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Two Livingston Parish Men Arrested

Release Date: 01/08/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested two Livingston Parish men for allegedly possessing firearms by convicted felons on Jan. 1.

Agents responded to an area off of C. Holden Rd. and Highway 1036 in Holden after receiving an anonymous complaint of possible hunting violations.  Agents observed two men coming from a wooded area without their required hunter orange on and with a loaded 12-gauge shotgun.

After further investigation, the agents cited Bobby D. Sykes, 38, and Barry D. Gill, 46, both of Holden, for failing to wear hunter orange, hunting deer with an unplugged gun and possession of a firearm by a person convicted of certain felonies.

Possession of a firearm by a person convicted of certain felonies carries a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years in jail.  Failing to wear hunter orange carries a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.  Hunting with an unplugged shotgun brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. 

Agents involved in the case are Senior Agents Buck Hampton, Clarence Marques  and Garrett Kimble.

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

LEEC eNews: New Year, New eNewsletter!

Happy New Year from the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission!

Welcome to our new enewsletter - the attached PDF!

We are dedicated to providing you with the latest environmental education information from across the state of Louisiana and beyond! If you have EE grants or professional development opportunities, new resources, related event information, etc. to distribute, please contact us.

Wishing you the best in 2013!

LDWF Launches New Program to Improve the Accuracy of Yellowfin Tuna Landings

Release Date: 12/29/2012

Dec. 29, 2012- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced today that a more accurate method of determining Louisiana’s recreational  landings  of yellowfin tuna will go into effect January 1, 2013.  The new method requires anglers and charter captains possessing tunas, billfishes, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers, and snappers first obtain an Offshore Landing Permit.  The permit is available at no cost to the public, and can be obtained through the Department’s website at www.wlf.la.gov/rolp or through smartphone applications.  The iPhone app can be downloaded free from the App Store by searching for Louisiana Recreational Offshore Landing Permits App.  The Android app can be downloaded free of charge from the Google Play Store by searching for LDWF Rec. Offshore Landing App.  Permits will be available after January 1, 2013.

Anglers who land yellowfin tuna must report that catch prior to offloading the catch.  Reporting can be done through the smartphone application described above or by calling the toll free number 877-792-3440 and responding to the prompts provided. 

Charter captains using tags provided by the department must report landings by the 15th of the month following the month in which the yellowfin tuna was landed.

 A detailed description of the program and reporting requirements can be found at the department’s website www.wlf.louisiana.gov/rolpor by calling Jason Adriance at (504)-284-2032. 

The department will hold three informational workshops explaining reporting requirements and the use of the new technology.  These workshops will be held in the following locations beginning at 5:30 p.m. local time:

January 15, 2013

LDWF Fisheries Research Lab

195 Ludwig Annex

Grand Isle, La 70358

 

January 16, 2013

Belle Chasse Auditorium

8398 Highway 23

Belle Chasse, La 70037

 

January 17, 2013

Houma Municipal Auditorium

880 Verret Street

Houma, La 70360

 

The 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, contact Jason Adriance at 504-284-2032 or jadriance@wlf.la.gov.

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Commercial Fishing Season for Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks to open in Louisiana Waters January 1

Release Date: 12/28/2012

 

Commercial fishing for Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks will open in Louisiana waters at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, January 1.  The National Marine Fisheries Service will also open the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico at this time.

 

The commercial season as well as the recreational season for the harvest of all sharks in Louisiana state waters will be closed from 12:01 a.m. April 1, 2013 until 12:01 p.m. July 1, 2013 per an existing fixed seasonal closure to protect shark pupping, unless a season closes in adjacent federal waters or is projected to close before that date, and the Secretary is requested by NOAA Fisheries to take action to enact consistent seasonal regulations.  The commercial season will remain open in Federal waters until 80 percent of the federal quota for a given fishery has been harvested in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

During the open season, commercial harvest of Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks and Pelagic Sharks will be regulated by the existing federal and state rules regarding trip limits, allowable species and requirements for permits and landings. 

 

The Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Shark group is composed of the great hammerhead, scalloped hammerhead, smooth hammerhead, nurse shark, blacktip shark, bull shark, lemon shark, silky shark, spinner shark and tiger shark.  While sandbar shark are a member of the Large Coastal Shark group, only specifically designated federally permitted vessels may take sandbar shark while operating under conditions of that research permit. 

