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Port Sulphur Man Cited for Crab Trap Theft

Release Date: 11/16/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a man Port Sulphur man for alleged crabbing violations on Oct. 27 in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents cited Charles K. Granger, 50, for theft of crab traps and use of crab traps without the required markings.

Agents were on patrol in Yellow Cotton Bay near Venice when they spotted a vessel around 12:30 p.m. being operated by Granger actively tending crabs traps.  As agents investigated the traps they found multiple untagged traps and several traps that did not have tags identifying Granger as the owner.

Theft of crab traps and tending crab traps without the required markings each brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.

Agents participating in the case are Senior Agent William T. Bartlett and Agent Anthony Corner.

Houma Man Cited for Illegal Shrimping on Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA

Release Date: 11/14/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited a Houma man for alleged shrimping violations on Nov. 9 in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents cited Dwayne T. Hotard, 44, for illegally taking commercial fish, taking commercial fish without a vessel license, blocking the passage of fish, over the limit of shrimp on a Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and being on a WMA after hours.

Around 5:15 p.m. on Nov. 9, agents received a complaint about a net that was stretched across a flood control structure off of Point Farm Road on the Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA.  Agents arrived on scene around 7 p.m. and found a vessel being operated by Hotard fishing a net that was propped up across the flood control structure.

Agents found Hotard in possession of 329 pounds of shrimp.  Agents seized the shrimp and sold them to the highest bidder and also seized the vessel on a department seizure order.

Shrimping on the Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA is limited to 25 pounds per boat per day during an open inside waters shrimping season.

Taking commercial fish illegally carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking commercial fish without a vessel license and blocking the passage of fish each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Being on a WMA after hours and over the limit of shrimp on a WMA each bring a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Sgt. Thomas Dewitt, Corporal Dean Aucoin and Senior Agent Stephen Rhodes are participating in the case.

Biloxi Man Cited for Illegal Shrimping Violation in Breton Sound

Release Date: 11/09/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement agents cited a Biloxi man on Nov. 7 for allegedly shrimping in state waters with illegal turtle exclusion device’s (TED).

Agents were patrolling in Breton Sound conducting a Joint Enforcement Agreement patrol when they found a shrimping vessel in Breton Sound.  Agents made contact with the captain, Canh Huu Nguyen, 37, and performed a license compliance check and TED inspection.

During the inspection, agents measured the two TEDS installed in the vessels two large nets and found them both out of compliance with state and federal regulations.

Nguyen was issued a citation and his TEDs were seized.  Agents also seized approximately 2,100 pounds of shrimp and sold them to the highest bidder.

Trawling with illegal TEDs brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Shrimp trawlers in the Atlantic Area or Gulf of Mexico Area need to have an approved TED installed in each net that is rigged for fishing.  However, certain exemptions to these requirements may apply (e.g. vessels without power or mechanical means of net retrieval, test trawls, skimmer and butterfly nets in compliance with tow time restrictions).

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Dave Nunez, Sgt. Austin Arteaga, Sgt. Keith Francis, and Corporal Rick Clark.

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LEEC eNews Bulletin: Registration Open for 2018 Environmental Education State Symposium

Registration is now open for the 21st Louisiana Environmental Education State Symposium, which will be held at the Baton Rouge Marriott on February 23 and 24, 2018. This year’s theme is “Green STEM.” The conference will focus on environmental science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, and the exciting career opportunities opening to students in the decades to come. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to join other formal and non-formal environmental educators from every corner of Louisiana and surrounding states as we meet to share EE teaching techniques and practices, new research and information, and spend time discussing our experiences as educators. Choose from multiple concurrent sessions to fit your interest and grade level.

You can find the electronic registration form at

As always, we will offer optional Friday short courses that present day-long environmental education workshops or tours. This year you may choose one among the following five short courses: 

Diverting Disaster with the Old River Control Structure
This tour will include a visit to the Old River Control Structure, hosted by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The site features a series of massive engineering structures responsible for controlling the flow of the Mississippi – Atchafalaya River system. We will also make a stop at the Point Coupee Parish Museum on False River. Leaders will provide background and science and engineering curriculum connections for the material covered.
Grade Level: 5-12
Location: Van leaves from Marriott
Presenters: Dinah Maygarden and Dr. Ivan Gill, University of New Orleans

Integrate Local Earth and Environmental Science into Your STEM Curriculum
This is the one that you’ve been waiting for! Learn how to create “virtual fieldwork experiences” (VFEs) that you can use to help ensure that students are in contact with their outdoor environment even when logistically they can’t get outdoors. Through VFEs, you can tie your curriculum to outdoor sites throughout the school year. Students will learn about local sites deeply across the curriculum and understand their community from multiple scientific perspectives.
Grade Level: K-12
Location: Nature center to be announced
Presenters: Dr. Don Duggan-Haas, and Dr. Robert Ross, Paleontological Research Institution in Ithaca, NY

