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Coastwide Nutria Control Program Status Report

 

(Updated July 23, 2013)

Project Summary for the 2012-2013 Nutria Control Program--
  • 388,160 nutria tails worth $1,940,800 in incentive payments were collected from 252 active participants.
  • Terrebonne turned in the most tails, 138,305.  St. Mary and Lafourche Parish followed with 64,386 and 47,723 respectively.
  • 66 (26%) participants turned in less than 200 tails, 53 (21%) participants turned in between 200-499 tails, 28 (11%) participants turned in between 500-799 tails, and 105 (42%) participants turned in 800 or more tails.
  • 59% of the nutria harvested were taken by rifle, 30% were trapped, and 11% were shot with a shot gun.
  • A total of 394 applications were processed.
  • The 2013 vegetative damage survey was completed in April.  The survey yielded a total of 1,233 acres of damage along transect lines.  When extrapolated, there are 4,624 acres impacted coastwide by nutria hebivory.

Click here to view the entire 12-13 Nutria Harvest and Damage report
 

Project Summary for the 2011-2012 Nutria Control Program--

  • 354,354 nutria tails worth $1,771,770 in incentive payments were collected from 285 active participants.
  • Terrebonne turned in the most tails, 85,587.  Plaquemines and St. Mary Parish followed with 71,879 and 45,859 respectively.
  • 88 (31%) participants turned in less than 200 tails, 50 (16%) participants turned in between 200-499 tails, 33 (12%) participants turned in between 500-799 tails, and 114 (40%) participants turned in 800 or more tails.
  • 62% of the nutria harvested were taken by rifle, 33% were trapped, and 5% were shot with a shot gun.
  • A total of 454 applications were processed.
  • The 2012 vegetative damage survey was completed in April.  The survey yielded a total of 1,129 acres of damage along transect lines.  When extrapolated, there are 4,234 acres impacted coastwide by nutria hebivory.
Click here to view the entire 11-12 Nutria Harvest and Damage report

Project Summary for the 2010-2011 Nutria Control Program--

  • 338,512 nutria tails worth $1,692,560 in incentive payments, were collected from 287 active participants.
  • Plaquemines turned in the most tails, 80,241.  Terrebonne and St. Mary Parish followed with 65,190 and 43,533 respectively.
  • 92 (32%) participants turned in less than 200 tails, 65 (23%) participants turned in between 200-499 tails, 30 (10%) participants turned in between 500-799 tails, and 100 (35%) participants turned in 800 or more tails.
  • 66% of the nutria harvested were taken by rifle, 30% were trapped, and 4% were shot with a shot gun.
  • A total of 438 applications were processed.
  • The 2011 vegetative damage survey was completed in April.  The survey yielded a total of 1,679 acres of damage along transect lines.  When extrapolated, there are 6,296 acres impacted coastwide by nutria hebivory.

Click here to view the entire 10-11 Nutria Harvest and Damage report

Project Summary for the 2009-2010 Nutria Control Program--

  • 445,963 nutria tails worth $2,229,815 in incentive payments, were collected from 306 active participants.
  • Terrebonne turned in the most tails, 106,226.  Plaquemines and St. Mary followed with 69,294 and 67,631 respectively.
  • 87 (28%) participants turned in less than 200 tails, 59 (19%) participants turned in between 200-499 tails, 30 (10%) participants turned in between 500-799 tails, and 130 (~42%) participants turned in 800 or more tails.
  • 56% (252,373) of the nutria harvested were taken by rifle, 39% (173,456) were trapped, and 5% (20,134) were shot with a shot gun.
  • A total of 419 applications were processed.
  • The 2010 vegetative damage survey was completed in May.  The survey yielded a total of 2,260 acres of damage along transect lines.  When extrapolated, there are 8,475 acres impacted coastwide by nutria hebivory.

