Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission January Meeting to Begin at 1 p.m.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission’s January meeting, scheduled for Thursday Jan. 4 at Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters in Baton Rouge, will begin at 1 p.m. instead of the normal start time of 9:30 a.m.


An agenda will be published prior to the meeting date.


What : Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission January meeting.


When :  Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 at 1 p.m.


Where : Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters, Louisiana Room, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge.


Commercial Fishing for Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks to Open in State Waters January 1

Tiger shark

Duane Raver

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the commercial fishing season for Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks will open in Louisiana waters at 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2018. Federal waters will also open in the Gulf of Mexico at this time.


The commercial and recreational season for the harvest of all sharks in Louisiana state waters will be closed from 12:01 a.m. on April 1, 2018, until 12:01 p.m. on July 1, 2018, per an existing fixed seasonal closure to protect shark pupping. The commercial season will remain open in Federal waters until 80 percent of the federal quota for a given fishery has been harvested or is projected to be harvested in the Gulf of Mexico.


During the open season, commercial harvest of Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks and Pelagic Sharks are regulated by the existing federal and state rules regarding trip limits, allowable species, and requirements for permits and landings as laid out in federal and state regulations. 


The Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Shark group is composed of the great hammerhead, scalloped hammerhead, smooth hammerhead, nurse shark, blacktip shark, bull shark, lemon shark, silky shark, spinner shark, and tiger shark. While sandbar shark are a member of the Large Coastal Shark group, only specifically designated federally permitted vessels may take sandbar shark while operating under conditions of that research permit. 


Commercial fishing for Small Coastal Sharks will also resume in Louisiana waters on January 1 through December 31, 2018, or until 80 percent of the federal quota has been met. The commercial Small Coastal Shark fishery consists of bonnethead shark, Atlantic sharpnose shark, blacknose shark and finetooth shark. Blacknose sharks, though part of the Small Coastal Shark group, are managed under a separate quota that is linked to the overall Small Coastal Shark quota. The Small Coastal Group fishery remained open for all of 2017.


There is no allowable harvest at any time for all Prohibited Species, which include basking shark, white shark, bigeye sand tiger, sand tiger, whale shark, smalltooth sawfish, largetooth sawfish, Atlantic angel shark, Caribbean sharpnose shark, smalltail shark, bignose shark, Caribbean reef shark, dusky shark, Galapagos shark, narrowtooth shark, night shark, bigeye sixgill shark, bigeye thresher shark, longfin mako, sevengill shark and sixgill shark.


Oyster Task Force to Meet Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 1 p.m.

LA Oyster Logo

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 1 p.m.

2021 Lakeshore Dr., STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70122



  1.  Roll call and introduction of guests
  2. Approval of October 3, 2017 Meeting Minutes and December 12, 2017 Agenda

III. Treasury Report

  1. Oyster Tag Sales
  2. LOTF Financial Report
  3. Committee Reports
  4. Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee (Mitch Jurisich)
  5. Enforcement (Major Chad Hebert)
  6. Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)
  7. Research (Earl Melancon)
  8. Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)
  9. Marketing (LDWF)
  10. Health (Justin Gremillion)
  11. Sustainability (LDWF)
  12. Professionalism (LDWF)
  13. Aquaculture (John Supan)
  14. Joint Task Force Working Group (Mitch Jurisich)
  15. New Business
  16. Discussion and Update on the 2017 Oyster Season
  17. Discussion of Opening Sabine Lake for Commercial Oyster Harvest – Leo Dyson- OTF
  18. Discussion of the Oyster Lease Acquisition Program- OTF
  19. To Consider Funding for the Summer Dermo Study- Thomas Soniat
  20. To Consider Funding Travel for LA Alive Assistants- OTF
  21. 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:


Gulf Council Launches Redesigned Coral Portal

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has remodeled its Coral Portal website. Key features of the site include interactive maps, tools for making management decisions, and educational resources.
Development of the site is funded by the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program, and the project aims to share environmental information associated with corals and fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico with stakeholders across the Gulf that engage in business, recreation, and research.
Visit the site at: http://portal.gulfcouncil.org/
The Coral Portal will be updated regularly. We encourage you to contact us at portal@gulfcouncil.org if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions.

