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July 2016 ALAS Newsletter

July 2016 ALAS Newsletter

2016 ALAS COACHES CONFERENCE
 
Thank you to all of the coaches that attended the first annual ALAS Coaches Conference!  This was a wonderful opportunity to network with other coaches, discover new coaching tips and techniques, and hear about additional archery programs and upcoming opportunities.  Coaches had a little fun with an introduction to bowfishing lesson and Bullseye/3-D friendly competition!  Coaches gave valuable input that will be presented at the NASP Coordinators Conference at the end of the month in Kentucky. 
 
Thank you again to all of the wonderful coaches who attended! 

 
2016 NASP WORLD TOURNAMENT 
 
4135 student archers from 27 states and 3 countries competed at the 2016 NASP World Bullseye Tournament in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  Of those students, 103 archers from 6 Louisiana schools competed and showed the world, once again, that our state hits the mark!  Benton Middle School took the gold as World Champion Middle School team in bullseye competition.
 
Louisiana archers didn’t stop there! 1120 participants from 25 states and 2 countries competed at the 2016 NASP World 3-D Tournament.  103 Louisiana archers from 6 schools took home a truck load of trophies. 
•       World Champions – Benton Middle School (3-D)
•       2nd Place- Benton Elementary (3-D)
•       3rd Place- Kingston Elementary  (3-D)
•       Emma Bunch – World Champion Middle (3-D)
•       Kaitlyn Misenheimer – Benton Middle - 3rd Middle (3-D)
•       Aiden Haire – Benton MS - 3rd Middle (3-D)
•       Kennedy Halsell –  Kingston Elementary  - 4th Elementary (3-D)
 
Congratulations to everyone that traveled to Worlds to represent our state.  We are proud of you!  Keep up the great work!
 
 
 
BEYOND NASP TIM STRICKLAND ACADEMY
 
Louisiana will be hosting archery professional Tim Strickland and the Beyond NASP Clinic! 
 
Saturday & Sunday, October 22nd & 23rd, 2017
Woodworth Outdoor Education Center
661 Robinson Bridge Road
Woodworth, LA 71485
 
You won’t want to miss this opportunity to improve instructor ability to develop life-long archers.  See the attached flyer for more course information, course agenda, and link to online registration.  Seats are limited.  Contact rstroede@wlf.la.gov with any questions. 
 
 
 
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
 
2017 Tournament Dates:
 
South Regionals     Saturday, January 14th        LSU AgCenter-Mega Shelter         Alexandria, LA
North Regionals      Saturday, January 21st        Shreveport Convantion Center     Shreveport, LA
State Tournament  Saturday March 4th               Shreveport Concention Center     Shreveport, LA
 
Upcoming BAI Classes:
 
Friday, July 29th                    8:00-4:30   Doyle Elementary School                  Livingston, LA
Friday, July 29th                    8:00-4:30   Haughton Middle School                   Haughton, LA
Monday, August 8th              7:30-4:00   West Feliciana Middle School          St. Francisville, LA
Monday, August 8th              8:00-4:30   Northwood High School                    Lena, LA
 
To register for a class visit NASP BAI Class Search LA  or click on a class date above. 
Summer is a great time to get parents and teachers interested in helping with your archery program trained!  For information about hosting a BAI training class contact jmcgovern@wlf.la.gov.  
 
 
 
Enjoy the rest of your summer break!  

LEEC eNews Bulletin: Spots available for LUMCON Watershed Webs Workshop

Because of participant scheduling conflicts, a very limited number of spots have become available for the Watershed Webs Workshop, to be hosted by the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) July 26-29, 2016.

Contact Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov as soon as possible if you are interested, then fill out and submit this form.

Attendees will take part in lessons and activities on a stretch of remote coastal island beach and activities will include collecting quantitative data and debris for analysis. Participants will learn to track the path of debris within watersheds, become trained in basic water quality assessment, participate in a beach elevation profile measuring activity, and other, habitat-specific activities. They will be trained in the use of the WET Tracker app and practice related standards-based lesson activities. Closing discussion topics will include societal demands, trash reduction techniques, and stewardship in the classroom. 

The workshop will be held at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium facility in Chauvin, Louisiana, about 85 miles southwest of New Orleans. It is situated in the heart of the estuarine wetland complex of the Mississippi River deltaic plain, between two active distributaries - the Atchafalaya River and the Mississippi itself. There will be plenty of outdoor activities, so make sure to bring comfortable clothes and shoes, water bottles, bug spray and sunscreen.

