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Auditors question spending at Louisiana fisheries agency

Here are some preliminary findings from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s office, which raises questions about spending in the state’s Department of Wildlife and FisheriesLouisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries from 2010 through 2015. A draft of the audit report was obtained by The Associated Press and hasn’t been released publicly yet:  Less than half the 2,376 fish samples expected to be tested in a seafood safety program financed by BP were collected. A biologist wasn’t always present for the sampling, auditors say, and the sampling operation was overseen by an employee who “did not have supervisory or biology education or experience.” Unnecessary boats, fishing equipment, cameras and computers were bought with the money, according to the draft report, which says the fish testing team spent $3 million on testing of 1,091 samples that couldn’t determine fish safety, the equivalent of $2,796 spent per tested fish. Federal grant funds were spent to buy a $220,000 used boat, motors and a trailer “that appeared to have little or no benefit to the agency,” has been used twice since 2012 and have cost nearly $38,000 to maintain and repair, another $764,000 in clothing and uniform purchases, sponsorship spending and contracts, Nearly $134,000 was paid, for example, to a university for the design and upkeep of a website that benefited two private entities that host annual fishing rodeos,,, Read the rest here 20:25

Louisiana commercial crab fishermen will see conservation restrictions for next three years

blue-crabs-hopedalejpg-dc4bd1b64022cab0Louisiana took another step toward a commercial crabbing season Thursday after the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved a proposal that would shut down crab fishing for 90 days over the next three years. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries crustacean biologist Jeff Marx told the commission Louisiana’s crab harvest is too high, and something needs to be done to protect the health of the fishery. “It’s not panic mode, but it is something we’re concerned about,” he said. Marx asked the commission to approve a department plan that would shut down all commercial crabbing for 30 days beginning the third Monday in February. The closure would be in effect in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Also restricted would be harvest of immature female crabs throughout the year, except for those that show signs of imminent molting. So-called “buster” crabs are important for the soft-shell-crab industry. Read the rest here 14:55

Inshore shrimping to close Friday across most of La. coast

shrimp closure louisianaThe state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Tuesday that the closure does not affect: Certain restricted areas in Terrebonne, Timbalier and Barataria bays. Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham said the intent is to provide additional opportunity for shrimpers to continue harvest in areas where white shrimp are somewhat less abundant and somewhat larger than in the interior marshes. Read the rest here 14:32

Louisiana Lawmakers vote to let Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents enforce federal sea turtle law

State wildlife officials should soon be able to enforce federal laws that require shrimp nets to include escape hatches for. The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s “Seafood Watch,” a program that recommends seafood choices to consumers and is popular with environmentalists, has recommended at least since 2013 that people avoid Louisiana wild-caught shrimp — which are caught mostly in state waters — because of the ban. Read the rest here 11:15

5 Houma residents cited for oyster refrigeration regulation violations

Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents cited Houma residents Leonardo F. Vega, 36, Jose Cardenas-Arrendondo, 32, Antonio C. Aguado, 59, Antonio C. Aguado Jr., 32, and Ricardo C. Rodriguez, 39, for violating oyster refrigeration requirements on March 8, according to a release.Violating oyster  brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Violating oyster sanitation regulations and failing to maintain oyster harvesting logbook each bring a $25 fine and up to 10 days in jail. Read the rest here 20:42

Shrimpers getting Screwed – Shrimp Season Showdown: Oilmen, shrimper at odds over blasting

A huge blasting operation by an energy exploration company in prime shrimping waters has pit oilmen against fishermen, who say it interferes with what had promised to be a lucrative white shrimp season. “It’s poor management and poor government and companies knowing the situation and knowing that these poor guys are struggling out there,” ,,, Read more here  16:47

Local Calcasieu Parish seafood restaurants adjust to price hike on shrimp

It’s been nearly four decades since the price of shrimp has been this high, but it hasn’t hampered demand.The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries shrimp program manager Martin Bourgeois said the price for shrimp has nearly doubled since last year and it may be due to the lack of imported shrimp. Read more here 22:15

Mother Nature to blame for higher shrimp, crab prices – video

Louisiana hasn’t seen the last of those cold winter temperatures. Mother Nature is having an effect on seafood in the state, Crawfish season was delayed by two months and now shrimp and crab season is also behind. Prices for both are some of the highest they’ve been since the 1970’s. Read more here 19:52

As brown shrimp season opens, several cited for trawling in BP oil spill closure area

