A two-phase closure is planned on Elmer’s Island for the Caminada Headland Beach and Dune Restoration Project.
Phase one includes closure of the Elmer’s Island access road on Thursday, April 16 and Friday, April 17.
During phase two of the project, the west side of Elmer’s Island will close, but the east side and access road will remain open. This closure will go into effect Monday, April 20.
Construction for this critical habitat restoration project will begin on or near May 1. Visitors to the refuge are asked to yield to construction vehicles and equipment when traveling and parking along the access road.
The Caminada headland is located south and east of Port Fourchon in Lafourche Parish and is a 14-mile long undeveloped beach that stretches from West Belle Pass on the west to Caminada Pass on the east. To view a map of the area closure, click here.
The Caminada Headland Beach and Dune Restoration Project is managed by the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. The goal of the project is to restore and protect shoreline habitats across the Caminada headland through the direct placement of approximately 5.4 million cubic yards of sandy material from Ship Shoal, an offshore borrow source. A total of 489 acres of beach and dune habitat will be restored.
NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on a proposed rule that would add long-term recreational accountability measures for red snapper. Accountability measures are measures taken to prevent the harvest from exceeding the quota.
The proposed rule published in the Federal Register on November 21, 2014, with the comment period ending December 22, 2014.
The proposed rule would establish two accountability measures to either mitigate or correct for an annual harvest overage. The first accountability measure would establish a recreational annual catch target. The annual catch target would be 20 percent less than the recreational quota. Projected recreational seasons would be based on the annual catch target rather than the quota. This measure is expected to reduce the probability of exceeding the quota in any given year from 50 percent to 15 percent.
The second accountability measure would be an overage adjustment to apply as long as the population is considered overfished (population is too low). In the event the recreational quota is exceeded, the recreational quota would be reduced in the year following the overage by the amount of the overage. This quota reduction could be modified if the best scientific information available determines that a greater, lesser, or no overage adjustment is necessary. Under this measure, the recreational annual catch target would be set at 20 percent below the adjusted quota.
Similar recreational red snapper accountability measures were put in place for the 2014 recreational red snapper season through an emergency rule following the decision of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Guindon v. Pritzker, (Mar. 26, 2014). The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) requested NOAA Fisheries implement the emergency rule to address the court decision and set the recreational red snapper annual catch target at 20 percent less than the recreational quota. By using the annual catch target rather than the quota to project the season length, the probability of exceeding the quota was reduced.
However, the emergency rule only applied to the 2014 fishing season and does not address the long-term need for further accountability measures identified by the Court. Therefore, the Council requested NOAA Fisheries, through a framework action, to implement a long-term accountability measures and is the basis for this proposed rule.
Request for Comments
NOAA Fisheries must receive comments on this proposed rule no later than December 22, 2014. We will address all comments specifically directed to the framework action or the proposed rule in the final rule. You may obtain electronic copies of the proposed rule and the amendment from the NOAA Fisheries Web site:
How to Submit Comments
You may submit comments on this document, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2014-0120, by any of the following methods:
Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to
http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2014-0120, click the “Comment Now!” icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.
Mail: Submit written comments to Peter Hood, NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Regional Office, Sustainable Fisheries Division, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-5505.
Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by NOAA Fisheries. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. NOAA Fisheries will accept anonymous comments (enter “N/A” in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, or Adobe PDF file formats only.
NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on a proposed rule to implement Framework Amendment 1 to the Fishery Management Plan for Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Region. The proposed rule for Framework Amendment 1 published in the Federal Register (79 FR 44369) on July 31, 2014, and the comment period ends on September 2, 2014.
Recent stock assessments for Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic migratory group Spanish mackerel indicate the stocks are healthy, and catch levels can be increased.
If implemented, the proposed rule would increase the combined commercial and recreational catch limit for Spanish mackerel in the Gulf of Mexico from 5.15 million pounds to 12.7 million pounds in 2014-2015, and then decrease to 11.8 million pounds in 2015-2016, and 11.3 million pounds in 2016-2017.
In the South Atlantic, the proposed rule would increase the catch limit for Spanish mackerel from 5.69 million pounds to 6.063 million pounds; with 3.330 million pounds (55%) allocated to the commercial sector and 2.727 million pounds (45%) allocated to the recreational sector.
