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Allen Parish Resident Arrested for Second Offense Alligator Violation

Release Date: 05/25/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested a Basile man for an alleged alligator violation on May 21 in Allen Parish.

Agents cited Michael R. Gaspard, 18, for second offense taking or possessing an alligator during a closed season, operating an unregistered motor vehicle without insurance and booked him into the Allen Parish Jail.

Senior Agent Wendel Vaughn allegedly observed Gaspard load a 5-foot alligator, which he caught on the Calcasieu River, into the extended cab portion of a small white truck.  When Senior Agent Vaughn approached the vehicle he found the alligator behind the front seat with a hook and line still in its mouth.  Gaspard and a 15-year-old juvenile admitted to catching the alligator.

Senior Agent Vaughn ran Gaspard’s record and discovered that he was issued citations by LDWF Agents on Jan. 26, 2012 for the possession of alligators during a closed season.  The juvenile was issued a citation for taking or possessing an alligator during a closed season and released to a family member. 

Gaspard and the juvenile each face fines ranging from $400 to $950 and up to 120 days in jail for possessing an alligator during a closed season.  Operating a motor vehicle without a registration brings a fine up to $100 and up to 30 days in jail.  Operating a vehicle without insurance carries a $50 fine. Gaspard was also charged civil restitution value of the alligator totaling $375.80.

Alligator season in Allen Parish runs from the first Wednesday in September and stays open for 30 days.

Gaspard’s trial date for his first offense of possessing an alligator during a closed season has been set for July.

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

Two Florida Men Cited for Fishing Violations

Release Date: 05/25/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two Florida men for alleged fishing violations on May 18 near Fourchon in Lafourche Parish.

Agents cited Roberto C. Arenas, 51, and Lucio Alamo, 60, for possession of more than 10 red drum off of the water, taking and possessing undersized red drum and black drum, intentional littering, angling without non-resident basic and saltwater fishing licenses and obtaining licenses by fraud.

After receiving a complaint of illegal fishing and littering violations, agents setup surveillance and allegedly observed Arenas and Alamo catching and keeping undersized red drum and throwing beer cans in the marsh off of Hwy. 1 near Fourchon.

Agents found Arenas and Alamo to be in possession of 24 red drum and two black drum all under the 16 inch minimum size requirement, and two sheepshead.  Agents also discovered that both subjects possessed Louisiana basic and saltwater fishing licenses that they purchased illegally with a Louisiana ID, as they are residents of the state of Florida with Florida driver’s licenses.

Possession of more than 10 red drum off of the water brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Obtaining a license by fraud carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Taking and possessing undersized red and black drum brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Intentional littering carries a $250 fine and eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program.  Angling without non-resident basic and saltwater fishing licenses brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.

Agents participating in the case were Lt. Joseph Arnaud, Sgt. Thomas Dewitt, and Sr. Agents Doug Danna and Thomas Wolf.

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

Recreational Fishing and Hunting Licenses Expire June 30

Release Date: 05/24/2012

May 24, 2012 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) would like to remind recreational anglers and hunters that the 2011-2012 licenses will expire on June 30.  Licenses for the 2012-2013 seasons become available for purchase on June 1 and are valid until June 30, 2013.
 
Recreational fishing and hunting licenses can be purchased in several ways.  They may be purchased online at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/licenses, by calling 1-888-765-2602, at local license vendors or at LDWF offices in Baton Rouge, Opelousas, Lake Charles, Pineville and Monroe.  Acceptable methods of payment for purchases made online or by phone are Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or E-Check.
 
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.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
For more information on fishing and hunting licenses, contact Janis Landry at 225-765-2881 or jlandry@wlf.louisiana.gov.

 

LDWF Summer Day Camp Registration Closes on Friday, May 25

Release Date: 05/23/2012

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) still have available spots open for both of their Summer Day Camps this summer for children 12 to 16 years old at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge.

The camps will be held from June 25-29 and again from July 23-27.  Each camp is completely free of charge and will allow participants to receive their official boater and hunter education certifications.

