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Louisiana Safe Boating Week Set For May 20-26

Release Date: 05/18/2017

The state of Louisiana has issued a proclamation that recognizes May 20-26 as “Safe Boating Week” in Louisiana, which signifies the beginning of the spring and summer boating season.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will again be reminding all boaters to be safe, responsible and knowledgeable while on the water during this safe boating week.  Safe Boating Week is a time for all boaters to inspect their vessels to ensure that all required safety equipment is on board and that vessels are in good working condition.

LDWF Enforcement Division agents will be out in full force as always during the week to perform boating safety checks and driving or operating a vessel while intoxicated (DWI) patrols.

Each vessel should have enough personal flotation devices (PFD) on board for all occupants and a sober operator.  LDWF regulations also state that anyone 16 years of age and younger must wear a PFD while underway in vessels less than 26 foot long.  For more boating and PFD regulations, please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating.

Alcohol use is one of the leading causes of boating crash incidents and fatalities on the water.  Alcohol consumption impairs a boater's judgment, balance, vision and reaction time.  The penalties for DWI on the water are the same as on the road.  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.

LDWF also wants to remind anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 that they are required to successfully complete a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) boating education course to operate a motorboat over 10 horsepower.  LDWF offers these classes free of charge statewide.

For a list of courses, please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating/courses.  Since the safe boating course’s inception in 2003, over 100,000 boaters have been certified in Louisiana.

In 2016 Louisiana reported 24 boating fatalities.  So far in 2017 Louisiana has reported nine fatalities.

Agents Cite Six People for Closed Season Red Snapper Violations

Release Date: 05/18/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited six subjects for alleged red snapper violations in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Plaquemines Parish on May 16.

Agents were on a joint enforcement agreement (JEA) patrol and noticed a fishing vessel near an oil platform approximately 13 miles offshore.  The subjects on the vessel were in possession of 10 Red Snapper and were approximately three miles beyond the nine nautical mile line.

Agents cited Ryan Baldassaro, 22, from Metairie, Nathan Randazzo, 18, from Marrero, Brandt Becnel, 21, from Belle Chase, Thomas Becnel Jr, 56, from Belle Chase, Patrick Becnel Jr, 24, from Belle Chase, and Nathaniel Peters, 22, from Metairie, for taking red snapper during a closed season.  Agents seized 10 red snapper which were later donated to a local charity.

Taking red snapper during a closed season brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  The subjects may also be subject to civil restitution totaling $229 for the illegally taken fish.

Agents involved in the case are Lt. Adam Young, Lt. Jason Russo, Senior Agent William Bartlett and Senior Agent Jeffrey Farmer.

ALAS BAI Newsletter - May 2017

ALAS BAI Newsletter - May 2017

 
 
LDWF/ALAS GRANTS - OVER $100K OF EQUIPMENT TO SCHOOLS

In the last 3 years, 60 Louisiana schools have received equipment grants through the LDWF/ALAS Equipment Grant Program! That's over $100,000 dollars of equipment that has been provided to help Louisiana students experience the great sport of archery!

This wonderful grant program was set up to assist 20 new schools each year in getting involved in the ALAS program. Thanks to opportunities like this, the ALAS Equipment Loan Program, and other generous donations, there are now over 200 Louisiana schools participating! For more information about equipment or getting involved with ALAS contact eshanks@wlf.la.gov.

2017 NASP NATIONALS – GOOD LUCK!

It's NASP Nationals Week! 362 Louisiana archers from 23 different schools have registered to participate in the NASP National Tournament this week! GOOD LUCK to all the students, coaches, and volunteers traveling to Louisville, Kentucky!

Keep up with the tournament this weekend at www.nasptournaments.org.

BEST OF LUCK to all Louisiana archers! We know that you will represent our great state and the ALAS program very well! AIM HIGH!

HOUR REPORTING FORMS

Another school year is coming to an end and we hope that yours was a good one! As you wrap up the year, don’t forget to submit your Instructor Time & Activity Records. By recording the hours that you spend working with your student archers, you help us get additional funding for the ALAS program from the federal government! The additional funds will help us provide more opportunities for our students and coaches!
Record any time that you spend on the ALAS/NASP program including travel time, instructional time, prep time, equipment repair, loading, unloading, regional tournaments, state tournaments, nationals, world, etc. Please use the attached form to document and submit your time. The fillable PFD file can be completed digitally, printed, signed in BLUE INK ONLY, scanned, and emailed to jmcgovern@wlf.la.gov. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Remember:
• You must sign in blue ink only
• Only one date per line
• Every hour counts

