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LEEC eNews Bulletin: Save the Date - February 19-20, 2016

LEEC eNews Bulletin: Save the Date - February 19-20, 2016

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Four Men Found Harvesting Oysters in Closed Area

Release Date: 07/20/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested four men for alleged oyster harvesting violations on July 19 in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents arrested Samuel Dobson, 35, of Houma, Spencer Callahan, 22, of Houma, Luciano Desendez, 42, San Leon, Texas, and Dean Porche, 37, of Houma, for taking oysters during a closed season on the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation.  The captain of the vessel, Dobson, was also cited for violating log book and running light requirements.

On the evening of July 19, LDWF agents were on patrol when they observed a vessel in the Sister Lake Seed Reservation actively dredging for oysters.

Agents stopped the vessel and found the four men in possession of two sacks of oysters.  Agents seized the vessel, oyster dredges and returned the oysters to the water.  The men were booked into the Terrebonne Parish Jail.

With this latest violation Dobson violated the terms of his probation, which prohibited him from being on an oyster harvesting vessel for 10 years.  Agents cited him on Dec. 18, 2014, for harvesting oysters from Sister Lake.  He pleaded guilty on May 19, 2015.

The Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation is closed for the 2014/15 season.

Taking oysters during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Violating the running light requirement brings up to a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.  Violating the logbook sanitation code requirements carries up to a $25 fine and up to 10 days in jail.

Agents participating in this care are Sgt. Ted Dewitt, Senior Agent Ryan Breaux, Senior Agent Thomas Wolf and Senior Agent Richard Bean.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

State Owned Road Grader Vandalized on Dewey Wills WMA

Release Date: 07/14/2015

Damaged Glass of Road Grader

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is seeking leads about a road grader that was vandalized on the Dewey Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in LaSalle Parish.

The road grader was used on June 26 when it over heated and couldn’t be moved to its secured storage area.  It was left on the side of Hunt Road on the WMA with the cab of the grader locked overnight.

The 2011 John Deere road grader was vandalized sometime between 5:30 p.m. on June 26 and 7 a.m. on June 27.  The road grader sustained shattered glass to the front windshield, left side door window and both rear view mirrors from somebody throwing rocks.  The estimated damages is over $5,000.

Anyone with information regarding the vandalism to this road grader on the Dewey Wills WMA should call Louisiana Operation Game Thief (LOGT) at 1-800-442-2511 or use LDWF’s tip411 program.

To use the tip 411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the “LADWF Tips” iPhone and Android app from the Apple App Store or Google Play free of charge.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Five Men Cited for Red Snapper Violations

Release Date: 07/14/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited five Louisiana men for alleged red snapper violations on July 11.

Agents cited Darren Bartlett, 50, of Kenner, Christopher Bartlett, 53, of Mandeville, Michael Moats, 39, of Metairie, Kevin Pichon, 52, of Metairie, and Robert O'Neil, 52, of Mandeville, for over the limit of red snapper.

Agents on a Joint Enforcement Agreement patrol out of Venice stopped the men’s vessel for an inspection.  Agents found the men in possession of 20 red snapper.

The bag and possession limit is two red snapper per person.  The five men doubled their legal limit of 10 red snapper.

All five men were also written warnings for not having their recreational offshore landing permit which is required in order to possess the red snapper.

Over limit of red snapper brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  The men could also face a total civil restitution of $287 for the replacement value of the over limit fish.

Agents participating in the case are Senior Agent Michael Marques Jr. and Senior Agent Michael Williams.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

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Three Men Found Harvesting Oysters in Closed Area

Release Date: 07/09/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested three men for alleged oyster harvesting violations on July 9 in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents arrested Juan Resendiz-Zarraja, 33, of Houma, Jorge Enrique Loper-Mendoza, 19, of Houma, and Gilberto Lopez-Pascual, 26, of Houma, for taking oysters during a closed season on the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation.  The captain of the vessel, De-Laoanaya, was also cited for violating the log book requirements.

On the morning of July 9, LDWF agents were on patrol when they observed a vessel in the Sister Lake Seed Reservation actively dredging for oysters.

Agents stopped the vessel found the three men in possession of 31 sacks of oysters.  Agents seized the vessel, oyster dredges and returned the oysters to the water.  The men were booked into the Terrebonne Parish Jail.

The Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation is closed for the 2014/15 season.

Taking oysters during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Violating the logbook sanitation code requirements carries up to a $25 fine and up to 10 days in jail.