To register for the camps, parents must fill out the online application located at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/summerdaycamp2012 by this Friday, May 25.  Parents must fill out a separate application for each child they wish to register and may only register their child for one of the camps.

LDWF will also offer a fish identification class, fishing and canoeing in the ponds at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center, skeet shooting, and other outdoor related classes and activities.

The Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation are providing a daily lunch free of charge for the five-day summer camps.  Cabela's in Gonzales donated rod and reel combo sets, and Academy Sports and Outdoors has donated water bottles for each child that they can take home at the end of the camp.

The camps are open to 25 children per camp who have not completed a boater or hunter education certificate.  LDWF will notify parents by either email or phone if their child has been selected for the camps.

Parents with children that have been selected for either camp, must drop off their child at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center located at 4142 North Flannery Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70814 between 7 and 8 a.m., and then pick their child up between 4 and 5 p.m. each day.  Attendance every day of the week is mandatory in order to receive the boating and hunting education certifications.

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

WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Webinars/Workshops, Grants, Resources

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana.

EVENTS

23rd Annual Back to the Beach Festival
The Back to the Beach Festival will be held on Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3rd at Laketown (end of Williams Boulevard in Kenner). Great Music Line-up!  Great Festival Food from local caterers! Variety of Arts & Crafts Booths!  Fun for the entire family!!
Back to the Beach Walk/Run will be held on Saturday, June 2nd with a Sunset Run along Lake Pontchartrain
Back to the Beach Fishing Rodeo will be held on Friday, June 1st and Saturday, June 2nd. Fishing in the entire Pontchartrain Basin.  Awards Ceremony on Saturday, June 2nd @ BTB Festival.
Back to the Beach "Bikes at the Beach" will be held on Saturday, June 2.
Back to the Beach Car Show will be held on Sunday, June 3.
For information please visit our website www.saveourlake.org or call us at (504)836-2205.


WEBINARS / WORKSHOPS

OneNOAA Science Seminars: May 2012
All seminars are open to anyone within or outside NOAA. You can view all of the seminars in google calendar format if you prefer. For questions, please contact Hernan.Garcia@noaa.gov or a OneNOAA Science seminar partner.
May 24: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization: Advanced ISO Topics; Speaker(s): NCDDC staff; Location: Webinar access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 24: Linking Swimming Performance to Population Processes in Coastal Fishes; Speaker(s): Todd Anderson (San Diego State University); Location: Seattle, WA; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 24: Aerosol Entrainment and Boundary Layer CCN: Transport and Teleconnections in the Free Troposphere; Speaker(s): Antony Clarke (University of Hawaii); Location: Boulder, CO; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 24: Ocean-related Commitments at the Rio+20 Conference; Speaker(s): Susan Lieberman (Pew Environment Group); Location: Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 29: Processing Large Data Streams Using Massive Online Collaboration; Speaker(s): Benjamin L. Richards (NMFS Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center); Location: Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 30: Acoustic Tracking and Characterization of Tornadoes; Speaker(s): Joseph Park (NOS/CO-OPS); Location: Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 30: Exploring the "Background" Variability of Stratospheric Aerosol Observed by Ground Based Lidar; Speaker(s): Ryan Neely (University of Colorado CIRES/ATOC & NOAA ESRL); Location: Boulder, CO; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 31: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization: QandA for Advanced ISO Topics; Speaker(s): NCDDC staff; Location: Webinar access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 31: Reference Points and the Ecosystem Approach: New Concepts for Old Tools and Old Tools for New Concepts; Speaker(s): Dr. Jake Rice (Canada DFO); Location: Seattle, WA; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 31: An Evolving Legacy: Delaware's Coastal Zone Act; Speaker(s): Louis Cafiero (NOS/OCRM); Location: Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 31: Development of an Integrated Benthic Ecosystem Survey; Speaker(s): Dvora Hart (NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center); Location: Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 31: An Evolving Legacy: Delaware's Coastal Zone Act; Speaker(s): Louis Cafiero (NOS); Location: Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 31: Development of an Integrated Benthic Ecosystem Survey; Speaker(s): Dvora Hart (NMFS); Location: Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 31: Picking Our Battles: A Strategy to Enhance Long-term Restoration Success of Invasive Plant Control Projects; Speaker(s): Rachel Stevens (Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve); Location: Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar

Center for Planning Excellence to Offer Workshops in Houma and Lafayette (June 6 & 7)
The Center for Planning Excellence, in conjunction with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, the Louisiana Realtors Association and the National Association of Realtors, is conducting workshops in Houma and Lafayette to introduce best practices and development standards as they relate to coastal land loss in Louisiana communities. Participants will get an overview of the “Best Practices Manual for Development in Coastal Louisiana” and the “Louisiana Coastal Land Use Toolkit,” then have a chance to apply them in a mapping exercise. Information will be presented about international, national and local best practices for development that focus on hazard mitigation and natural resource protection in coastal areas. These resources can assist communities by providing guidance on how to reduce the risk of flooding by protecting infrastructure before a storm and managing excess stormwater right where it falls. The Houma workshop is June 6, followed by the Lafayette workshop June 7.  To register, click here.

Navigating in Rough Seas: Public Issues and Conflict Management
July 10-11 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Disaster Response Center, Mobile, AL 36608

NOAA’s Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center and Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve invite you to attend this two-day training where you will learn techniques to reduce conflict and enhance communication between diverse groups with multiple perspectives. On Day 2, a panel of local media experts will reveal tips on how to get your story covered as well as ways to improve your organization’s working relationship with the media. Details are included in the attached flyer. For more information or to register, please contact Amy Gohres at Amy.Gohres@noaa.gov or (206) 327-0807.

Louisiana Sea Grant Oral History Project
Louisiana Sea Grant is looking for teachers to participate in an oral history project in coastal parishes throughout the 2012-2013 school year!
        Sea Grant is interested in documenting how environmental changes have affected the cultures of peoples living along the Louisiana coast. The goal is to study, through oral history, coastal communities whose culture, society, and livelihood are being threatened by subsidence and sea level rise, and in the process to teach students in these communities how to conduct interviews, transcribe, and ask thoughtful questions and actively listen to the answers. The ultimate product will be short clips of the audio with a visual (film, slideshow, etc.) of the most moving, informative, or inspiring parts of each interview to be displayed for easy access by everyone in each community. Selected interviews will be posted on Sea Grant’s website and all interviews will be archived at LSU’s Oral History Center at Hill Memorial Library.
        This one-year project will be implemented in three high schools with 2-3 collaborative teachers at each school. All interviewing equipment, a class computer, supplies and technical assistance will be provided. Candidates who are selected to participate will attend workshops to learn about coastal issues, interviewing, and preserving oral histories, and to work with other teachers involved in the project.
        If interested please fill out the attached application, and either email or fax it to Darcy Wilkins at (225) 578- 5938 or Darcyw@lsu.edu.


GRANTS

Tidal Hydrology Restoration Funding Opportunity (Deadline: August 17)
Funding available for restoration projects in Gulf, estuaries The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Restoration Center and the Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant College Programs have announced a request for proposals for a grant competition to fund tidal hydrology restoration projects. To be considered, projects must remove or modify human-built barriers (such as culverts, dikes, and dams) to restore historic tidal estuarine and freshwater exchange to benefit coastal and marine fisheries habitat. Projects also must be located from Key West, Fla., to Brownsville, Texas. Local, county and state governments, nonprofit organizations, businesses, communities, homeowner associations and universities are eligible. Projects can receive up to $100,000, and a match of at least $1 of nonfederal money per $1 requested is required. The deadline for proposals is Aug. 17, 2012. Go to http://masgc.org/gulfhydrorestoration for submission details. During the last competition, three projects were selected for funding. Learn more about those projects at http://masgc.org/gulfhydrorestoration/funded.htm or see the attached below.


