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Commercial Fishing for Large Coastal Sharks to Close in Louisiana Waters

Release Date: 07/14/2011


July 14, 2011 – Today the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced commercial fishing for large coastal sharks will close in Louisiana waters on July 17, 2011, at 11:30 p.m. 

This closure was made by LDWF Secretary Robert Barham under the authority given by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, which allows the secretary to declare a closed season.  The National Marine Fisheries Service will also close the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico at the same time.

At this time, no date has been set for the reopening of the commercial large coastal shark fishery in Louisiana waters.

During the closed season, all commercial harvest, possession, purchase, exchange, barter, sale or attempt to purchase, exchange, barter, trade, or sell large coastal sharks or their fins is prohibited.

The large coastal shark group is composed of the great hammerhead, scalloped hammerhead, smooth hammerhead, nurse, blacktip, bull, lemon, sandbar, silky, spinner and tiger sharks.

Vessels that have been issued or possess a federal shark research permit may continue to operate under the conditions of that permit, which includes the presence of designated NOAA Fisheries observers aboard the vessel for the duration of the trip, until the quota for the federal shark research fishery is achieved.

Louisiana harvesters land approximately 68 percentage of the annual quota for large coastal shark species according to recent statistics. 

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 contact Jason Adriance at (504) 284-2032 or  For press inquiries contact Laura Wooderson at (225) 610-2363 or

L.D.W.F. Announces Shrimp Season Closures

Release Date: 07/14/2011

Maps originally posted with this news release were incorrect. Corrected maps will be posted soon.

July 14, 2011 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2011 spring inshore shrimp season in portions of Shrimp Management Zones 1 and 3 and all of Zone 2 will close at 6 a.m. Monday, July 18. 

Effective with this shrimp season closure, all state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line, westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line will be closed to shrimp harvesting with the exception of the following areas:

  • Lake Pontchartrain, Rigolets Pass, Chef Menteur Pass, the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), that part of Lake Borgne seaward of a line extending one-half mile from the shoreline, and that portion of Mississippi Sound beginning at a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 09 minutes 39.6 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence due south to a point at 30 degrees 05 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence southeasterly to a point on the western shore of Three-Mile Pass at 30 degrees 03 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 22 minutes 23.0 seconds west longitude; thence northeasterly to a point on Isle Au Pitre at 30 degrees 09 minutes 20.5 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 11 minutes 15.5 seconds west longitude, which is a point on the double–rig line as described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2; thence northerly along the double–rig line to a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 12 minutes 37.9056 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 10 minutes 57.9725 seconds west longitude; thence westerly along the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary to the point of beginning, and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line.
  • That portion of the Calcasieu Ship Channel originating at a line between Channel Markers 85 and 86 southward to a point originating along the inside/outside shrimp line at Calcasieu Pass as described in LA R.S.56:495(A) and including East Pass from its origin at the Calcasieu Ship Channel to the south end of Calcasieu Lake and West Pass from its origin at the Calcasieu Ship Channel to the south end of West Cove, and that portion of Cameron Parish west of Calcasieu Lake and the Calcasieu Ship Channel.

State waters in Zones 1 and 3, in which the spring inshore shrimp season has been extended, as well as all state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line will remain open to shrimp harvesting until further notice with the exception those areas closed to recreational and commercial fishing due to the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig accident. 

These waters were closed to protect an increased quantity of juvenile shrimp, indicated by recent biological sampling.   

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 Marty Bourgeois at or (225)765-2401.  For press inquiries please contact Laura Wooderson at or (225)610-2363.

2011 Peason Ridge W.M.A. Fall Turkey Hunt Lottery Announced

Release Date: 07/14/2011

July 14, 2011-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for 2011 fall turkey hunt lottery spots on the Peason Ridge Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Vernon Parish.

The available dates include a three-day and a four-day hunting period as follows:

Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 1 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday)

Oct. 2, 3, 4, 5 (Sunday through Wednesday)

The 150 available lottery spots will be awarded to 75 hunters for each of the two hunting periods. Only one application per hunter will be accepted and applications can be submitted individually, or as a group, with no more than five applications per group.

Applications and additional details on the application process are available on the LDWF Web site at and LDWF headquarters by writing to the LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attention: WMA Fall Turkey Lottery Hunt, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898. Completed applications must be received by close of business on Aug. 22, 2011. A $5 non-refundable administration fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries must accompany each application.

All hunters selected will be required to have all required LA hunting licenses, including 2011-12 turkey tags. Turkeys harvested during this fall season count as part of each hunter’s 2011-12 turkey season bag limit. Additionally, hunters selected will be required to obtain a Military Clearance Permit from the US Army, provided at no cost by the Fort Polk Game Warden Office.

