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LDWF Investigating Pair of Weekend Boating Incidents in Calcasieu and Cameron Parishes

Release Date: 07/25/2011


Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents are investigating two separate boating crash incidents that took place on July 24 in Cameron and Calcasieu parishes.

Agents are investigating a collision between two personal watercrafts (PWC) in the Hebert Landing area of Calcasieu Lake in Cameron Parish on Sunday, July 24.  The PWCs were operated by a male and a female both 14 years old.

One of the operator’s parents was returning from a fishing trip and spotted the two PWCs drifting near the landing.  The parents retrieved the two juveniles from the water and transported them to a Lake Charles area hospital.  One of the subjects was treated for soft tissue injuries to the left knee and ankle.  The other was being scheduled for oral surgery as a result of the collision.

Both juvenile operators were wearing their personal flotation device and kill switches were used to shut off the PWCs.  State boating regulations state that operators of PWCs must be at least 16 years of age.

The second boating crash incident involved a vessel on the West Fork of the Calcasieu River in Calcasieu Parish.  Duston Istre, 26, of Sulphur, was operating the vessel at a high rate of speed before losing control and striking a tree.

Istre and his passenger, Michael Fontenot, 18, also of Sulphur, were transported by ambulance to West Cal-Cam Hospital in Sulphur.  Istre suffered severe blunt force trauma to his torso and lower extremities.  Fontenot suffered a severe laceration to his temporal region as well as various other abrasions.

LDWF agents have charges pending against Istre for reckless operation of a watercraft, operating a watercraft under the influence and vehicular negligent injuring.

LDWF Capt. Jubal Marceaux, Lt. Remy Broussard and Senior Agent Stuart Guillory are investigating the incidents.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at

LDWF Recovers Body of Missing Boater from the Mississippi River

Release Date: 07/25/2011


Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents recovered the body of Joshua Peters, 27, of Livingston, around 8 a.m. on July 25 from the Mississippi River.

Joshua Peters' body was found just upriver of Ben Hur road south of Baton Rouge in East Baton Rouge Parish.  The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office recovered the body of Joshua's uncle, Larry Peters, 58, of Slaughter, on Sunday, July 24 in the Donaldsonville area.

Larry and Joshua Peters launched a 14-foot flat bottom boat from under the I-10 Bridge in Baton Rouge on Saturday, July 23 to go fishing.  According to the family of the deceased boaters, neither of the Peters was heard from Saturday evening or Sunday morning.

The U.S. Coast Guard, and East Baton Rouge and Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Offices were also involved with the search.  The search area went from Baton Rouge to the Sunshine Bridge on the Mississippi River.

Joshua's body was turned over to the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office.  Larry's body was turned over to the Ascension Parish Coroner's Office.  An autopsy will be performed on both bodies to determine a cause of death.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.  Both bodies were recovered without wearing a personal flotation device.  LDWF will continue to search for the missing boat.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at

Rescue Agencies Searching for Missing Boater in Mississippi River

Release Date: 07/24/2011


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), U.S. Coast Guard, and East Baton Rouge and Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Offices are currently looking for a Livingston man in or near the Mississippi River between the Donaldsonville area and Baton Rouge.

Authorities were alerted by river workers on a tug boat Sunday morning, July 24, of a man floating in the middle of the river in the Donaldsonville area.  The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office recovered the body of Larry Peters, 58, of Slaughter, and turned his body over to the Ascension Parish Coroner’s Office. 

After investigating the matter further, authorities were able to determine that Peters and his nephew, Joshua Peters, late 20s, from Livingston, launched a 14 foot bateau under the I-10 Bridge in Baton Rouge on Saturday, July 23, to go fishing.  Joshua Peters remains missing at this time.

According to the family of the deceased and missing boaters, neither of the subjects have been heard of since leaving to go fishing on Saturday.