Facilitators include:

  • Dinah Maygarden, University of New Orleans Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences Coastal Education Program education Specialists
  • Dianne Lindstedt, Louisiana State University Sea Grant College Program Coordinator
  • Venise Ortego & Thomas Gresham, LA Department of Wildlife & Fisheries Environmental Education Program

 

Participants who complete this workshop will receive:

  • Handheld GPS unit, dissolved oxygen kit, Secchi tube, pH test kit, thermometer, flash drive, & lessons
  • Up to 32 hours of professional development
  • Up to $700 in stipends paid; dependent upon participation level
  • Tier 1: $100 for in-state attendees, $300 for out-of-state attendees
  • Tier 2: $100 for proof of lesson plan implementation in the classroom
  • Tier 3: $200 for conducting an approved field experience with students
  • Tier  4: $100 for presenting a related session at an approved conference
  • Student bus transportation and stipends for bus drivers for related field experiences

Three Men Cited for Illegal Shrimping Activities

Release Date: 07/20/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited three men for alleged shrimping violations on July 20 in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents cited David Blanchard, 35, and his deckhand Ellis Gilling, 35, both from Chauvin, for taking commercial fish without a commercial license, failing to comply with bait dealer permit regulations and using skimmers in a closed season.  Agents also cited Kenneth McDuff, 59, of Chauvin, for allowing unlicensed fisherman to use a vessel license and gear license, and failing to comply with bait dealer permit regulations.

Agents received complaints during the past two weeks about a vessel illegally catching shrimp in Bayou Little Calliou.  Agents responding to the complaints were on patrol around 1 a.m. on July 20 and observed Blanchard and Gilling unloading shrimp from the vessel.

Agents made contact with the subjects and asked to see their required licenses.  Blanchard provided agents with a bait dealer permit for No Wait Live Bait LLC and a commercial gear license and a vessel license belonging to the owner of the vessel who was McDuff.  Agents also learned that neither Gilling nor Blanchard possessed a commercial fishing license.

Agents found the subjects in possession of 628 pounds of dead shrimp at the time of the stop.  Agents learned that McDuff gave Blanchard his commercial vessel license and gear license for his vessel for him to fish for live bait shrimp.  It was also found that McDuff did not have Blanchard nor Gilling listed as a commercial fisherman under the live bait permit.  Agents found that the subjects were well over the allotted two gallons of dead shrimp allowed to be possessed by a live bait vessel.  Agents seized and sold the 628 pounds of shrimp.

Taking commercial fish without a commercial fishing license, allowing unlicensed fishermen to use a commercial vessel license, and allowing unlicensed fishermen to use commercial gear licenses carries a fine of $250 to $500 and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.  Using skimmers in a closed season and failing to comply with bait dealer permit regulations brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense and forfeiture of anything seized.

In addition for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer, or butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction.  During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer, or butterfly net only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible to LDWF.  The violator may also have to perform 40 hours of community service.

Agents involved in the case are Senior Agent Dean Aucoin and Senior Agent Norman Deroche.

Two Men Cited for Oyster Violations in St. Bernard Parish

Release Date: 07/19/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two men for alleged oyster violations on July 18 in St. Bernard Parish.

Agents cited John P. Wust, 20, of St. Bernard, and Joshua Stigler, 24, of Violet, for taking oysters from a polluted area, unlawfully taking oysters off a private lease and failing to have written permission.  Agents also cited Wust for a log book violation.

Agents responding to complaints about fisherman taking oysters in polluted areas in several locations around St. Bernard Parish observed a vessel operated by Wust and Stigler actively dredging for oysters in a polluted area.  After furthur investigation, agents identified several other oyster related violations and issued the appropriate citations.

Agents seized one sack of oysters and retuned them to the water.  Agents seized the dredge used in the illegal taking of the oysters.  Agents also seized the vessel used in the illegal activity on a department seizure order.

Taking oysters off a private lease and taking oysters from an unnaproved/polluted area each carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.  Taking oysters without written permission carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Violating a sanitation code for the log book on a vessel carries a $25 fine and up to 10 days in jail.

The men could also have their oyster harvester licenses revoked by the department 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 with a vessel monitoring device for up to one year.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Jason Gernados and Agent Blaine Wagner.

Friends of the Louisiana Whooping Cranes Newsletter

Dear Friend of the Louisiana Whooping Cranes,

Please find the link below to the second quarterly newsletter for 2016. As always, we appreciate your continued support of our efforts to restore this important species to its historic Louisiana habitat.

Agents Make Closed Skimmer Season Case in Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 07/15/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited two men for allegedly using skimmers during a closed season on July 14 in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents cited Hai Van Tong, 68, and Thoai Pong, 69, both of Buras, for using skimmers in a closed season.

Agents responding to complaints of illegal shrimping in the Buras area stopped a vessel with Tong and Pong on board and seized 3,130 pounds of shrimp.  The shrimp were sold at the dock.

Using skimmers in a closed season carries up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail plus forfeiture of anything seized.

In addition for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer, or butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction.  During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer, or butterfly net only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible to LDWF.  The violator may also have to perform 40 hours of community service.

Agents involved in the case are Senior Agent Travis Bartlett and Agent Blaine Wagner.

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