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Concordia Parish Men Cited for Overlimit of Bass

Release Date: 06/25/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited two Concordia Parish men for allegedly taking over the limit of bass on Turkey Creek in Franklin Parish on June 20. 

Casey W. Martin 27 and Edward R. Martin 41, both from Ferriday, were cited after being found in possession of 38 bass in their boat.  The daily limit for bass on Turkey Creek is 10 per person.  The bass were seized and donated to charity.

The penalty for taking over the limit of bass is a fine up to $350, and jail time up to 60 days or both plus court cost.  Both subjects will also be issued civil restitution citations for the value of the fish.

Agent involved in the case was Senior Agent Lee Tarver.

For more information, contact Capt. Alan Bankston at abankston@wlf.la.gov or 318-362-3139.

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Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation

Wildlife & Fisheries Foundation

A. Kell McInnis, III
Executive Director

2000 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Phone: 225-765-5100
Email: kmcinnis@wlf.la.gov

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The Foundation's Mission

. . . to enhance and encourage public enjoyment and use of the wildlife and fisheries resources of this state, we:

Promote, develop, expand and improve the facilities of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission;

Enhance their ability to perform their constitutional and statutory missions;

Encourage public conservation and enjoyment of wildlife and fish resources;

Increase Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission's usefulness to our citizens.

The Foundation is a non-profit public, charitable foundation, tax exempt under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana's wildlife and fish resources.

Individuals and corporations can become partners in conservation by contributing to the Foundation in a variety of ways, all of which are tax deductible. Donations of property and money are accepted both as undedicated contributions or for specific projects and programs.

Louisiana is known as the "Sportsman's Paradise", but with each passing generation the natural resources of this state become less available. When you become a partner in Louisiana wildlife and fish conservation, you contribute to programs that insure future generations will have access to quality outdoor recreational experiences.

Primary Goals
The goals of the Foundation include habitat conservation, environmental education and training, natural resource research and management, and general financial assistance to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries programs and projects, such that it may better serve the public.
In the past the Foundation has used dedicated contributions for hunter education, Wood Duck preservation projects, wildlife management areas, improvements for both rural and urban locations, marine fisheries research, Louisiana black bear projects, fish hatchery research, quail management, teacher and public education programs, wetlands mitigation and National Hunting and Fishing Day events.

Major Foundation Inititaves:

Reforestation

Wildlife Management Area and Refuge Programs

Fish Hatchery Research

Conservation Education

Partners In Conservation

The Foundation's Board is committed to a simple operating style - working as a partner with contributors who donate property, services or funds for specific projects and programs as well as contributions for general conservation use. The foundation identifies conservation problems and offers solutions through partnerships and leveraging financial resources.

Workshop Scholarships

BECOMING AN OUTDOORS-WOMAN

Liz Barthel Memorial Scholarship

Liz Barthel was known throughout the South as one of the top female bowhunters.  She was dedicated to supporting bowhunting, archery, and wildlife and conservation organizations.  Her many accomplishments to promote women and children in the sports included BOW, archery instructor, Jakes Day event organizer, committee member for the Twin City Longbeards, organized the 1st all ladies Chapter of the NWTF, one of the 1st two women to serve on the Louisiana State Board of Directors for NWTF, and the 1st woman in La. to complete a “Grand Slam” of Wild Turkey.  Liz was on the pro-staff of Hoyt, LaCrosse, Knight & Hale, Feather-Flex, Savage Systems, Scott Archery, Scent Shield, Indian Archery and many more. 

Liz played an instrumental part in establishing the 1st Louisiana BOW workshop and continued her support with each workshop until her untimely death.  She was a former LDWF employee that loved hunting and all aspects of wildlife. Liz enriched the lives of many people through her goals and accomplishments and sought after other women to reach and succeed in their goals.   Her wish is continued by providing well deserved women a chance to follow their outdoor dreams through the Liz Barthel Memorial Scholarship.

Instructions:Please complete all sections of the application for full consideration for a scholarship to attend a Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop (BOW).

Application must be received at least 2 weeks prior to the opening date of the workshop registration.  Return completed application to the following address or fax number.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Liz Barthel Memorial Scholarship
ATTN: Dana Norsworthy
368 CenturyLink Drive
Monroe, LA 71203

Fax:  318-345-0797

Low-income women who have children under age 18 will be eligible to receive the Liz Barthel Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship pays $125 of the $200 registration fee. The scholarship recipient(s) will be responsible for a $75 fee which shall be mailed in with the registration form that we will provide to you, prior to the opening registration date of the workshop. To apply for the Liz Barthel Memorial Scholarship:

  • You may nominate an individual by submitting the following application or
  • You may submit the information about yourself

We hope Liz will live through other outdoor women in this way.
 