 

Commercial fishing for Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks will resume in Louisiana waters on January 1 through December 31 or until 80 percent of the federal quota has been met.  The Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Shark group is composed of bonnethead shark, Atlantic sharpnose shark, blacknose shark and finetooth shark and remained open for all of 2012.

 

There is no allowable harvest at any time for all Prohibited Species, which include Basking shark, white shark, bigeye sand tiger, sand tiger, whale shark, smalltooth sawfish, largetooth sawfish, Atlantic angel shark, Caribbean sharpnose shark, smalltail shark, bignose shark, Caribbean reef shark, dusky shark, Galapagos shark, narrowtooth shark, night shark, bigeye sixgill shark, bigeye thresher shark, longfin mako, sevengill shark and sixgill shark.

 

For more information, contact Jason Adriance at (504)284-2032 (jadriance@wlf.louisiana.gov).  For press inquiries contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504)430-2623.

 

LDWF Offers Online Renewal for Commercial Licenses

Release Date: 12/24/2012

 

Dec. 24, 2012 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) now offers commercial license holders the option to renew online for 2013.

LDWF has opened another avenue for Louisiana commercial license holders to renew their licenses for 2013.  Customers who held a license in the immediate prior year for the requested renewal can go online at the department’s web site and renew those licenses.

Previously, customers with commercial licenses could only renew by mail or in person at the Baton Rouge office.  Now, they have a third option of using the Internet, which provides the customers with at-home service and savings on travel expenses.  It also allows LDWF to provide quicker service to its customers.  Online renewal can be found at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/licenses.

The 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.

Barataria Man Cited With Multiple Night Hunting Violations

Release Date: 12/19/2012

Dec. 19, 2012 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a Barataria man for alleged night hunting violations in Jefferson Parish on Dec. 13.

Agents cited Noel J. Schouest, 42, of Barataria, for hunting wild game quadrupeds during illegal hours, hunting raccoons illegally, taking non-game quadrupeds illegally, and violating Nutria Control Program regulations.

LDWF agents were on vessel patrol in the Lafitte area when they heard gunshots coming from a marsh area adjacent to The Pen at 8:30 p.m.  They began surveillance of the area for several hours throughout the night until they observed Schouest exit the marsh and proceed to a pickup truck.

Agents approached Schouest and found him in possession of a .22 caliber rifle, two rabbits, one raccoon and 83 nutria tails.  Rabbits may only be taken during legal shooting hours of one half hour before sunrise and one half hour after sunset.  Raccoons can be taken at night with the aid of a hunting dog of which Schouest did not possess.

After further investigation, agents found that Schouest was enrolled as an assistant in the Nutria Control Program, which pays landowners for nutria taken legally on permitted property.  Schouest was found hunting without the Nutria Control Program enrollee and illegally took the nutria after legal shooting hours.

Agents seized the animals and parts as evidence along with his rifle, which is subject to forfeiture.

Hunting wild game quadrupeds and taking raccoons illegally each carry a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Taking non-game quadrupeds illegally brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Violating Nutria Control Program regulations carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail with possible disqualification from the Nutria Control Program.  Furthermore, restitution penalties may be assessed for the value of the rabbits and raccoon taken for a total of $91.17.

The agents involved in the case are Sgt. Jason Russo, Senior Agent Austin Arteaga and Sgt. Kris Bourgeois.

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

Special eNews Announcement: New Educator Workshop on Louisiana Black Bears!

"Bear With Us" Workshop
March 1-3, 2013

Come join the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for an exciting new teacher workshop focused on our state mammal – the Louisiana black bear! Spend a weekend full of fun and learning at Poverty Point State Park. Geared toward teachers of middle and high school students and informal educators, this workshop will cover topics ranging from the bears of the world to the current bear research that is happening right here with our own Louisiana bears! The weekend promises to be complete with presentations, demonstration of classroom lesson activities, and field work related to black bear habitat identification using GPS units.

More information can be found in the attached flyer or contact Carrie Salyers at csalyers@wlf.la.gov.
Workshop registration form is also attached.

Two Louisiana Men Cited for Duck Hunting Violations

Release Date: 12/18/2012

Dec. 18, 2012 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two men for alleged hunting and boating safety violations along Highway 23 near Triumph in Plaquemines Parish on Dec. 16.

