Commercial fishing seasons set to open

Commercial fishing seasons set to open
Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 3:50pm

BATON ROUGE (WVLA) --The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries commission has approved 70% of commercial fishing areas to open in the next few weeks.

OYSTER SEASON

Public oyster seed grounds East of the Mississippi river including Lake Borgne and the sacking-only areas of  Lake Fortuna/Lake Machias and American/Long Bay will be open November 15, 2010 thru April 1, 2011.

Bay Gardene Public Oyster Seed Reservation and the 2009 cultch plant areas in Black Bay and Three-Mile Bay within the following coordinates will remain closed:

2009 Cultch Plant in Black Bay – Plaquemines Parish

1. 29 degrees 36 minutes 55.598 seconds N latitude

89 degrees 32 minutes 30.482 seconds W longitude

2. 29 degrees 36 minutes 25.239 seconds N latitude

89 degrees 32 minutes 12.858 seconds W longitude

3. 29 degrees 36 minutes 14.674 seconds N latitude

89 degrees 32 minutes 47.070 seconds W longitude

4. 29 degrees 36 minutes 45.476 seconds N latitude

89 degrees 33 minutes 02.681 seconds W longitude

 

2009 Cultch Plant in Three-Mile Bay – St. Bernard Parish

1. 30 degrees 01 minutes 15.884 seconds N latitude

89 degrees 21 minutes 19.511 seconds W longitude

2. 30 degrees 01 minutes 34.630 seconds N latitude

89 degrees 20 minutes 58.811 seconds W longitude

3. 30 degrees 01 minutes 11.418 seconds N latitude

89 degrees 21 minutes 12.304 seconds W longitude

4. 30 degrees 01 minutes 29.772 seconds N latitude

89 degrees 20 minutes 52.475 seconds W longitude

The oyster season in the Hackberry Bay Public Oyster Seed Reservation will open shall November 15, 2010 thru  November 21, 2010, except for the 2008 cultch plant within the following coordinates which shall open at one-half hour before sunrise on November 15, 2010 and shall close at one-half hour after sunset on November 16, 2010:

2008 Cultch Plant in Hackberry Bay – Jefferson/Lafourche Parish

1. 29 degrees 25 minutes 28.80 seconds N latitude

90 degrees 01 minutes 17.11 seconds W longitude

2. 29 degrees 25 minutes 37.79 seconds N latitude

90 degrees 00 minutes 55.39 seconds W longitude

3. 29 degrees 25 minutes 28.61 seconds N latitude

90 degrees 00 minutes 50.44 seconds W longitude

4. 29 degrees 25 minutes 19.63 seconds N latitude

90 degrees 01 minutes 12.17 seconds W longitude

The Little Lake Public Oyster Seed Grounds shall open one-half hour before sunrise on November 15, 2010 and shall close one half-hour after sunset on April 1, 2011.

The Lake Chien and Lake Felicity Public Oyster Seed Grounds shall open one-half hour before sunrise on November 15, 2010 and shall close at one-half hour after sunset on November 16, 2010, except for the 2009 cultch plant in Lake Chien within the following coordinates, which shall remain closed:

2009 Cultch Plant in Lake Chien – Terrebonne Parish

1. 29 degrees 20 minutes 07.167 seconds N latitude

90 degrees 26 minutes 07.493 seconds W longitude

2. 29 degrees 19 minutes 59.855 seconds N latitude

90 degrees 26 minutes 08.985 seconds W longitude

3. 29 degrees 20 minutes 03.161 seconds N latitude

90 degrees 26 minutes 23.849 seconds W longitude

4. 29 degrees 20 minutes 09.837 seconds N latitude

90 degrees 26 minutes 22.538 seconds W longitude.

The Lake Mechant Public Oyster Seed Grounds shall open one-half hour before sunrise on October 29, 2010 and shall close at one-half hour after sunset October 31, 2010.

The oyster season in the Bay Junop Public Oyster Seed Reservation shall open one-half hour before sunrise on November 15, 2010 and shall close one-half hour after sunset on November 21, 2010,

The Vermilion/East and West Cote Blanche/Atchafalaya Bay Public Oyster Seed Grounds shall open one-half hour before sunrise on November 15, 2010 and shall close one half-hour after sunset on April 1, 2011.

