Enforcement

Three Men Found with Over Two Times the Daily Limit of Red Drum

Release Date: 05/08/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited three men for alleged recreational fishing violations on May 6 in Jefferson Parish.

Agents cited Floyd W. Talley, 69, of Marrero, Adam H. Talley, 47, of Lafitte, and Carl J. Delery Jr., 58, of Kenner, for possession of over the limit and undersized red drum.

Agents were performing a boating safety and creel check when they found the men in possession of 35 red drum, of which 28 were undersized.  The subjects admitted to catching the fish that day.

The daily limit for red drum is five per person, with a minimum size limit of 16 inches. Agents seized the 35 red drum and donated them to a local charity.

Adam H. Talley was additionally cited for not having valid basic and saltwater fishing licenses.

Possession of over ten red drum brings a $400 to $900 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possession of undersized red drum carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Failing to possess basic fishing and saltwater fishing licenses each brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

The men may also face civil restitution for the replacement value of the illegally possessed fish totaling up to $926.45.

Gross Littering Case Leads to Outstanding Warrants and Drug Arrests

Release Date: 05/07/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a man and woman for alleged drug violations on May 5 in Lafayette Parish.

Agents arrested Sean N. Covington, 43, of Rayne, for possession of schedule II narcotics, possession of schedule IV narcotics, gross littering, a traffic bench warrant for expired plate and driving under suspension, a misdemeanor bench warrant for theft, and a felony bench warrant for theft over $750 to under $5000.  Agents also arrested Amanda D. Bergeron, 31, of Rayne, for a felony fugitive warrant of theft over $750 to under $5000.

Agents were notified about a littering site.  While investigating the litter pile, agents found information that linked Covington as the suspected dumper.

Agents were able to perform a traffic stop on Covington and it was confirmed that Covington had three warrants for his arrest in Lafayette Parish.  While conducting a pat down of Covington, the agents found a bottle of pills containing 37 Lortabs and 36 Xanex.

Upon running the information on Bergeron, who was a passenger in the vehicle, agents learned that Bergeron was a fugitive from Lafayette Parish and had an active warrant for her arrest.

Illegal possession of a schedule II and schedule IV drug each brings one to five years in jail and up to a $5,000 fine for each offense.  Gross littering carries up to a $900 fine and 16 hours of community service to be served in a litter abatement program.

Agents booked Covington and Bergeron into the Lafayette Parish Jail.

Two Men Arrested for Oyster Theft in St. Bernard Parish

Release Date: 05/07/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two men for alleged commercial fishing violations on May 4 in St. Bernard Parish.

Agents arrested Prince G. Taylor, 61, of Kentwood, and Ameal Wilson, 64, of Magnolia, Miss., for unlawfully taking oysters off a private lease and failure to have written permission.

Agents were on patrol in Lake Coquille when they observed Taylor in a vessel actively dredging for oysters in an area not leased to him around 10:30 a.m.  Agents seized 14 sacks of oysters and returned them to the water.  Agents also placed a forfeiture order for Taylor's vessel and two dredges.  Agents then booked the men into the St. Bernard Parish Jail.

Unlawfully taking oysters off a private lease and failing to have written permission both carry up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail for each offense.

The men could also face having their oyster harvester licenses revoked by LDWF for up to one year.  The violators could also be sentenced to perform 40 hours of community service and only be allowed to harvest oysters from a vessel that is equipped with a vessel monitoring device for up to one year.

Body of Baton Rouge Man Recovered from Gulf of Mexico

Release Date: 05/05/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents found the deceased body of a missing boater in Plaquemines Parish this morning, May 5.

LDWF agents along with the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office and LDWF Wildlife Division staff found the body of Donald Tabb, 85, of Baton Rouge, around 10:30 a.m. near the Southwest Pass over 10 miles from where he was reported missing.

Tabb had been missing since May 2 when he was a part of a fatal boating incident near South Pass.  Tabb, John Frey, 86, of Magnolia, Texas, and a survivor from Baton Rouge were on a 27-foot vessel when they capsized around 7 a.m. on May 2 about a half mile from South Pass in the Gulf of Mexico.

The survivor was able to retrieve Frey and get him to shore where he was unresponsive and pronounced dead by a medical examiner on the scene.  Tabb went under the water and never resurfaced.

Frey and Tabb’s bodies were turned over the Plaquemines Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.  None of the men were wearing a personal flotation device at the time of the incident.  It is unknown at this time what caused the vessel to capsize.

Capsized Boat Near South Pass Leads to Fatality and Missing Boater

Release Date: 05/02/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents are searching for a missing boater following a fatal boating incident in Plaquemines Parish.

LDWF agents along with the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Coast Guard responded to a capsized vessel this morning, May 2, in the Gulf of Mexico about half of a mile from South Pass.

According to the survivor, he and two other men were on a 27-foot vessel around 7 a.m. when it capsized ejecting all three men into the water.  The 60-year-old survivor from Baton Rouge was able to retrieve one of the men and get him to shore.

The man that the survivor retrieved was unresponsive once on shore and pronounced dead by a medical examiner on the scene.  The deceased was 86 years old from Magnolia, Texas.  His body was turned over to the Plaquemines Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.

The search and rescue crews are searching for the other missing boater in the area of the capsized vessel.  The missing boater is 85 years old from Baton Rouge.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.  None of the men were wearing a personal flotation device at the time of the incident.  It is unknown at this time what caused the vessel to capsize.

Texas Man Cited for Crabbing Violations

Release Date: 05/01/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife And Fisheries Enforcement Division cited a Texas man for alleged crabbing violations on April 27.

LDWF agents cited Thanh Van Nguyen, of Bridge City, Texas, for taking female crabs during a closed season and violating interstate commerce regulations.