Rescue crews will search until nightfall tonight and start up again at daybreak in the morning if they don’t locate the missing boater this evening.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at

Three Major Fishing Tournaments Heat Up South Louisiana Next Week

Release Date: 07/21/2011

July 21, 2011 – Next week, three major fishing rodeos will have fishermen headed into the Gulf of Mexico from marinas across South Louisiana. The Faux Pas Lodge Invitational and the West Delta Kingfish Invitational will be held in Venice, La., and the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo will take place at the Grand Isle Tarpon Pavilion. All three tournaments offer up opportunities for fishermen of all levels.

“One of the best ways to enjoy summertime in South Louisiana is to head out into the Gulf during one of Louisiana’s incredible saltwater fishing tournaments,” said Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina. “I’d encourage folks to check out any of the three tournaments, those in Grand Isle or Venice. Whether or not you take home the grand prize you’ll have a weekend full of memories with family and friends.”

Tournament details and registration information are as follows:

13th Annual Faux Pas Lodge Invitational
The Faux Pas Lodge will hold its 13th annual Rodeo in Venice, next Thursday, July 28 through Saturday, July 30.  The Faux Pas Lodge Invitation offers fishing opportunities for novice and professional anglers alike. The tournament is comprised of four different divisions: inshore, rig, offshore and live redfish.  
To download an application click here:
For the first in the tournament’s history, Faux Pas Lodge will also partner with Children’s Hospital, the Miracle League of New Orleans, the Wish to Fish Organization and many volunteers that will bring children with special needs fishing on Wednesday, July 27.  
For more information or press inquiries please contact Kleo Blue at or (504) 834-8342.  

West Delta Kingfish Invitational
This year’s West Delta Kingfish Invitational on the mouth of the Mississippi River will be held next Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31. This tournament is being held at the Venice Marina. Registration is Friday, July 29, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information contact Mike Butler at or (504) 433-6832.

The West Delta Kingfish Invitational is a Southern Kingfish Association (SKA) Division 7 sanctioned tournament.  The SKA is the world’s largest offshore fishing organization that sanctions or produces over 50 tournaments across the Gulf of Mexico and on the east coast up to North Carolina. More information may be found at

Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo
The Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo was originally established in 1928 and is the oldest fishing tournament in the Unites States.  The tournament will be held at the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo Pavilion located at the end of Highway 1 in Grand Isle. The tournament dates are Thursday, July 28 through Saturday, July 30.

For more details and registration information visit

The Louisiana 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 press inquiries please contact Laura Wooderson at or (225) 610-2363.

Spring Shrimp Season to Close in Remainder of Zone 3

Release Date: 07/20/2011

Spring Shrimp Season to Close in Remainder of Zone 3
Spring Shrimp Season to Close in Remainder of Zone 3

July 20, 2011 – Today the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced the 2011 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 23 in the following areas within Shrimp Management Zone 3: 

  • The 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.
  • The portion of Cameron Parish west of Calcasieu Lake and the Calcasieu Ship Channel.

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 shrimping except for certain waters within Shrimp Management Zone 1. 

Recent data gathered by LDWF biologists indicates the quantity, distribution and percentage of small juvenile white shrimp have rapidly increased in recent weeks.  This closure will protect developing shrimp in the waters of Zone 3.

The Louisiana 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.

Awards, Volunteer Opportunities, Resources/Information, Public Meetings


Keep Louisiana Beautiful Awards
Keep Louisiana Beautiful is calling on Louisiana residents to nominate exemplary groups and individuals whose efforts help keep Louisiana beautiful. The annual awards program will name winners in 7 categories, including corporate leadership, innovative education programming, and the Alice Foster Award recognizing an exceptional volunteer in honor of the former first lady. Criteria and all information for submitting nominations are at The deadline for entries is Monday, August 15, 2011. Entries should be sent to