NASP ANNUAL REPORT SURVEY
Required NASP® Reporting: This year, for the first time in the 16-year history of NASP®, all NASP® certified archery instructors will be asked to submit an online report to maintain their certification. As you know, all basic archery instructors are required to present NASP® lessons in order to remain certified. This annual report is how NASP® will verify that this requirement is being met.
All archery instructors must submit a report to remain certified. You can click here to get started http://naspbai.org/ or go to the official NASP® website http://naspschools.org/, select Community/BAI Database. Then select “Submit A Report”.
Contact jmcgovern@wlf.la.gov if you have any questions regarding reporting.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

IMPORTANT DATES:

5/11/2017-5/13/2017 NASP NATIONAL TOURNAMENT Louisville, KY
7/20/2017-7/22/2017 NASP WORLD TOURNAMENT Orlando, FL

2018 TOURNAMENT DATES: *See Attached Flyer

Saturday, January 20th, 2018 SOUTH REGIONAL TOURNAMENT Alexandria, LA
Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 NORTH REIONAL TOURNAMENT Shreveport, LA
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 2018 ALAS STATE TOURNAMENT Shreveport, LA

UPCOMING BAI CLASSES:

5/27/2017 HAUGHTON MIDDLE SCHOOL Haughton, LA 8:00am-4:30pm

Check the class schedule for updates at http://naspbai.org/ClassSearch.aspx?country=US&state=LA.
For information about hosting BAI training at your school please contact eshanks@wlf.la.gov.

AIM HIGH!

ALAS BAI Newsletter - May 2017

ALAS BAI Newsletter - May 2017

 
 
LDWF/ALAS GRANTS - OVER $100K OF EQUIPMENT TO SCHOOLS

In the last 3 years, 60 Louisiana schools have received equipment grants through the LDWF/ALAS Equipment Grant Program! That's over $100,000 dollars of equipment that has been provided to help Louisiana students experience the great sport of archery!

This wonderful grant program was set up to assist 20 new schools each year in getting involved in the ALAS program. Thanks to opportunities like this, the ALAS Equipment Loan Program, and other generous donations, there are now over 200 Louisiana schools participating! For more information about equipment or getting involved with ALAS contact eshanks@wlf.la.gov.

2017 NASP NATIONALS – GOOD LUCK!

It's NASP Nationals Week! 362 Louisiana archers from 23 different schools have registered to participate in the NASP National Tournament this week! GOOD LUCK to all the students, coaches, and volunteers traveling to Louisville, Kentucky!

Keep up with the tournament this weekend at www.nasptournaments.org.

BEST OF LUCK to all Louisiana archers! We know that you will represent our great state and the ALAS program very well! AIM HIGH!

HOUR REPORTING FORMS

Another school year is coming to an end and we hope that yours was a good one! As you wrap up the year, don’t forget to submit your Instructor Time & Activity Records. By recording the hours that you spend working with your student archers, you help us get additional funding for the ALAS program from the federal government! The additional funds will help us provide more opportunities for our students and coaches!
Record any time that you spend on the ALAS/NASP program including travel time, instructional time, prep time, equipment repair, loading, unloading, regional tournaments, state tournaments, nationals, world, etc. Please use the attached form to document and submit your time. The fillable PFD file can be completed digitally, printed, signed in BLUE INK ONLY, scanned, and emailed to jmcgovern@wlf.la.gov. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Remember:
• You must sign in blue ink only
• Only one date per line
• Every hour counts

NASP ANNUAL REPORT SURVEY
Required NASP® Reporting: This year, for the first time in the 16-year history of NASP®, all NASP® certified archery instructors will be asked to submit an online report to maintain their certification. As you know, all basic archery instructors are required to present NASP® lessons in order to remain certified. This annual report is how NASP® will verify that this requirement is being met.
All archery instructors must submit a report to remain certified. You can click here to get started http://naspbai.org/ or go to the official NASP® website http://naspschools.org/, select Community/BAI Database. Then select “Submit A Report”.
Contact jmcgovern@wlf.la.gov if you have any questions regarding reporting.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

IMPORTANT DATES:

5/11/2017-5/13/2017 NASP NATIONAL TOURNAMENT Louisville, KY
7/20/2017-7/22/2017 NASP WORLD TOURNAMENT Orlando, FL

2018 TOURNAMENT DATES: *See Attached Flyer

Saturday, January 20th, 2018 SOUTH REGIONAL TOURNAMENT Alexandria, LA
Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 NORTH REIONAL TOURNAMENT Shreveport, LA
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 2018 ALAS STATE TOURNAMENT Shreveport, LA

UPCOMING BAI CLASSES:

5/27/2017 HAUGHTON MIDDLE SCHOOL Haughton, LA 8:00am-4:30pm

Check the class schedule for updates at http://naspbai.org/ClassSearch.aspx?country=US&state=LA.
For information about hosting BAI training at your school please contact eshanks@wlf.la.gov.

