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Check out the LDWF display at Lafayette South Regional Library

Release Date: 08/06/2018

Check out the LDWF display at Lafayette South Regional Library

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is encouraging area residents to view its display at the Lafayette South Regional Library at 601 Johnston St.

 

The display includes photographs and information about wildlife, including details about whooping cranes, bears, and fishing. It also includes an array of educational materials along with fun activities at LDWF Wildlife Management Areas.

 

“This exhibition is perfect for youth and adults. It covers a lot of the great activities we have in Louisiana and especially in the Lafayette Parish area,” said Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet.

 

For library hours visit the website at lafayettepubliclibrary.org or call 337-981-1028.

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 email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

LDWF Lafayette Office Opened; New Iberia, Opelousas Closed

Release Date: 08/06/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has completed the transition to our new regional office at 200 Dulles Drive, Lafayette, LA 70506.  LDWF staff from New Iberia and Opelousas are now housed at the new location.

The Lafayette office includes Enforcement, Wildlife, Marine Fisheries and Inland Fisheries staff at this single location. 

To locate and contact any of our field offices, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/contact-us.

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 www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

Four Cited for Shrimping During a Closed Season

Release Date: 08/03/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited four people for alleged commercial fishing violations on Aug. 2, 2018 in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents cited Tony Riley, 46, and Ingrid Ragas, 44, both of Port Sulphur, and Dac Tran,57, and Luong V. Tran, 54, both of Avondale, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season.  Riley was also cited for not possessing a commercial fishing license.

Agents found the four subjects inside the closed waters of Bastian Bay on two separate vessels.  Agents sized a total of 405 pounds of shrimp and they were sold to the highest bidder.

Using skimmers during a closed shrimp season carries up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail.  Taking commercial fish without a commercial license brings up to a $500 fine and 90 days in jail.

In addition for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer, or butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction.  During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer, or butterfly net only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system, which is accessible to LDWF.  The violator may also have to perform 40 hours of community service.

Ville Platte Man Cited for Shooting Whooping Crane

Release Date: 08/02/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited a Ville Platte man on July 26 for allegedly shooting an endangered whooping crane in Evangeline Parish.

Agents cited Gilvin P. Aucoin, 52, for violating the Endangered Species Act after he admitted to shooting a whooping crane.

Agents were notified about a shot whooping crane that was found near a crawfish pond in the northeast corner of Evangeline Parish.  Agents responded to the area and questioned Aucoin, who was working on the land at the time the crane was shot.

During questioning he admitted to shooting the crane with a .22 caliber rifle on July 25 while working on the property.  Agents seized the .22 caliber rifle.

Violating the Endangered Species Act brings up to a $50,000 fine and a year in jail.

LDWF has released 125 whooping cranes since 2011 and are currently tracking 65 whooping cranes.  The male crane in this case was released in 2011.

Three Men Cited for Using Shocking Device to Catch Fish

Release Date: 07/26/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited three Columbia men for alleged fishing violations on July 23 and 25 in Caldwell Parish.

Agents cited Heath B. Rider, 43, Dillon R. Patterson, 26, and David H. Gregory, 41, for taking fish illegally by using a shocking device and fishing without possessing a recreational fishing license.  Rider was also cited for operating an unregistered motorized vessel and failing to comply with personal flotation device (PFD) requirements.

Agents were investigating complaints of people using a shocking device to land fish on the Ouachita River near Columbia.  Agents setup surveillance on the river and witnessed Rider and Patterson in a vessel actively fishing the area with a shocking device on July 25.

Agents made contact with the two men and found them in possession of catfish and two shocking devices.  During questioning, Rider admitted to shocking fish with Gregory on the night of July 23.

The three men did not possess recreational fishing licenses.  Agents seized the 14-foot vessel, motor and shocking devices.  Agents also seized 40 catfish that were caught on July 23 and 25 and donated them to a local charity.

Taking fish illegally brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.  Fishing without a fishing license, failing to comply with PFD requirements, and operating a vessel without a registration each carry a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail for each offense.

August 2018 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to Meet August 2 in New Orleans, LA

Release Date: 07/26/2018

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on August 2, 2018, at the Lindy Boggs Conference Center Auditorium at 2045 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, LA 70122.

Please note that the location will not be at the usual location.

 

1.    Call to Order

2.    Pledge of Allegiance

3.    Roll Call

4.    Adoption of June 26, 2018 Special Commission Meeting and July 3, 2018 Commission Meeting Minutes

5.    Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

6.    Enforcement Report July 2018 – Captain Edward Skena

7.    Receive Presentation on Cautioning Deer Hunters on Use of Deer Urine Lures in Relation to Potential Spread of CWD – Dr. Jim LaCour, Wildlife Veterinarian

8.    Receive and Consider a Declaration of Emergency Setting the 2018 Fall Inshore Shrimp Season – Peyton Cagle, Marine Fisheries Biologist

9.    Receive and Consider a Declaration of Emergency Setting the 2018-2019 Oyster Season on the Public Oyster Areas of Louisiana – Carolina Bourque, Marine Fisheries Biologist

10. Receive an Update on the 2018 Recreational Red Snapper Season – Jason Adriance, Marine Fisheries Biologist

11. Set December 2018 Commission Meeting Date

12. Receive Public Comments

13. 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/3301862397863804419

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 rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. 

LDWF Agents Cited a St. Bernard Man for Crabbing Violations

Release Date: 07/25/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a St. Bernard man for alleged commercial fishing violations on July 23.

Agents cited Robert Lopez, 65, of St Bernard for possessing over 20 percent undersized crabs and possessing immature female crabs.

While on patrol in Bayou Biloxi in Plaquemines Parish, agents observed Lopez operating his vessel and stopped him to conduct a license and creel check.  Agents made contact with Lopez and found him in possession of several crates of crabs.

Commercial fishermen are allotted a 10 percent incidental take of undersized crabs and a two percent incidental take of immature female crabs for the total number of crabs in their possession.

Agents sampled each crate and determined that three crates contained 24 percent, 30 percent and 32 percent of undersized crabs.  Agents also discovered that one of those crates contained six percent of immature female crabs. Agents seized approximately 180 pounds of crabs and returned them to the water.

Possessing over 20 percent undersized crabs carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking immature female crabs brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Two Houma Men Cited for Oyster Violations in Terrebonne Parish

Release Date: 07/25/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two Houma men for alleged oyster violations in Terrebonne Parish on July 18.

Agents cited Israel Beiza-Lopez, 32, and Ruiz Alexis-Luan, 44, for taking oysters during a closed season on the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation and taking oysters from unleased state water bottoms.

Agents were on patrol around 5 p.m. on July 18 when they observed a vessel in the Sister Lake Seed Reservation actively dredging for oysters.  Agents stopped the vessel and found the men in possession of four sacks of oysters.

Agents seized the vessel and oyster dredges on a department seizure order and returned the four sacks of oysters to the water.

Taking oysters during a closed season and from an unleased state water bottom each brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. The men could also face having their oyster harvester licenses revoked by LDWF for up to one year.  The violators could also be sentenced to perform 40 hours of community service and only be allowed to harvest oysters from a vessel that is equipped with a vessel monitoring device for up to one year.

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