St. Bernard Parish Man Arrested By L.D.W.F. Agents For Falsifying Commercial Fishing Information

Release Date: 11/15/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents with the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) arrested a St. Bernard Parish man on Nov. 15 for allegedly falsifying commercial fishing catch information submitted to the department.

Glenn J. Cascio Jr., 30, of Arabi, allegedly falsified 16 trip ticket documents dated from Jan. 1, 2010 through May 3, 2010 in order to file a claim with BP America due to the Transocean Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Cascio was charged with three felonies for filing false public records, injuring public records and theft by fraud and was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. The trip tickets were filed with LDWF and represented 43,264 pounds of crab at a value of $38,570. According to the arrest warrant, Cascio stated that he received a total of $10,000 from BP America.

SIU agents, Lt. Jay Diez and Senior Agent Edward Ridgel, met with Cascio on Nov. 6 after receiving a complaint from the department's trip ticket section that Cascio did not possess a commercial fishing license during the timeframe specified on the trip tickets. According to the arrest warrant, Cascio admitted to not catching or selling any crab from Jan. 1 to May 3 and that he falsified the trip ticket information in order to file a claim with BP America.

If convicted, Cascio faces fines up to $5,000 and up to five years in jail with or without hard labor for each charge of falsifying and injuring public records. For the fraud charge, Cascio faces a fine up to $3,000 and up to 10 years in jail with or without hard labor.

LDWF routinely reviews every trip ticket received from the commercial fishing industry to ensure that the most accurate data are collected and properly reflect the important role the state of Louisiana plays in the production of seafood and the management of the state's seafood resources.

"We want to ensure our commercial fishermen and dealers are compensated fairly by using accurate trip ticket information," said Col. Winton Vidrine, head of LDWF's Enforcement Division. "We do not want to see commercial fishermen or dealers tempted to commit felony violations by falsifying trip ticket documents, which can damage the basis of having the best scientific information available to manage the seafood resources."

This is the fifth arrest made by LDWF agents in connection with allegedly falsifying commercial fishing information to receive compensations from BP America since August.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or 


LDWF Mississippi Delta - reopening line for shrimp, finfish and crab commercial fishing.

Commercial fishing has been re-opened in that portion of state inside and outside territorial waters seaward of a line beginning at Pass a Loutre, at:

29o12’35”N 89o01’05”W, going south to
29o11’35”N 89o01’10”W, then west southwest to
29o11’10”N 89o02’00”W, then west southwest to
29o11’00”N 89o02’25”W, then south southwest to
29o08’55”N 89o06’15”W, then east southeast to
29o08’15”N 89o02’10”W, then south southwest to
29o04’50”N 89o04’10”W, then north northwest to
29o06’00”N 89o06’00”W, then south southwest to
28o59’35”N 89o08’00”W, then south southwest to
28o59’15”N 89o08’15”W, then south southwest to
28o58’20”N 89o10’00”W, then north northwest to
29o02’40”N 89o16’20”W, then south southwest to
28o54’40”N 89o25’00’W at Southwest Pass

This also includes those waters within:

North Pass west of 89o01’05”W,
Pass a Loutre west of 89o02’00”W,
Northeast Pass west of 89o02’10”W,
Southeast Pass west of 89o04’10”W,
South Pass west of 89o08’00”W and
Southwest Pass east of 89o25’00”W

Please see the provided map for additional information.

LDWF Reopens Commercial Crab Fishing in Mississippi River Delta

Release Date: 11/08/2010

LDWF Reopens Commercial Crab Fishing in Mississippi River Delta
LDWF Reopens Commercial Crab Fishing in Mississippi River Delta

Reopening effective immediately; 98.5% of state waters reopened for commercial fishing

Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), in coordination with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, ordered an emergency reopening of commercial crabbing in portions of state inside and outside territorial waters within the Mississippi River Delta previously closed due to the BP oil spill.
LDWF Secretary Robert Barham ordered this opening following the completion of comprehensive testing by the FDA. The FDA has advised that following extensive sensory testing and analytical chemistry results, the crab tissue samples tested from these previously closed areas are safe for consumption.

Commercial crab fishing reopens immediately today, November 8, 2010. The reopening includes portions of state waters extending seaward a minimum distance of one-quarter mile or more from the shoreline between the northern shore of Pass a Loutre and 29 degrees 12 minutes 40 seconds north latitude and the western shore of Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River and 89 degrees 25 minutes 00 seconds west longitude. For a detailed description of the latitude and longitude lines for which the reopening applies, click here.

