FB17-053: Revised Reporting Requirements for Federal Seafood Dealers in Florida through October 31, 2017

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Credit: J. Lively

KEY MESSAGE:

  • Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida on September 10, 2017.
  • NOAA Fisheries has determined that catastrophic conditions exist for the following Florida counties: Manatee, Sarasota, DeSoto, Charlotte, Lee, Collier, Monroe, Miami-Dade, and Broward.
  • Therefore, for any dealer in the affected area who does not have access to electronic reporting, NOAA Fisheries is authorizing, through October 31, 2017:
    1. Delayed reporting of trip tickets to NOAA Fisheries; and
    2. The use of paper-based reporting forms for red snapper and grouper-tilefish individual fishing quota (IFQ) participants.  Dealers are to report all landings through the state trip ticket program as soon as possible.

 

MORE INFORMATION

  • Federal dealers in effected areas are released from the weekly reporting requirement of trip tickets to NOAA Fisheries, but must report all landings as soon as possible.  For questions, contact the Fisheries Monitoring Branch: 305-361-4581.
  • Participants shall continue to use the electronic systems for submitting landings and IFQ information to NOAA Fisheries, if it is accessible.
  • NOAA Fisheries has previously provided IFQ dealers the necessary paper forms (sequentially coded) and instructions for reporting during catastrophic conditions.  Paper forms are also available upon request by calling IFQ Customer Service at the phone number listed above or by writing:

NOAA Fisheries

Southeast Regional Office

Sustainable Fisheries Division

263 13th Avenue South

St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-5505

  • The IFQ program functions available to participants in the geographic area affected by catastrophic conditions will be limited for those using the paper-based system.  There will be no mechanism for transfers of IFQ shares or allocation for those using the paper-based system during catastrophic conditions.
  • Assistance in complying with the requirements of the paper-based system will be available via IFQ Customer Service 1-866-425-7627 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern time.
  • Regulations implementing dealer reporting and the IFQ programs provide for delayed reporting and IFQ paper-based reporting in the event of catastrophic conditions.  These regulations require NOAA Fisheries to determine when the catastrophic conditions exist, the duration of the catastrophic conditions, and which participants or geographic areas are affected.

NOAA Fisheries will continue to monitor and reevaluate the areas and duration of the catastrophic conditions.  A subsequent Fishery Bulletin will be published if

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Louisiana Oyster Task Force & Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet Tuesday, October 3

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 1 p.m.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans 70122

 

AGENDA

  1.         Roll call and introduction of guests
    II.         Approval of September 5, 2017, meeting minutes and October 3, 2017, agenda
    III.        Treasury Report
    A.   Oyster Tag Sales
    B.   LOTF Financial Report
  2.        Committee Reports
    A.   Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee (Mitch Jurisich)
  3.   Enforcement (Captain Chad Hebert)
  4.   Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)
  5.   Research (Earl Melancon)
    E.   Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)
    F.    Marketing (LDWF)
    G.   Health (Justin Gremillion)
    H.   Sustainability (LDWF)
    I.    Professionalism (LDWF)
    J.   Aquaculture (John Supan)
    K.  Joint Task Force Working Group (Mitch Jurisich)
    V.         New Business
    A.   Discussion of Crevasse Control and Overflow East of the MS River – OTF
    B.   Discussion of Hypoxia in the Chandeleur and Breton Sound Areas – OTF
    C.   Discussion of the Habitat Suitability Index – OTF
    D.   Discussion of the Common Temperature Matrix – Brad Robin
    E.   To Consider Funding for the 2018 Fisheries Forward Summit – Earl Melancon
    F.    To Consider Sponsorship and Funding for the ISSC OTF Hospitality Room –

OTF
G.   Discussion of the 2017 ‘Day in the Bay’ – OTF
VI.       Public Comment
VII.      Set Next Meeting
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/2670799891403678722

 

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. The meeting will convene at 9 a.m. in the second floor conference room of the University of New Orleans Advanced Technology Center located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans.

