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Morgan City Man Cited for Red Snapper Violations

Release Date: 07/19/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a Morgan City man for alleged fishing violations in Terrebonne Parish on July 16.

Agents cited Sau Van Nguyen, 53 years old, of Morgan City, for taking over the limit of red snapper, taking undersized red snapper and fishing without basic and saltwater fishing licenses.

Agents received a complaint that a male subject had loaded a vehicle with several red snapper and was traveling from south Terrebonne Parish to Morgan City.

Agents setup at several different popular traveled routes and were waiting for the vehicle.  Agents observed a vehicle matching the description traveling on Highway 20.

Agents conducted a traffic stop and observed several wax fish boxes in the rear of the vehicle.  After Nguyen consented to a search of his vehicle, agents found 28 red snappers, eight of which were under the 16 inch minimum size requirement by law, approximately 10 pounds of red snapper fillets and two cobia.

Taking over the limit of red snapper brings a $250 to $500 fine, up to 90 days in jail, or both plus court costs.  Taking undersized red snapper brings a $250 to $500 fine, up to 90 days in jail, or both plus court costs.  Angling without basic and saltwater fishing licenses carries a maximum fine of $250 for each offense.

Agents participating in the case were Lt. Joseph Arnaud, Senior Agents Nick Guillory, Tyler Marroy, Joey Thompson and Agent Chuck Talbert.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

The Dock In Slidell Hosts the Louisiana Saltwater Series This Weekend

Release Date: 07/19/2011

Kyle McElveen, one of the top youth finishers in the Delacroix tournament at Sweetwater Marina. His catch weighed 6.39 lbs.

July 19, 2011 –There’s still more excitement to come as the Louisiana Saltwater Series Fishing Tournament moves on to its next destination at The Dock and Dockside Bait and Tackle in Slidell, La. on July 23, 2011.  The series is dedicated to catch-and-release saltwater angling through a series of agency-sponsored fishing tournaments.

The series was developed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation to promote conservation of Louisiana’s saltwater sport fish resources and targets one of Louisiana’s most valuable sport fish, redfish.  

The grassroots-based tournament provides anglers with the opportunity to give back to the resource.  Contestants vie for cash prizes and test their skill while enjoying the thrill of the competitive sport. 

Each series includes two-man teams with a $200 entry fee for each event. For teams consisting of three members, only two of the members may be 16 or older.  The tournament is a 100 percent payout series.

This year, a youth division was established to introduce young anglers to the sport of fishing, and to teach the catch-and-release approach to conservation. Participants under 16 years of age will compete against one another in a separate category for trophy catch; all youth anglers will be recognized. 

The 2011 series is comprised of six fishing events and a championship. Tournament locations are scheduled across the coast.  The remaining 2011 tournament schedule is as follows: 

  • August 20 Port Fourchon, Moran’s Marina; and
  • Championship October 7 and 8 Empire, The Delta Marina.

Online registration for the tournament will close on Thursday, July 21 at noon, but those interested in participating can register at The Dock from 4 to 5 a.m., the morning of the event.  Only cash or checks will be accepted for payment of registration fees the morning of the event.

The Disney Radio Road Crew will be on-site to entertain kids of all ages with interactive, hands-on, music and contest-filled events, so be sure to bring the entire family. 

For complete information, including rules, regulations and entry forms go to www.lasaltwaterseries.com

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 contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov (225) 765-5113.

Body of 12 Year Old Girl Found

Release Date: 07/19/2011

 

Search and rescue teams have located the body of the 12-year-old Mandeville girl who has been missing since being ejected into the water after a boating crash incident in Shell Beach Bayou in St. Bernard Parish on July 16.
The search and rescue teams found the body of Samantha Vinturella shortly after 11 a.m. in Lake Borgne about 5 to 6 miles from the original boating crash incident site.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division (LDWF) agents responded to a two vessel collision between a 20 foot boat operated by Marion Funchess, 61, of Folsom, and a 15 foot boat operated by Paul Battle, age 48, of Mandevile, on the evening of July 16 in the Shell Beach Bayou.  Battle had four juvenile passengers on board including the missing 12 year old girl.  Funchess had an adult passenger on board his boat.

All four juveniles were ejected from the 15 foot boat operated by Battle with three of them able to be recovered from the water.  Battle was not ejected from the boat, but was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.  Funchess and his passenger did not receive any major injuries.

LDWF, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana State Police, St. Bernard, St. Tammany and Plaquemines parishes Sheriff’s Offices have been searching since July 16 for Vinturella.

According to LDWF Enforcement Division Col. Winton Vidrine, LDWF will be the lead investigating agency for this boating crash incident to determine a cause of the collision and death.  Vinturella was not wearing a personal flotation device when the boating crash incident occurred and her body will be turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Dulac Resident Cited for Skimming During Closed Shrimp Season

Release Date: 07/19/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a Dulac man for alleged shrimping violations on July 7 in Terrebonne Parish.

Chancing Paul Rodgers, 28, was cited for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season and improper running lights after agents observed him skimming for shrimp near Lake Boudreaux.