RESOURCES

Explore the Science Behind Nature's Fantastic Factory
Help students learn the science behind how nature works for us and how we can keep nature running strong. The Nature Conservancy and its scientists have partnered with Discovery Education to create Nature Works Everywhere, a new online program that gives teachers, students and families the tools needed to start exploring and understanding nature's fantastic factory:
Conservation Connection Game - an interactive online game where students discover the surprising connections between everyday items and nature's resources.
Interactive Lesson Plans - topics include pollinators, sustainable forestry, coastal erosion and much more. Perfect for use on a white board.
Engaging Video Tour - see how nature really works to benefit us and how we can preserve nature.
Meet the Scientists - introduce your class to scientists who are working to keep nature productive.
Visit Nature Works Everywhere to bring the science and wonder of nature's fantastic factory to your students.

Free e-books available from the Climate Literacy Zoo Education Network
The Climate Literacy Zoo Education Network (CliZEN) is pleased to announce the release of our eBook and Audience Survey Report, both available at clizen.org.
        Climate Change Education: A Primer for Zoos and Aquariums, a free eBook available for major eReader platforms, reveals what some of the best minds know about climate change science, electronic media, psychology, learning sciences, communication, and interpretation. The book explores the links between these fields and provides valuable insights to zoos and aquariums and other cultural institutions.Download today: http://clizen.org/e-book.html
        Global Climate Change as Seen by Zoo and Aquarium Visitors reports on the findings of a summer 2011 survey conducted at 15 zoos and aquariums. The results reveal that zoo and aquarium visitors are receptive audiences for climate change education; want to do more to address climate change, yet perceive barriers to doing so; and have access to and experience with virtual social networks and other technology platforms. Furthermore, zoos and aquariums provide visitors with socially supportive contexts for discussions about animal exhibits and connections to nature; and zoo and aquarium visitors’ concern about climate change and participation in behaviors to address climate change systematically vary with their sense of connection with animals. Download today: http://clizen.org/survey.html

Guides for Integrating STEM and Environmental Education
The Pacific Education Institute (PEI) & the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies released the following free downloadable guides that integrate environmental and STEM education processes. PEI website: www.pacificeducationinstitute.org
        •  Fostering Outdoor Observation Skills
        •  Schoolyard Biodiversity Investigations Educator Guides
        •  Landscape Investigation Guidelines
        •  Field Investigations: Using Outdoor Environments to Foster Student Learning of Scientific Processes
        •  Sustainable Tomorrow–Applying Systems Thinking to Environmental Education Curricula for Grades 9-12
        •   The Project-Based Learning Model: Relevant Learning for the 21st Century

Louisiana Legislature Approves 2012 Coastal Master Plan
The Louisiana Senate voted 94-0 to approve the 2012 Coastal Master Plan, a 50-year strategic plan to address coastal restoration in Louisiana. This vote was the final hurdle in the plan’s legislative approval process. By law, Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan must be updated every five years and ratified by the Louisiana Legislature. The 2012 version is the most detailed plan yet for addressing a wide range of coastal issues. Its coordinated, science-based approach to restoration far exceeds the content and scope of previous plans. CRCL was a part of the 2012 Coastal Master Plan’s construction, serving on the Framework Development Team, which played a vital role in creating the final version of the Master Plan. For more information on how the 2012 Coastal Master Plan came to be, its content, and the approval process, visit: coastcurrents.org blog. A four-part series, Coastal Master Plan 101 explains the plan in detail. To view the 2012 Master Plan in its final (and now official) form, click here.

Link to listings of green economy jobs is the Louisiana Workforce Commission: http://lwc.laworks.net/sites/lmi/GreenJobs/Pages/GreenEconomy.aspx

Find out about wetland outreach activities including symposiums, conferences, meetings, educational opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and related support material at the Louisiana Unified Coastal Community Calendar at http://lacoast.gov/calendar/


Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec

LDWF Schedules Drawdown for D’Arbonne Lake

Release Date: 05/22/2012

(May 22, 2012) – The water control structure on D’Arbonne Lake near Farmerville will be opened soon after Labor Day to conduct a lake drawdown.  The lake will be lowered five feet below pool stage and will remain lowered until December 15, 2012.

