Confusion surrounds Limited Access Area in Salvador Management Area
Where is the area located? Can we fish the area during hunting season? Can we use our outboard motors to go to our favorite fishing and hunting spots located in the area?
The bottom line is most outdoorsmen are concerned about violating newly established laws regarding the area and no one wants to be cited by Wildlife and Fisheries agents.
“I don’t know anything about the Limited Access Area,” Buddy Fonseca, a commercial crab fisherman from Des Allemands, said. “What is the LDWF trying to do?”
The Limited Access Area is located on the northeastern side of the Salvador Management Area. It is about 12 miles southwest of New Orleans.
The Department of Wildlife & Fisheries acquired the Salvador Management area in 1968, which consists of 33,000 acres. Access is limited to boat travel only.
The five access points are from:
•Bayou Segnette from Westwego into Lake Cataouatche then west to the area.
•Pier 90 - Sellers Canal to Bayou Verrett into Lake Cataouatche then west to the area.
•Bayou Des Allemands or Bayou Gauche to lake Salvador north through Bayou Couba then west to the area.
•Larose - head north through the intercoastal waterway through the Little Harvey, cross Lake Salvador through Bayou Couba then west to the area.
•Lafitte through Bayou Rigolets and Bayou Perot to Lake Salvador, north through Bayou Couba then west to area.
Self-clearing permits stations are set-up at Pier 90, Bayou Gauche, Bayou Segnette boat launch or the Flemmings Store in Lafitte.
To local outdoorsmen, the Limited Access Area is the Tank Ponds and the Netherlands and signs have been in place marking the Limited Access Area.
The La. Cypress Canal is the northern boundary, the West Canal is the western boundary, the Umbrella Tree Canal is the southern boundary, and the Bulkhead running north to south mark the eastern boundary.
Within these boundaries, 3,000 acres are set aside by the LDWF.
While working on the article, I received a press release from the LDWF. Here it is below:
“The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) reminds anyone using coastal wildlife management areas (WMA) with designated limited access areas (LAAs) that operation of boats with internal combustion engines, within those LAAs, is restricted throughout the 2010-11 fall and winter waterfowl hunting season.
“Limited access areas were created within Atchafalaya Delta WMA, Pass a Loutre WMA, Pointe aux Chenes WMA and Salvador WMA to provide a more primitive hunting experience for waterfowl hunters. Restrictions on the use of internal combustion engines provide for reduced noise in an effort to minimize disturbance of waterfowl within the LAA and improve hunter harvest success between September and January.
“LAAs are posted with signage at access points around the perimeter. Any vessel with a movable outdrive system may enter a LAA as long as the boat's internal combustion engine is trimmed up out of the water in an inoperable position. Vessels with fixed props must adhere to the no operation rule. Trolling motors may be used to access and navigate within a LAA while hunting or fishing.”
The conclusion I reached from the press release was that there would be no operation of boats with internal combustion engines inside the area, and they must be trimmed up out of the water when traveling through.
However, trolling motors may be used to access and navigate within a Limited Access Area while hunting or fishing.
The Limited Access Areas begin Sept. 1 and runs through Jan. 31.
Both Bo Boehringer and Shane Granier of the LDWF agree the access capabilities are on a one-year trial basis.
The goal of the Limited Access Area is to provide a more primitive hunting experience for waterfowl hunters.
Restrictions on the use of internal combustion engines provide for reduced noise in an effort to minimize disturbance of waterfowl within the LAA and improve hunter harvest success between September and January.
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