AIM HIGH!

ALAS BAI Newsletter - May 2017

ALAS BAI Newsletter - May 2017

 
 
LDWF/ALAS GRANTS - OVER $100K OF EQUIPMENT TO SCHOOLS

In the last 3 years, 60 Louisiana schools have received equipment grants through the LDWF/ALAS Equipment Grant Program! That's over $100,000 dollars of equipment that has been provided to help Louisiana students experience the great sport of archery!

This wonderful grant program was set up to assist 20 new schools each year in getting involved in the ALAS program. Thanks to opportunities like this, the ALAS Equipment Loan Program, and other generous donations, there are now over 200 Louisiana schools participating! For more information about equipment or getting involved with ALAS contact eshanks@wlf.la.gov.

2017 NASP NATIONALS – GOOD LUCK!

It's NASP Nationals Week! 362 Louisiana archers from 23 different schools have registered to participate in the NASP National Tournament this week! GOOD LUCK to all the students, coaches, and volunteers traveling to Louisville, Kentucky!

Keep up with the tournament this weekend at www.nasptournaments.org.

BEST OF LUCK to all Louisiana archers! We know that you will represent our great state and the ALAS program very well! AIM HIGH!

HOUR REPORTING FORMS

Another school year is coming to an end and we hope that yours was a good one! As you wrap up the year, don’t forget to submit your Instructor Time & Activity Records. By recording the hours that you spend working with your student archers, you help us get additional funding for the ALAS program from the federal government! The additional funds will help us provide more opportunities for our students and coaches!
Record any time that you spend on the ALAS/NASP program including travel time, instructional time, prep time, equipment repair, loading, unloading, regional tournaments, state tournaments, nationals, world, etc. Please use the attached form to document and submit your time. The fillable PFD file can be completed digitally, printed, signed in BLUE INK ONLY, scanned, and emailed to jmcgovern@wlf.la.gov. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Remember:
• You must sign in blue ink only
• Only one date per line
• Every hour counts

NASP ANNUAL REPORT SURVEY
Required NASP® Reporting: This year, for the first time in the 16-year history of NASP®, all NASP® certified archery instructors will be asked to submit an online report to maintain their certification. As you know, all basic archery instructors are required to present NASP® lessons in order to remain certified. This annual report is how NASP® will verify that this requirement is being met.
All archery instructors must submit a report to remain certified. You can click here to get started http://naspbai.org/ or go to the official NASP® website http://naspschools.org/, select Community/BAI Database. Then select “Submit A Report”.
Contact jmcgovern@wlf.la.gov if you have any questions regarding reporting.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

IMPORTANT DATES:

5/11/2017-5/13/2017 NASP NATIONAL TOURNAMENT Louisville, KY
7/20/2017-7/22/2017 NASP WORLD TOURNAMENT Orlando, FL

2018 TOURNAMENT DATES: *See Attached Flyer

Saturday, January 20th, 2018 SOUTH REGIONAL TOURNAMENT Alexandria, LA
Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 NORTH REIONAL TOURNAMENT Shreveport, LA
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 2018 ALAS STATE TOURNAMENT Shreveport, LA

UPCOMING BAI CLASSES:

5/27/2017 HAUGHTON MIDDLE SCHOOL Haughton, LA 8:00am-4:30pm

Check the class schedule for updates at http://naspbai.org/ClassSearch.aspx?country=US&state=LA.
For information about hosting BAI training at your school please contact eshanks@wlf.la.gov.

AIM HIGH!

ALAS BAI Newsletter - May 2017

ALAS BAI Newsletter - May 2017

 
 
LDWF/ALAS GRANTS - OVER $100K OF EQUIPMENT TO SCHOOLS

In the last 3 years, 60 Louisiana schools have received equipment grants through the LDWF/ALAS Equipment Grant Program! That's over $100,000 dollars of equipment that has been provided to help Louisiana students experience the great sport of archery!

This wonderful grant program was set up to assist 20 new schools each year in getting involved in the ALAS program. Thanks to opportunities like this, the ALAS Equipment Loan Program, and other generous donations, there are now over 200 Louisiana schools participating! For more information about equipment or getting involved with ALAS contact eshanks@wlf.la.gov.

