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September 2017 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 09/05/2017

The next regular Commission meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, September  7, 2017, at LDWF headquarters in the Louisiana Room of 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70898.

 Agenda:

1.     Call to Order

2.     Pledge of Allegiance

3.     Roll Call

4.     Adoption of August 3, 2017 Commission Meeting Minutes

5.     Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

6.     Enforcement Report August, 2017 – Captain Edward Skena

7.     Receive and Consider a Resolution commending LDWF Enforcement Division for Hurricane Harvey response – Al Sunseri, Commissioner

8.     Receive Presentation on Passive Transponder Bird Migration Study --Michael Seymour, Biologist

9.     Recognize Conoco-Phillips for their Financial Contribution to the Transponder Study --Buddy Baker, Administrator

10.  Receive One Health presentation --Dr. Rusty Berry, Wildlife Veterinarian

11.  Receive a Presentation of LDWF’s participation in the Breeding Waterfowl and Habitat Survey --James Whitaker, Biologist

12.  Receive a Presentation on Waterfowl Population Status, Hunting Regulations, and Pre-Season Update --Larry Reynolds, Program Manager

13.  Receive Update on Roseau Cane Mortality --Todd Baker, Director

14.  Receive and Consider a Notice of Intent to update the Louisiana Threatened and Endangered Species List --Amity Bass, Director

15.  Receive and Consider a Notice of Intent to remove the current black bass slot limit regulations of 15-19 inches and 8 fish daily harvest from Caney Lake and place the lake under the statewide black bass regulations  -  Jeff Sibley, Fisheries Biologist Manager

16.  Receive and Consider a Declaration of Emergency setting the 2017-2018 oyster season on the public oyster areas of Louisiana – Steve Beck, Program Manager

17.  Receive an Update on the Recent Gulf Council Meeting (including a Louisiana Only Amendment Update) and Louisiana Red Snapper Harvest and 39-day Season Extension Projection Update – Chris Schieble, Biologist Manager

18.  Receive and Consider a Resolution supporting continued efforts to reduce the hypoxia zone in the Gulf of Mexico – Doug Daigle, Coordinator, Louisiana Hypoxia Working Group

19.  Set January, 2018 Commission Meeting Date

20.  Receive Public Comments

21.  Adjournment

A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via Gotowebinar.com.  To attend this meeting via webinar visit: 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2418555430874433283

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to the contact at the top of this announcement at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. 

 

LEEC eNews Bulletin: Call for Environmental Education State Symposium Exhibitors and Presenters

On February 23-24, 2018, the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission will host the Louisiana Environmental Education State Symposium at the Baton Rouge Marriott, 5500 Hilton Ave in Baton Rouge. This year's theme is "Green STEM," which aims to teach students about environmentally-focused science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
 
Exhibitors: Our target audience will include classroom teachers, pre-service teachers, and non-formal educators and our emphasis this year will be placed on engaging teachers and students in science-based careers. The deadline for exhibitor registrations is Friday, January 19, 2018. Please find the registration form at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/webform/2018-exhibitor-registration
 
Presenters: Do you have a hands-on workshop, lesson activities, or exemplary program that you would like to share with environmental educators? Particularly one that incorporates the outdoor learning experience? Consider presenting at the upcoming 2018 Environmental Education State Symposium. Help teachers by giving them the tools necessary to conduct quality environmental lessons. We find that teachers love presentations made by fellow teachers, so if you are a classroom teacher with an innovative lesson, please consider using the symposium as a way to reach a larger audience of students and inform your peers about the great things you're doing in your classroom. The deadline for proposals is Friday, December 8, 2017. Visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/2018-presenter-form to submit a session proposal. 
 
For more information: Thomas Gresham, Asst. Environmental Education Coordinator at tgresham@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-0124.

Two Vessel Collision Leads to Fatality in Cameron Parish

Release Date: 09/03/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents are investigating a fatal boating incident in Cameron Parish that occurred on Sept. 2.

A two vessel head on collision on Lake Calcasieu resulted in the death of Griffin LeBlanc, 11, of Broussard.

According to witnesses, LeBlanc was operating a personal watercraft with another 11-year-old boy as a passenger near Hebert’s Landing around 4:30 p.m.  LeBlanc and the boy were jumping another vessel’s wakes when they jumped into the path of another oncoming 22-foot vessel.

After the head on collision, the boys were ejected into the water.  LeBlanc’s personal flotation device (PFD) came off when he hit the water while the other boy’s PFD remained on his person.