This action is taken in coordination with the Bayou D’Arbonne Lake Watershed District to allow for shoreline maintenance and to assist with the control of nuisance aquatic vegetation. 

D’Arbonne Lake will not be closed to fishing during the drawdown, but caution is advised of anglers as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance for underwater obstructions.

For further information regarding the drawdown, contact Ryan Daniel, LDWF Biologist Manager, at (318) 343-4044.

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.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

LDWF Agent Receives Boating Award

Release Date: 05/22/2012

Lt. Spencer Cole

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent was decorated with the 2012 Southern Regional Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award on May 15.

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) acknowledged the work of LDWF Lt. Spencer Cole, 37, of Pineville, with the award for his “outstanding service to recreational boating.”  Lt. Cole will have a chance to win the 2012 Butch Potts Memorial Award for the National Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award at the NASBLA Annual Conference in September.  The other two nominees for the national award are Master Conservation Officer Shawn Brown of Indiana for the Northern Region and Ranger Dawn Larsen of Utah for the Western Region.

“This is a great achievement and one that is very deserving,” said Col. Winton Vidrine, head of LDWF Enforcement Division.  “Lt. Cole has spearheaded many boating programs that have helped create standardized training for our agents that will in turn result in more efficient boating safety, maritime security and search and rescue missions.”

Lt. Cole headed up LDWF’s Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) program, which provides a true national standard for training and ensures maritime agencies can interact together.  He was instrumental in LDWF becoming the first agency in the United States to earn national accreditation for the NASBLA BOAT program in 2011.  Also in 2011, Lt. Cole worked to get LDWF's BOAT program accredited in Louisiana’s Peace Officer and Standardized Training (POST) council.  These accreditations made Louisiana the first state to officially adopt the BOAT program as a law enforcement standard for maritime boating safety enforcement and search and rescue training.

Through the BOAT program accreditation, Lt. Cole has planned for every LDWF agent to complete the NASBLA Level One Boating Accident Investigation Course in 2012.  Lt. Cole also worked with NASBLA to get two LDWF agents certified as instructors in the Level One Boat Accident Course.

"Receiving the BOAT program accreditations were significant achievements for the department as we work with the U.S. Coast Guard, State Police and local authorities daily in patrolling our local waterways," said LDWF Lt. Col. Jeff Mayne, the state's Boating Law Administrator.  "This training program allows every enforcement agency responsible for securing and providing safe passage on our waterways to train together and be on the same page during natural disasters and maritime security threats.”

Lt. Cole is the coordinator of the driving while intoxicated (DWI) enforcement agent training, which has led to increases in the efficiency, quality and quantity of DWI detection training LDWF agents receive annually.

Lt. Cole joined the LDWF Enforcement Division in 1999.  He has been active in recreational boating law enforcement and training throughout his career and became LDWF’s Director of Training in 2010.

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

Important Announcement from the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission

Upcoming School Sustainability Grants Opportunity for K-12 Schools!

As teachers and administrators, have you ever looked around your school and thought, “Wow! Opportunity missed!” when considering what students could be learning about sustainability from your school facility? Here’s your chance to engage students in making their school a more sustainable one!

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission will soon be issuing applications for sustainability projects in K-12 schools in the EPA Region 6 area! Meanwhile, we wanted to give you time to be thinking about the outstanding sustainability initiatives that you would like to start in your school prior to you going on summer break!