The oyster season in the west cove portion of the Calcasieu Lake public oyster area (Department of Health and Hospitals’ harvest area 30) shall open one-half hour before sunrise on October 15, 2010 and shall close one half-hour after sunset on November 14, 2010. The sack limit during this time period is set at 20 sacks per vessel per day. During this time, the east side of the Calcasieu Lake public oyster area (Department of Health and Hospitals’ harvest area 29) shall remain closed.

The oyster season in the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area (Department of Health and Hospitals’ harvest areas 29 and 30) shall then reopen at one-half hour before sunrise on November 15, 2010 and shall close at one-half hour after sunset on April 30, 2011, except for the 2009 cultch plant within the following coordinates which shall remain closed:

2009 Cultch Plant in Calcasieu Lake – Cameron Parish

1. 29 degrees 50 minutes 36.930 seconds N latitude

93 degrees 19 minutes 14.977 seconds W longitude

2. 29 degrees 50 minutes 33.787 seconds N latitude

93 degrees 19 minutes 14.102 seconds W longitude

3. 29 degrees 50 minutes 34.266 seconds N latitude

93 degrees 19 minutes 12.365 seconds W longitude

4. 29 degrees 50 minutes 31.840 seconds N latitude

93 degrees 19 minutes 11.817 seconds W longitude

5. 29 degrees 50 minutes 32.893 seconds N latitude

93 degrees 19 minutes 06.405 seconds W longitude

6. 29 degrees 50 minutes 34.263 seconds N latitude

93 degrees 19 minutes 01.273 seconds W longitude

7. 29 degrees 50 minutes 39.274 seconds N latitude

93 degrees 19 minutes 02.220 seconds W longitude

8. 29 degrees 50 minutes 39.047 seconds N latitude

93 degrees 19 minutes 07.548 seconds W longitude

The sack limit for Calcasieu Lake during this time period is set at 10 sacks per vessel per day. However, these conservation actions shall not supersede public health closures.

The following areas will remain closed for the entire 2010/2011 oyster season:

1. The Bay Gardene Public Oyster Seed Reservation (as described in R.S. 56:434.E);

2. The 2009 cultch plants as described above in Three-Mile Bay, Black Bay, Lake Chien, Sister Lake, and Calcasieu Lake;

3. Barataria Bay Public Oyster Seed Grounds (as described in LAC 76:VII:517);

4. Deep Lake Public Oyster Seed Grounds (as described in LAC 76:VII:517);

5. Lake Tambour Public Oyster Seed Grounds (as described in LAC 76:VII:517);

6. Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation (as described in R.S. 56:434.E); and

7. Sabine Lake Public Oyster Area (as described in R.S. 56:435.1).

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.

SHRIMPING SEASON

The fall inshore shrimp season will open in Shrimp Management Zones 1, 2 and 3 at 6 AM, Monday, August 16. Season dates were approved today by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, following public comment and recommendations presented by Office of Fisheries biologists.

The closing date was also set by the commission for these waters at sunset December 21, 2010 except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line (LA R.S.56:495.1(A)2) which will remain open to shrimping until 6 AM March 31, 2011.

Zone 1 includes Louisiana waters from the Mississippi border to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River. Zone 2 extends from to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River to the western shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island and Zone 3 extends from the western shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island to the Texas border.

Due to the ongoing effects associated the Deepwater Horizon incident, certain delineated areas within the Pontchartrain, Barataria and Terrebonne Basins will remain closed to all commercial fishing, including shrimp harvesting, until further notice.

Louisiana is the number one domestic producer of shrimp with 2009 landings totaling over 100 million pounds, with a dockside value of $118 million.

SEA TROUT SEASON:

The commercial season for the harvest of spotted seatrout will open on August 15, 2010. This fishery is set to remain open until the maximum annual quota is reached, or on the date projected by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries that the quota will be reached, or until sunset on Friday December 31, 2010, whichever comes first.

Act 979 of the 2010 Louisiana Regular Legislative Session modified the season for the commercial harvest of spotted seatrout using a commercial rod and reel.

Also included in Act 979, and effective with the implementation of that act and these rules, the commercial taking or commercial harvesting of spotted sea trout shall be prohibited within Louisiana waters west of the Mermentau River.

 

 

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