 

Agenda items for the meeting of the Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board are as follows:

  1. Roll call of board members
  2. Approval of minutes from September 5, 2017, meeting
  3. Hearing of deferred renewal permit appeals
  4. Lizeth Rivas Mendez
  5. Receive public comments
  6. Set next meeting date
  7. Adjournment

This Board was established by Act 922 of the 2008 Regular Legislative Session for the purpose of hearing appeals of vessel permit denials by LDWF. Act 922 requires that anyone commercially harvesting oysters on the public oyster seed grounds and reservations, except those in Calcasieu Lake and Sabine Lake, must do so from a vessel holding a public oyster seed ground vessel permit issued by LDWF.

 

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.

 

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 the contact at the top of

this announcement at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

 

For more information, please contact Ty Lindsey at 225-765-2387 or tlindsey@wlf.la.gov .

September Lagniappe Fisheries Newsletter

Atlantic Tarpon

With fossil records dating back to prehistoric times, the Atlantic tarpon, Megalops atlanticus, is an ancient species known to have been swimming the ocean for the past 125 million years. These fish range from Virginia to Brazil, with the greatest concentrations in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean, making them a popular saltwater sport fish. Adult tarpon are primarily found in shallow coastal waters, estuaries and even in some fresh waters. Atlantic tarpon are known for their renowned strength and “air time” that they provide when snagged on a fishing line, providing fisherman with an exciting and strenuous battle when reeling them in.

 

Read more…

 

 Louisiana Red Snapper Season

 

Louisiana anglers were able to complete the extended red snapper season due to the latest LA Creel landings data. The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission ordered LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet to shut down the red snapper season when it appears anglers met the self-imposed limit of 1.04 million pounds.

 

Read more…

 

More articles in this month’s edition of Lagniappe:

 

  • Approved Domestic Aquatic Organisms
  • Gulf of Mexico Regulations
  • Fish Gear Coordinates – July
  • Louisiana Shrimp Watch
  • Important Dates & Upcoming Events
  • The Gumbo Pot – Bacon-Crusted Oysters

 

View full September 2017 edition of Lagniappe

 

Past copies of Lagniappe Fisheries newsletter are available online at:

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

Get Out and Fish! Launches New Community Fishing Site in Ragley, LA

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Robbie the Redfish. Courtesy of LDWF.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and South Beauregard Recreation District invite you to join them for an event on Saturday, October 21st at Purple Heart Memorial Park pond in Ragley, LA (intersection of Hwy 171 and Hwy 190). Prior to the event, the pond will be stocked with 800 pounds of adult channel catfish. In addition, there will be numerous fishing activities for the entire family including a mobile touch tank, a casting inflatable, and a chance to meet Robbie the Redfish. 

 

Event Schedule:

Registration:                        7:00 am – 10:00 am

Fishing / Weigh–In:              7:00 am – 11:00 am

Activities:                              9:00 am – 11:30 am

Lunch:                                  10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Awards Ceremony:               11:30 am

 

Fishing competition categories include heaviest catfish and heaviest “other” fish.  Age divisions include Little Angler (ages 8 and under), Junior Angler (ages 9-15) and Adult Angler (ages 16 and older). You can pre-register for this event at www.wlf.la.gov/get-out-and-fish-1.

 

The event is free, and the first 100 youth registrants (age 15 and under) in attendance will receive a goody bag.  In addition, every participant will be entered into a raffle drawing to win prizes. Lunch will be provided by the South Beauregard Recreation District while supplies last.

 

Participants 16 & older must possess a valid Louisiana fishing license. If you would like to purchase a fishing license you can do so online at https://www.la.wildlifelicense.com. Don’t forget to bring your own gear, bait and tackle, and an ice chest to keep your fish.

The Get Out and Fish! Program seeks to increase the number of people with access to quality fishing. The program intends to recruit new anglers to the sport of fishing and promote outdoor activities for future generations.

 

This event is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.  The LWFF was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fish resources.

 

For more information on Get Out and Fish! Program, contact Megan MacMenamin at mmacmenamin@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-2375. 

Terrapins and Crab Traps

Crab Trap Marine Debris

Credit: Julie Lively

Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission  ·  68th Annual Meeting

Battle House Renaissance Hotel  ·  Mobile, Alabama

October 18, 2017  ·  8:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

 

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 GSMFC is hosting a special session to address these gaps in communication on Wednesday morning, October 18. Several presentations will be made by both members of the DTWG and the Crab Subcommittee. It is hoped that more coordinated research will take place in the future, utilizing the working knowledge of the Subcommittee to meet the research needs of the DTWG. Through collaboration, we will begin to change the tone regarding interactions between terrapins and the Gulf’s crab industry.