WHO can apply? Fulltime classroom teachers or school administrators in accredited public or non-public schools (K-12) in the EPA Region 6 area – Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, or Texas - can apply on behalf of an individual school.
WHAT kind of projects will receive funding? We’ll be looking to award projects that encourage sustainability initiatives on K-12 school campuses and actively engage students in the process. No building construction or building modification will be funded, however.
WHERE do I begin? Spend some time thinking about a project that will educate, involve your students in a sustainability initiative, AND improve your school! Here’s an example:
The teacher notes that large amounts of waste are generated during school and at extracurricular events. Students calculate the amount of waste and recyclable materials generated, evaluate container needs and desirable locations, locate vendors, complete a cost a comparative of supplies, etc. Students develop a media campaign to solicit participation from personnel and fellow students. Once the program is implemented, students compare pre- and post- waste outputs, material types recycled, calculate landfill savings, and generate reports. Students conclude the lesson series by organizing an Earth Day at school, emphasizing the value of recycling to parents and fellow schoolmates the cost value of diverting waste from the landfill through recycling.
WHEN will the applications go out? Mid-August 2012
HOW much are we talking about? Up to $5000 per award!
WHY bother? Because you are an outstanding educator who cares about students, hands-on learning opportunities, and your environment!!!

Look for more in August but meanwhile, have a FANTASTIC summer!

Venise Ortego
Environmental Education Coordinator
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries
vortego@wlf.la.gov
http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/environmental-education-commission
 

Four Cited for Offshore Fishing Violations

Release Date: 05/21/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited five men for alleged fishing violations on May 15.

At 4:30 p.m., agents boarded the offshore supply vessel, M/V Tristian Janice, that was tied to an offshore platform.  Agents found Terry L. Bell, 42, of Livingston, and Zachary J. Thomas, 30, Houston, Texas fishing from the vessel and where fish had been cleaned on the rear deck.

After further investigation, agents found that Bell caught four red snapper and Thomas one red snapper.  Bell and Thomas were both cited for possession of red snapper during a closed season.  Bell was also cited for over the limit of red snapper.

At 5:45 p.m., agents boarded the F/V Arc Angel, a commercial shrimping vessel.  Upon inspection of commercial licenses and permits, agents found that the vessel did not have the required federal shrimping permit to commercially shrimp in federal waters.  Agents cited Raymond A. Herrera, 48, of Grand Bay, Ala., for not possessing a federal shrimping permit.

At 6:42 p.m., agents boarded the F/V Manana, a commercial shrimping vessel.  Agents found the captain, John C. Aleman, 51, Laguna Vista, Texas, on board and in possession of six red snapper.  All of the red snapper on board measured less than the minimum size of 16 inches.  Agents cited Aleman for possession of undersized red snapper during a closed season.

The recreational season for red snapper opens June 1, 2012 during which time the limit is two per person.

Taking red snapper during a closed season, taking over the limit of red snapper and taking undersized red snapper each carries a fine up to $350 and up to 60 days in jail.  Violating federal shrimping regulations carries a civil fine determined by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

LDWF maintains a Joint Enforcement Agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s NMFS for assistance in patrolling federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  All three vessels boarded were approximately 50 miles offshore in federal waters.

Agents participating in these cases were Lt. Robert Buatt, Sgt. David Sanford, and Senior Agents Anthony Verret and Beau Robertson.

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

Three Men Cited for Red Snapper Violations

Release Date: 05/18/2012

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited three men for fishing violations on May 16 in federal waters.

LDWF Strike Force agents cited Vergice Bergeron, 41, of Cutoff, Chester Ellingson, 52, of Morgan City, and Jimmy Pitre, 32, of Galliano for possession of red snapper during a closed season, over limit of red snapper and failing to keep saltwater fish intact.

Agents seized 42 red snapper fillets that weighed approximately 21 pounds.  The civil restitution value of 21 red snappers totals $602.49.

Red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico waters opens on June 1 with a two fish per person per day limit.

While on a Joint Enforcement Agreement (JEA) patrol 40 miles into the Gulf of Mexico, agents observed an oil supply boat tied to a stationary rig.  Upon approaching the rig, agents observed several rods and reels on the deck of the vessel. Upon further investigation, agents discovered fillets of red snapper.

Taking red snapper during a closed season carries a fine up to $350 and up to 60 days in jail.  Taking over the limit of red snapper and failing to keep saltwater finfish intact brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.
Agents participating in the case were Lt. Joseph Arnaud and Senior Agents Nick Guillory and Doug Danna.

LDWF maintains a JEA with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fishery Service for assistance in patrolling federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

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

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