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Four Cited for Recreational Shrimping Violations

Release Date: 05/23/2016

Louisiana Department Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited four people for alleged recreational shrimping violations on May 21 in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents cited Tony Bella, 28, of Bourg, Percy Michel, 28, of Thibodaux, Necole Hello, 32, of Thibodaux, and Courtney Boquet, 26, of Bourg, for possessing over the legal limit of shrimp and intentional concealment of fish.

After receiving complaints about potential over the limit of shrimping taking place in the Robinson Canal area, agents found the four subjects catching over their limit and removing the catch from the fishing grounds to a nearby residence.

Agents obtained information that Bella and Michel were casting netting for shrimp at Robinson Canal in lower Terrebonne Parish.  The agents also discovered that Hello and Boquet would remove shrimp from the fishing area for Bella and Michel and bring the shrimp to a nearby residence so they would not have over their allotted limit.

Agents made contact with the female subjects at the residence in Montegut and found they had 328 pounds of shrimp.  Agents with the assistance of the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office (TPSO) were able to stop Bella and Michel from cast netting at Robinson Canal.

The recreational limit for shrimp on May 21 was 50 pounds a day per vessel or vehicle.

Agents seized the shrimp and sold them for market value.  Possession of recreational over the limit of shrimp brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Intentional concealment of fish carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case are Senior Agent Dean Aucoin and Thomas Wolf along with the assistance from the TPSO.

Louisiana Safe Boating Week Set For May 21-27

Release Date: 05/20/2016

The state of Louisiana has issued a proclamation that recognizes May 21-27 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.

In 2015 Louisiana reported 22 boating fatalities.  In 2013 and 2014 Louisiana reported 15 and 18 fatalities, which were the lowest and second lowest boating fatalities ever recorded for Louisiana.  So far in 2016 Louisiana has reported six fatalities.

LEEC eNews Bulletin: Green School Workshop Opportunity

Come join us June 15, 11:00-1:30 at Westdale Heights Academic Magnet School for a luncheon on green schools where we'll discuss the green school movement and the academic and economic opportunities going green brings. This is a great opportunity for teachers and schools interested in implementing green initiatives to network with individuals and organizations that can help make your green school initiatives a reality. You'll also learn how your school can apply to be a Green Ribbon School and hear from current honorees. The Green Ribbon School award is a national recognition from the U.S. Department of Education. Last year four schools earned the first such recognition for Louisiana.

A light lunch and refreshments will be provided by Aramark.

Registration is free, and can be found at http://goo.gl/forms/IyWXdTMXpC.

Please contact Brian Gautreau, bgautreau@wlf.la.gov, or Sandra Lizcano, Lizcano-Sandra@aramark.com, for additional info.

LEEC eNews Bulletin: Watershed Webs Rockefeller Session Full, Spaces Available at LUMCON

Spaces are still available for the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium session of Watershed Webs, a four-day professional development workshop to be held July 26-29, 2016. Registration for the June session to be held at Rockefeller Refuge has reached capacity and is now closed.

This workshop, made possible by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is available to educators in coastal counties and parishes throughout the Gulf region. See if your school qualifies at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/watershed-webs-eligible-parishes-and-counties.

Watershed Webs introduces the concepts of watersheds, data collection and interpretation, and environmental stewardship; participants will take part in classroom lessons developed to reinforce these concepts. Outdoor activities, conducted along a stretch of coastal beach, will include collecting quantitative data and debris for analysis. Participants will learn to track the path of debris within watersheds, become trained in basic water quality assessment, participate in a beach elevation profile measuring activity, and other, habitat-specific activities. They will be trained in the use of the WET Tracker app and practice related standards-based lesson activities. Closing discussion topics will include societal demands, trash reduction techniques, and stewardship in the classroom.

Funding is available for up to 8 participating 5th through 12th grade school teachers to lead student field expeditions with financial assistance and co-facilitation provided by the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC)/Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries.

Participants who complete this workshop will receive:

·         Handheld GPS unit, dissolved oxygen kit, Secchi tube, pH test kit, thermometer, flash drive, & lessons

·         Up to 32 hours of professional development

·         Up to $700 in stipends paid; dependent upon participation level

·         Tier 1: $100 for in-state attendees, $300 for out-of-state attendees

·         Tier 2: $100 for proof of lesson plan implementation in the classroom

·         Tier 3: $200 for conducting an approved field experience with students

·         Tier  4: $100 for presenting a related session at an approved conference

·         Student bus transportation and stipends for bus drivers for related field experiences

 A registration fee of $25.00 is required. (This fee will be refunded upon completion of the workshop.)