Recreational and commercial fishing for shrimp and finfish were previously opened in these waters on October 28. The harvest of oysters is regulated by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals; harvesting areas remain closed in portions of these waters.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, please contact Olivia Watkins at 225-610-8660 or 


Louisiana Environmental Education Commission November Agenda

Release Date: 11/08/2010

Meeting Agenda
November 10, 2010
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries
Baton RougeOffice, Louisiana Room
1 PM

  1. Call to order
  2. Roll Call/Sign-in
  3. Introduction
  4. Minutes from last meeting
  5. Financial Report
  6. Coordinator’s Report
  7. Old Business
    1. 2011 Symposium Committee reports
      1. Audio Visual
      2. Door Prize/Hospitality
      3. Evaluation
      4. Exhibitor
      5. Finance
      6. Keynote
      7. Lodging Assistance
      8. Programs
      9. Public Relations
      10. Registration
    2. Environmental Literacy Plan
  8. New Business
    1. 2011 Environmental Awareness Art & Language Arts Contest
    2. 2011 Grants Program
    3. LEEC vote of officers
  9. Announcements
    1. 2011 Calendars are ready for pick up
  10. Next Meeting Dates: February 12, 2011 (at Symposium), May 10, 2011, August 9, 2011
  11. Adjournment   

For more information, please contact Venise Ortego at 337-948-0255 or

Tiger Prawn

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has received reports and actual specimens of GIANT TIGER PRAWNS or Penaeus monodon, a non-native species of shrimp in Vermilion and Barataria Bays.

This species of shrimp is native to the Western Pacific. If a population were established in our waterways, they may pose a threat to our native shrimp species. Giant Tiger Prawns are characterized by their distinct dark and white bands. If you come across these shrimp in local waterways, you are encouraged to save the specimen (ice or refrigerate), record the location and contact an LDWF biologist at: (225) 765-2949.

Please contact:
Lousiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
(225) 765-2949

Cleaning Instructions

Cleaning Instructions

Glenn Thomas, the Marine Extension leader with Louisiana Sea Grant at LSU, and Duane Chapman, a research fisheries biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Columbia, Mo., teamed up recently to record an instructional video that is part cooking show and part fish and game report. The film describes the fish's biology and anatomy and provides step-by-step coaching on the proper way to clean them. Chapman demonstrates three cooking methods - blackened fillets; grilled fillets; and a fried, bone-in preparation he calls "flying carp wings." Silver and bighead carp flesh is moist, white, flaky and mild - provided it is properly handled - and larger carp yield generous, meaty fillets. There is one catch to catching this delicious fish. They are herbivores and unlikely to respond to traditional angling. Chapman said they rarely take baits that would be placed on the end of a fishing line. "You can go bowfishing or wait for them to jump in the boat," he said. No matter how they are captured, Chapman emphasizes the importance of gutting and icing immediately, or the fish will quickly spoil. The instructional video was filmed and produced by the LSU AgCenter. "Flying Fish, Great Dish" appears in three segments on YouTube:

Part 1. This video provides background information about these fish and describes one of the first steps in the cleaning process- removing the filets.

Part 2. This video teaches you how to make Flying Carp Wings. This cleaning method leaves the bones in the filets, but the bones remain whole and are easy to remove after the fish are cooked.

Part 3. This video teaches you how to debone your filets.

LDWF acknowledges and appreciates the use of LSU AgCenter information displayed on this page.


The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Chef Philippe Parola, in an effort to produce a demand for two species of Asian carp, the silver and bighead carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix and H. nobilis), are launching the "Silverfin Promotion." Both species of carp are exotic to U.S. waters and are causing major problems where they become established. They have been very prolific in the Mississippi River and all tributaries and distributaries of the river. Both species are filter feeders and directly compete with paddlefish (spoonbill catfish), shad and the very young of all species of recreational and commercial fish. In many northern waterbodies, these species have already replaced native populations of fish. In addition to being an ecological threat, the silver carp is a direct threat to boaters and others that use our waterbodies. These fish, which can weigh 60 pounds, have a habit of jumping out of the water when disturbed by boats. Boaters and skiers have been severely injured by these fish. The fish have also damaged equipment on boats such as windshields, radios, GPS units and depth finders.

These fish are firmly established throughout the Mississippi River Basin and in Louisiana are abundant in the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers. Eradication is not possible, but if a sufficient demand for the fish can be generated, we may be able to control their numbers. Although we have large numbers of silver and bighead carp in Louisiana waters, our river systems are very productive. Department biologists feel there has been a reduction in shad and paddlefish; however we do not feel that other recreational and commercial species have been impacted in most water bodies. If we are successful in establishing a demand for these fish, we may be able to reduce their numbers before they severely impact Louisiana's multi-million dollar commercial and recreational fishing industry.


  1. Determine if silver and bighead carp are suitable for human consumption.

    Chef Philippe Parola has tested the quality of both silver and bighead carp and rates them both as high quality. He has conducted small scale taste testing and determined the meat of both fish is very acceptable to consumers. The LDWF has also conducted in-house testing and concluded the fish would appeal to consumers and anglers. There is an obstacle to overcome with regard to selling the meat to consumers, the filets of both species have a series of floating bones that are not easily separated from the flesh.