A drawing will be held in late August and winning applicants will be notified by mail. Lottery permits issued are non-transferable and must be in the hunter’s possession while on the WMA each day of the hunt.

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 on the fall turkey hunt lottery, call Jimmy Stafford at 225-765-2361 or

Legislation Provides More Options for Property Owners Contending with Outlaw Quadrupeds, Nuisance Animals

Release Date: 07/14/2011

July 14, 2011 - Legislation passed during the 2011 Legislative Session, provides additional options for citizens to take outlaw quadrupeds (armadillos, coyotes, feral hogs) and nuisance animals (nutria and beaver.) The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reminds citizens that a valid Louisiana hunting license is required.
House Bill 294, signed into law by Governor Bobby Jindal as Act 95, makes it legal beginning Aug. 15, 2011, to take outlaw quadrupeds, nutria and beaver at night from March through August on private property with any legal firearm. Anyone taking part in these activities at night is required to notify the parish sheriff’s office 24 hours in advance of any such hunt.
Additionally, House Bill 169, signed into law by Governor Jindal as Act 29, allows the take of nuisance quadrupeds at night using sound suppressors on the firearm(s) utilized, beginning Aug. 15, 2011.  Anyone using such a weapon must have in possession a valid permit issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The use of sound suppressed weapons is restricted to the take of outlaw quadrupeds, including coyotes and feral hogs, from March through August on private property.

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, contact John Robinette at 337-491-2576 or

Bogalusa Man Cited for Illegal Alligator Possession

Release Date: 07/13/2011


Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents issued a citation to a Bogalusa man for alleged illegal possession of an alligator on July 12.

Kevin Freeman, 40, was cited for illegally possessing an alligator during a closed season when agents found a 10 1/2 foot alligator on his property.

Freeman allegedly found a dead alligator on the banks of the Pearl River just north of Bogalusa in Washington Parish on July 12 and transported the alligator back to his residence.  The alligator had been caught on a setline and perished on the banks.

Agents are currently investigating this case to determine the identity of the person that originally rigged the setline during a closed alligator season.

Alligators are a protected species and may only be harvested and possessed by a licensed alligator hunter with valid alligator tags during an open season.

Illegal possession of an alligator during a closed season brings a $400 to $950 fine, and jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court cost and forfeiture of anything seized.  Freeman will also be assessed a civil restitution penalty of $375.80 for the value of the alligator.

LDWF agents Lt. Darryl Galloway and Senior Agent Lee Davis participated in the case.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at

L.D.W.F. Closes Portion of Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge Due to Litter Problem

Release Date: 07/12/2011


July 12, 2011 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has closed a portion of Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge (SWR) due to litter problems created by recreational fishermen.

The water management control structure known locally as Mud Hole, in that portion of Rockefeller SWR within Cameron Parish, will be closed to the public until further notice.

Refuge regulations prohibit littering, which includes not returning bycatch of recreational cast-netting to the water. Public use of the site has led to an accumulation of bycatch fish (mostly menhaden) that has created unsanitary conditions and litter along the banks of a water control structure accessible only by boat.

The unsanitary conditions caused by decaying fish prompted the precautionary closure. Refuge staff and Enforcement Division staff closed the structure July 11 to begin debris and litter removal left by structure users.  This area of the refuge will remain closed until further notice to insure the area is once again safe for public use.

Refuge users are reminded that it is against refuge regulations to litter, including not returning by-catch to the water. Violators can receive a citation for failure to comply.  To report littering on Rockefeller SWR or any LDWF property, individuals are encouraged to report violators to Operation Game Thief at 1-800-442-2511.

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, call Rockefeller SWR Refuge at 337-491-2593.

Workshops & Training Opportunities, Conferences, Grants, Employment Announcements, Public Meetings, and Resources


Open Burn Workshops
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is sponsoring free workshops to assist fire departments, municipalities, and the general public with understanding air quality regulations concerning open burning. This session will give a basic overview of the regulations, as well as information about open burning do’s and don’ts. Please register to attend one of the sessions below:
Mary Allen State Office Building, Room 34, 1525 Fairfield, Shreveport, LA 71101-4388
West Monroe Convention Center, Trenton Room, 901 Ridge Ave., West Monroe, LA 71291
St. Tammany Parish Government, Council Chambers, 21490 Koop Drive, Mandeville, LA 70471
Lafayette Utilities System, Main Administrative Building, 1314 Walker Rd., Lafayette, LA 70506
LSU AgCenter, 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles, LA 70607
Main Street Community Center, 708 Main Street, Pineville, LA 71360
• HOUMA: TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2011, 10AM-12PM
Terrebonne Parish Library, 151 Library Dr. (or Civic Center Blvd.), Houma, LA 70360
LDEQ Headquarters, Pensacola Room, 602 North 5th Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
If you would like to attend one of these workshops, you can register online at, or by faxing or mailing the attached registration form.

