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Report: Number of Blue Crabs in Bay Remains Below Long-Term Average

The Chesapeake Bay’s blue crab population remained below the long-term average in 2007, according to a report approved by the NOAA-chaired Fisheries Steering Committee. The population of spawning-age blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay in 2007-08 was 120 million, down from 143 million in 2006-07. The interim target population for…


Fishing on Iatt Lake Will Remain Open Until June 23

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC), at its June 5 meeting, decided to temporarily close Iatt Lake to all fishing, effective June 9, in anticipation of lower water levels in the lake due to a recent drawdown. Water levels have not fallen as far as anticipated, in part due…


L.D.W.F. Acquiring 7,200 Acres Within Joyce W.M.A. Throught Funding Partnership

EVENT: The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) will host a signing ceremony within the June 5 LWFC meeting to officially transfer property within the Joyce Wildlife Management Area (WMA) from The Conservation Fund (TCF) to LDWF. The $2.2 million acquisition…


Commercial Fisheries For Deepwater Groupers and Tilefishes in Louisiana Waters To Close 12:01 A.M. Local Time, May 10, 2008 Until January 1, 2009

The commercial fisheries for deepwater groupers and tilefishes in Louisiana waters will close at 12:01 a.m. on May 10, 2008, and will remain closed until Jan. 1, 2009.  The deepwater grouper assemblage includes misty, snowy, yellowedge, Warsaw grouper, and speckled hind.  The tilefish assemblage includes tilefish, goldface tilefish, blackline tilefish,…


Louisiana Spring Shrimp Season To Open

The opening dates of the 2008 Louisiana spring shrimp season were announced at the May 1 meeting of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.  The declaration of emergency, which established the season opening dates, followed a presentation of the latest biological and hydrological data compiled by the Louisiana Department of…


Louisiana “No License Required” Fishing Weekend

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission officially proclaimed June 7 and 8 “No License Required” fishing days for Louisiana citizens and visitors during their May 1 meeting.  The promotional fishing dates are provided for novices and non-anglers as an opportunity to experience recreational fishing. The program provides the public with…


Maryland Proposes Regulations to Rebuild Blue Crab Population

ANNAPOLIS, MD– Today, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) proposed new recreational and commercial harvest regulations to help rebuild the Chesapeake Bay blue crab population and fishery. The proposed regulations are designed to reduce female blue crab harvest by 34 percent in 2008. “We must take action today to…