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LEEC eNews Bulletin: LEEC and LDOE to Host Green Schools Webinars

Is your school interested in becoming a Green Ribbon School?
Louisiana Green Schools and the Louisiana Department of Education will be hosting a webinar to help guide you through the application process. You can find the webinar website at louisianaschools.adobeconnect.com/greenribbonschools/

There are two dates available: August 30 at 2:00 p.m. or September 1 at 3:30 p.m.
We hope you'll join us!

 

LDWF Agent Honored by Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council

Release Date: 08/23/2016

LDWF Agent Honored by Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council awarded the 2015 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award to a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent on Aug. 17.

Sgt. Nicholas Guillory was presented the prestigious award by Council Chairman Kevin Anson of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

“Presenting the Gulf Council’s first ever Officer of the Year award is an honor and a privilege,” said Anson. “Thank you, Sgt. Guillory, for your hard work and dedication.”

The Council’s Officer of the Year award acknowledges service above and beyond duty requirements and recognizes distinguished service, professionalism, and dedication to enforcing federal fishing regulations in the Gulf of Mexico.  Nominees may be submitted from each of the five Gulf State Law Enforcement agencies, the U.S. Coast Guard, and NOAA Fisheries’ Office for Law Enforcement.

Since graduating the LDWF Enforcement Academy in 2008, Sgt. Guillory has primarily patrolled the Gulf of Mexico.  Most notable of Sgt. Guillory’s efforts in 2015 include his actions on Sept. 6 in Vermilion Parish. Guillory received a call about a vessel taking on water in the Gulf of Mexico near Pecan Island.

“It was raining so hard that I could barely see anything, but I decided to launch my vessel anyway,’’ Guillory said. “As I traveled toward the Gulf of Mexico, I couldn’t even see the bow of my own vessel because the rainfall was so heavy.”

Guillory made his way to the scene and spotted an individual in mud up to his waist, which he pulled into his 19-foot patrol boat. He then noticed two other individuals in a nearby vessel that was taking on water and was also able to pull them into his patrol boat. Guillory brought in all three men and safely towed their vessel to the calmer Rollover Canal.

Since those three men were not the original distress call, Guillory then re-entered the Gulf and found another vessel beached and another under water. Guillory was able to grab the two individuals from the sunken vessel and put them in his boat.

The three people from the beached vessel had taken refuge on land. Guillory hooked his patrol boat to the beached vessel and pulled it back into the water. The boat started, and two of the people on land boarded their vessel. Guillory then towed the sunken vessel to a position to pump enough water out so that it could float and be towed to inside waters. The last person on shore got in Guillory’s patrol boat.

“Sgt. Guillory did a phenomenal job of rescuing eight people without injury and recovering three vessels in very rough conditions,” said LDWF Enforcement Chief Col. Joey Broussard. “He deserves any awards he receives for his effort as this could have had a very different outcome if not for the skill, bravery and determination he showed in this successful search and rescue mission.”

In total, Guillory rescued eight people, recovered three vessels, and safely returned everyone back to the Rollover Landing boat launch.

Sgt. Guillory was also presented with the Louisiana Emergency Preparation Association VALOR Award “For Outstanding Courage and Heroism in Emergency Preparedness” on May 4, 2016 for his Gulf rescue.

LDWF Enforcement Updated Rescues in South Louisiana

Release Date: 08/16/2016

LDWF Enforcement Updated Rescues in South Louisiana
LDWF Enforcement Updated Rescues in South Louisiana
LDWF Enforcement Updated Rescues in South Louisiana
LDWF Enforcement Updated Rescues in South Louisiana
LDWF Enforcement Updated Rescues in South Louisiana
LDWF Enforcement Updated Rescues in South Louisiana

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents have currently rescued a total of 3,139 people and 603 animals to date due to the flooding in Louisiana.

Agents began search and rescue missions around 4 a.m. on Aug. 12 and have ran search and rescue missions around the clock ever since. The following are the rescues by parish since 4 a.m. on Aug. 12 till 4 a.m. on Aug. 16.

Tangipahoa - 305 people and 108 animals
Washington - 3 people
Livingston - 214 people and 82 animals
St. Helena - 25 people
East Baton Rouge - 1,442 people and 230 animals
Iberia - 41 people and 3 animals
Lafayette - 836 people and 114 animals
East Feliciana - 49 people and 5 animals
West Feliciana - 2 people
Vermilion - 95 people and 28 animals
Acadia - 22 people and 2 animals
St. Landry - 22 people and 14 animals
Ascension - 83 people and 17 pets

Search and rescue operations are still ongoing and the number of people and animals rescued will rise. Agents will also remain on alert and be ready for further search and rescue activities until the flood waters recede.

LDWF Agents Conducting Search and Rescue Missions in South Louisiana

Release Date: 08/15/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents have currently rescued a total of 2,982 people and 566 animals to date due to the flooding in Louisiana.

Agents began search and rescue missions around 4 a.m. on Aug. 12 and have ran search and rescue missions around the clock ever since. The following are the rescues by parish since 4 a.m. on Aug. 12 till 5 a.m. on Aug. 15.

Tangipahoa - 305 people and 108 animals
Washington - 3 people
Livingston - 143 people and 57 animals
St. Helena - 25 people
East Baton Rouge - 1,422 people and 223 animals
Iberia - 41 people and 3 animals
Lafayette - 828 people and 113 animals
East Feliciana - 49 people and 5 animals
West Feliciana - 2 people
Vermilion - 92 people and 27 animals
Acadia - 22 people and 2 animals
St. Landry - 22 people and 14 animals
Ascension - 28 people and 14 pets

Search and rescue operations are still ongoing and the number of people and animals rescued will rise. Agents will also remain on alert and be ready for further search and rescue activities until the flood waters recede.

