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Louisiana Direct Seafood Blog by Louisiana Direct Administrator - 3w ago

The Southshore area of Louisiana’s Gulf of Mexico waters, Zone 2, opens for Shrimp season Monday, May 20, with neighboring Zones 1 and 3 opening May 27. That means shrimp will be sold directly from our vendors and at local markets, including our June 1 market at Delacroix Pier.

Keep an eye on the Southshore Direct website’s fresh catch pages (https://louisianadirectseafood.com/southshore-direct-seafood/) for the latest updates on fresh seafood, contact our vendors directly for info, and be sure to visit our market for the best seafood around!

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be hosting the ninth annual “Boating Education Lagniappe Day” on April 27 at eight different locations across the state.

During Boating Education Lagniappe Day, LDWF will provide instructors for the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) boating education course, NASBLA boating education certification, food and drinks, giveaways and door prizes all free of charge to the public.

LDWF urges the public to register quickly as most places have limited spaces available and registration is on a first come first serve basis. To register please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating/courses and follow the links to register for one of the eight April 27 classes listed below.

Anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 must complete a NASBLA approved boating education course and carry proof of completion to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.

The course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal requirements and equipment requirements. The course also covers many navigation rules and charts, trailering, sailboats, canoeing, personal watercraft and more. Completion of the course will result in the student being issued a vessel operators certification.

Below is the list of lagniappe class locations:

Webster Parish
LDWF Region 1 Office
9961 Hwy. 80
Minden, LA 71055
Sponsors include Coca-Cola of Minden, Red River Waterway Commission, Bass Pro Shop of Bossier City, and the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Ouachita Parish
Academy Sports and Outdoors
111 Constitution Dr.
West Monroe, LA 71292
Sponsors include Academy Sports and Outdoors and Johnny’s Pizza House.

Rapides Parish
Woodworth Education Center
661 Robinson Bridge Rd.
Woodworth, LA 71485
Sponsors include the Louisiana Wildlife Agent’s Association (LWAA)

Lafayette Parish
LDWF Lafayette Office
200 Dulles Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70506
Sponsors include Deano’s Pizza of Lafayette

Beauregard Parish
Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Center
412 Boliver Bishop Dr.
Deridder, LA 70634
Sponsors include Beauregard Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited and Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

Lafourche Parish
St. John Volunteer Fire Department
2072 St. Mary St.
Thibodaux, LA 70301
Sponsors include Renovations Hardware of Galliano and LWAA

Tangipahoa Parish
Manchac Fire Department
30221 Hwy. 51
Akers, LA 70421
Sponsors include the Manchac Fire Department

St. Tammany Parish
St. Tammany Parish Recreation District #7
67835 Hwy. 41
Pearl River, LA 70452
Sponsors include the St. Tammany Parish Recreations District #7

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Every Spring and Fall, Blessing of the Fleet ceremonies happen throughout Louisiana’s coastal communities. Occurring  for centuries around the world, the ceremonies traditionally feature religious blessings and festivities to help ensure a bountiful and safe fishing season. Open to the public, South Louisiana’s Blessing of the Fleet ceremonies are also a wonderful way to get to know our local fishing communities, and to enjoy the fun range of pageants, food and contests that our area does so well. The following Blessing of the Fleet ceremonies are coming soon; check local listings for details, and for others happening throughout the year:

March 31: Dulac
Holy Family Catholic Church Fisherman’s Mass 10 a.m., Boat Blessing follows at noon.

April 7: Chauvin Boat Blessing and Folk Art Festival
https://www.facebook.com/events/366366984196197/

April 12-14: Grand Isle Blessing of the Fleet Festival
https://www.facebook.com/events/772323733123134/

April 28: Pointe Aux Chenes
https://sites.google.com/site/stcbpac/

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For commercial fishermen, as another marker of the start of the 2019 season, Louisiana Sea Grant agents are holding fishermen meetings in the same areas and times as NOAA TED checks.  These are great opportunities to learn about what’s new in the industry, best practices, and coastal adaptation strategies, as well as checks for proper measurements and installations. The U.S. Coast Guard may also be available at some locations for dockside safety exams, with no enforcement actions taken.

For fishermen meetings and dock schedules, check:
https://www.lafisheriesforward.org/fishermen-meetings-ted-checks-across-coast/

For NOAA TED checks, contact:
NOAA Gear Specialist Canh Nguyen, (228) 355-8372, canh.nguyen@noaa.gov

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Please enjoy this one-minute video recap of the January 30 Seafood Processor’s Conference, held at LSU’s Baton Rouge Campus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FVUlPg8QTk

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On January 31, Louisiana Direct Seafood’s Thomas Hymel spoke with New Orleans’ WVUE-TV about the seafood packaging and processing technologies he and his team are helping to bring to Louisiana’s commercial fishermen:
http://www.fox8live.com/video/2019/01/31/technology-helps-provide-louisiana-seafood-all-year-long/

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Louisiana Direct Seafood and our allied partners are taking the lead in bringing new packaging technology to Louisiana’s commercial fishing community. Our director and Louisiana Sea Grant extension agent Thomas Hymel tells this exciting story in his January 30 interview with WVUE-TV in New Orleans.

http://www.fox8live.com/video/2019/01/31/technology-helps-provide-louisiana-seafood-all-year-long

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will again host its annual Derelict Crab Trap Rodeo with two volunteer cleanup events during the month of February.

The Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program was initiated by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) in 2004 to address the removal of derelict and abandoned crab traps.  Derelict traps increase ghost-fishing mortality of blue crabs and other species captured incidentally, interfere with other commercial fishing gear types, create navigation hazards and degrade the beauty of our natural environment. The volunteer-based program is funded through commercial fishermen gear fees, and since its inception has disposed of more than 37,000 derelict crab traps. Last year, LDWF, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation members, volunteers, BTNEP, CCA and members of the recreational fishing community assisted in retrieving more than 4,000 abandoned crab traps.

Area Closures

Maps of the closure areas can be found here , and the use of traps will be prohibited in the following areas:

  1. Upper Barataria Basin and adjacent marshes west of Port Sulphur – 12 a.m. Friday, February 1, 2019, through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, February 14, 2019.
  2. Lake Pontchartrain, west of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway – 12 a.m. Friday, February 1, 2019, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, February 10, 2019.
  3. Terrebonne Basin, in an area east of Four League Bay to Bayou Grand Caillou – 12 a.m. Friday, February 15, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, February 28, 2019.
  4. Pontchartrain Basin, in an area east of the Mississippi River to Bayou Terre Aux Boeufs -12 a.m. Friday, February 15, 2019, through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, February 28, 2019.
  5. Sabine Basin, within the area of Black Bayou from the LA/TX state line easterly to a point east of Vinton – 12 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2019, through 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2019.

In the weeks leading up to the closures, LDWF will mail notices to licensed crab fishermen and seafood dealers informing them that crab traps must be removed from within the closure areas during the closure period, and all remaining crab traps will be considered abandoned and may be removed by agency personnel or volunteers.

These proposed trap removal regulations do not provide authorization for access to private property. Authorization to access private property can only be provided by individual landowners.

Crab traps may be removed only between one half-hour before sunrise to one half-hour after sunset. Only LDWF or those designated by LDWF will be authorized to remove derelict crab traps in the closure areas. Abandoned traps must be brought to LDWF designated disposal sites and may not be taken from the closed area.

Volunteers

LDWF encourages volunteers to participate in this opportunity in order to make this crab trap rodeo successful and keep our Sportsman’s Paradise pristine. Volunteers will help collect traps in the field, unload traps at the dock and count traps as they are unloaded. Commercial crabbers are highly encouraged to participate; their experience with the local waters and ability to stack traps on their vessel is valuable. Event organizers will provide boat owners with the equipment needed to collect the traps; however, they are responsible for transporting traps in their vessels.

Removing abandoned crab traps is a wet and dirty job, so please wear appropriate clothing and wet gear. Volunteers should bring their own personal floatation device, which should be worn at all times while on the water. A free t-shirt and lunch will be provided to all volunteers as a small token of appreciation for their help to keep our waterways free and clean of derelict crab traps.

  • Barataria Basin: A dedicated volunteer day will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Plaquemines Parish boat launch located behind Port Sulphur High School on Civic Drive. In order to better coordinate volunteer activities, volunteers are encouraged to register in advance at the following website:
    http://lsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5b94Jc8VFxyBsIl
  • Terrebonne Basin: A dedicated volunteer day will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Toby’s Oyster Dock located near the end of Hwy 315 in Dularge.  In order to better coordinate volunteer activities, volunteers are encouraged to register in advance at the following website: http://lsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5b94Jc8VFxyBsIl

If you are interested in sponsoring one or both rodeo events, please contact Peyton Cagle before December 31, 2018.

For more information on the Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/derelict-crab-trap-removal or contact Peyton Cagle at 337-491-2575 or peyton.cagle@la.gov .

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.wlf.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2018 fall inshore shrimp season will close in all state inside waters on Monday, December 17, 2018, at official sunset, with the exception of the following inside waters east of the Mississippi River:

  • Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, Mississippi Sound, Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), a section of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) in Orleans parish from the GIWW East Closure Sector Gate westward to the GIWW intersection with the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal, and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as bounded by the double-rig line described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2.

Click here for a map of closure areas.

All state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line, as described in LAC 76:VII.370 will remain open to shrimping until further notice.

Recent biological sampling conducted by the department indicates that the average white shrimp size within large portions of state inside waters is smaller than the minimum possession count allowed by law.  A closure is needed to protect the small white shrimp in these waters and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more valuable sizes. R.S. 56:498 provides that the possession count on saltwater white shrimp for each cargo lot shall average no more than 100 (whole specimens) per pound except during the time period from October 15 through the third Monday in December.

The department will continue to monitor the remaining open areas and will close them when biologically appropriate. Notice of any opening, delaying or closing of a season by the secretary will be made by public notice at least 72 hours prior to such action.

For more information, contact Peyton Cagle at (337)491-2575 or pcagle@wlf.la.gov .

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.wlf.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

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