The National Youth Leadership Council and youthrive requests proposals for workshops and the service-learning showcase at The 23rd Annual National Service-Learning Conference® and youthrive PeaceJam Leadership Conference. Workshops are the heart of the conference, providing professional development opportunities for youth and adults alike. The showcase highlights high-quality service-learning projects from across the country. It is an opportunity to connect with people and share how your project was implemented, how it is connected to curriculum goals, and what makes it effective. The 2012 conference theme, Our World, Our Future, is an opportunity to share how youth passion, creativity and innovation can address world issues. Our goal is to provide an engaging and comprehensive service-learning professional development conference for youth and adults who are committed to addressing issues impacting their communities and the world.
Click here to apply for a Showcase
All workshop proposals must be received no later than September 23, 2011.
All Service-Learning Showcase applications must be received no later than November 14, 2011.

For more information:, call 800-366-6952 or email

Help Restore the Marsh in Plaquemines Parish – Volunteers Needed
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is assisting the NRCS Lafourche-Terrebonne Soil and Water Conservation District to recruit volunteers to participate in a marsh restoration along a protection levee in Plaquemines Parish. This area will help restore an area of degrading marsh, which will in turn protect the communities living in the area and create essential habitat for wildlife.
       Where: Plaquemines Parish, Point Celeste, 22941 Highway 23, Port Sulfur, LA
       When: Tuesday, July 26th from 8:30am to no later than 3:00pm
All planting equipment (gloves, shovels, dibbles, etc.) will be provided. Volunteers should bring closed toe shoes (like old tennis shoes) that will stay secure on your feet or hip boots and a change of clothes.  YOU WILL GET DIRTY! We will be planting in the marsh off the levee. Lunch and drinks will be provided to all volunteers. Additional information will be sent out the week prior to the event.
Please register to let us know if you plan to attend. You can complete an online registration form at the or call the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana at (888)-LACOAST for more information. If, after registering, you find you are unable to attend the event, please email the Coalition at and let us know if you have to cancel so we can make your sport available to other potential volunteers.

Institute for Environmental Communication
It is that time of year again when we are recruiting for Loyola's Institute for Environmental Communication (IEC) 2011. Loyola's IEC is accepting nominations (including self nominations) for its 10th annual gathering this fall. The purpose of IEC is to muster a diverse group of stakeholders (representing advocates, scientists, industry/business people, government folks, educators, media, etc) and open a dialogue about environmental issues that affect Greater New Orleans and beyond. IEC meets about 12 times between the end of August and late November. There is a tiered fee for those who can pay. Last year's syllabus (with 2011 dates), list of Fellows from past sessions, and the nomination form are available at
For more information: Bob Thomas,, 504.865.2107.


USA Today Article: Science, tech jobs see better pay, government study finds:

State Education Rankings: The Best and Worst for Math and Science
In recently released rankings of how states' primary education systems are preparing students for careers in engineering, Massachusetts, Minnesota and New Jersey top the list. Mississippi trails as the worst in the country, following West Virginia and Louisiana. The Science and Engineering Readiness Index (SERI) measures how high school students are performing in physics and calculus -- based on publicly available data, including Advanced Placement scores, National Assessment of Educational Progress reports, teacher certification requirements by state and physics class enrollment data. The SERI score given to each state is on a scale of 1 to 5 and reflects how well states perform and allow opportunities for success in physics and math education and teacher qualifications. The numbers below reveal that few states are performing at high levels, and most are poorly preparing students for science, technology and engineering. According to a statement last week, Cottle said that although the SERI scores do not compare states to schools' performances in other countries, even the American leader -- Massachusetts -- would struggle to compete with countries like China or Singapore. For years, the U.S. has lagged behind other countries in math and science. A 2009 study showed that American students ranked 25th among 34 countries, behind nations like China, Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong and Finland. To see how all state's ranked follow link:

Extreme Heat Prevention/Hot Weather Tips
CDC has posted several self-help measures to the website to assist with extreme heat. These tips are not a substitute for medical care but may help you recognize and respond promptly to warning signs of trouble. Your best defense against heat-related illness is prevention. Staying cool and making simple changes in your fluid intake, activities, and clothing during hot weather can help you remain safe and healthy.
       • Extreme Heat Prevention Guide
       • Hot Weather Tips
       • Heat Stress in the Elderly
       • FAQs
       • PSAs
       • Heat Stress Resources for Workers

Mobile App for Tree ID
Computer science and biology come together to make tree identification a snap. Columbia University, the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian Institution have pooled their expertise to create the world’s first plant identification mobile app using visual search—Leafsnap. This electronic field guide allows users to identify tree species simply by taking a photograph of the tree’s leaves. In addition to the species name, Leafsnap provides high-resolution photographs and information about the tree’s flowers, fruit, seeds and bark—giving the user a comprehensive understanding of the species. Click here to read more:

WYES Announces New Coastal Web Project
WYES, the Louisiana Public Television Station in New Orleans, announces a novel Web venture. The Wyes Reshaping a Greater New Orleans: Rebuilding Our Coast project offers an opportunity to hear first-hand from those working on restoration plans and projects and also to learn how the public can become part of the effort to rebuild the coast. “Public agencies and private groups are working to rebuild the coast. They say it can be done. This site explains how.” Visit and click on the logos to see the interviews with wetland leaders including: Garret Graves, Steve Mathies, Jim Boggs, Kerry St. Pe’, Steven Peyronnin, Carlton Dufrechou, R. King Milling, and Val Marmillion.  As WYES continues to explore this dynamic subject, return frequently to learn more about Louisiana’s efforts to rebuild. Visit to learn more. Coming soon: An interview with NOAA wetland leader, Rachel Sweeney.


On Tuesday, August 30, 2011, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force will hold a meeting in Biloxi, MS. The meeting will further the task force’s ongoing commitment to supporting the conservation and restoration of resilient and healthy ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico. It will be held at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center (2350 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, MS 39531-4914) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT and is open to the public. To pre-register for this meeting; please go to this link,
Pre-registration will close on August 27, 2011.  On-site registration will be available on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 starting at 7 a.m. CT. For more information on the task force or to pre-register for this meeting, please visit We will continue to update this website with future announcements and important information.

Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board July Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 07/19/2011


July 19, 2011 - The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board meeting, held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, at 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 310, New Orleans.  The public is invited to attend.

1.    Call to order

2.    Roll call

3.    Approval of minutes from May 9, 2011

4.    Reports

       A.  Executive Directors Report

       B.  Treasurer’s Report

       C.  Sponsorship Committee Report

       D.   Finance Committee Report

5.   New Business

      A.  Strategic Plan for BP Funds - GCR

      B.  Financial Transparency and Documentation Portal – GCR

      C.  National Marketing Coalition Funding-Andy Gibson

      D.  Brussels Overview

6.   Set Next Meeting(s)

7.   Adjourn

Morgan City Man Cited for Red Snapper Violations

Release Date: 07/19/2011


Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a Morgan City man for alleged fishing violations in Terrebonne Parish on July 16.

Agents cited Sau Van Nguyen, 53 years old, of Morgan City, for taking over the limit of red snapper, taking undersized red snapper and fishing without basic and saltwater fishing licenses.

Agents received a complaint that a male subject had loaded a vehicle with several red snapper and was traveling from south Terrebonne Parish to Morgan City.

Agents setup at several different popular traveled routes and were waiting for the vehicle.  Agents observed a vehicle matching the description traveling on Highway 20.

Agents conducted a traffic stop and observed several wax fish boxes in the rear of the vehicle.  After Nguyen consented to a search of his vehicle, agents found 28 red snappers, eight of which were under the 16 inch minimum size requirement by law, approximately 10 pounds of red snapper fillets and two cobia.