 

Agenda

8:00           Welcome and Overview – Ms. Christina Mohrman (GoM Alliance)

 

8:10           Encouraging Fisheries Cooperation in Conservation of the Diamondback Terrapin in Mississippi – Mr. Rick Burris (MDMR)

 

8:30           Evaluation of diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) nesting ecology throughout coastal Louisiana – Dr. Steven H. Pearson (LDWF)

8:50           Bycatch in the Commercial Blue Crab Fishery in Louisiana – Dr. Julie Lively (LSU AgCenter)

 

9:10           Terrapin Surveys and TEDs in Florida – Dr. Willem Roosenburg (Ohio Univ.)

 

9:30           FWC Hotspot Mapping and Monitoring using FID – Dr. Ryan Gandy (FWC)

 

9:50                  Break

 

10:15         Regional Overview of Current Terrapin Collaboration – Mr. Thomas Mohrman (TNC)

 

10:45         Current Crab Research and Regulations Related to Reducing Terrapin Interactions

TX – Mr. Glen Sutton

LA – Mr. Jeffrey Marx

MS – Mr. Rick Burris

AL – Mr. Jason Herrmann

FL – Dr. Ryan Gandy

 

11:30         Working Together in the Future – Ms. Christina Mohrman (GoM Alliance)

 

11:45                Adjourn

The session will be available via webinar.

Please register for Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission 68th Annual Meeting – General Session: Terrapins and Crab Traps on Oct 18, 2017 8:00 AM CDT at:

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October 18, 2017
8:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
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GSMFC 68th Annual Meeting
General Session: Terrapins and Crab Traps

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Red Snapper Catch Below Limit, State Season Possible

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The red snapper catch numbers in Louisiana ended more than 100,000 pounds below the state’s self-imposed limit of 1.04 million pounds for the recently completed 2017 season, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced.

 

Anglers finished the season on Sept. 4 catching 936,864 pounds of red snapper or 107,929 pounds less that the limit, according to LA CREEL, the agency’s near real-time data collecting program. The total opens the door for a possible additional state red snapper season sometime this fall. That decision will likely be considered by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) at its upcoming meeting on Oct. 5.

 

The LDWF established a limit on its red snapper catch because it believes being accountable for the catch limit will help the state’s chances of receiving federal government permission that would allow Louisiana to manage its own red snapper season out 200 nautical miles from its coast.

 

The federal red snapper season, originally set for three days in June, was extended 39 days as part of an agreement reached this summer involving Louisiana, the four other Gulf states – Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida – and the U.S. Department of Commerce. It allowed recreational anglers to fish in both state waters and in federal waters out 200 miles from the Louisiana coast for red snapper on weekends through Labor Day.

 

Also, under the agreement, there was no red snapper fishing in state waters – out 9 miles from the Louisiana coast – on Mondays through Thursdays, except on July 3-4 and Sept. 4. Anglers were limited to two fish, measuring at least 16 inches, per day.

 

For more information on the 2017 red snapper landings estimates, visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/page/41176-red-snapper/redsnapperwebsitedocument9-10-17.pdf

FB17-049: Extension of Valid Period for Vessel and Dealer Permits

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Red Snapper Illustration by Diane Rome Peebles

KEY MESSAGE:

Because of technical difficulties due to Hurricane Irma, the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Region Permits Office is providing an extension of the valid period of any permits for which owners have submitted a renewal application.  Only those expired permits already submitted for renewal to the Southeast Region Permits Office will be considered valid until October 31, 2017.

 

Background:

  • Since the passing of Hurricane Irma, the permit system at the Southeast Regional Office in St. Petersburg, Florida, has experienced unusual delays in permit renewals.
  • Some individuals applied to renew their permits in a timely manner, but have not received new permits due to Hurricane Irma.
  • For permits that are expired but have renewal applications pending at the Southeast Regional Office, the permit expiration will be considered extended until October 31, 2017.
  • This extension applies to all Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, and Highly Migratory Species vessel permits and dealer permits.