The boy who was the passenger on the personal watercraft was retrieved from the water by a bystander and rushed to the shore and then taken by ambulance to Lake Charles Memorial hospital.  The boy is still in the hospital listed in serious condition and is expected to live.

Search and rescue teams arrived on scene and were able to retrieve the deceased body of LeBlanc around 10 p.m.  His body was turned over to the Cameron Parish Coroner’s Office.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this fatal boating incident.  Agents suspect at this time that LeBlanc was not wearing a properly fitted and in good working condition PFD.  Alcohol is not suspected at this time for either operator involved in this incident.

LDWF along with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Dive Team and the Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office participated in the search.

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LDWF Agents have Rescued over 1,500 People in Texas and Louisiana

Release Date: 09/01/2017

LDWF Agents have Rescued over 1,500 People in Texas and Louisiana
LDWF Agents have Rescued over 1,500 People in Texas and Louisiana
LDWF Agents have Rescued over 1,500 People in Texas and Louisiana
LDWF Agents have Rescued over 1,500 People in Texas and Louisiana
LDWF Agents have Rescued over 1,500 People in Texas and Louisiana

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents have rescued a total of 1,505 people and 177 pets to date in Texas and Louisiana from flooded waters caused by Hurricane Harvey.

LDWF agents working in coordination with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement Division have rescued 1,477 people and 175 pets rescued in Texas.  LDWF agents have also rescued 28 people and two pets in Louisiana.

LDWF sent 40 agents with 40 trucks and 40 vessels to the Houston and Katy areas on Aug. 26 and 27.  From Aug. 26 to Aug. 30, LDWF agents were able to rescue 1,275 people and 128 pets with LDWF vessels in the Houston and Katy areas in Texas.

On Aug. 30, LDWF redirected 38 of the original 40 agents with trucks and vessels to the Kirbyville and Deweyville areas in Texas.  LDWF also deployed an additional 33 agents with 29 trucks and 29 vessels to assist with search and rescue operations on Aug. 30 in the Port Arthur and Orange areas in Texas.  These crews rescued a total of 202 people and 47 pets from these areas.

The original 38 agents with trucks and vessels have been relieved of their duties in Texas and started heading home, this morning, Sept. 1.  Another five agents with trucks and vessels were called back to perform patrols along the Sabine River in Calcasieu Parish.

LDWF currently has 28 agents with 24 trucks and 24 vessels in the Orange, Texas area.

LDWF agents will remain in Texas until no longer needed.

LDWF agents have also rescued 26 people and two pets from Calcasieu Parish and two people from Sabine Parish in the state of Louisiana.

LEEC eNews Bulletin: LSSS WORKSHOP FOR NON-FORMAL EE EDUCATORS

Exploring the New Louisiana Student Standards for Science

This workshop will take place on Thursday, October 5th from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Department of Education’s Claiborne Building, Thomas Jefferson Rooms A & B, in Baton Rouge. For those that attended the Louisiana Student Standards for Science (LSSS) workgroup meeting held on August 2nd, this serves as a follow-up. However, attendance at the earlier meeting is not a prerequisite.

If you are a non-formal educator or work for an organization that supports environmental educators, the LSSS Workshop for Non-Formal EE Educators is an opportunity for you to gain a greater understanding of the new science standards. These standards will greatly impact how teachers teach science and we as professional development and resource providers need to understand these changes.

The focus for this workshop is to identify and refine phenomena within your organization or scope of work. These phenomena include an anchor phenomenon, which presents a question or problem that students can investigate, and leads them to learn, experiment, and study related topics along the way to finding an answer or developing a solution. Participants will also establish investigative phenomena to support their anchors, and determine what classroom resources their organizations can provide to teachers and students. These resources may include audio-visual, reading, physical materials, or any others that help students better understand the anchor phenomenon.

Participants should bring the following:

  • LSSS standards – hardcopy or computer download at http://www.louisianabelieves.com/resources/library/academic-standards, K-12 Louisiana Student Standards for Science (2017)
  • Data, reports, pictures, videos, and/or publications regarding a current research project or specific area of interest for your organization (to be developed into a phenomenon with resources for students and teachers)

This is a great opportunity to gather with other environmental education professionals and Department of Education representatives to delve into the new science standards. We encourage attendance in pairs or small groups to facilitate the development of organization-based phenomena, so please plan accordingly.  Lunch will be available for purchase in the Claiborne Building cafeteria.