Framework Amendment 1 may be obtained from:
- The NOAA Fisheries Web site http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/gulf_sa/cmp/2014/framework_am1/index.html
- The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Web site at http://www.safmc.net.
You may submit comments by the following methods:
- Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2014-0075 click the “Comment Now!” icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.
- Mail: NOAA Fisheries
Southeast Regional Office
Sustainable Fisheries Division
c/o Karla Gore
263 13th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, Florida 3370-5505
NOAA Fisheries will accept anonymous comments. Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only. Comments received through means not specified in this bulletin may not be considered.
For more information on Mackerel Framework Amendment 1, please click on this link to the Frequently Asked Questions found at:
By Kevin Savoie
As we move into the hottest part of summer, coastal angling success depends on being on the water through some really hot weather. During this period it’s sometime necessary to use live bait to have any success. The key to being successful with live bait is to manage the water quality in your holding tank.
A basic understanding of live bait handling could mean the difference in a successful fishing trip. The first consideration is water quality. A number of water quality requirements should be considered. These are oxygen, temperature, and salinity.
Many bay boats manufactured recently have built in bait wells with flow through pumps. These work well if not overloaded with bait. For fishermen who do not have a built in baitwell or even a boat, the most popular method of insuring adequate oxygen is to use a l2-volt aerator that sits inside of the bait well. Another method is to an external pump with an air stone, which blows diffused air. This set up is recommended because it will not cause heat buildup like a submersible pump.
Temperature and salinity should be considered next. If possible, you should fill your bait well or bucket with the same water the bait was being held in when purchased. If this is not possible, you may acclimate the bait to the water at the site of the fishing location by adding small quantities of water until the desired temperature and salinity are reached. This is especially important if there is a large temperature and salinity difference. Rapid changes in water temperature and salinity, more than 5 degrees and ten parts per thousand, can cause temperature shock and osmotic stress. Remember, cooler water holds more oxygen than warm water. Cooling the water with ice will cool the water and not reduce the salinity too much. Caution should be taken when adding ice to the water, as too much ice will chill your bait too fast and kill it. These steps may seem unnecessary but, if these steps are not taken, your bait will die much sooner.
All finfish have protective mucus — a “slime” coat that protects them from external stress. If this mucus is removed by handling the fish, it can cause the fish to become stressed and die. This can be overcome by using a dip net to remove bait from the live well and wetting your hands before hooking the bait. This also serves as a means of not contaminating the water in which the bait is living. Insect repellant and sunscreen are two sources of contamination for your bait. After time, the concentration of chemicals could build up to levels that will affect the performance of your bait.
Many types of tanks are suitable for holding and maintaining live bait. Homemade tanks can be constructed of plastic, fiberglass. All metals should be avoided when possible. Round tanks are preferred, since bait tends to huddle in the corners of square or rectangular tanks. This is especially true of menhaden (pogies).
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is advising fishermen to be aware of the potential danger of vibrio vulnificus (V. vulnificus) bacteria that can be found in saltwater.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), V. vulnificus can cause an infection of the skin when open wounds are exposed to warm seawater; these infections may lead to skin breakdown and ulceration. Vv is often called a “flesh eating bacterium”. Persons who are immuno-compromised are at higher risk for invasion of the organism into the bloodstream and potentially fatal complications. V. vulnificus bloodstream infections are fatal about 50 percent of the time.
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (LDHH) data indicates there are about 10 to 15 cases per year in the state. The majority get the infection from skin contact with sea water (80 percent) or consumption of raw seafood (20 percent).
The CDC and LDHH report that persons who are immuno-compromised, especially those with chronic liver disease, are at risk for Vv when they come in contact with seawater or when they eat raw seafood. A recent study showed that people with these pre-existing medical conditions were 80 times more likely to develop Vv bloodstream infections than were healthy people.
Fishermen in saltwater should carry with them basic disinfectant (chlorine bleach mixed 1 part bleach to 4 parts fresh water or tincture of iodine or antibiotic ointment) and use if skin is punctured while handling fishing tackle, bait or fish. Wade fishermen who injure themselves, breaking the skin and exposing a wound to saltwater, need to take the same precautions.
If ulceration and rapid swelling around the wound area are noted, attention by a physician as soon as possible is advised. For more information, visit http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov , or http://www.cdc.gov/health/diseases.htm.