 

Becoming an Outdoors Woman

Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW)
Becoming an Outdoors Woman

"You are part of a pioneering effort to break down barriers to participation of women in outdoor activities"

Christine L. Thomas, Ph.D., Founder of "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman"

 

The "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" program was started in 1991 by Doctor Christine L. Thomas, Professor of Resource Management, University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point. The program focuses on providing opportunities for women to learn skills that enhance and encourage participation in hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. BOW is an introductory-level workshop that teaches basic courses only. Advanced courses are taught in Beyond BOW.

In September 1994 the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Information and Education Section offered its first "Becoming and Outdoors-Woman" program. It was a sellout. Today, LDWF conducts weekend workshops once a year offering more than 20 specialty courses, ranging from markswomanship to turkey hunting. The National Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Rules state that each workshop must consist of 1/3 hunting-shooting, 1/3 fishing, and 1/3 non-harvest activities to complete a balanced program. For those not interested in hunting, courses like beginning fly fishing and canoeing are offered. The woman who loves nature but not hunting and fishing can learn about outdoor photography, ecology, backpacking and more.

The program does not stop with educational courses. Unity and fellowship flourish at a "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" weekend. LDWF staff makes sure participants are well fed, entertained and housed at one of the finest educational camps in the state. The BOW workshops are held in Pollock, LA (just North of Alexandria, LA) at the Camp Grant Walker 4-H Center.

Regular check-in at the workshop is from 10a.m.-11a.m. Friday. Meals will be provided from Friday Lunch to Sunday Lunch. You will sign up for 4 hands-on educational sessions that are 3.5 hours each and are taught by LDWF personnel and qualified volunteer instructors. Accommodations are dormitory style (bunk beds) with one centrally located bathhouse. You must bring bedding, towels, and toiletry items. At night, enjoy the possibility of mini sessions, style shows, bon fires, and music. If a band is scheduled to play on Saturday night their session will last up to 11pm.

You must be 18 years of age or older to attend.

We have scholarships available.

Make for sure that you read the Course Descriptions before registering.

Forms can either be downloaded from this site, faxed to you, or requested by phone. These forms will not be available until the date below.

Next Workshop: April 4-6, 2014

Registration Begins: February 3, 2014
Cost: $200
Number of Participants: 125

Registration forms will be accepted by mail ONLY (overnight will be accepted) and must be accompanied by a check or money order.
Attention: HAND DELIVERED FORMS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED .

For more information contact Dana Norsworthy at 318-345-3912
dnorsworthy@wlf.louisiana.gov
or Chad Moore cmoore@wlf.la.gov

For more information about Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshops in other states, visit www.uwsp.edu/cnr/bow

Becoming Outdoors Woman Updates

Louisiana’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman offers the standard BOW workshops and advanced workshops called Beyond BOW.  Please follow the link to enter in your e-mail address to be added to our distribution list.  You will receive updates on when the next BOW and Beyond BOW courses are offered, when registration for these courses will begin and other information to keep our outdoors women connected and educated about natures opportunities.

 

LDWF ANNOUNCES FISHING OPENINGS IN PORTIONS OF BAYOU LAFOURCHE AND OTHER LAFOURCHE INSIDE WATERS

Release Date: 06/23/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following opening to recreational and commercial fishing in a portion of Bayou Lafourche and a portion of inside waters east of Bayou Lafourche in Lafourche Parish effective immediately, today June 23.

Fishing Opening

The portion of state inside waters north of 29 degrees 09 minutes 29 seconds north latitude from the eastern shore of Bayou Lafourche to the Fourchon Road (LA Hwy 3090) and north of LA Hwy 1 from 90 degrees 07 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to the eastern shore of Bayou Lafourche and the portion of Bayou Lafourche itself north of the LA Hwy 1 bridge in Leeville.

Precautionary closures of recreational and commercial fishing have been implemented based on the best information the Secretary of the department receives from field biologists, staff and trajectory models from NOAA.

Once reports of oil are received, LDWF initiates a field survey and immediate seafood testing in the suspected areas. Closures are subsequently made with the intent to be as safe as possible, while not closing any fishing areas unnecessarily. As test results come back clearing the area, effected waters are then reopened.