Taking over the limit of red snapper brings a $250 to $500 fine, up to 90 days in jail, or both plus court costs.  Taking undersized red snapper brings a $250 to $500 fine, up to 90 days in jail, or both plus court costs.  Angling without basic and saltwater fishing licenses carries a maximum fine of $250 for each offense.

Agents participating in the case were Lt. Joseph Arnaud, Senior Agents Nick Guillory, Tyler Marroy, Joey Thompson and Agent Chuck Talbert.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at

The Dock In Slidell Hosts the Louisiana Saltwater Series This Weekend

Release Date: 07/19/2011

Kyle McElveen, one of the top youth finishers in the Delacroix tournament at Sweetwater Marina. His catch weighed 6.39 lbs.

July 19, 2011 –There’s still more excitement to come as the Louisiana Saltwater Series Fishing Tournament moves on to its next destination at The Dock and Dockside Bait and Tackle in Slidell, La. on July 23, 2011.  The series is dedicated to catch-and-release saltwater angling through a series of agency-sponsored fishing tournaments.

The series was developed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation to promote conservation of Louisiana’s saltwater sport fish resources and targets one of Louisiana’s most valuable sport fish, redfish.  

The grassroots-based tournament provides anglers with the opportunity to give back to the resource.  Contestants vie for cash prizes and test their skill while enjoying the thrill of the competitive sport. 

Each series includes two-man teams with a $200 entry fee for each event. For teams consisting of three members, only two of the members may be 16 or older.  The tournament is a 100 percent payout series.

This year, a youth division was established to introduce young anglers to the sport of fishing, and to teach the catch-and-release approach to conservation. Participants under 16 years of age will compete against one another in a separate category for trophy catch; all youth anglers will be recognized. 

The 2011 series is comprised of six fishing events and a championship. Tournament locations are scheduled across the coast.  The remaining 2011 tournament schedule is as follows: 

  • August 20 Port Fourchon, Moran’s Marina; and
  • Championship October 7 and 8 Empire, The Delta Marina.

Online registration for the tournament will close on Thursday, July 21 at noon, but those interested in participating can register at The Dock from 4 to 5 a.m., the morning of the event.  Only cash or checks will be accepted for payment of registration fees the morning of the event.

The Disney Radio Road Crew will be on-site to entertain kids of all ages with interactive, hands-on, music and contest-filled events, so be sure to bring the entire family. 

For complete information, including rules, regulations and entry forms go to

The Louisiana 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 Ashley Wethey at (225) 765-5113.

Body of 12 Year Old Girl Found

Release Date: 07/19/2011


Search and rescue teams have located the body of the 12-year-old Mandeville girl who has been missing since being ejected into the water after a boating crash incident in Shell Beach Bayou in St. Bernard Parish on July 16.
The search and rescue teams found the body of Samantha Vinturella shortly after 11 a.m. in Lake Borgne about 5 to 6 miles from the original boating crash incident site.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division (LDWF) agents responded to a two vessel collision between a 20 foot boat operated by Marion Funchess, 61, of Folsom, and a 15 foot boat operated by Paul Battle, age 48, of Mandevile, on the evening of July 16 in the Shell Beach Bayou.  Battle had four juvenile passengers on board including the missing 12 year old girl.  Funchess had an adult passenger on board his boat.

All four juveniles were ejected from the 15 foot boat operated by Battle with three of them able to be recovered from the water.  Battle was not ejected from the boat, but was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.  Funchess and his passenger did not receive any major injuries.

LDWF, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana State Police, St. Bernard, St. Tammany and Plaquemines parishes Sheriff’s Offices have been searching since July 16 for Vinturella.

According to LDWF Enforcement Division Col. Winton Vidrine, LDWF will be the lead investigating agency for this boating crash incident to determine a cause of the collision and death.  Vinturella was not wearing a personal flotation device when the boating crash incident occurred and her body will be turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at

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