Coastal America –JASON Project, July 20 Webcast
This is to announce the joint Coastal America-JASON webcast at Coastal Zone2011. The biennial CZ conferences have always been a great opportunity to trade ideas on what works and what does not work in coastal zone management. This joint endeavor is an effort to capitalize on the CZ conference itself as a tool to generate interest and concern for our oceans and coasts among the general public and to translate that into action through the Coastal America Learning Center Network. This production is also an opportunity to help educate the public about what the National Ocean Policy means for our country. For more information, see
CZ 2011 Shedd Aquarium Public Day Broadcast Announcement
The JASON Project (, the Coastal America Partnership and the Learning Center Network want to invite you to join us online on Wednesday, July 20th for an exciting interactive webcast, coming to you live from the world’s largest international gathering of ocean and coastal management professionals! At Coastal Zone 2011, we’ll be part of the 17th biennial forum focusing on new strategies and tools for solving the challenges facing our world’s oceans, coasts and Great Lakes. We’ll be talking to renowned scientists and expert planners to learn more about some of those problems and how anyone can get involved in helping to protect the places we love in the ocean and on the coast. You’ll learn about the United States’ first ever National Ocean Policy, and hear from high school students who are already making a difference in safeguarding our planet. You’ll have an opportunity to ask the experts about the hottest ocean topics, including the BP Horizon Gulf Oil Spill, pollution, the health of our fisheries and the latest in how our climate is changing.


NSTA New Orleans Conference
The registration link for the NSTA November 10-12 is now posted. Notice Member Rate: LSTA members (and those of our southern neighbor associations) use the registration rate shown for a current NSTA member.
Please remember volunteering to work will provide a voucher at a reduced rate. However individuals with funding should pay the registration to show support of the association as we do for state conferences. Members paying full conference rate…early bird or otherwise…can still volunteer by contacting Jan G  as shown in the LASER. If you plan to volunteer and use a voucher to reduce your registration costs DO NOT REGISTER now. NSTA will not refund registration money. You will need to connect with Jan on the number of hours you will be volunteering and later when the vouchers have been sent you will complete registration.

Announcement and Call for Papers for BASICS OF THE BASIN RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM – Commemorating 10 Years of Research!
A special session with be held to discuss the 2011 Bonnet Carre Spillway opening and the Mississippi River flood, Co-sponsored by OCPR. Research Summary deadline is July 22, 2011.
More information:
John Lopez (504) 421-7348, or Nick Norton (985) 549-2923,
Meeting Date: October 27-29, 2011
Location: Southeastern Louisiana University Campus in Hammond, LA
Co-Hosted by: Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF), University of Southeastern Louisiana - Pontchartrain Basin Research Program (PBRP), Pontchartrain Restoration Program (PRP), United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Pontchartrain Research Committee (PRC), US Geological Survey (USGS), Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration (OCPR), and Tulane University


A grant announcement sponsored by the NOAA Climate Program Office was posted on last night.
Some of the Center's partners may be interested in this funding opportunity. Federal agencies or institutions are not eligible to receive federal assistance under this notice. Letters of intent (an optional process) are due by July 26, 2011.
Department of Commerce – Climate Program Office for FY 2012
Grant announcement –

Gulf of Mexico Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program – FY12 Funding Opportunity
The National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Region is now seeking proposals under the Gulf of Mexico NOAA Bay-Watershed Education and Training (Gulf B-WET) Program. The full FY12 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) can be found at or the following Fisheries Service Southeast Regional Office URL: Applicants should apply through Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 14, 2011 to be considered for funding. Please see the FFO for all application details. Attached slides (with presenter's annotations) provide an overview of the program and the funding opportunity. The Gulf of Mexico B-WET program is an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning in the K-12 environment. Funded projects provide meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs) for students, related professional development for teachers, and help to support regional education and environmental priorities in the Gulf of Mexico.
For Information: Amy Clark, Gulf of Mexico B-WET Program Manager,, (228) 688-1520
Gulf of Mexico B-WET website:
National B-WET website:


Education Coordinator
GTM National Estuarine Research Reserve is currently accepting applications for its vacant Education Coordinator position (position# 37020557). The job announcement and application process can be found online at  All interested applicants must submit a State of Florida job Application online at In addition to applying online, applicants must submit a resume and letter of interest, which clearly demonstrates how the applicants previous work experience and training is applicable to the major duties of this position, postmarked by the deadline date to Janet Zimmerman, Assistant Manager, GTMNERR, 505 Guana River Rd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082. Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted. Deadline for applications is July 20, 2011.