Permit transfers will not be processed until the system is functioning.

LWF Commission Sets 2017-2018 Louisiana Oyster Season

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the 2017-2018 oyster season based on the annual oyster stock assessment provided by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and comments received from members of the public, including the oyster industry.

The following dates were set for the upcoming oyster season:

  • Wednesday, November 1, 2017 – Calcasieu Lake: West Cove only
  • Monday, November 13, 2017 – all Public Oyster Seed Grounds east of the Mississippi River, north of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (DHH Shellfish Harvest Areas 1-4), Bay Long/American Bay sacking-only area, Sister Lake, and the Vermilion/East and West Cote Blanche Bay/Atchafalaya Bay Public Oyster Seed Grounds will open at one half-hour before sunrise
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017 – the following areas will close to seed harvest on November 13 but remain open as sacking-only areas: all Public Oyster Seed Grounds east of the Mississippi River, north of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (DHH areas 1-4) and Sister Lake

During the 2017-2018 open oyster season, the following provisions will be in effect:

  1.    Any vessel from which any person(s) takes or attempts to take oysters from the      public oyster seed grounds and reservations described above shall:
  2. Be limited to a daily take and possession limit not to exceed 50 sacks of oysters per vessel, except for in the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation where the limit shall not exceed 35 sacks per vessel, and except for in the West Cove portion of Calcasieu Lake where the limit shall not exceed 7 sacks per person per vessel per day. A sack of oysters for the purposes of this declaration of emergency shall be defined as the size described in R.S. 56:440. If sacks smaller than the size described in R.S. 56:440 are used, the daily harvest and possession limit shall be based on the number of sacks harvested. The daily take and possession limit will not apply to vessels harvesting seed oysters for bedding purposes. The possession limit will not apply to vessels operating under a valid Oyster Cargo Vessel Permit, and these vessels cannot harvest oysters.
  3. Be limited to either harvesting market oysters for direct sale (sacking) or harvesting seed oysters for bedding purposes on any one day and is specifically prohibited from doing both.

 

  1.    If any person on a vessel takes or attempts to take oysters from the Public Oyster Seed Grounds, Reservations, or areas described above, all oysters contained on that vessel will be deemed to have been taken from said seed ground, reservation, or area from the time harvest begins until all oysters are offloaded dockside.

 

  1.    Prior to leaving Public Seed Grounds or Reservations with oysters harvested from said seed ground or reservation for market purposes: all oysters must be sacked, the number of sacks shall be recorded in a log book, and each sack shall be properly tagged.

 

  1.    All vessels located in Public Seed Grounds or Reservations during those times between one half-hour after sunset and one half-hour before sunrise must have all oyster scrapers unshackled.

 

  1.    In Calcasieu Lake, oyster scrapers are prohibited on vessels actively harvesting oysters.

 

The following areas will remain closed for the entire 2017-18 oyster season:

  • the area east of the Mississippi River as described in LAC 76:VII:511, south of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (DHH Shellfish Harvest Areas 5,6,7,8), excluding the American Bay area defined above;
  • the Bay Gardene, Hackberry Bay, and Bay Junop Public Oyster Public Oyster Seed Reservations as described in R.S. 56:434;
  • the Little Lake Public Oyster Seed Grounds as described in LAC 76:VII:521;
  • the Barataria Bay, Deep Lake, Lake Chien, Lake Felicity, Lake Tambour, and Lake Mechant Public Oyster Seed Grounds as described in LAC 76:VII:517;
  • the east side of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area;
  • the Sabine Lake Public Oyster Area as described in R.S. 56:435.1.

Closure dates, adjustments in sack limits and/or sacking-only areas will be determined by LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet on an “as needed” basis, based on biological and harvest data, or if enforcement issues are encountered. The Secretary is also authorized by the Commission to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended and to open public areas if substantial oyster resources are located.

 

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.

FB17-048 Revised Reporting Requirements for Federal Seafood Dealers in Texas and Portions of Louisiana through October 15, 2017

KEY MESSAGE:

  • Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas, as a Category 4 hurricane on August 25, 2017.
  • NOAA Fisheries has determined that catastrophic conditions exist in all coastal and adjacent counties in Texas, and the Louisiana parishes of Cameron and Vermilion.
  • Therefore, for any dealer in the affected area who does not have access to electronic reporting, NOAA Fisheries is authorizing, through October 15, 2017, 1) delayed reporting of trip tickets to NOAA Fisheries and 2) the use of paper-based reporting forms for red snapper and grouper-tilefish Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) participants. Dealers are to report all landings through the state trip ticket program as soon as possible.