Agents observed the vessel travel into a pipeline on the north side of the lake and watched the operator drop his two nets into the water to skim for shrimp.  Agents also observed Rodgers shining the water with a spotlight looking for shrimp.

The penalty for skimming for shrimp during a closed season is a fine between $400 and $950, or imprisonment for up to 120 days or both.  The penalty for improper running lights is a fine of $50, or imprisonment for up to 15 days, or both.

Agents involved in the case were Senior Agents Dean Aucoin and Stephen Rhodes.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Search Continues for Missing 12 Year Old Girl

Release Date: 07/17/2011

 

Several agencies including Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents are continuing to search for a missing 12 year old girl in Shell Beach Bayou in St. Bernard Parish after she was involved in a boating crash incident on July 16.

LDWF agents responded to a two vessel collision between a 20 foot boat operated by Marion Funchess, 61, of Folsom, and a 15 foot boat operated by Paul Battle, age 48, of Mandevile, on the evening of July 16 in the Shell Beach Bayou.  Battle had four juvenile passengers on board including the missing 12 year old girl.  Funchess had an adult passenger on board his boat.

All four juveniles were ejected from the 15 foot boat operated by Battle with three of them able to be recovered from the water.  Battle was not ejected from the boat, but was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.  Funchess and his passenger did not receive any major injuries.

LDWF, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, St. Bernard, St. Tammany and Plaquemines parishes Sheriff’s Offices searched through the night and all day today for the missing girl.  The search agencies will continue to search until nightfall tonight and resume the search at first light in the morning.

LDWF will be the lead investigating agency for this boating crash incident.  The missing girl was not wearing a personal flotation device when the boating crash incident occurred.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Two Metairie Men and a Juvenile Charged with Alligator Violations

Release Date: 07/15/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited two Louisiana men and a juvenile for alleged alligator violations in St. John Parish on July 13.

Agents cited Justin J. Pichon, 19, Jeffrey T. Hodgson, 19, and a juvenile, all of Metairie, for taking an alligator during a closed season and without alligator licenses.

Agents observed the two men and the juvenile on Shell Bank Bayou north of LaPlace load a gray looking tote into the back of their truck.  Agents then stopped the truck on Hwy. 51 where they found blood and chicken parts in the back of the truck.  The three subjects then admitted to the agents that they shot a 6-foot alligator after catching it on a hook and line and putting it in the gray tote.

The season for alligators varies, but normally runs the month of September.  In order to take alligators legally, an LDWF alligator license must be obtained with the LDWF issued alligator tags for a specified area.

Taking an alligator during a closed season brings a $400 to $950 fine, up to 120 days in jail, or both plus court costs.  Hunting an alligator without a license brings a $250 to $500 fine, up to 90 days in jail, or both plus court costs.  The three subjects also face a civil restitution charge for the value of the alligator up to $375.80.

Agents seized the alligator, boat and truck used in connection with the violations.  Agents involved in the case were Sgt. Davis Madere and Senior Agent William Boyd.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area 2011 Teal Season Lottery Announced

Release Date: 07/15/2011

July 15, 2011-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for the 2011 lottery teal hunts on the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish.

Available dates include Saturday, Sept. 10; Sunday, Sept. 11; Tuesday, Sept. 13; Thursday, Sept. 15; Saturday, Sept. 17; Sunday, Sept. 18; Wednesday, Sept. 21; Saturday, Sept. 24; and Sunday, Sept. 25.

Persons 18 years of age or older can apply and only one application per hunter will be accepted. Applications are available on the LDWF Web site at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts or by writing to the LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attention: White Lake WCA Teal Season Lottery Hunts, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898.

Completed applications must be received by close of business on Aug. 18, 2011. A $5 non-refundable administration fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to the LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries must accompany each application.

Each applicant who is selected will be allowed to bring one additional hunter as a guest. All hunters must have appropriate licenses, including a basic hunting license (or Louisiana Sportsman's Paradise license), a Louisiana duck license, federal duck stamp and HIP permit.

Successful applicants will be notified by mail and required to submit an additional check or money order for $250 per hunt party. Applications are non-transferrable.

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 on White Lake WCA teal season lottery hunts, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-479-1894 or sweeneykw@bellsouth.net .

L.D.W.F. Announces Shrimp Season Closures, Map Corrections

Release Date: 07/15/2011

L.D.W.F. Announces Shrimp Season Closures, Map Corrections
L.D.W.F. Announces Shrimp Season Closures, Map Corrections
L.D.W.F. Announces Shrimp Season Closures, Map Corrections

 

The earlier maps posted to the LDWF website did not include additional areas near Lake Borgne and in Calcasieu Lake that will close to shrimping.

July 15, 2011 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2011 spring inshore shrimp season in portions of Shrimp Management Zones 1 and 3 and all of Zone 2 will close at 6 a.m. Monday, July 18. 