LDWF continues to work closely with DHH in an effort to assess all opportunities to resume normal fishing activities on Louisiana's coast and guarantee the safety of Louisiana's seafood.

For more information related to the oil spill, visit http://www.emergency.louisiana.gov/. Connect with us on www.facebook.com/GOHSEP http://www.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter as @GOHSEP. View photos from the state's response efforts at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep.
For more information contact Marianne Burke, 225-765-2917 or mburke@wlf.la.gov

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F.A.Q. - Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is it too late to sign up for the POLR Program?
    Yes, it is too late to sign up to participate in the POLR Program, but you can still fill out a pre-application to be considered for any future program(s) if any are created.
     
  • When will my contract end?
    All POLR contracts (Cooperative Endeavor Agreements) will terminate on June 30, 2009. That is the last day rehabilitation work can be performed for reimbursement purposes unless an amendment for the account was signed by June 30, 2009; which extended the deadline to December 31, 2009.
     
  • Do I need to do anything before I perform rehabilitation work?
    You must contact the state prior to leaving the dock each day to operate under the terms of the POLR Cooperative Endeavor Agreement. The POLR 24-hour call-in number is 1-888-429-2460. Be prepared to provide the following:
    • Your name (person performing the work)
    • Leaseholder account name and account number
    • Date(s) and time(s) rehabilitation work will be performed
    • Type of rehabilitation activity
    • Vessel name/number
    • Lease number and/or public grounds where work will be performed (ex: Seeds from Black Bay Public Ground to lease #XXXXXX)
    • Harvest Area (DHH Harvest Area Map: http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/Maps.asp?ID=1&Detail=1)
       
  • Do I have to call-in when I'm finished?
    No, unless you are unable to go out as planned or you are returning earlier than expected due to weather, mechanical trouble, etc. The POLR call-in number is 1-888-429-2460.
     
  • What if I don't have cell phone service in the area I plan to work?
    You should call the 24-hour call-in service before leaving the dock. You may also place your call the night before the work is performed.
     
  • What information should be included in my wheelhouse log?
    As per the POLR contract, each wheelhouse log should contain the following information:
    • Date work was performed
    • Location (lease number work was performed on and/or public grounds, if harvesting seed oysters)
    • Start time and end time (time that you left/came back to dock)
    • Activity performed (ex: bedding)
    • Amount of material placed on lease (ex: 15 poles or 200 barrels), if applicable
    • Vessel name and/or number
    • Printed name and signature of person who performed the work
    • Make sure dates from your wheelhouse logs agree with POLR Vessel Log sheets and reimbursement form.
       
  • Can I use the DHH Time-Temperature Log Sheets as my wheelhouse log?
    Yes, as long as the DHH Time-Temperature Log Sheet contains all the information required of wheelhouse logs (see above), those may used.

    Or you may call the POLR Program at 225-765-2940 or 225-765-2411

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  • Where do I send my reimbursement requests?
    All reimbursement requests must be sent to:
    • South Central Planning and Development Commission
      ATTN: POLR Program
      5058 West Main St.
      P.O. Box 1870
      Gray, LA 70359
       
  • How long will it take to receive my reimbursement payment?
    Once you submit reimbursement paperwork to South Central Planning and Development Commission, reimbursement generally takes four to six weeks from the time of submittal if all paperwork is complete and in order.
     
  • Will I receive a paper check or a JP Morgan-Chase Pay card for my reimbursement payment?
    In order to provide reimbursement funds to you more quickly, we have discontinued paper check reimbursement payments for individual leaseholder accounts under the POLR program. Individual leaseholders account reimbursement payments will be credited to the individual paycard. Partnerships, corporations, etc. will continue to receive paper checks for reimbursement payments.
     
  • How do I activate my JP Morgan-Chase Pay Card?
    All POLR venders should be able to easily activate their JP Morgan-Chase Pay Card through the customer service number located on the back of the card (1-866-795-3890). To assist the customer Service representative, be sure to mention the POLR profile name, which is LA WF OYSTER LEASEHOLDERS PROG.
     
  • What if I did not receive a JP Morgan-Chase Pay card or I lost my card?
    Call JP Morgan-Chase customer service at 1-866-795-3890. To assist the Customer Service representative, be sure to mention the POLR name, which is LA WF OYSTER LEASEHOLDERS PROG.
     
  • How do I know if a reimbursement payment has been credited to my JP Morgan-Chase Pay Card?
    You may call 1-866-795-3890 to check the daily balance on your card. That number can also be found on the back of each JP Morgan-Chase Pay Card. In addition, you will be mailed a deposit statement each time a reimbursement payment has been credited to your account. The profile name with JP Morgan-Chase for the Pay Cards is LA WF OYSTER LEASEHOLDERS PROG. It is helpful to reference this profile name when calling JP Morgan-Chase about cardholder issues.
     
