LA Dept of Wildlife and Fisheries

LDWF Warns Public of Potential Fish Kills Due to Hurricane Ida

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) says it will investigate each one of the substantial fish kills it predicts throughout southeast Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. Hurricane-related fish kills are generally caused by low dissolved oxygen (DO), and can occur from landfall of the storm until weeks after the…

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Saltwater Anglers: Complete Survey on Spotted Seatrout Management Options

men fishing in boat at sunrise

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has released an updated survey to gather public input on spotted seatrout management options. The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) directed the LDWF to conduct another survey on spotted seatrout management options prior to its October 2021 meeting.  This survey is…

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SEFHIER Validation Survey to Start in September for Federally Permitted Charter Vessels

LDWF staff holding a cobra on boat

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to remind those charter, headboat, and dually-permitted vessels that have a federal Gulf Charter Vessel /Headboat permit for Reef Fish or a Gulf Charter Vessel/Headboat permit for Coastal Migratory Pelagics (for-hire vessel) that the Southeast For-Hire Electronic Reporting Program (SEFHIER) validation…

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LDWF Plans Four Crab Trap Closures Along Louisiana Coast

map of four crab trap closures in 2022

Since 2004, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has successfully removed and disposed of over 50,000 abandoned and derelict crab traps together with individual volunteers and organizations. The removal of these crab traps is critical to boating safety and crab harvesting efforts. Due to Covid-19, LDWF did not…

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LDWF Announces Opening Dates for 2021 Fall Inshore Shrimp Season

raw Louisiana shrimp

Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the opening dates for the fall inshore shrimp season based on information provided by biologists from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), input from the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force, and public comments. Season openings are as follows: From the Mississippi/Louisiana…

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LDWF Extends public comment period on draft ‘Louisiana 2019 Flood Disaster Spend Plan’ to August 15

Sunset on the Gulf of Mexico

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is seeking public comment from all stakeholders regarding its draft “Louisiana 2019 Flood Disaster Grant Application and Spend Plan.” In 2019, extensive freshwater flooding caused significant impacts to coastal resources including oysters, shrimp, blue crab, and finfish.  The economic impact to the…

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Inshore Shrimp Season to Close July 2 in Remaining State Inside Waters

fishing boats

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2021 spring inshore shrimp season will close at official sunset on Friday, July 2, 2021, in all remaining inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line For a map detailing this closure, see the map above…

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LDWF Seeks Public Input on Draft Louisiana 2019 Flood Disaster Spend Plan

high water on Mississippi River in Baton Rouge

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is seeking public comment from all stakeholders regarding its draft “Louisiana 2019 Flood Disaster Grant Application and Spend Plan.” In 2019, extensive freshwater flooding caused significant impacts to coastal resources including oysters, shrimp, blue crab, and finfish. The economic impact to the…

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Private Recreational Red Snapper Landing Estimates Through May 30, 2021

Thu Bui holding caught red snapper

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has released the latest private recreational red snapper landing estimates through May 30, 2021. LA Creel, LDWF’s near real-time landings data collection program, indicates that 67,947 pounds, or 8 percent, of Louisiana’s 2021 annual private recreational allocation of 832,493 pounds have been…

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