Effective with this shrimp season closure, all state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line, westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line will be closed to shrimp harvesting with the exception of the following areas:

  • Lake Pontchartrain, Rigolets Pass, Chef Menteur Pass, the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), that part of Lake Borgne seaward of a line extending one-half mile from the shoreline, and that portion of Mississippi Sound beginning at a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 09 minutes 39.6 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence due south to a point at 30 degrees 05 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence southeasterly to a point on the western shore of Three-Mile Pass at 30 degrees 03 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 22 minutes 23.0 seconds west longitude; thence northeasterly to a point on Isle Au Pitre at 30 degrees 09 minutes 20.5 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 11 minutes 15.5 seconds west longitude, which is a point on the double–rig line as described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2; thence northerly along the double–rig line to a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 12 minutes 37.9056 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 10 minutes 57.9725 seconds west longitude; thence westerly along the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary to the point of beginning, and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line.
  • That portion of the Calcasieu Ship Channel originating at a line between Channel Markers 85 and 86 southward to a point originating along the inside/outside shrimp line at Calcasieu Pass as described in LA R.S.56:495(A) and including East Pass from its origin at the Calcasieu Ship Channel to the south end of Calcasieu Lake and West Pass from its origin at the Calcasieu Ship Channel to the south end of West Cove, and that portion of Cameron Parish west of Calcasieu Lake and the Calcasieu Ship Channel.

State waters in Zones 1 and 3, in which the spring inshore shrimp season has been extended, as well as all state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line will remain open to shrimp harvesting until further notice with the exception those areas closed to recreational and commercial fishing due to the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig accident. 

These waters were closed to protect an increased quantity of juvenile shrimp, indicated by recent biological sampling.   

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 please contact Marty Bourgeois at mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov or (225)765-2401.  For press inquiries please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225)610-2363.

Commercial Fishing for Large Coastal Sharks to Close in Louisiana Waters

Release Date: 07/14/2011

 

July 14, 2011 – Today the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced commercial fishing for large coastal sharks will close in Louisiana waters on July 17, 2011, at 11:30 p.m. 

This closure was made by LDWF Secretary Robert Barham under the authority given by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, which allows the secretary to declare a closed season.  The National Marine Fisheries Service will also close the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico at the same time.

At this time, no date has been set for the reopening of the commercial large coastal shark fishery in Louisiana waters.

During the closed season, all commercial harvest, possession, purchase, exchange, barter, sale or attempt to purchase, exchange, barter, trade, or sell large coastal sharks or their fins is prohibited.

The large coastal shark group is composed of the great hammerhead, scalloped hammerhead, smooth hammerhead, nurse, blacktip, bull, lemon, sandbar, silky, spinner and tiger sharks.

Vessels that have been issued or possess a federal shark research permit may continue to operate under the conditions of that permit, which includes the presence of designated NOAA Fisheries observers aboard the vessel for the duration of the trip, until the quota for the federal shark research fishery is achieved.

Louisiana harvesters land approximately 68 percentage of the annual quota for large coastal shark species according to recent statistics. 

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.  For press inquiries contact Laura Wooderson at (225) 610-2363 or lwooderson@wlf.la.gov.

L.D.W.F. Announces Shrimp Season Closures

Release Date: 07/14/2011

Maps originally posted with this news release were incorrect. Corrected maps will be posted soon.

July 14, 2011 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2011 spring inshore shrimp season in portions of Shrimp Management Zones 1 and 3 and all of Zone 2 will close at 6 a.m. Monday, July 18. 

Effective with this shrimp season closure, all state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line, westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line will be closed to shrimp harvesting with the exception of the following areas:

  • Lake Pontchartrain, Rigolets Pass, Chef Menteur Pass, the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), that part of Lake Borgne seaward of a line extending one-half mile from the shoreline, and that portion of Mississippi Sound beginning at a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 09 minutes 39.6 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence due south to a point at 30 degrees 05 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence southeasterly to a point on the western shore of Three-Mile Pass at 30 degrees 03 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 22 minutes 23.0 seconds west longitude; thence northeasterly to a point on Isle Au Pitre at 30 degrees 09 minutes 20.5 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 11 minutes 15.5 seconds west longitude, which is a point on the double–rig line as described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2; thence northerly along the double–rig line to a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 12 minutes 37.9056 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 10 minutes 57.9725 seconds west longitude; thence westerly along the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary to the point of beginning, and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line.
  • That portion of the Calcasieu Ship Channel originating at a line between Channel Markers 85 and 86 southward to a point originating along the inside/outside shrimp line at Calcasieu Pass as described in LA R.S.56:495(A) and including East Pass from its origin at the Calcasieu Ship Channel to the south end of Calcasieu Lake and West Pass from its origin at the Calcasieu Ship Channel to the south end of West Cove, and that portion of Cameron Parish west of Calcasieu Lake and the Calcasieu Ship Channel.

State waters in Zones 1 and 3, in which the spring inshore shrimp season has been extended, as well as all state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line will remain open to shrimp harvesting until further notice with the exception those areas closed to recreational and commercial fishing due to the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig accident. 

These waters were closed to protect an increased quantity of juvenile shrimp, indicated by recent biological sampling.   

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 please contact Marty Bourgeois at mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov or (225)765-2401.  For press inquiries please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225)610-2363.

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