2017 NASP NATIONALS – GOOD LUCK!

It's NASP Nationals Week! 362 Louisiana archers from 23 different schools have registered to participate in the NASP National Tournament this week! GOOD LUCK to all the students, coaches, and volunteers traveling to Louisville, Kentucky!

Keep up with the tournament this weekend at www.nasptournaments.org.

BEST OF LUCK to all Louisiana archers! We know that you will represent our great state and the ALAS program very well! AIM HIGH!

HOUR REPORTING FORMS

Another school year is coming to an end and we hope that yours was a good one! As you wrap up the year, don’t forget to submit your Instructor Time & Activity Records. By recording the hours that you spend working with your student archers, you help us get additional funding for the ALAS program from the federal government! The additional funds will help us provide more opportunities for our students and coaches!
Record any time that you spend on the ALAS/NASP program including travel time, instructional time, prep time, equipment repair, loading, unloading, regional tournaments, state tournaments, nationals, world, etc. Please use the attached form to document and submit your time. The fillable PFD file can be completed digitally, printed, signed in BLUE INK ONLY, scanned, and emailed to jmcgovern@wlf.la.gov. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Remember:
• You must sign in blue ink only
• Only one date per line
• Every hour counts

NASP ANNUAL REPORT SURVEY
Required NASP® Reporting: This year, for the first time in the 16-year history of NASP®, all NASP® certified archery instructors will be asked to submit an online report to maintain their certification. As you know, all basic archery instructors are required to present NASP® lessons in order to remain certified. This annual report is how NASP® will verify that this requirement is being met.
All archery instructors must submit a report to remain certified. You can click here to get started http://naspbai.org/ or go to the official NASP® website http://naspschools.org/, select Community/BAI Database. Then select “Submit A Report”.
Contact jmcgovern@wlf.la.gov if you have any questions regarding reporting.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

IMPORTANT DATES:

5/11/2017-5/13/2017 NASP NATIONAL TOURNAMENT Louisville, KY
7/20/2017-7/22/2017 NASP WORLD TOURNAMENT Orlando, FL

2018 TOURNAMENT DATES: *See Attached Flyer

Saturday, January 20th, 2018 SOUTH REGIONAL TOURNAMENT Alexandria, LA
Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 NORTH REIONAL TOURNAMENT Shreveport, LA
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 2018 ALAS STATE TOURNAMENT Shreveport, LA

UPCOMING BAI CLASSES:

5/27/2017 HAUGHTON MIDDLE SCHOOL Haughton, LA 8:00am-4:30pm

Check the class schedule for updates at http://naspbai.org/ClassSearch.aspx?country=US&state=LA.
For information about hosting BAI training at your school please contact eshanks@wlf.la.gov.

AIM HIGH!

Body of 15 Year Old Boy Recovered from Black Bayou Lake

Release Date: 05/09/2017

Search and rescue teams recovered the body of a 15-year-old boy from Black Bayou Lake in Caddo Parish around 11 a.m. this morning, May 9.

Search crews with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Caddo Parish District 8 Fire Department have searched for the boy from Rodessa since Saturday evening.

Search crews received a call around 7:15 p.m. about a capsized vessel near the Hwy.1 bridge near Rodessa on Black Bayou Lake.  When the search crews arrived they learned the 12 foot vessel had capsized with four teenaged boys on board.

Three of the teenagers were able to make their way to shore while one of them never resurfaced.  A passerby on the bridge was able to call 911 for help.

LDWF enforcement division will be the lead investigative agency for this fatal boating incident.  It is unknown at this time what caused the vessel to capsize.  None of the boys were wearing a personal flotation device.

Agents Make Closed Season Shrimp Case

Release Date: 05/09/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two subjects for alleged closed season shrimping violations on May 4 in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents cited Marvin Smith, 58, of Venice, and Etienne Pellegal III, 56, of Boothville, for using skimmers to harvest shrimp during a closed shrimp season.

Agents observed the men actively shrimping in the Yellow Cotton Bay area around 11:21 a.m. on May 4.  The Louisiana spring inshore shrimp season was currently closed at the time of the stop.

Agents seized 1,291 pounds of shrimp and sold them at the dock for the highest bid.

Using skimmers during a closed shrimp season carries a fine up to $950 and up to 120 days in jail.  Additionally, if convicted the men could be sentenced to harvest shrimp only from a vessel with an approved vessel monitoring system monitored by LDWF.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Jason Gernados, Senior Agent William Bartlett, Agent Jonathan Boudreaux and Agent Anthony Corner.