  • Who do I call with questions about the POLR program?
    For additional information, please contact the POLR Program at 225-765-2940; 225-765-2411;

    As of October 2009 the POLR staff consisted of:

    • Vince Cefalu, Supervisor
    • Ty Lindsey
    • Tanya Williams

Commercial Fishermen Gear and Technology Program

This grant program is designed to improve the economic efficiency of the industry while promoting professionalism on vessels.

Completed forms can be emailed to Geartech@wlf.la.gov or sent by mail to:

Federal Fisheries Recovery Programs
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
P.O. Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70898

It is estimated that the total infrastructure and economic loss from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008 totaled over $750 million.  The Lousisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries was charged with the coordination and distribution of federal recovery funds to the fishing industry.

Wholesale Dealer Grant Recovery Program

The Louisiana Wholesale-Retail Dealer Grant Program (WDG) is designed to provide grants to wholesale-retail dealer impacted by the storms that have shown a commitment to remain in the fishery and can prove losses based on the programs design. Funds can be used by eligible wholesale-retail dealers to assist with paying down storm related uninsured and non-covered losses. Funds can be used to reduce payments of storm related fishery losses that are currently being financed at higher interest rates. Funds can be used to repair or replace gear and/ or for other eligible items that were lost or damaged during the 2008 storms. These funds will allow these firms to maintain employment and or return and or hire employees. The State will capture information on these firms at closing.

Program Size: - $8 million

Eligible: Wholesale-Retail Dealers

The WDG program is only eligible to Wholesale-Retail Dealers that hold a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries resident 2008 and 2010 wholesale-retail dealer license, be able to prove $15,000 tangible loss and/or business experienced a decline of $15,000 in gross receipts and sales in 2006, 2007 or 2008 (pre-storm) versus 2008 or 2009 (post-storm) and provide other documents.

Individuals or businesses currently in bankruptcy proceeding are NOT eligible.

Funding:                                                                                                                                                                   Applicants can apply for up to $100,000 for this 100% grant based on approval and availability of funds. If, after the close of the application period, the total request for funds exceeds the program allocation, the state will use a pro-rata allocation process to make individual awards that is based on applicants? revenue that is derived from commercial fishing.

Based on program demand at the close of the application process, the state will announce the final pro-rata formula and allocation if it is found to be necessary.

Commercial Fishermen/Vessel Owner Grant Recovery Program

The Commercial Fishermen Vessel Owner Program is designed to assist fishermen and vessel owners whose businesses have been negatively impacted by storm related losses from hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Specifically, this program pays down high-interest rate debts and provides funding for repairs and re-purchases attributed to Gustav and/or Ike. The program will work closely with other LDWF federal fishery recovery programs to ensure that qualifying applicants receive the maximum amount of funds for recovery.

Program Size: - Initial Allocation $9 million
After a six-week open application period, the program size will be determined based on the demand and response from the commercial fisheries industry.

Eligible: Commercial Fishermen and Vessel Owners
Eligible applicants are commercial fishermen that held a LDWF resident commercial fishing license in 2008 and 2010, can prove $5,000 tangible loss and/or business experienced a decline in gross receipts and sales in 2006, 2007 or 2008 (pre-storm) versus 2008 or 2009 (post-storm) and document other factors -or- held a LDWF resident vessel license in 2008 and 2010 and can document other factors.

Individuals or businesses currently in bankruptcy proceeding are NOT eligible.

Funding:
The program is open only to Louisiana licensed commercial fishermen and vessel owners that can show storm related economic impacts of losses of $5,000 or more with other appropriate financial materials. Fishermen can request up to $100,000 for this 100% grant, to address demonstrated losses and for capital needs with the 2010 fishery.
If, after the close of the application period, the total request for funds exceeds the program allocation, the state will use a pro-rata allocation process to make individual awards that is based on applicants? income that is earned from commercial fishing.

If a pro-rata allocation is necessary, applicants that earn 50% or more of their income from commercial fishing will be placed into a pool that receives a minimum of 75% of the total allocation. Applicants earning less 50% of their income from commercial fishing will be placed in into the 2nd pool and receive the remaining allocation.

Based on program demand at the close of the application process, the state will announce the final pro-rata formula and allocation between the groups if it is found to be necessary.

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