Click here to view the entire 09-10 Nutria Harvest and 10 Damage report

Project Summary for the 2008-2009 Nutria Control Program--

  • 334,038 nutria tails worth $1,670,190 in incentive payments, were collected from 262 active participants.
  • Terrebonne turned in the most tails, 74,587.  Lafourche and St. Martin followed with 48,252 and 44,972 respectively.
  • 92 (35%) participants turned in less than 200 tails, 52 (20%) participants turned in between 200-499 tails, 25 (10%) participants turned in between 500-799 tails, and 93 (35%) participants turned in 800 or more tails.
  • 49% (149,734) of the nutria harvested were taken by rifle, 42% (130,330) were trapped, and 9% (28,148) were shot with a shot gun.
  • A total of 401 applications were processed.
  • The 2009 vegetative damage survey was completed in April.  The survey yielded a total of 5,422 acres of damage along transect lines.  When extrapolated, there are 20,332 acres impacted coastwide by nutria hebivory.

Click here to view the entire 08-09 Nutria Harvest and 09 Damage report

Project Summary for the 2007-2008 Nutria Control Program--

  • 308,212 nutria tails worth $1,541,060 in incentive payments, were collected from 347 active participants.
  • Terrebonne Parish turned in the most tails, 78,934.  St. Martin and St. Mary followed with 54,726 and 34,210 respectively.
  • 141 participants (41%) turned in less than 200 tails. 68 participants (20%) turned in between 200-499 tails, 30 participants (8%) turned in 500-799 tails, and 108 participants (31%) turned in 800 or more tails. 
  • 42% (130,330) of the nutria harvested were trapped.  49% (149,734) were shot with a rifle, and 9% (28,148) were shot with a shot gun.
  • A total of 484 applications were processed.
  • The 2008 vegetative damage survey was completed in April.  The survey yielded a total of 6,171 acres of damage along transect lines.  This figure when extrapolated, shows 23,141 acres impacted coastwide at the time of the survey.