Four Men Honored for Heroic Achievements at May Commission Meeting

Release Date: 05/04/2017

Four Men Honored for Heroic Achievements at May Commission Meeting
Four Men Honored for Heroic Achievements at May Commission Meeting

Four men were honored at the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) meeting in Baton Rouge this afternoon, May 4.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Sgt. Rusty Perry received the LDWF Enforcement Meritorious Service Award and Winn Parish Firefighter Buddy King received the LDWF Enforcement Citizens Meritorious Service Award at the meeting.

Sgt. Rusty Perry and Buddy King were notified about citizens trapped in their homes or stranded because of rising flood waters along the Dugdemona River east of Winnfield on March 10, 2016.  Sgt. Perry and King attempted to get to this location by vessel through rapid and swift flood waters.  While in route to the location, the vessel capsized because of the rough conditions.

Sgt. Perry and King remained with the capsized vessel while being pinned to trees from the strong flood waters and after several hours and failed rescue attempts were successfully airlifted from the water by a Louisiana Air National Guard helicopter crew.  Sgt. Perry and King both risked their lives trying to help others.  The helicopter crew will be honored at the June LWFC meeting.

LDWF Lt. Beau Robertson also received an LDWF Enforcement Life Saving Award while Phillip Trosclair received an LDWF Enforcement Citizens Exceptional Bravery Award at the LWFC meeting.

Lt. Robertson received a call on April 5, 2016 about two overdue 19-year-old men onboard a vessel that went on an offshore fishing trip in the Gulf of Mexico out of Joseph’s Harbor on Rockefeller Refuge.  Lt. Robertson and LDWF Rockefeller Refuge Manager Trosclair searched for the men overnight in rough conditions.

At approximately 9:30 a.m. on April 6, 2016, Lt. Robertson and Trosclair located the two men and their capsized 18-foot aluminum boat about 12 miles offshore south of the mouth of Joseph’s Harbor Bayou in the Gulf of Mexico.  Trosclair was able to steer the vessel in rough seas to get close enough to the men for Lt. Robertson to pull the men into the rescue vessel.

Lt. Robertson and Trosclair rotated performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on one of the men, who was unresponsive, and operating the vessel until they reached the landing where an emergency personnel were waiting.  The unresponsive man was pronounced dead at the hospital while the other man made a full recovery.

It was later learned that the survivor was suffering from extreme hypothermia and had just left the capsized the vessel in an effort to swim to an oil platform in the distance before Lt. Robertson and Trosclair arrived on the scene.  It is unlikely that the survivor would have been able to reach the platform alive.

May 2017 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Agenda

Release Date: 05/01/2017

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 1:30 PM on Thursday, May 4, 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.     Adoption of April 06, 2017 Commission Meeting Minutes

5.     Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

6.     Enforcement Reports April, 2017 – Captain Edward Skena

7.     Presentation of Enforcement Awards to Agents and Civilians – Captain Edward Skena

8.     Receive and Consider Legislative Update – Cole Garrett, Attorney / Legislative Liaison

9.     Consider a Resolution to Add Property to Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area – Alvin Landry, Land Attorney

10.  Consider a Resolution to Reaffirm the Bussey Brake Wildlife Management Area – Alvin Landry, Land Attorney

11.  Receive Update on Roseau Cane Mealy Bug infestation in lower Plaquemines Parish – Todd Baker, Biologist Director, Coastal and Non-game Resources Division

12.  Consider a Notice of Intent to Amend the Experimental Fisheries Program – Jason Froeba, Biologist Administrator, Office of Fisheries

13.  Consider a Declaration of Emergency on Setting the Opening Dates of the 2017 Spring Inshore Shrimp Season – Jeff Marx, Biologist and Shrimp Program Manager

14.  Receive Louisiana Recreational Use Restoration Update – Craig Gothreaux, Biologist, Artificial Reef Program

15.  Receive Presentation on the lifting of the moratorium on new Special Artificial Reef (SAR) proposals by the Louisiana Artificial Reef Council (LARC) – Mike McDonough, Biologist, Artificial Reef Program

16.  Receive Update on Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s April Meeting – Myron Fischer, Biologist, Office of Fisheries

17.  Receive a Report on the Gulf Council LA-Only Recreational Red Snapper Amendment – Patrick Banks, Assistant Secretary, Office of Fisheries

18.  Receive an Update on the Federally-Permitted Charter Boat Electronic Log Book (ELB) Pilot Program – Myron Fischer, Biologist, Office of Fisheries

19.  Set September, 2017 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/5932743024508870657

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. 

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