Gulf Communications Manager
Full-time Marketing & Communications position located in New Orleans.
Learn More About the Department/Program: Ocean Conservancy’s Marketing & Communications team strives to inform, inspire and empower the public to take action. We pride ourselves on reaching key constituencies in new and innovative ways, building Ocean Conservancy’s brand promise via strategic partnerships and working with our program teams to win real changes that protect and promote ocean health.
Primary Responsibilities: The Communications Manager is responsible for leading media outreach and developing and implementing communications strategy for Ocean Conservancy’s Restoration and Fisheries work in the entire Gulf of Mexico region. As part of Ocean Conservancy’s Marketing & Communications Department, the Communications Manager works closely with Gulf Restoration and Fisheries program team members to achieve program and communications goals.
Required Qualifications: Degree in journalism, communications, public policy or other relevant field; track record of successful media outreach; strategic communications capacity and the ability to convey complex policy questions to the media and other key audiences; strong oral and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and function effectively as part of a team; demonstrated ability to work effectively in the Gulf of Mexico region
Apply For The Position: If you think you have what it takes to join Ocean Conservancy's team, please send a cover letter speaking to your qualifications and abilities to lead a growing exciting program with your resume and salary expectations to: and note your name and "Gulf Communications Manager #1013" in the subject line. Ocean Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Louisiana’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan
The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) has announced a series of regional community meetings to share information about Louisiana’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan. Over the next few months, we will be developing the draft plan. Now is the time to come offer your ideas and learn about the state’s work. Join us as we make hard choices to secure our coast’s future.
            JUL 28    St. Bernard Parish Council Chambers, 8201 W Judge Perez Dr., Chalmette, LA – 5:00pm Open House; 5:30pm Meeting
            AUG 9      Larose Civic Center, 307 East 5th St., Larose, LA – 5:00pm Open House; 5:30pm Meeting
            AUG 10   Ward 7 Community Center, 5006 La. 56, Chauvin, LA – 6:00pm Open House; 7:00pm Meeting
            AUG 11   Morgan City Auditorium, 728 Myrtle St., Morgan City, LA– 5:00pm Open House; 5:30pm Meeting
            AUG 23   Abbeville Branch, Vermilion Parish Library, 405 E Saint Victor St., Abbeville, LA – 5:00pm Open House; 5:30pm Meeting
            AUG 24   Belle Chasse Auditorium, 8398 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, LA – 5:00pm Open House; 5:30pm Meeting
            AUG 30   Slidell Branch, St. Tammany Parish Public Library, 555 Robert Blvd., Slidell, LA – 5:00pm Open House; 5:30pm Meeting
            AUG 31   Lake Charles Civic Center, Contraband Room, 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA – 5:00pm Open House; 5:30pm Meeting
            SEP 1      Westbank Regional Public Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, LA – 5:00pm Open House; 5:30pm Meeting


June 2011 LA Department of Wildlife & Fisheries Natural Areas Registry Newsletter is attached.

A Framework for K-12 Science Education
The framework completed by NRC will be available online at at 1:00 p.m. EDT on July 19.

Safe Boating Students Have Chance To Enter LSU Ticket Giveaway

Release Date: 07/12/2011


The Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association (LWAA) has purchased two Louisiana State University (LSU) football season tickets that will be raffled to students that attend selected safe boating classes.

The LWAA will randomly select six students who attend a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) safe boating course between July 13 and August 27.  Each of the six students selected will receive two tickets to one of LSU's home games this fall.

"This donation from the agents association was very generous and will help spur interest in our safe boating classes.  Anytime we can offer an incentive for people to take this very valuable class is a bonus as boating safety education is proven to save lives on the water," said LDWF Sec. Robert Barham.

Louisiana boaters born after Jan. 1, 1984 must complete a LDWF approved boating education course and carry proof of completion to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.  LDWF initiated the state's boating education program in 2003 and has certified over 40,000 boaters during that time.

Studies have shown that states with a mandatory boating education program have fewer boating incidents that result in fatalities than states that have no boating education program.  States with a boating education program for more than 20 years had 3.67 fatalities per 100,000 registered boats, and states with no boating education program had 6.61 fatalities per 100,000 boats.