Space is limited and attendees must RSVP by September 29th to https://goo.gl/uvYJve.

For more information, contact Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov or 337-948-0255. We look forward to your participation!

LDWF Agents have Rescued 1,401 People in Texas and Louisiana

Release Date: 08/31/2017

LDWF Agents have Rescued 1,401 People in Texas and Louisiana
LDWF Agents have Rescued 1,401 People in Texas and Louisiana
LDWF Agents have Rescued 1,401 People in Texas and Louisiana
LDWF Agents have Rescued 1,401 People in Texas and Louisiana
LDWF Agents have Rescued 1,401 People in Texas and Louisiana

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents continue to conduct search and rescue missions in the flooded areas of Texas and Louisiana caused by Hurricane Harvey.  LDWF agents have rescued a total of 1,401 people and 159 pets to date including 1,373 people and 157 pets rescued from Texas and 28 people and two pets rescued from Louisiana.

LDWF sent 40 agents with 40 trucks and 40 vessels to the Houston and Katy areas on Aug. 26 and 27.  From Aug. 26 to Aug. 30, LDWF agents in coordination with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement Division were able to rescue 1,275 people and 128 pets in that time with LDWF vessels in the Houston and Katy areas in Texas.

On Aug. 30, LDWF redirected 38 of the original 40 agents with trucks and vessels to the Kirbyville and Deweyville areas in Texas.

LDWF also deployed an additional 33 agents with 29 trucks and 29 vessels to assist with search and rescue operations on Aug. 30.  These crews rescued 98 people with 29 pets from the Port Arthur area last night and will be in the Orange, Texas area today.

LDWF currently has 71 agents with 67 trucks and 67 vessels performing search and rescue missions in coordination with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement Division in Texas.

LDWF agents will remain in Texas until no longer needed.

LDWF agents have also rescued 26 people and two pets from Calcasieu Parish and two people from Sabine Parish in the state of Louisiana.

LDWF Agents Perform Search and Rescue Missions in Texas and Louisiana

Release Date: 08/29/2017

LDWF Agents Perform Search and Rescue Missions in Texas and Louisiana
LDWF Agents Perform Search and Rescue Missions in Texas and Louisiana
LDWF Agents Perform Search and Rescue Missions in Texas and Louisiana

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division currently has 40 agents with 40 trucks and 40 vessels performing search and rescue missions in coordination with the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Law Enforcement Division in the Houston area for the flooding impacts caused by Hurricane Harvey.

The LDWF agents have mostly been performing search and rescue missions in the southeastern Houston and the Katy areas.  As of the morning of Aug. 29, LDWF agents have assisted Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Law Enforcement Division and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Law Enforcement Division with over 5,000 rescues.

LDWF agents also conducted search and rescue missions in Calcasieu Parish last night, Aug. 28, and into this morning, Aug. 29, rescuing a total of 26 people and two pets.

The LDWF agents in the Houston area will remain until they are no longer needed.  LDWF agents in Louisiana remain on standby and on alert as the storm progresses through Louisiana.

Exhibitor Thank You

Thank you for registering your exhibit. 
If you have any questions, please contact Thomas Gresham at tgresham@wlf.la.gov or call 225-765-0124.

Habitual Commercial Fishing Violator Arrested In Terrebonne Parish

Release Date: 08/24/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement division agents arrested a Houma man for alleged violations commercial fishing violations on Aug. 22.

Agents arrested Sam C. Dobson, 39, for taking commercial fish without a commercial fishing license and commercial gear license, failing to possess a commercial fishing vessel license, taking oysters without an oyster harvester license and violating Department of Health Hospitals sanitary code for log book violations.

Agents were on patrol in lower Terrebonne Parish when they received a complaint in the Bay Moncleus area.  Agents responded to the location and saw Dobson leaving the area.

From numerous encounters in the field and court, agents knew Dobson was an unlicensed commercial fisherman.  Agents stopped Dobson and found him in possession of sacked oysters and dredges dripping with oysters and shell.

Agents seized five sacks of oysters and contents in the dredge and returned the oysters to the water.

The four commercial fishing license violations brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.  Violating the sanitary code for logbook violation carries up to a $25 fine and loss of the oysters.  Agents booked Dobson into the Terrebonne Parish Jail.

Dobson has been cited and found guilty of multiple commercial fishing violations in the past.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Joseph Arnaud and Sgt. Bryan Marie.

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