Keep Louisiana Beautiful Presents the “Hows” and “Whys” of Recycling
Keep Louisiana Beautiful will lead a tour of the Baton Rouge Recycling Center for teachers who are interested in better understanding the recycling process and why it is so important to managing waste.  Teachers will return to the Marriott for the second half of the day which will include hands-on activities and lessons focused on teaching students how and why they should reduce, reuse and recycle.  KLB will provide teachers with lesson plans, activity sheets, resources and hands-on activities.
Grade Level: K-12
Location: Van leaves from Marriott
Presenters: Susan Russell and Christy Paulsell, Keep Louisiana Beautiful

National Wildlife Federation - Monarch Heroes and Eco-Schools USA
Help your campus become a community resource center for the monarch butterfly. Learn how to incorporate monarch recovery into the classroom using a project-based learning approach and develop an onsite monarch habitat on your school grounds. Get an introduction to NWF's new Green STEM curriculum, The Monarch Mission, and learn how you can join NWF’s free international Eco-Schools network.
Grade Level: K-8
Location: Baton Rouge Marriott
Presenter: Marya Fowler, Senior Education Outreach Manager

BREC Nature Exploration Toolkit
From leaf presses to plant identification guides, bug catchers to pond sampling tools, we’ve got it all!  Join us at BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp to explore the site and make easy do-it-yourself investigation tools you can bring back to your classroom.  Let us help you turn your students into Nature Explorers!
Grade Level: K-12
Location: BREC’S Bluebonnet Swamp Education Building
Presenter: Shannon Guidry, Education Curator

For more information, please contact Thomas Gresham at or 225-765-0124.



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Gov. Edwards pledges support for commission, wildlife and fisheries

Release Date: 11/02/2017

BATON ROUGE, La.  – Gov. John Bel Edwards praised the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for its maintenance of the “Sportsman’s Paradise” on Thursday.

Appearing for the first time at the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting, Edwards called LDWF “Ambassadors of The State” for the way it is handling the state’s fishing and hunting programs.

 He described his visit to the commission meeting as a chance to show his appreciation for the work of the commission and LDWF.

“I want to thank you all for the work that you do,” he said, then directed special praise for the work done by the LDWF Enforcement agents and the dangerous situations involved in their day-to-day operations. He said they along with department biologists “sacrifice a lot to do what they do for Louisiana.”

He said he supported the recent effort by LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet to push for more fishing opportunities for Louisiana anglers to catch red snapper. He said that sometimes there are disagreements on the red snapper subject. “It’s okay with me,” he said. “…We are not always going to agree.”

The governor urged the Commissioners to send questions or concerns they may have to his office, adding that “I want to continue working with all of you.” 

Haynesville Man Cited for Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 11/01/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Haynesville man for alleged deer hunting violations on Oct. 28 in Claiborne Parish.

Agents cited Roy W. Odom, 66, taking over the daily bag limit of antlerless deer and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.

Agents received a public tip about a man cleaning two doe deer at a shop near Haynesville around 10 p.m.  Agents responded to the scene and found Odom currently cleaning one doe with another uncleaned doe on the ground next to him.

During questioning, Odom admitted to harvesting both does earlier in the day.  Hunters are only allowed one antlerless and one antlered deer per day during either sex dates in the area Odom was hunting.

Agents also found both deer without the required deer tags.

Possessing over the daily bag limit of deer brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Odom may also face up to $3,250 in civil restitution for the replacement value of the deer.

Agents involved in the case are Corporal Bryant Coburn and Lt. Kenneth Balkom.

Agenda for the November Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting

Release Date: 10/30/2017



The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, November 2, 2017, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA


The following items will be discussed:

1.  Call to Order

2.  Pledge of Allegiance

3.  Roll Call

4.  Governor’s Address to the Commission – Governor John Bel Edwards

5.  Adoption of October 5, 2017 Commission Meeting Minutes

6.  Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

7.  Enforcement Report October 2017 – Captain Edward Skena

8.  Announcement of the 2017-18 State Duck stamp contest winner – Larry Reynolds, Wildlife Biologist

9.  Receive Gulf Council Update – Chris Schieble, Biologist

10.  Set March 2018 Commission Meeting Date

11.  Receive Public Comments

12.  Adjournment

To access a live stream of the event, please register for the October 2017 LWF Commission Meeting on November 2, 2017 9:30 AM CDT at:


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at or To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at

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