"Not only will the student get their official safe boating certificate from the department, but they get the chance to see our LSU Tigers play in Tiger Stadium.  These tickets are very valuable as LSU is in a great position to make runs at both the SEC and National Championship and have Florida, Arkansas and the defending national champion in Auburn coming to Baton Rouge," said Barham.

For more information on the safe boating course, please visit

LWAA is a non-profit corporation that fosters, protects and promotes the welfare and interest of all classified commissioned LDWF enforcement agents, active or retired.  For more information and donation opportunities for the LWAA, please visit

LWAA supports and provides funding for the following: Fallen Officers of the LDWF Enforcement Division, Louisiana Law Enforcement Fallen Officers Fund, Louisiana Special Olympics Program, hunting and boating Safety, National Hunting and Fishing Day, Children's Hospital, American Heart Association, St. Jude's Hospital, Louisiana Lions Camp For Crippled Children, Muscular Dystrophy Association, American Cancer Society, Toys to Recovery, Louis Infant Crisis Center, Becoming an Outdoor Woman, Operation Game Thief and Camp Quality.

The following are the eligible LDWF safe boating classes for the LSU football ticket raffle:

Minden: July 13-14 (5 p.m. to 9 p.m. both nights) 318-371-3049

Opelousas: July 16 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m) 337-948-0259

Lake Charles: July 16 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 337-491-2580

Abbeville: July 17 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) 337-491-2580

Rhinehart: July 23 (class starts at 9 a.m.) 318-487-5634

Covington: July 23 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 225-765-2999

Henderson: July 23 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) 337-948-0259

Destrehan: July 23 (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 504-284-2023

Marksville: July 27-28 (6 p.m. to 9 p.m. both nights) 318-487-5634

Crowley: July 30 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 337-491-2580

Gonzales: July 30 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) 225-765-2999

Metairie: July 30 (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 504-284-2023

Abbeville: Aug. 3 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) 337-491-2580

Vacherie: Aug. 6 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) 225-562-2572

Ville Platte: Aug. 6 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) 337-948-0259

Opelousas: Aug. 13 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) 337-948-0259

Houma: Aug. 13 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) 985-447-0821

Monroe: Aug. 13 (9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) 318-343-2417

Metairie: Aug. 13 (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 504-284-2023

Ferriday: Aug. 20 (class starts at 9 a.m.) 318-487-5634

Pierre Part: Aug. 20 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) 985-447-0821

Lake Charles: Aug. 20 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 337-491-2580

Destrehan: Aug. 20 (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 504-284-2023

Alexandria: Aug. 24-25 (6 p.m. to 9 p.m. both nights) 318-487-5634

Minden: Aug. 27 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) 318-371-3049

New Iberia: Aug. 27 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) 337-948-0259

Convington: Aug. 27 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 225-765-2999

Gonzales: Aug. 27 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) 225-765-2999

Please call the number listed for the classes to register.

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

Lacombe Man Cited For Illegally Transporting an Alligator

Release Date: 07/12/2011


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division and Causeway Police finished a joint investigation that lead to a Lacombe man being cited for alleged illegal alligator possession and transportation charges on July 8.

Whitney Holloman, 33, was cited for possessing an alligator during a closed season, illegal possession of an alligator and for having an unsecured load after an alligator he was transporting across the Causeway Bridge over Lake Pontchartrain fell out of the back of his truck on June 25.

Causeway Police were notified in the morning on June 25 of a large alligator in the left lane of the south bound side of the bridge about nine miles from the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain. 

Sgt. Mike Kelley of the Causeway Police was able to capture the injured gator and transport it to the south side of the bridge where Jefferson Parish nuisance alligator hunters took possession of the alligator and attempted relocation.  However, the alligator sustained mortal injuries, which were the result of falling from a moving vehicle and was later euthanized.

LDWF Senior Agent Austin Arteaga and Sgt. Mike Kelly reviewed footage from the Causeway Bridge and were able to identify the vehicle suspected of having the alligator.  The officers made contact with Holloman, who admitted during questioning to transporting the alligator across the Causeway Bridge in an attempt to relocate it from a Bayou Lacombe swimming hole. 

The penalty for each alligator charge is a fine between $400 and $950, and jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court cost and forfeiture of anything seized.  The penalty for having an unsecured load on the Causeway Bridge is a non-moving violation to be set by the court.  Holloman will also be assessed a civil penalty for the value of the alligator.

