa) and they became effective in spring 2016. This was the first time that regulation of a seafood product moved from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to USDA, and it also increased inspections and regulations for countries exporting catfish to the U.S.

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Terrapins and Crab Traps

Recreational and commercial crab traps are often assumed to be trapping Diamondback Terrapin in Louisiana and across

the Gulf. In an effort to improve communication with the Diamondback Terrapin research community and to work to change the narrative and approach to terrapin recovery, the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission is hosting a special session to

address these gaps in communication on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 8 –11:45 a.m. during their 68th annual meeting in Mobile, AL. Several presentations will be made by both members of the DTWG and the Commission’s Crab Subcommittee. If you are interested, the session will be streamed live.

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More articles in this month’s edition of Lagniappe:

 

·         Providing Written Comment

·         2017-2018 Louisiana Oyster Season

·         Louisiana Shrimp Watch

·         Fish Gear Coordinates – August 2017

·         Important Dates & Upcoming Events

·         The Gumbo Pot – Shrimp and Crawfish Fettuccini

View full October 2017 edition of Lagniappe