REMINDER – LDWF Commercial Fishing Licenses Will Be Available At Field Offices

LDWF commercial license staff is at the New Orleans field office today through Thursday, near UNO’s campus.  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will offer new and renewals of commercial fishing licenses and motorboat registration from the following locations:

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.

Agenda for the December Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, December 7, 2017, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA

1 Call to Order

2 Pledge of Allegiance

3 Roll Call

4 Adoption of November 2, 2017 Commission Meeting Minutes

5 Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

6      A. Recognition and Presentation of Plaque to Commissioner Pat Manuel

7      B. Recognition and Presentation of Certificate to former Colonel Joseph “Joey” Broussard

8 Enforcement Report November 2017 – Captain Edward Skena

9 Receive Update on Louisiana Black Bear Post De-Listing Monitoring – Maria Davidson, Program Manager

10 Receive Update on Chronic Wasting Disease – Johnathan Bordelon, Deer Program Manager

11 To consider amendment to previously approved Notice of Intent, to specifically address comments received from the House Natural Resources Committee (legislative oversight), with regard to safety and importation of Sterlet Sturgeon – Rob Bourgeois, Biologist

12 Set April 2018 Commission Meeting Date

13 Receive Public Comments

14 Adjournment

To access a live stream of the event, please register for the October 2017 LWF Commission Meeting on November 2, 2017 9:30 AM CDT at:   https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1755287138035478531

Shrimp Task Force to Meet December 6, at 10:00 A.M.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 10:00 a.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360


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




  1. Roll call and Introduction of Guests
  2. Approval of the October 18, 2017 meeting minutes and of the December 6, 2018 Agenda

III. Treasury Report

  1. Budget Report- LDWF
  2. New Business
  3.  To Consider Funding for Shrimp Task Force Members Travel to D.C. to Walk the Hill
  4. Public Comment
  5. 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/7408284335159298563


Finfish Task Force to Meet Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Boats sail Scene

By Julie Lively

Finfish Task Force Agenda

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 1:00p.m.

The Louisiana Room

2000 Quail Drive

Baton Rouge, LA 70898


  1. Call to Order
  2. Introductions

III. Adoption of the December 5, 2017 Meeting Agenda

  1. Charge of the Task Force- LDWF
  2. Discussion of Ethics Requirements- Brett Robinson
  3. Required Documentation and Training
  4. Discussion of Travel Reimbursement Requirements
  5. Discussion on the Establishment and Adoption of Bylaws-LDWF
  6. Discussion of Alternate Designees

VII. Discussion of Chairman and Vice Chairman- LDWF

VIII. Future Agenda Items for Consideration

  1. Public Comment
  2. Set Next Meeting Date and Location
  3. 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:


Oyster Possession Limit Reduced On Certain Public Oyster Seed Grounds

Oysters on tray

Credit: J. Lively

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the daily take and possession limit of oysters will be reduced to 25 sacks on all public oyster seed grounds east of the Mississippi River and north of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), including Lake Borgne, as well as the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation in Terrebonne Parish, effective one half-hour before sunrise on Tuesday, November 28, 2017.


Since the season opening on November 13, 2017, harvest activities have significantly reduced oyster stocks. Continued commercial harvest at the current rate may threaten the long-term sustainability of the remaining oyster resources and reefs in these areas. Protection of the remaining oyster reef resources is in the best interest of oyster conservation for these areas.


The Commission authorized Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet to take emergency action to modify daily take and possession limits, on an as-needed basis, based on biological data or if enforcement problems are encountered. The Secretary was also authorized to take emergency action to close or reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended and to open 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.


Louisiana Shrimp Watch- October 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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