Agents cited Christopher Hicks, 25, of Boothville, and Calvin Riggs, 34, of Buras, for hunting migratory game birds (MGB) with an unplugged gun and violating the non-toxic shot requirements.  Agents also cited Riggs for hunting with an unsigned duck stamp.  Furthermore, Hicks was cited for hunt MGBs without a basic hunting license, federal and state duck stamps, possession of an alligator during a closed season and failing to comply with personal flotation device (PFD) requirements.

Agents were patrolling along Highway 23 and observed a vehicle parked in a wooded area and heard people talking near the vehicle further into the wooded area.  Agents then observed several subjects coming from a barrow pit carrying a shotgun and dragging a pirogue.

Agents made contact with the subjects and found several ducks and a small alligator in the pirogue.  Agents checked the shotguns and found both shotguns were unplugged and both subjects hunted MGBs with lead shot.

While conducting a license check, agents found that Hicks did not have a hunting license or a state and federal duck stamp and Riggs did not sign his federal duck stamp.   Agents also discovered Hicks had hunted MGBs from the pirogue without a PFD.

The penalties for hunting ducks without a federal duck stamp, with an unsigned federal duck stamp, with an unplugged gun, violating non-toxic shot requirements, and possession of an alligator during a closed season carry a fine from $400 to $950 and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.

Failing to comply with PFD requirements, hunting without a resident basic license and hunting MGBs without a state stamp carry a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail for each offense.

Agents seized and donated seven ducks, three coots and an alligator to charity.  Replacement value of the ducks, coots and alligator may total $605.96 in restitution.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Todd Laviolette and Senior Agent Michael Williams.

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

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

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the students, faculty, and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary.

EVENTS

2013 Environmental Education Symposium
The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission is now accepting applications for lodging assistance in order to attend the 2013 Environmental Education Symposium to be held on February 22-23, 2013 at the Baton Rouge Marriott. Please fill out the attached form and submit it, along with electronic proof of distance, to Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov. Early Bird Registration postmark deadline is January 22. See attached brochure for details!

Louisiana Environthon (Deadline: February 2)
The 2013 Louisiana Envirothon will be held on March 9, 2013 at theLSU AgCenter Burden Center in Baton Rouge!!!  Envirothon is an environmental problem-solving competition for students in grades 6 -12. A team of 5 students from the same school or associated with an organized group (i.e. FFA, 4-H, science club, etc.) train and compete by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management. The competition focuses on five natural resource areas: soils and land use, aquatic resources, forestry, wildlife, and a current environmental issue. The 2013 current environmental issue is Sustainable Rangeland Management. Teams also present a solution to an environmental problem related to the current issue through an oral presentation. Winners receive special recognition and monetary prizes. Winning high school team may represent Louisiana in the North American Envirothon competition where students can win scholarships and prizes. Review the attached flyer and registration form for more information and submit by February 2, 2013 to compete. There will be two training sessions held in January and February. You can also get involved by assisting Envirothon in getting sponsors. If you know anyone who would be interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact our sponsorship coordinator Veronica DelBianco at 504-638-3033 or veronica.delbianco@gmail.com

 

GRANTS

Fund for Teachers (Deadline: January 31)
What do you want to learn this summer? Where do you want to learn it? Fund for Teachers invites Louisiana’s preK-12 educators to submit their answers through an online application, due January 31, 2013. If selected, individuals receive up to $5,000 and teaching teams up to $10,000 to make it happen. http://www.fundforteachers.org/apply/louisiana.php Last year marked the first time Louisiana teachers were eligible and 13 teachers received grants to experience their unique idea of professional development.  Since 2001, 5,000 teachers from across the country have leveraged $18M in grants to pursue new knowledge in 124 countries on every continent. You could join their ranks this summer. Teachers, principals and superintendents can find out more about this opportunity for “DIY professional development” by visiting fundforteachers.org, or the nonprofit’s Facebook, Tumblr and Flickr pages.  

 

WEBINARS/WORKSHOPS

OneNOAA Science Seminars
Women in the NOAA Corps: December 19, 2012, 12:00-13:00 Eastern Time Zone; NOAASSMC-4Room 8150