Officers participating in the case were LDWF Senior Agents Austin Arteaga, Joel Crump and Keith Francis, and Causeway police officer Sgt. Mike Kelley.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at

Gov. Jindal Unveils “Louisiana Plan” For Restoring Damaged Coastal Areas, Fisheries & Oyster Seed Grounds From Oil Spill

Release Date: 07/11/2011

July 11, 2011 – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal unveiled the “Louisiana Plan” to start restoring the state’s coastal areas, fisheries and oyster seed grounds from the devastating impact of the BP oil spill. The state will be submitting a list of projects to BP, the Department of Interior and NOAA, and the funding will come from a $1 billion agreement announced in April 2011 for early restoration of damaged natural resources resulting from the oil spill.
The “Louisiana Plan” of early restoration projects totals around $530 million. The state expects to receive a large portion of the $1 billion in early restoration funds because Louisiana sustained the brunt of oil spill damage along the Gulf.
The departments of the Interior and Commerce and BP announced a $1 billion agreement for early restoration of damaged natural resources resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill earlier this year.  The $1 billion agreement includes:

  •  $500 million split equally among the five Gulf states ($100M each)
  •  $200 million split equally among the Department of the Interior (DoI) and NOAA
  • $300 million to be allocated by DoI and NOAA to states for early restoration projects

The Jindal administration first made a request for early restoration funding in July of 2010, rather than waiting for 10 years or more during legal negotiations, and pushed for a down payment from BP to begin restoring the natural resources injured by the BP oil spill. This early restoration funding – which comes from the responsible parties and includes no taxpayer money – must be used to offset natural resource injuries to wildlife or the coast, or the lose use of natural resources.
Governor Jindal said, “We are working aggressively to get our fishermen and our coastal communities back on their feet following the catastrophic BP oil spill last year. We fought hard to cut the red tape and get BP’s commitment to fund early restoration work so we would not have to wait 10 or more years before damage payments were made to Gulf states. We were pleased BP finally announced a commitment of $1 billion for early Gulf Coast recovery projects just a few months ago. This ‘Louisiana Plan’ we are announcing today will jumpstart work on critical restoration projects including the placement of fish hatcheries, oyster re-seeding and coastal restoration work all along our coast.
“Our plan includes projects totaling more than $500 million because we expect to receive a major portion of the $500 million out of the $1 billion in early restoration funding that has not already been allocated to the states, due to the fact that our coast endured the brunt of the oil spill disaster. Parts of our shoreline are still oiled today and it is critical for this work to begin immediately so we can start to reverse the damage done to our natural resources even while we continue to hold BP accountable. Yet again, we are here to say that we cannot afford to wait. We are taking action.”
LDWF Secretary Robert Barham said, “It is crucial that we begin large-scale early restoration work as soon as possible. The state trustees have worked diligently to identify a list of essential projects that will help us begin the process of rebuilding and restoring our coastal resources and Louisiana fisheries. While we won’t know the full impact of the spill for years to come, we can prepare ourselves for what may happen. The Louisiana Marine Fisheries Science and Research Center, and the Oyster Re-establishment Program are two tangible ways to both restore resources now -- planting cultch for oyster re-establishment and building the facilities that will be necessary to help restore any damaged fisheries. We cannot wait any longer. I fully support Governor Jindal's efforts to have the NRDA trustee council approve these projects so we may begin now.”
Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser said, "These projects are important to the future of not only Louisiana’s coast, but our way of life. The Governor really stepped up to the plate and was aggressive about working with us to build this list.  These projects are greatly needed to begin restoring resources deteriorated by the spill.  We look forward to starting this work, it can’t happen soon enough."
Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph said, "Thanks to the teamwork of Gov. Jindal, the OCPR, and the leaders of the impacted parishes, the regional projects chosen represent a solid opportunity to begin repairing the damage to our coast caused by the spill."
Chairman of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Harlon Pearce said, “Development of these restoration projects will help our industry replenish resources lost during the Gulf oil spill disaster and ensure that we maintain a sustainable fishery.”
Al Sunseri, owner of P&J Oysters and member of the Louisiana Oyster Task Force said, “For more than a year now, the Louisiana oyster community has sought restoration to our estuary begin following the BP oil spill. I applaud the Governor for working with the state trustees to find solutions for the oyster community. I am hopeful that the NRDA Trustee Council will quickly approve projects that will help oystermen get back on their feet. We need to restore our oyster harvest grounds because we are ready to get back to work.”
Dr. John Supan, Director of the Louisiana Sea Grant Bivalve Hatchery said, “The establishment of a Marine Fisheries Enhancement and Science Center is a great addition to the innovative work we have already begun here in Louisiana. Currently, at our hatchery, located at the Marine Research Laboratory at Grand Isle, we can produce up to a billion oyster larvae a year to support public oyster reefs and private oyster farms. This allows us the ability to expand oyster culture technology for Louisiana so that the oyster industry will be less dependent upon wild oyster seed.”
Executive Director of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana Steven Peyronnin said, “The Mississippi River Delta is the cornerstone of a healthy Gulf and the scale and scope of oiled coastline in Louisiana makes it critical to begin restoring these areas as quickly as possible.  The State of Louisiana has worked extremely hard to identify a list of shovel ready projects that can use this funding to begin restoring damaged areas immediately and take the first steps toward long-term recovery of the Gulf.”
Mike Voisin, Commissioner for Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission and Member of the Louisiana Oyster Task Force said, “The oyster community applauds the Governor and appreciates his efforts to help rebuild and rehabilitate oyster habitats in South Louisiana. The challenges presented to the oyster community by the Deep Water Horizon events of 2010 are being dealt with and met head on by our State and its leadership.”
Chuck Wilson, vice provost for the Louisiana State University Coastal Fisheries Institute said, “Louisiana Sea Grant is grateful for the partnership with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and the opportunity to establish the existing hatchery at the Louisiana Marine Research Laboratory. The timeliness of today's announcement cannot be overstated. We are excited to join efforts with the state to build the nation's pre-eminent hatchery that will help ensure the long-term stability of the oysters industry.”
Senior Policy Analyst & Government Affairs Manager for the Ocean Conservancy Kris Van Orsdel said, "Restoring Louisiana's oyster reefs is critical for not only supporting the state's valuable oyster industry but also providing key ecosystem benefits including habitat for fish and wildlife, improving water quality and coastal protection."
"Prompt approval of these restoration projects would provide a vital boost to the Gulf Coast's environmental and economic recovery from the BP oil disaster," said Paul Harrison, senior director for the Mississippi River Delta restoration project for Environmental Defense Fund. "The barrier island project for the Barataria Barrier Shoreline islands and oyster cultch for public seed grounds are especially worthy proposals."