LDWF agents along with Texas Parks and Wildlife agents are working jointly to detect Texas commercial fishermen coming into Louisiana waters and catching female crabs and then selling them in Texas.

There is currently a closure on the taking of female crabs in Louisiana waters for the commercial fishermen during the months of March and April.  There is no closure for the take of female crabs in Texas waters.  Agents also learned that Nguyen does not possess the required licenses for crabs in Texas because of past violations.

LDWF agents observed Nguyen running crab traps in Louisiana waters and then notified TPW agents about Nguyen trying to sell his catch at a seafood dock just off the Sabine River in Texas.

LDWF agents seized two crab crates containing 224 female crabs and returned the crabs to the water.

Violating interstate commerce regulations carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking female crabs during a closed brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Body of Missing Boater Recovered from the Tickfaw River

Release Date: 04/30/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement agents, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies and Livingston Parish Fire Department personnel found the deceased body of a missing boater on the Tickfaw River today, April 30.

The body of Daniel Jones, 42, of Holden, was recovered around 11:30 a.m. this morning on the Tickfaw River in Livingston Parish.

According to a female survivor, Jones was operating a 15-foot bateau with a surface drive motor near the Leisure Landing south of Springfield around 4 p.m. on April 29.  They were coming out of a turn in the river when they were both suddenly ejected into the water.  The female was able to swim to shore and Jones never resurfaced.  Neither occupant was wearing a personal flotation device.

Authorities were notified and arrived on scene and searched for Jones until late last night on April 29.  Authorities then started the search again at daybreak this morning.

Jones’ body was found near where he was reported missing and his body was turned over to the Livingston Parish Coroner’s Office.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this fatal boating incident.  It is unknown at this time what caused this fatal boating incident.

150 Boaters Certified During "Boating Education Lagniappe Day"

Release Date: 04/24/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) certified 150 boaters statewide after their eighth annual "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" on April 21.

Boating Education Lagniappe Day was at eight locations across the state and consisted of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) boating education course, food and drinks, giveaways and door prizes all free of charge to the public.

The NASBLA safe boating certification is mandatory for anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 who wants to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.

The NASBLA approved course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal requirements and equipment requirements.  The course also covers many navigation rules and charts, trailering, sailboats, canoeing, personal watercraft and more.  Each student received that completed the course was issued a vessel operators certification card.

To register for a future boating education class please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating/courses and follow the links to register.

Below was the list of class locations for lagniappe day:

Webster Parish
LDWF Region 1 Office
9961 Hwy. 80
Minden, LA 71055
Sponsors include Red River Waterway Commission, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bayou Bodcau Office, Bass Pro Shop of Bossier City, and The Boat Shop in Shreveport.

Ouachita Parish
Academy Sports and Outdoors
111 Constitution Dr.
West Monroe, LA 71292
Sponsors include Academy Sports and Outdoors and Johnny’s Pizza House.

Avoyelles Parish
Cottonport Bank Camp
1055 Old River Road
Mansura, LA 71350
Sponsors include Cottonport Bank, Avoyelles Parish School Board, Ronald and Faye Coco, and the Louisiana Wildlife Agent’s Association (LWAA)

Iberia Parish
LDWF New Iberia Field Office
2415 Darnall Rd.
New Iberia, LA 70560
Sponsors include Raising Cane’s and LWAA

Calcasieu Parish
LSU AgCenter
7101 Gulf Hwy.
Lake Charles, LA 70607
Sponsors include Beauregard Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited

Lafourche Parish
St. John Volunteer Fire Department
2429 Parish Rd.
Thibodaux, LA 70301
Sponsors include Renovations Hardware of Galliano and LWAA

Tangipahoa Parish
Manchac Fire Department
30221 Hwy. 51
Akers, LA 70421
Sponsors include LWAA and Manchac Fire Department

St. Tammany Parish
St. Tammany Parish Library Madisonville Branch
1123 Main Street
Madisonville, LA 70447
Sponsors include Raising Cane’s and the LWAA

Single Boating Incident Leads to Fatality in Iberia Parish

Release Date: 04/18/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries recovered the body of a St. Martinville man from an Iberia Parish waterway this afternoon, April 18.

The body of William Londo Jr., 56, was recovered around noon from a borrow pit near Lake Fausse Point about 10 miles north of Charenton.  His body was turned over to the Iberia Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.

According to family of Londo Jr., he left home to go fishing in his small flat fishing vessel around 7:30 a.m. on April 17.  After he didn’t return home from fishing, the family contacted authorities.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating fatality.  It is unknown at this time how Londo Jr. entered the water.  His body was found without a personal flotation device.

Three Men Arrested for Oyster Theft in St. Bernard Parish

Release Date: 04/18/2018

LDWF agents cited three St. Bernard men for alleged commercial fishing violations on April 17 in St. Bernard Parish.

Agents arrested Bruce M. Guerra III, 34, Joseph E. Mitchell Jr., 58, and Tory A. Hoo, 33, for unlawfully taking oysters from a private lease and failure to have written permission.

Agents were on patrol in Lake Coquille when they observed the three men in a vessel actively dredging for oysters in an area not leased to them around 12:30 p.m.

Agents seized 27 sacks of oysters and returned them to the water.  Agents also seized two oyster dredges and placed a forfeiture order for Guerra's vessel.  Agents then booked the men into the St. Bernard Parish Jail.

Unlawfully taking oysters from a private lease and failing to have written permission both carry up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail for each offense.

The men could also face having their oyster harvester licenses revoked by LDWF for up to one year.  The violators could also be sentenced to perform 40 hours of community service and only be allowed to harvest oysters from a vessel that is equipped with a vessel monitoring device for up to one year.

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