The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) (www.lumcon.edu) and the Management Conference of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) (www.btnep.org) invite applications for the position of Program Director. BTNEP is a unique and complex program of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Louisiana’s Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium. The mission of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) is the preservation and restoration of the Barataria-Terrebonne estuarine system, the 4.2 million acre region between the Atchafalaya and Mississippi Rivers. BTNEP strives to rebuild and protect the estuary for future generations through the implementation of a Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan, a science-based, consensus-driven plan that utilizes partnerships focused on the estuary’s rich cultural, economic, and natural resources. The Program Director serves as the principal spokesperson and advocate for BTNEP and provides overall direction to a professional program staff of 10 to ensure adherence to program goals and objectives. The ideal BTNEP Program Director should have an understanding of water quality, wetlands ecology and processes, fish and wildlife, as well as the socio-economic aspects of the region. The ideal Program Director should also be effective at facilitating groups of scientists, educators, resource managers, and industry representatives and have the ability to guide these groups to a consensus-based decision.
- Provides aggressive leadership, direction and consonance in the development and implementation of policies, plans, and programs which provide a balance between development and conservation, in accordance with the CCMP.
- Provide support to the Chair of the BTNEP Management Conference. Work closely with Management Conference members, legislators, and agencies to facilitate and coordinate implementation of the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP).
- Oversees the development and implementation of project proposals consistent with the CCMP for funding through various state and federal programs.
- Represents BTNEP at annual meetings of the EPA and the Association of National Estuary Programs.
- Represent BTNEP on state, national, and international boards and committees and serve as principal spokesperson for BTNEP at public events, to the media, and to local, state, and national legislators and officials.
- Responsible for securing funds for project implementation and financial management of federal, state, local and private funding allocated to the program.
- Recommend programs, formulate policies, and operational plans to the Management Conference to carry out the established goals of the Program.
- Recommend modifications to the CCMP to the Management Conference when conditions warrant.
- Oversees and manages major program activities including, but not limited to: Formal Education, Public Education and Outreach, Invasive Species, Water Quality, Plant Material propagation, Public Involvement, and other Scientific/Technical programs.
- Oversee the development of an annual work plan, management of contracts, preparation of grant applications, and compliance with reporting requirements and purchasing procedures of the State of Louisiana and EPA.
- Directs program staff and assigns work assignments to ensure Program activities are consistent with program goals.
- Seeks opportunities for enhancing education and training for Director and staff.
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with a major in a natural or physical science, environmental studies, or related field; plus 15 years of full-time experience with some of those years being in a management capacity of an environmental or coastal restoration program.
OR A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in the degrees listed above or related fields plus 12 years of the required experience.
OR A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in science, environmental science or related fields plus 10 years of the required experience.
Salary and Benefits
Salary is competitive and negotiable based on experience Salary range is $75,000 to $90,000 plus benefits.
Resumes and cover letters should be submitted electronically by Monday, June 2, 2014 to Heidi Boudreaux, LUMCON Chief Financial Officer (email@example.com) or by mail to Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, 8124 Louisiana 56, Chauvin, LA 70344.
1 p.m., Tuesday, February 4, 2014
UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210, New Orleans 70122
I. Call to Order
II. Consideration of Oyster Task Force bills for the 2014 legislative session.
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.
Those interested in listening in to the meeting via Webinar or telephone register at
The CWPPRA Public Outreach Committee would like invite you to view our latest video and read our newest paperback book.
|Louisiana: A Certain Pride of Place – Barrier Islands and Shoreline Restoration
This new CWPPRA video shares information about the ongoing effort to restore Louisiana’s barrier islands and shorelines. The video includes actual footage of restoration efforts and interviews with subject matter experts. The 10-minute film gives viewers a chance to get a first-hand look at the continuing struggles to protect and preserve Louisiana’s unique habitats that extend along the state’s coast.
The video is available at http://lacoast.gov/new/Pubs/videos.aspx or on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/CWPPRAclips?feature=watch
|Saving Paradise – Honoring Our Past, Protecting Our Future
This paperback book was created to help people understand that the Louisiana coastal wetlands are home to some of the most dynamic creatures on Earth -humans. The 24 page full-color book explains how the state’s residents are uniquely tied to history, culture, and wetlands. The book answers the often asked question, “Why save coastal Louisiana?” The general public will find this wonderful book an easy read.
Free print copies of the book are available upon request while supplies last at http://lacoast.gov/new/Ed/RequestForm.aspx
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