Soon after the spring brown shrimp season opened Monday for inshore waters, eight fishers were cited for trawling in a 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill closure zone. The shrimpers, mainly from Jefferson Parish, were fishing in the area of Bay Jimmy in Plaquemines Parish, according to the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Read more here 11:11

Louisiana: First catches of shrimp season ‘not too good’

It was a mixed bag at docks lining local bayous as the first skiffs returned to deliver the first brown shrimp of the spring season. Inshore waters between Freshwater Bayou and the Mississippi River opened at 6 a.m. Monday, but local fishermen said it’s too early to tell whether an already shortened season is going to be bountiful. Read more here  06:36

Louisiana Shrimpers wait idly for waters to reopen

South Louisianans may have felt a warm breeze sweeping in off the Gulf of Mexico earlier this week. Call it a godsend or a late arrival, shrimp fisherman are hoping that warm southerly wind is here to stay. One of the coldest winters on record has dampened the growth of Louisiana’s inland brown shrimp. Read more here 08:14

Department of Wildlife and Fisheries calling for public input on proposed changes to the Louisiana Wild Seafood Certification Program.

A public meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Feb. 25 at the agency’s headquarters, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. The changes involve product registration requirements for retail packages, supply chain verification process and guidelines for logo use. They can be viewed at www.doa.louisiana.gov/osr/reg/register.htm. Information: www.wlf.la.gov and www.facebook.com/ldwffb. 12:19:

“Red Listed” – Louisiana unhappy with California group’s ‘avoid’ shrimp label

bilde new hope“The socioeconomic impacts to our shrimpers from this designation has the potential to cripple families and coastal communities who have endured repeated disasters, including Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike, Gustav and Isaac, the BP oil spill and the disappearance of our coast,” Barham wrote. [email protected] 08:29

Well, Here’s one way to get rid of construction debris! – State, CCA, companies team up to make artificial reef

Construction began Friday on a new artificial reef in Vermilion Bay that will stretch eight acres. Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana has gotten together with Shell Oil Co., the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Roadrock Recycling and D&L Salvage and Marine to build the reef, is using 10,000 tons of recycled brick and concrete from an old sugar mill in Baldwin, which helps keep the project’s costs down. [email protected] dailyiberian

3 Texas men cited for red snapper violations

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP)     Three Texas men face federal reef fish violations for allegedly harvesting red snapper without a permit and exceeding bag limits. The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Thursday that it cited the men 49-year-old Oscar Naranjo, of Galveston, Texas; 51-year-old Eustacio Rangel, of Port Isabelle, Texas; and 47-year-old Vincent Longoria, of Palacios, Texas for being illegally in possession of 42 red snapper.

Agents patrolling 50 miles south of Grand Isle in the Gulf of Mexico boarded an 80-foot shrimp trawling vessel and found the fish inside an insulated holding box. The men did not possess a commercial permit needed to harvest and sell reef fish. Shrimp trawl vessels may not exceed recreational reef fish bag limits, which are two per person for red snapper.

Louisiana Shrimpers optimistic over new season

Shrimp season opened Monday morning, and fishermen headed into state waters with a certain amount of optimism following years of dismal catches. “Fishermen are always optimistic,” said Clint Guidry, president of the Louisiana Shrimp Association. “Between hurricanes, flooding, losing our boats and our homes, we have to be. It would be really easy just to quit and leave. But this is what we do. This is our culture.” continued

Louisiana Murky Dealings: Bill makes for fisheries furor – Money Grab Alleged – Motives are Questioned

Two bills filed in the Louisiana House and Senate that would radically change the status of the board that markets the state’s seafood are whipping up a maelstrom within the $2.4 billion industry it serves. continued

Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board alternative bill gets mixed reviews

Sen. Norby Chabert began sculpting a new vision for the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board during the last legislative session, and continues a path toward change during the current one. But the Houma Republican’s new bill, which would place the embattled entity under the auspices of the Lieutenant Governor rather than the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has been less than well received by fishermen and others in the industry. continued

Program aims for better oyster management DailyComet.com – Louisiana’s 1.6 million acres of public oyster beds.

By  State officials are launching a pilot program to better manage Louisiana’s 1.6 million acres of public oyster beds. The Vessel Monitoring System Pilot Program aims to collect data on oyster harvests on public grounds by requiring tracking units on harvest boats. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will provide the tracking units to licensed oyster harvesters for free, with costs limited to minimal maintenance and care.The state is contracting with Pole Star Space Applications, a fleet management and monitoring company, to provide,,,,,,,,Read More http://www.dailycomet.com/article/20121023/ARTICLES/121029848?tc=ar