Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Asian carp fish cakes chef’s bid to help control the invasive species

BATON ROUGE, La. — A Louisiana chef hopes to control invasive Asian carp by marketing them as Silverfin fish cakes. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says in a news release late last week that Chef Philippe Parola’s Silverfin Group Inc. will sell the fish cakes nationally to restaurants, caterers and schools, primarily through SYSCO food distributors. Parola has…

Whooping cranes finding a home in Louisiana

Whooping cranes are still working their way back from the brink of extinction. The population has grown from fewer than 20 birds in the mid-1940s to almost 850 birds today, according to the foundation.NEW ORLEANS — A dozen young whooping cranes from Wisconsin, Maryland, and Alberta, Canada, are being gradually introduced to the wild in a Louisiana refuge. The Audubon…

Louisiana could be key to bat survival of white-nose fungus

BATON ROUGE, La. — With Halloween here, it’s the bats that should be scared. A relatively new disease has ravaged populations across the eastern half of North America, but Louisiana could hold the key to keeping the species alive. Bats – of the order Chiroptera, meaning “winged hands” – may conjure images of blood-sucking vampires, but the local varieties are…