Program Authorization: La. Const. Article IX, Sec. 7
The goal of the Fisheries Program is to maximize biological, economic, social, commercial and recreational benefits from the renewable fishery resources and associated habitats of Louisiana while preserving future options for using these resources. The state consistently ranks among the top three in the nation in commercial fisheries production while also providing exceptional recreational fishing opportunities. The program mission is to manage and conserve the state's renewable fishery resources and supporting habitats. This is accomplished by setting seasons and other harvest limits; replenishing habitats; researching the functions of the natural systems which support the resource; and promoting the prudent use of these resources. This program has only one activity, Fisheries.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
1. In FY 1998-99, the Fisheries Program will maintain or increase availability and harvest of shellfish (shrimp and crab) from Louisiana waters.
2. In FY 1998-99, the Fisheries Program will maintain or increase the availability and harvest of oysters from Louisiana waters.
3. In FY 1998-99, the Fisheries Program will maintain or increase the availability and harvest of marine finfish from Louisiana and adjacent waters.
1 A fish species is considered not to be over fished if its population is sustainable and will persist into the foreseeable future. There are 7 major finfish species: menhaden, spotted sea trout, red drum, black drum, mullet, sheepshead, and flounder.
4. In FY 1998-99, the Fisheries Program will maintain or increase the availability of inland (freshwater) fishes from Louisiana waters.
5. In FY 1998-99, the Fisheries Program will maintain or increase current level of control of undesirable aquatic vegetation in Louisiana fresh waterbodies.
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM
SOURCE OF FUNDING
The Fisheries Program is funded with state general fund, interagency transfer of funds from the Department of Natural Resources for the Caernarvon and Davis Pond Projects; statutory dedications from the Oil Spill Contingency Fund, the Conservation Fund, the Artificial Reef Fund and the Oyster Sanitation Fund (Per R.S.39:32B.(8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each statutory dedicated fund). Federal grants are received from the Interjurisdictional Fisheries Act, EPA, Department of Commerce National Marine Service, Dire Emergency, the Department of Interior - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 91.2% of the existing operating budget. It represents 56.9% of the total request ($21,777,565) for this program. the reductions in this program are due to the completion of the one-time purchase of equipment, completion of some Federal Dire Emergency projects and the completion of environmental monitoring for the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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