Oyster Reestablishment Program - $15 million. This project has two distinct parts:
     First, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will contract for the placement of cultch material onto selected public oyster seed grounds. Cultch material consists of limestone rock, crushed concrete, oyster shell and other similar material that, when placed in oyster spawning areas, provides a location and substrate for free floating oyster larvae to attach and grow into oysters.

  • The Department will place cultch material on approximately 855 acres of public oyster seed grounds throughout coastal Louisiana. The approximate cost of this portion of the project is $12 million.
  • The tentative cultch placement locations include Mississippi Sound (St. Bernard Parish), Lake Fortuna/Machias (St. Bernard Parish), Hackberry Bay (Jefferson/Lafourche Parish), Lake Chien (Terrebonne Parish), Sister Lake (Terrebonne Parish), and Calcasieu Lake (Cameron Parish).
  • This project employs approaches used by LDWF since 1917. Over the nearly 100 years of cultch planting, LDWF has placed over 1.5 million cubic yards of cultch material on nearly 30,000 acres. It provides positive results, usually in as little as 17 months postcultch placement.

    The second portion of the project involves constructing hatchery improvements to help facilitate and expedite success of the cultch placement. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in partnership with Louisiana Sea Grant, will upgrade the existing Sea Grant oyster hatchery located at the LDWF facility on Grand Isle, Louisiana. The facility will be located next to the Wildlife and Fisheries Marine Lab on Grand Isle at a site owned by Louisiana State University.
Saltwater hatchery - $48 million. This project includes development of a Louisiana Marine Fisheries Enhancement and Science Center. The center will include: 3 fisheries enhancement and research locations, marine fisheries stock enhancement, aquaculture research and enhancement, and education and science facilities.  

  • This project would provide facilities for research to allow natural resource managers to develop and evaluate restoration strategies for impacted fish species.
  • The fisheries center will also provide state of the art facilities for rearing fish.
  • Finally, the fisheries center will include a public outreach component that will be used to inform the public about research and restoration progress for issues related to Gulf of Mexico fisheries restoration.            

     The project would be completed in three locations: a 20-acre site in Plaquemines Parish, the existing Marine Research Laboratory on Grand Isle, and a 90-acre site located along the coast in Southwest, LA, which will soon be identified.