 

MORE INFORMATION:

  • Federal dealers in effected areas are released from the weekly reporting requirement of trip tickets to NOAA Fisheries, but must report all landings as soon as possible. For questions, contact the Fisheries Monitoring Branch: 305-361-4581.
  • The electronic systems for submitting landings and IFQ information to NOAA Fisheries will continue to be available to all dealers. Participants shall continue to use the electronic systems if it is accessible.
  • NOAA Fisheries has previously provided IFQ dealers the necessary paper forms (sequentially coded) and instructions for reporting during catastrophic conditions. Paper forms are also available upon request by calling IFQ Customer Service at the phone number listed above or by writing:

NOAA Fisheries

Southeast Regional Office

Sustainable Fisheries Division

263 13th Avenue South

St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-5505

  • The IFQ program functions available to participants in the geographic area affected by catastrophic conditions will be limited for those using the paper-based system. There will be no mechanism for transfers of IFQ shares or allocation for those using the paper-based system during catastrophic conditions.
  • Assistance in complying with the requirements of the paper-based system will be available via IFQ Customer Service 1-866-425-7627 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern time.
  • Regulations implementing dealer reporting and the IFQ programs provide for delayed reporting and IFQ paper-based reporting in the event of catastrophic conditions. These regulations require NOAA Fisheries to determine when the catastrophic conditions exist, the duration of the catastrophic conditions, and which participants or geographic areas are affected.

NOAA Fisheries will continue to monitor and reevaluate the areas and duration of the catastrophic conditions. A subsequent Fishery Bulletin will be published if additional notice is needed.

September 2017 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

The next regular Commission meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, September  7, 2017, at LDWF headquarters in the Louisiana Room of 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70898.

 

Agenda:

 

1.     Call to Order

2.     Pledge of Allegiance

3.     Roll Call

4.     Adoption of August 3, 2017 Commission Meeting Minutes

5.     Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

6.     Enforcement Report August, 2017 – Captain Edward Skena

7.     Receive and Consider a Resolution commending LDWF Enforcement Division for Hurricane Harvey response – Al Sunseri, Commissioner

8.     Receive Presentation on Passive Transponder Bird Migration Study –Michael Seymour, Biologist

9.     Recognize Conoco-Phillips for their Financial Contribution to the Transponder Study –Buddy Baker, Administrator

10.  Receive One Health presentation –Dr. Rusty Berry, Wildlife Veterinarian

11.  Receive a Presentation of LDWF’s participation in the Breeding Waterfowl and Habitat Survey –James Whitaker, Biologist

12.  Receive a Presentation on Waterfowl Population Status, Hunting Regulations, and Pre-Season Update –Larry Reynolds, Program Manager

13.  Receive Update on Roseau Cane Mortality –Todd Baker, Director

14.  Receive and Consider a Notice of Intent to update the Louisiana Threatened and Endangered Species List –Amity Bass, Director

15.  Receive and Consider a Notice of Intent to remove the current black bass slot limit regulations of 15-19 inches and 8 fish daily harvest from Caney Lake and place the lake under the statewide black bass regulations  –  Jeff Sibley, Fisheries Biologist Manager

16.  Receive and Consider a Declaration of Emergency setting the 2017-2018 oyster season on the public oyster areas of Louisiana – Steve Beck, Program Manager

17.  Receive an Update on the Recent Gulf Council Meeting (including a Louisiana Only Amendment Update) and Louisiana Red Snapper Harvest and 39-day Season Extension Projection Update – Chris Schieble, Biologist Manager

18.  Receive and Consider a Resolution supporting continued efforts to reduce the hypoxia zone in the Gulf of Mexico – Doug Daigle, Coordinator, Louisiana Hypoxia Working Group

19.  Set January, 2018 Commission Meeting Date

20.  Receive Public Comments

21.  Adjournment

 

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

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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 the contact at the top of

this announcement at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.