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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.

Agents Arrest Six People for DWI on the Water in Livingston Parish

Release Date: 05/12/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents arrested six boaters for operating a vessel while intoxicated (DWI) on the water in Livingston Parish from May 6 to 8.

The arrests took place on the Maurepas Basin waterway system which consists mainly of the Blind, Amite and Tickfaw rivers.

Agents arrested David Melendez, 48, of Gonzales; Glynn Painter, 63, from French Settlement; Jamie Fuentes, 43, from Denham Springs; Logan Collins, 25, from Winnfield; Justin Pfister, 20, from Destrehan; and Gary Mooney, 33, from Baton Rouge.

A DWI on the water carries the same penalites as a DWI on the road and brings a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail for the first offense.  A DWI on the water also includes loss of driving and boating privileges.

The LDWF Enforcement Division is charged with the public's safety of the states waterways and has a zero tolerance for vessel operators operating their vessel while impaired.  As always agents will be out in force on the various waterways throughout the state enforcing boating safety regulations this spring and summer.

LDWF highly recommends a designated operator of a vessel if alcohol will be consumed while boating.

Agents participating in these DWI arrests are Sgt. Randy Lanoux, Sgt. Terry Hicks, Lt. Louis Burnett, Sgt. Todd Lavliolette, Sgt. Carl Armstrong, Senior Agent Dale Wheat, Agent Hunter Pearson, Agent Josh Cooper and Agent Trey Coats.

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