For more information, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/professional-development-opportunities.

Find the event flyer and registration form here.

LEEC eNews Bulletin: FALSE River WETMAAP Workshop

Date and Time: June 25, 2016; 8 AM (Registration) - 3:30 PM 

Location: Howe-Russell Building LSU Campus Room 254

Participants will receive: Educator Binder, Map & Image portfolio, materials supply package, CLU certificate, Stipend of $100 limited to the first 20 teachers, Giveaways and door prizes

About the workshop:

Using the False River WETMAAP materials, this training supports education outreach and professional development for environmental and earth sciences formal and informal educators. This BTNEP funded session will provide an opportunity for educators to increase and enhance their knowledge and skills using topographic and wetland survey maps, aerial photography, satellite imagery and website resources for the classroom.

The Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary  (BTE) contains some of the most diverse and fertile habitats in the world. False River, in the northern portion of the BTE, is a 22-mile long oxbow lake formed in the early 1700s as the Mississippi River changed its course. The workshop will connect the processes and wetland functions and values of this site to those in coastal areas of the estuary. 

Registration via e-mail to louisianageographicalliance@gmail.com.

Partners in this presentation include: Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary Foundation, the Louisiana Geography Alliance (LaGEA), and the La Environmental Education Commission

Four Cited For Shrimping Violations in Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 05/13/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited four subjects for alleged shrimping violations on May 10 in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents cited Eulice J. Ordoyne Jr, 67, of Buras, and Trebor Fabiano, 33, of Belle Chasse, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season.  Ordoyne was also cited for using improper navigation lights.

Agents found the vessel “Captain Bean” actively shrimping in the Bayou Grand Liard area of Buras around 9 p.m.  Agents seized 60 pounds of shrimp.

Agents then cited Bradon Granger, 19, of Boothville, and Deiontae V. James, 19, of Venice, for also using skimmers during a closed shrimp season.  Granger was also cited for not using any of the required navigation lights.

Agents found these subjects in the Yellow Cotton Bay area of Venice around 9:30 p.m. actively shrimping.  Agents seized 68 pounds of shrimp.

The spring inshore shrimp season is currently closed and not set to open until May 23 at 6 a.m. statewide.

Using skimmers during a closed season carries a fine up to $950 and jail time up to 120 days.  Using Improper or no running lights carries a $50 fine and up to 15 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.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Adam Young, Senior Agent Travis Bartlett and Agent Blaine Wagner.

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Single Boating Incident Leads to Fatality in Iberville Parish

Release Date: 05/12/2016

Search and rescue crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office (IPSO) recovered the body of a Carencro man today, May 12, in Iberville Parish.

The search crews located the missing deceased body of Justin Viator, 31, around 2:30 p.m. from the Whiskey Bay area.

The search and rescue crews responded to a single boating incident around 1 p.m.  Justin Viator was a passenger in a 15 foot aluminum boat being operated by his father.  The vessel struck an Interstate 10 piling between the Ramah and Whiskey Bay Exits sending both men into the water.

The father was picked up shortly after the incident by a passing boater and was transported to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Lafayette.  His injuries are not suspected to be life threatening at this time.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating crash incident.  Neither men was wearing a personal flotation device.  LDWF does not suspect alcohol as a contributing factor at this time.

The body of Justin Viator was turned over to the Iberville Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.

Man Cited For Crab Trap Theft in Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 05/12/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited a Slidell man for alleged crab trap theft in Plaquemines Parish on May 11.

Agents cited Broward Barwick, 26, of Slidell, for removing the contents of crab traps that were not owned by him, failing to mark crab traps and theft of crab traps.

Agents set up surveillance on a line of crab traps near Pointe Fienne in Plaquemines Parish and watched Barwick run the line of crab traps and emptied the contents onto his vessel.  The agents inspected this line of traps and found that several were untagged or tagged by different commercial fishermen.

The penalty for removing contents of crab traps, using crab traps without required markings and theft of crab traps carries a up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail for each offense.

Agents seized multiple crab traps that will be returned to their owners and returned five boxes of crabs to the water.

Agents participating in the case are Senior Agent Gary Pierce and Agent Kyle Haydel.

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