Search and Rescue Missions Ongoing For LDWF Agents

Release Date: 08/14/2016

Agents conducting search and rescue missions near Pontchatoula, Aug. 14.
Agents conducting search and rescue missions near Pontchatoula, Aug. 14.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents have currently rescued a total of 2,324 people and 464 animals to date due to the flooding in Louisiana.  Agents rescued a total of 1,833 people from 6 a.m. on Aug. 13 till 5 a.m. on Aug. 14.

Agents began search and rescue missions around 4 a.m. on Aug. 12 and have ran search and rescue missions around the clock ever since.  The following are the rescues by parish since 4 a.m. on Aug. 12 till 5 a.m. on Aug. 14.

Tangipahoa - 261 people and 91 animals
Washington - 3 people
Livingston - 116 people and 40 animals
St. Helena - 25 people
East Baton Rouge - 927 people and 177 animals
Iberia - 41 people and 3 animals
Lafayette - 791 people and 109 animals
East Feliciana - 49 people and 5 animals
West Feliciana - 2 people
Vermilion - 65 people and 23 animals
Acadia - 22 people and 2 animals
St. Landry - 22 people and 14 animals

Search and rescue operations are still ongoing and the number of people and animals rescued will rise over the course of the day into Aug. 15.  Agents will also remain on alert and be ready for further search and rescue activities until the flood waters recede.

Search and Rescue Missions Ongoing For LDWF Agents

Release Date: 08/13/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents have currently rescued a total of 491 people and 110 animals to date due to the flooding in Louisiana.

Agents began search and rescue missions around 4 a.m. on Aug. 12.  During this day agents rescued 438 people and 94 animals.  The breakdown by parish is as follows for Aug. 12:

Tangipahoa - 117 people and 23 animals
Washington - 3 people
Livingston - 48 people and 14 animals
St. Helena - 25 people
East Baton Rouge - 77 people and 23 animals
Iberia - 30 people and 2 animals
Lafayette - 83 people and 25 animals
East Feliciana - 49 people and 5 animals
West Feliciana - 2 people
Vermilion - 4 people and 2 animals

Agents also performed rescues overnight in the flooded areas.  As of 6 a.m. this morning agents have rescued 53 more people and 16 more animals since midnight on Aug. 13.  The breakdown of rescues on Aug. 13 to date by parish is as follows:

Tangipahoa - 10 people and 2 animals
Livingston - 18 people and 2 animals
East Baton Rouge - 25 people and 12 animals

Search and rescue operations are still ongoing and the number of people and animals rescued will rise over the course of the day into Aug. 14.  Agents will also remain on alert and be ready for further search and rescue activities until the flood waters recede.

The flooding is being caused by a lingering surface low that is drawing in tropical moisture into the southern parishes. Numerous showers and thunderstorms with heavy rainfall is anticipated well until Sunday.

LDWF Agents Performing Search and Rescue Missions in Florida Parishes

Release Date: 08/12/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents have currently rescued a total of 85 people and 12 animals to date due to the flooding in Louisiana.

Starting around 4 a.m. this morning, Aug. 12, agents have rescued 85 people and 12 animals mostly in St. Helena, Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes.

Agents are currently performing search and rescue missions in these parishes and the number of people and animals rescued will rise over the course of the day. Agents will also remain on alert and be ready for further search and rescue activities until the flood waters recede.

The flooding is being caused by a lingering surface low that is drawing in tropical moisture into the southeastern and coastal parishes. Numerous showers and thunderstorms will affect the area today with heavy rainfall anticipated through much of the morning and afternoon.

Three Men Arrested For Oyster Violations in St. Bernard Parish

Release Date: 08/09/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents arrested three men for alleged oyster and boating safety violations today, Aug. 9 in St. Bernard Parish.

Agents arrested Tyler Campo, 24, of St. Bernard, Brian Cocchiara, 24, of Chalmette, and Nathan Molinary, 20, of Violet, for taking oysters during illegal hours and unlawfully taking oysters from state water bottoms.  Agents also cited Campo for failing to comply with personal flotation device (PFD) requirements, possess a fire extinguisher, have proper navigation lights, possess commercial licenses, for not filling out the Department of Health and Hospitals log book as it pertains to oysters, and not having the required vessel sanitation requirements fulfilled.

Agents made contact with a vessel being operated by Campo around 5 a.m. when they spotted the vessel being operated with no running lights and actively dredging for oysters one hour before legal harvest could begin.  During the stop agents learned about the health code and boating safety violations and that Campo was dredging in an area he was not allowed.

Unlawfully harvesting oysters during illegal hours and unlawfully taking oysters from unleased state water bottoms carries a $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Violating the health code requirements carries a $25 fine and up to 10 days in jail for each offense.  Each of the boating safety violations carries a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

Agents booked the three men into the St. Bernard Parish Jail.  Agents also returned one sack of oysters to the water, seized one oyster dredge and a forfeiture order was placed on Campo’s vessel until disposition of case in court.

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 participating in the case are Lt. Adam Young and Sgt. Jason Gernados.

Four Men Cited for Illegal Shrimping in Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 08/08/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited multiple boats for alleged shrimping violations on Aug. 6 in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents cited Billy Pansy, 51, of Port Sulphur, and John F. Parker, 50, of Boothville, for using skimmers in a closed season.  Agents seized and sold 655 pounds of shrimp from this vessel.

Agents also cited Don A. Barthelemy, 53, of Harvey, and Rodney S. Andry, 33, of Buras, for using skimmers in a closed season.  Agents seized and sold 630 pounds of shrimp from this vessel.

The agents were on patrol after receiving complaints of illegal shrimping taking place in the Buras area.

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 violators 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 violators may also have to perform 40 hours of community service.

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

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