Agents participating in this care are Lt. Joseph Arnaud and Sgt. Bryan Marie.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Agents Make Three DWI’s on the Water During Operation Dry Water Weekend

Release Date: 06/30/2015

In support of Operation Dry Water, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) arrested three boaters statewide for alleged driving or operating a vessel while intoxicated (DWI) from Friday, June 26 to Sunday, June 28.

On June 26 agents arrested Steven P. Sander Jr., 35, of Metairie, on Bayou Segnette in Jefferson Parish for DWI on the water.  Agents also arrested Donald Lennox, 54, of Prairieville, on the Amite River Diversion Canal in Livingston Parish, and Jay B. Burchfield, 39, of Hammond, on North Pass in Tangipahoa Parish for DWIs on the water on June 27.

Louisiana had 18 boating fatalities in 2014 with alcohol playing a role in six fatalities or 33 percent.  Nationwide, statistics from 2014 reveal that 21 percent of all boat incident fatalities listed alcohol as a contributing factor.

LDWF agents issued five DWI citations to boat operators during the 2014 Operation Dry Water weekend.

Impaired boaters caught this weekend can expect penalties to be severe.  In Louisiana, a DWI on the water carries the same penalties and fines as on the road and includes jail time, fines and loss of driving and boating operator privileges.

Anyone cited for a DWI on the water or on the road will lose his or her driver's license and boating privileges for the specified time ordered by the judge in the case.  Also, each offense of operating a vehicle or vessel while intoxicated counts toward the total number of DWI crimes whether they happened on the water or road.

In Louisiana a DWI can be issued to anyone operating a moving vessel or vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.  First offense DWI carries a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.

Operation Dry Water was started in 2009 and is a joint program involving the LDWF/LED, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and the U.S. Coast Guard.  More information is available at www.operationdrywater.org.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Authorities Recover Body of St. Landry Man from Bayou Marron

Release Date: 06/30/2015

Search and rescue crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division and the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office recovered the body of a St. Landry man from Bayou Marron on June 29.

Search and rescue crews were notified around 3 p.m. of a missing canoer in Bayou Marron.  The crews found the body of Lawrence Fontenot, 58, around 5:45 p.m.

According to the other canoer with Fontenot, the two men were frogging from a canoe early in the morning on June 29 in the vicinity of Chatagnier when the canoe capsized.  The survivor was able to make his way to the shore and call for help.

Neither man was wearing a personal flotation device when they entered the water.  LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Agents Participating in Operation Dry Water this Weekend June 26-28

Release Date: 06/25/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Law Enforcement Division (LDWF/LED) agents will take part in Operation Dry Water from June 26-28 with increased patrols for boaters operating or driving a boat while intoxicated (DWI) enforcement and boating safety.

During the Operation Dry Water weekend, LDWF agents will be out in force patrolling state waterways for boat operators whose blood alcohol content exceeds the state limit of .08 percent.

Alcohol can impair a boater’s judgment, balance, vision and reaction time.  It can increase fatigue and susceptibility to the effects of cold-water immersion.  Sun, wind, noise, vibration and motion intensify the side effects of alcohol, drugs and some prescription medications.

“Alcohol use and operating a vessel don’t mix.  We want people to treat a boat the same way they would a vehicle when it comes to having a sober operator.” said LDWF Lt. Col. Sammy Martin, the state’s boating law administrator.  “We want people to have fun on the water, but we also want them to come home safely.”

Louisiana had 18 boating fatalities in 2014 with alcohol playing a role in six fatalities or 33 percent.  Nationwide, statistics from 2014 reveal that 21 percent of all boat incident fatalities listed alcohol as a contributing factor.

LDWF agents issued five DWI citations to boat operators during the 2014 Operation Dry Water weekend.

Impaired boaters caught this weekend can expect penalties to be severe.  In Louisiana, a DWI on the water carries the same penalties and fines as on the road and includes jail time, fines and loss of driving and boating operator privileges.

Anyone cited for a DWI on the water or on the road will lose his or her driver's license and boating privileges for the specified time ordered by the judge in the case.  Also, each offense of operating a vehicle or vessel while intoxicated counts toward the total number of DWI crimes whether they happened on the water or road.

In Louisiana a DWI can be issued to anyone operating a moving vessel or vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.  First offense DWI carries a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.

Operation Dry Water was started in 2009 and is a joint program involving the LDWF/LED, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and the U.S. Coast Guard.  More information is available at www.operationdrywater.org.

For more information, please contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

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