Click here to view the entire 07-08 Nutria Harvest and 08 Damage report

Project Summary for the 2006-2007 Nutria Control Program--

  • A total of 375,683 nutria tails, worth $1,878,415 in incentive payments were collected from 365 participants.
  • St. Martin Parish turned in the most tails with 113,629. Terrebonne and St. Mary followed with 99,433 and 34,693 respectively.
  • St. Martin and Terrebonne Parish had 115 participants. There were 81 in St. Mary Parish.
  • 102 participants (30%) turned in less than 200 tails. 94 participants (26%) turned in between 200-499 tails. 46 participants (13%) turned in between 500-799 tails, and 123 participants (33%) turned in 800 or more tails.
  • 37% (137,131) of the nutria harvested were trapped. 43% (164,142) of the nutria harvested were shot with a rifle and 20% (74,410) of the nutria harvested were shot with a shotgun.
  • A total of 478 applications were processed for the program.
  • The 2007 Vegetative Damage Survey was completed in April. The survey yielded a total of 9,244 acres of damage along transect lines. This figure, when extrapolated, shows 34,665 acres impacted coastwide at the time of the survey.
  • A total of 168,843 nutria tails, worth $675,372 in incentive payments were collected from 216 participants
  • The Parishes with the most nutria tails collected were*: 1)Terrebonne with 57,756 tails, 2) Lafourche with 24,668 tails, 3) St. Mary with 21,023 tails, 4) St. Martin with 15,903 tails, and 5) St. Charles with 13,807 tails
  • The parishes with the most participants were: 1) Terrebonne, 2) Lafourche, 3) St Martin, 4) St Mary and 5)St. John.
  • 80 participants (37%) turned in less than 200 tails. 53 participants (25%) turned in between 200 and 499 tails. 29 participants (13%) turned in between 500 and 799 tails. 54 participants (25%) turned in 800 or more nutria tails and were responsible for (73%) 124,047 of the 168,843 tails that were turned in.
  • 39% (65,104) of the nutria harvested were trapped. 48% (81,105) of the nutria harvested were shot with a rifle and 13% (22,634) of the nutria harvested were shot with a shotgun.
  • A total of 309 applications were processed for the program
  • The 2006 Vegetative Damage Survey was completed in April. The survey yielded a total of 14,868 acres of damage along transect lines. This figure, when extrapolated, shows that 55,755 acres were impacted coast wide at the time of the survey. However 2,553 acres of the 14,868 acres of damage along transects of marsh previously impacted by nutria in Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes was likely converted to open water by tidal scour from Hurricane Katrina. After the acreage is adjusted for the storm damages, the damage along transect lines equals 12,315 acres and when extrapolated this results in a total of 46,181 acres.
  • A total of 297,535 nutria tails, worth $1,190,140 in incentive payments were collected from 310 participants
  • The Parishes with the most nutria tails collected were: 1)Terrebonne with 81,135 tails, 2) Plaquemines with 39,043 tails, 3) Lafourche with 32,411 tails, 4) St. Martin with 31,656 tails, and 5) St. Mary with 20,940 tails
  • The parishes with the most participants were: 1) Terrebonne with 98, 2) Lafourche with 44, 3) Plaquemines with 42, 4) Vermilion with 32, and 5) St Mary with 27.
  • 79 participants (25%) turned in less than 200 tails. 74 participants (24%) turned in between 200 and 499 tails. 46 participants (15%) tuned in between 500 and 799 tails. Again this season, the majority of participants, 111 (36%) turned in 800 or more nutria tails
  • 38% (114,668) of the nutria harvested were trapped. 54% (159,810) of the nutria harvested were shot with a rifle and 8% (23,057) of the nutria harvested were shot with a shotgun.
  • A total of 384 applications were processed for the program
  • The 2005 Vegetative Damage Survey was completed in April. The survey yielded a total of 14,260 acres of damage along transect lines. This figure, when extrapolated, shows that 53,475 acres were impacted coast wide at the time of the survey.
  • A total of 332,596 nutria tails worth $1,330,384 in incentive payments were collected from 346 participants.
  • The parishes with the most nutria tails collected were: 1) Plaquemines with 86,720 tails, 2) Terrebonne with 72,846 tails, 3) Lafourche with 51,736 tails, 4) Jefferson with 24,896 tails and 5) St. Mary with 16,277.
  • The parishes with most participants were: 1) Terrebonne with 106, 2) Plaquemines with 65, 3) Lafourche with 42, 4) St. Charles with 25 and 5) St. Bernard and Jefferson with 21.
  • 114 participants (33%) turned in less than 200 tails. 68 participants (20%) turned in between 200 - 499 tails. 43 participants (12%) turned in between 500 - 799 tails. The majority of participants, 121 (35%), turned in 800 tails or more.
  • There was a change in the method of take for nutria during 2004. Forty-eight percent of nutria were trapped. Fifty percent of the nutria were taken with a rifle while only two percent were taken with a shotgun.
  • A total of 450 applications were processed for the program.
  • The 2004 Vegetative Damage Survey was completed in May. There were only 16,906 acres of damage.

Project summary of the 2002-2003 Nutria Control Program--

  • A total of 308,160 nutria tails, worth $1,232,640 in incentive payments were collected from 342 participants.
  • The parishes with the most nutria tails collected were Terrebonne with 92,831 tails, Plaquemines with 63,208 tails, Lafourche with 28,852 tails, St. Mary with 26,004 tails, Jefferson with 20,529 tails, St. John with 18,450 tails and St. Charles with 11,169 tails.
  • The parishes with the most participants were Terrebonne with 104, Plaquemines with 69, Lafourche with 48, St. Charles with 24, St. Mary with 22, Jefferson with 19 and St. John with 11.
  • The majority of the participants, 116, turned in less than 200 tails, 86 participants turned in 201-499 tails, 35 participants turned in 500-799 tails and 105 participants turned in over 800 tails.
  • 66% of the nutria harvested were taken with a gun and 34% of the nutria harvested were taken with traps.
  • A 2002 nutria vegetative damage survey map and a Coastwide Nutria Control Program harvest distribution map are attached to show the overlap of harvest and damage.
  • May/June--conducted Coastwide Nutria Herbivory Survey