  2. Establish a method of removing bones from the flesh for commercial products. This step is necessary to create a commercial demand for the fish. Almost no consumers will purchase fish and fish products if they contain bones.

    Chef Philippe researched current de-boning systems and has currently chosen to use a steaming method.

  3. Establish a method of cleaning fish that would be acceptable to recreational fishers.

    The US Geological Survey, working with the LSU AgCenter, has produced a video showing two methods of cleaning fish. One method leaves the bones in the flesh, but the bones are left whole and are easily removed after cooking. The second method completely removes all bones. This video will be publicized and made available. This activity includes having at least two department employees trained in the above cleaning methods. These employees will assist recreational anglers learn the cleaning techniques.

  4. Increase methods of recreationally taking silver and bighead carp. Because these fish are filter feeders, they are not susceptible to traditional angling methods.

    A Notice of Intent was presented to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in January to allow the use of boats, dip nets, spears and snagging by recreational fishers. If the rule is approved, the new method of take will be legal in about 120 days. Additional considerations may be presented to the legislature in the 2010 legislative session.

  5. Develop finished products from the commercially de-boned fish for purchase by consumers.

    Chef Philippe has developed products such as fish cakes, fish balls, fish gumbo, and imitation crab meat stuffing.

  6. Design and print a brochure for the Silverfin Promotion

    LDWF and Chef Philippe will create an informative brochure. The information in this brochure will include the problems these fish present and our promotion encouraging the taking and purchasing of these fish and fish products.

  7. Create a Web site to promote the purchasing and catching of silver and bighead carp

    LDWF and Chef Philippe, will create a Web site. The information on this site will include the problems these fish present and our promotion encouraging the taking and purchasing of these fish and fish products.

  8. Create a promotional CD/DVD providing information on the Silverfin Promotion

    LDWF and Chef Philippe, will create an informative CD/DVD. The information on this disk will include the problems these fish present and our promotion encouraging the taking and purchasing of these fish and fish products.

  9. Have one-on-one promotions of the fish products to various wholesale and retail outlets.

    Chef Philippe will meet with representatives from various outlets and offer them samples of the various fish products. The goal of this activity is to convince outlet representatives to sell the products at their stores and restaurants.

  10. Sponsor a large media event publicizing the Silverfin Promotion. The goal of this event is to get the message out to all fishermen and consumers that a new, natural, healthy, Louisiana produced product is now on the market.

    On January 12, 2010, LDWF and Chef Philippe will present the fish products to the media, including members of the Outdoor Writers Association, to the LWF Commission, invited retail outlets and other invited guests. They will be informed of the reasons for the promotion and given samples of fish and fish products to eat. Samples will include those being marketed to the retail industry and those available to recreational fishermen cleaning their own catch. Videos showing the fish and cleaning methods will be continuously playing.

  11. Present the Silverfin Promotion to the rest of the country. As the silver and bighead carp are not just a Louisiana problem, we feel the outreach effort should include at least one national promotion.

    Chef Philippe has already been selected as the Chef that will be attending the National Grocers Association (NGA) Convention in Las Vegas. The association has over 1,500 members and the convention will be attended by approximately 2,000 individuals. At this convention he will provide samples of the commercial products to wholesale and retail outlets. The goal of this effort is to expand the market of silver carp products to other states.

2010-2011 Louisiana Oyster Season Modified by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission

Release Date: 11/04/2010

2010-2011 Louisiana Oyster Season Modified by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission

The 2010-2011 oyster season for public oyster seed grounds east of the Mississippi River and in Hackberry Bay was delayed by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in an effort to protect and enrich oysters for future harvest. These public oyster areas were originally scheduled to open on November 15, 2010. 

Biological data gathered by LDWF biologists indicates the presence of a recent reproductive event in some areas east of the Mississippi River resulting in the presence of significant numbers of oyster spat (young oysters less than one inch in length). Harvest in these areas was postponed to allow these juvenile oysters appropriate time to mature and become viable for future harvests. 

Significant oyster mortalities were also documented during biological sampling in some areas which has further decreased an already reduced oyster resource. The commission took action to delay the season in order to protect and conserve the remaining oyster resources located in these areas. The public grounds east of the Mississippi River contribute approximately 28 percent of all oyster harvest in Louisiana on an annual basis.

The remaining public oyster areas throughout the coast will continue with the current oyster season framework as set by the commission at their August 2010 meeting. Most of these areas will open on November 15, 2010.

The commission authorized Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Secretary Robert J. Barham to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended and to open areas if substantial oyster resources are located.

Public notice of any opening, delay, or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns.

 For more information, contact Patrick Banks at 225.765.2370 (

Syndicate content