Coastal Restoration Projects

  • Chandeleur Islands Restoration - $65 million. We will be working with DOI and the State of Mississippi to define a restoration plan for a portion of the Chandeleur Islands, which we know sustained direct impact damage from the spill.  
  • Biloxi Marsh Shoreline Protection - $45 million. The Biloxi Marsh complex, located approximately 30 miles southeast of the city of New Orleans between Chandeleur Sound and Lake Borgne, provides important habitat in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. This early restoration project involves creating a breakwater structure to protect the existing Biloxi Marsh habitat from erosion.
  • Lake Hermitage Additional increment - $13.9 million. This restoration project involves an additional increment of 97.5 acres of marsh creation into a project known as the “Lake Hermitage Marsh Creation Project” that is being funded through the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) program. The project is located within the Barataria Hydrologic Basin in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana.
  • Grand Liard Marsh and Ridge Restoration – $31 million. This early restoration project would restore the eastern ridge of Bayou Grand Liard and the adjacent marsh habitat to the east of the Bayou. The project would restore approximately 18,000 linear feet of ridge along the east bank of Bayou Grand Liard to restore the hydraulic barrier between Bayou Grand Liard and Yellow Cotton Bay.   In addition to ridge creation, the project would create approximately 328 acres of marsh and it would restore/nourish an additional 140 acres of marsh.
  • Shell Island - $110 million. Shell Island is a part of the Barataria Basin Barrier Shoreline (BBBS), and forms a key barrier between saline waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the fresher waters of the Barataria Basin. The island has become fragmented over the past few decades by a combination of strong tropical storms and land subsidence. Restoring the geomorphic and hydrologic function of Shell Island is an important priority for the ecosystems of the Barataria Basin.
  • Cheniere Ronquille Barrier Island Restoration - $44 million. This early restoration project seeks to increase the longevity of Chenier Ronquille Island by restoring its dune and marsh platforms. The project calls for the creation of dune and marsh habitat, repair of breaches in the shoreline, and prevention of new breaches over the 20-year project life.
  • Bay Side Segmented Breakwater at Grand Isle - $3.3 million. This project will reduce erosion on the bay side of Grand Isle, the only inhabited Barrier Island in Louisiana, with the goal of protecting a coastal area, including wetlands. The areas that will be protected include important residential and commercial infrastructure. This project will include construction of six 300-foot breakwaters (approximately 1.5 miles total) on the back bay side of Grand Isle. This project would complete the breakwater structures along the north side of the island and would protect residential and commercial development.
  • West Grand Terre Restoration - $9 million. This project would restore the southwest (Gulf) side of West Grand Terre Island, using sediment pumped from an offshore source area. The total restoration area for this project is approximately 120 acres.
  • West Grand Terre Stabilization - $3 million. West Grand Terre Island has some of the highest erosion rates in coastal Louisiana. This proposed restoration project would stabilize the bay side of southwestern West Grand Terre Island, using rock armament.
  • Barataria Basin Barrier Shoreline Restoration - Caminada Headland - $75 million. The Caminada Headland is a part of the Barataria Basin Barrier Shoreline (BBBS), and forms a key barrier between saline waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the fresher waters of the Barataria Basin. This restoration project will restore the Caminada Headland portion of the barrier shoreline. The project includes restoration of the barrier shoreline and creation and restoration of back barrier marsh habitat
  •  Maintain Land bridge between Caillou Lake and Gulf of Mexico - $71 million. This proposed NRDA early restoration project involves protection and restoration of approximately 1,600 acres of salt marsh, which will reduce current rates of degradation and erosion and sustain the land barrier between Caillou Lake and the Gulf of Mexico.  The project goals are to reduce current rates of degradation along this land bridge; and to sustain the coastal ecosystem in this region.


  • Federal data shows that that coastal Louisiana received approximately 92 percent of the heavily and moderately oiled shorelines in the entire Gulf of Mexico since the BP-Deepwater Horizon disaster.  
  • An estimated 60 percent or more of injured, oiled and killed birds, mammals, fish and other wildlife found were offshore Louisiana.
  • Even today, 100 percent of the heavily oiled shoreline, over 99 percent of the moderately oiled shoreline and nearly 90 percent of the light or very light oiled shoreline in the Gulf of Mexico is in Louisiana.   
  • Over 90 percent of the species in the Gulf of Mexico and 98 percent of the commercially harvested fish and shellfish in the Gulf are dependent on coastal Louisiana's unique estuary for sustainability.  
  • In addition, Louisiana's coastal area is the largest wintering habitat for migratory waterfowl and song birds. Tens of millions of birds winter in Louisiana’s coastal area each year.  


For more information contact  Melissa Sellers or Kyle Plotkin in the Governor's Press Office at 225-342-8006 or (c) 225- 328-3755.

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