Spring Brings Family Fishing Action at LDWF's Family Fish Fests
(March 3, 2015) - With spring just around the corner, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced they will again host a series of Family Fish Fest events across the state. In its second year, this program provides a unique opportunity for families to learn fishing basics and participate in activities to increase fishing knowledge and skill.
The first 50 registrants for each event will receive a complimentary rod and reel, and the first 100 registrants will receive a fishing goodie bag. Competitive categories are available for nearly all legal fish species, and every participant is automatically entered into a raffle for outdoors prizes courtesy of event sponsors.
Entry for each event is $10 per participant (except for the September 26 event), and includes a t-shirt and lunch. Participants must provide their own fishing equipment and bait. Events will begin shortly after sunrise and will conclude by noon.
LAST CHANCE to stop Amendment 40
Management of Gulf of Mexico red snapper is a mess, and has utterly failed recreational anglers. There will likely be more red snapper available in 2015 than any time in its history under federal management, but individual anglers won't be allowed to share in the success. Instead, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has approved Amendment 40 - Sector Separation, a scheme that is now before the Secretary of Commerce, awaiting her signature to become law.
This is the last opportunity to make the case against privatization of our public marine resources, this time to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.
Derelict Crab Trap Clean-up Removes More Than 400 Abandoned Crab Traps from Louisiana Waters
February 26, 2015 - On February 21 more than 50 volunteers and seven boats gathered at Johnson’s Bayou boat launch in Cameron Parish for the annual Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Derelict Crab Trap Rodeo. Volunteers, LDWF staff, and members of the commercial fishing industry assisted in retrieving more than 400 abandoned crab traps.
This year’s crab trap cleanup was jointly conducted by LDWF and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and focused on border waters within Sabine Lake and adjacent natural bayous.
Anglers Encouraged by New Recreational Fishing Policy
NOAA Fisheries publishes roadmap for recreational sector
MIAMI, FLA. -- (February 12, 2015) -- Saltwater anglers welcomed the announcement today of the National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy rolled out at the Progressive Miami International Boat Show. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) announced the policy today during a press conference headlined by its top administrator Eileen Sobeck.
“This is a major step in the right direction,” said Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Coastal Conservation. “For the first time, NOAA Fisheries officially acknowledges the inherent differences between recreational and commercial fisheries -- and the need to manage the sectors differently.
“The rubber will meet the road in implementation,” he said, “but this is a good roadmap.”
Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana names George Huye new President
BATON ROUGE - George Huye was elected as CCA Louisiana's new President at the organization’s annual State Board Meeting on February 6, 2015.
Huye is taking over for Charlie Caplinger of Slidell, who served as CCA Louisiana President for 2013 and 2014.
“I am honored to follow in Charlie’s footsteps as President of this great organization,” said Huye. “Charlie’s energy, focus and dedication to CCA is an inspiration to all CCA members. As we move forward, I hope to honor his work by advancing the progress he and our members made in conserving Louisiana’s incredible coastal resources.”
Congress Considers State Management of Gulf Red Snapper
Hearing on Rep. Jeff Miller’s bill explores options to flawed federal management system
WASHINGTON, DC (12-4-14) – The U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs held a hearing today on legislation to transfer management of Gulf red snapper from the federal system and allow the states to take responsibility for the fishery. The legislation, H.R. 3099, proposes a new course for management of Gulf red snapper, an important fishery that has been plagued by short seasons and privatization schemes even as the stock has recovered beyond expectations.
“As a result of the current federal management of Gulf red snapper, we have witnessed lawsuit after lawsuit, and anglers continue to be hit with the shortest recreational seasons on record and are justifiably outraged,” said Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), who led a bipartisan coalition with Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) to file H.R. 3099. “Furthermore, the failed management has done significant economic harm to communities along the Gulf Coast who rely on the billions of dollars anglers spend annually. This is clearly a cry for help.”
H.R. 3099, which currently has 20 bipartisan cosponsors, aligns with a call from four Gulf States governors for Congress to take action to reverse the damaging economic impacts currently resulting from an “irretrievably broken” system of federal management of Gulf red snapper.