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas NOAA Teacher Workshop
This professional development introduces Volume 2 of theOkeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection: How Do We Explore? The NOAA ShipOkeanos Explorer is the Nation's first ship dedicated to solely exploring the world's ocean. Participants will learn how to use standards-based lessons and other online resources that guide classroom investigations into the innovative exploration strategies, sophisticated instrumentation and equipment used onboard the ship to explore our largely unknown world ocean. Topics include how targets are selected for exploration, mapping techniques, water column exploration, remotely operated vehicles and telepresence technology that enable access to real time ocean exploration. Participants will also learn how explorers use data gathered at target sites to learn more about our deep ocean world. Registration is required and space is limited. Educators who attend the full day will receive a $50 stipend. Each participant will receive Volume 2 of theOkeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection, How Do We Explore?,materials related to activities presented during the workshop, a NOAA Ocean Exploration Certificate of Participation, continental breakfast, and lunch. For more information, visit: http://www.auduboninstitute.org/educators/workshops/how-do-we-explore

 

CONTEST

Enter NWF's Green Your Shire Giveaway
The National Wildlife Federation is teaming up with Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM) for the Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular novel The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journeyis now showing in theaters and IMAX® 3D. The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest that takes him and his companions into the Wild! Enter Our Sweepstakes! Students, teachers and individuals: Enter NWF’s “Green Your Shire Sweepstakes” at www.nwf.org/thehobbit and describe what actions you or your class, school, community group or family are taking to improve the environment - at school, at home or in the community. Individuals could win a private screening for up to 100 friends and group members! Two runners-up will receive family 4-pack of tickets to see the film in IMAX®.  Enter now >>

 

RESOURCES

See attached PDF on tips for Food Service Workers on Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Targeted Disinfecting in the Cafeteria and Kitchen from the NEA Health Information Network and Clorox.

CWPPRA New Social Media and Outreach Tools
The Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) Public Outreach Committee is pleased to announce three new social media tools to help you stay connected with their efforts to protect and restore coastal Louisiana. These new tools are in addition to their existing social tools (Facebook, Google+, and YouTube).
Landmarks eNewsletter: The new Landmarks eNewsletter will serve to complement Watermarks which comes out twice a year and be a living document with short articles about outreach activities and project updates. For announcements such as those found in the CWPPRA (Breaux Act) Newsflash they will continue to post such items there, while news and articles will be posted on the Landmarks eNewsletter. Check out the Landmarks eNewsletter today and subscribe to receive all of the latest articles.
Twitter: Follow CWPPRA on Twitter to see what is going on at events and engage in conversation with the coastal restoration and environmental community. The CWPPRA Twitter is a great source for live information updates. Follow on Twitter
Picasa Web Album – Photo Library: The one stop shop for CWPPRA project photos. They are in the process of collecting and organizing photos from CWPPRA project sites that will be available in Picasa Web Album for public use. Photos in Picasa will be strictly project photos. For all social activity photos, they will be posting maintaining the photo library on Facebook and Google+. Project Check out CWPPRA Project Photos on Picasa
Don’t forget to follow CWPRAA on: Facebook and Google+, and check out their videos on YouTube: http://lacoast.gov/new/Pubs/videos.aspx, https://www.facebook.com/CWPPRA/app_57675755167, http://www.youtube.com/CWPPRAclips
Contact Information: Cole B. Ruckstuhl, CWPPRA Media Specialist -- (337) 266-8542 -- ruckstuhlc@usgs.gov

Environmental Awareness Student Art &Language Arts Contest - 2013 Calendars
FREE copies of the 2013 calendar “Louisiana Waters: Protect, Conserve, Enjoy!” featuring winning entries from our 2012 Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Art Contest are available. This contest is sponsored by the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) through the generous support of the Alcoa Foundation. To request a calendar or to learn more about the contest contact Juliet Raffray at jraffray@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-0124. Information about the 2013 contest can also be found on our website: www.wlf.la.gov/eec

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/

Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) – www.wlf.la.gov/eec
Venise Ortego, Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov

SPECIAL eNEWS ANNOUNCEMENT: Don't Miss Early Bird Registration for the 2013 Environmental Education Symposium

Have you registered for the 2013 Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium yet?!

On February 22-23, 2013, the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and the Louisiana Environmental Education Association will host the 16thAnnual Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium “Our Environment…Our Future” at the Baton Rouge Marriott in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The theme for this upcoming conference will be “Build a Sustainable Future”! After all, isn’t that what we are really about?!

Join us for exciting workshops, concurrent sessions, and exhibits for the environmental educator! If you are a K-12 teacher or informal educator, you will want to attend this fun, education-packed, professional development event! Go home Energized and Educated in the latest EE concepts!

Don't miss out...Early Bird Registration closes on January 22, 2013.
Lodging assistance is available.

Brochure with registration form and short course descriptions are attached.
All forms and related information can also be found on our website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec 
or contact Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov for more information.

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