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Shrimp Task Force Marketing Subcommittee Meeting

Release Date: 03/30/2015

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Marketing Subcommittee Meeting. The public is invited to attend.

Wednesday, April 1,  2015, 10 a.m.

LDWF Headquarters, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge

 

AGENDA

I.      Roll Call and introduction of guests

II.     New Business

A.    Seafood Certification Program

III.     Public Comment

IV.     Adjourn

 

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend. The public is invited to attend.  To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7745746422277446658

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For press inquiries please contact Ashley Roth, 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov

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Search and Rescue Crews Looking for Missing Boater

Release Date: 03/29/2015

Search and rescue crews are still looking for a missing Folsom woman following a fatal single boat incident in the Pearl River in St. Tammany Parish.

Search crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call yesterday, March 28, at around 5:30 p.m. about a capsized boat near lock #3 on the Pearl River.  The capsized boat included a male operator named Terry J. O’Keefe Jr., 41, and female passenger named Jonie R. Morgan, 31, with her three children, which are eight and six year old boys and a four year old girl all from Folsum.

LDWF agents believe at this time that the 14 foot aluminum vessel capsized after going over the lock after the operator was unable to start the boat.  A 16 year old boy came upon the scene and saw the eight year and six year old boys and mother in the water.

On his way to help, the 16 year old boy’s vessel also capsized.  While in the water the 16 year old boy was able to grab onto the two boys and mother, however the mother’s shirt he was holding onto ripped off of her body and she didn’t resurface.  Another fisherman on the bank then went into the water and was able to get the three boys safely to shore.

While the search and rescue crews arrived on scene shortly thereafter the four year old girl popped up from under the boat and officials were able to safely retrieve her.  It appears at this time that she was stuck under the vessel for about 30 minutes, but was able to breathe.

Search and rescue crews found the body of O’Keefe Jr. victim at 8 a.m. this morning, March 29.  They will continue searching for Morgan.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.  All children were found wearing their personal flotation devices.  Investigators don’t believe O’Keefe Jr. and Morgan were wearing personal flotation devices upon entering the water.

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

LDWF Agents and APCO Deputies Searching for Crawfish Burglar

Release Date: 03/27/2015

Cary G. Bastian is wanted for stealing crawfish.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office (APSO) are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a Rayne man.  He is wanted in connection with simple burglary at a crawfish dock that occurred early Thursday morning, March 26, on Hwy. 35 south of Rayne.

The APCO and LDWF responded to the 5200 block of Abbeville Hwy. at approximately 3:30 a.m. following a report of a burglary in progress.

When APCO deputies and LDWF agents arrived they learned that the suspect, identified as Cary Gordon Bastian, 28, fled the scene heading south in a white Camaro.  LDWF agents advised that Bastian headed toward the Vermilion and Lafayette Parish line traveling at speeds well over 100 mph.

During the investigation agents and deputies learned that the owner had a person hiding on the premises all evening in an attempt to identify the suspect responsible for stealing crawfish from the owner.  The owner was noticing sacks of crawfish missing from an outside cooler that was locked.  According to the witness Bastian was observed loading six bags of crawfish into the trunk of his Camaro prior to the arrival of law enforcement.

Warrants of arrests have been issued for Bastian of the 15900 block of Gordon Road in Rayne.  Bastian is being charged with one count of simple burglary, one count of reckless operation of a motor vehicle and one count of aggravated flight from an officer.  District Judge John Trahan set bond at $21,000.

An attempt was made later in the day to apprehend Bastian, but he fled into a wooded area near his home in Vermilion Parish.  Please contact the Acadia or Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Offices or LDWF at 1-800-442-2511 if you know of Bastian's whereabouts.

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

Annual Trappers Convention Set for April 11 at Woodworth Outdoor Education Center

Release Date: 03/27/2015

March 27, 2015 -- The Louisiana Trappers and Alligator Hunters Association will hold their annual convention on Saturday, April 11 in Woodworth and the public is invited.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Woodworth Outdoor Education Center, south of Alexandria at 661 Robinson Bridge Road, will be the event site from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free. From I-49, take Woodworth exit 73 and head west on Robinson Bridge Road for 2 miles to the education center entrance on the left.

Association members will demonstrate trapping techniques and educate the members and general public on trapping regulations and related trapping activities. An inflatable obstacle course will be available for youngsters. A youth education program at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. will provide hands-on activities for youngsters to instruct them on how to use trapping equipment and provide tips on trapping. Additionally, a lever action .22-caliber Henry rifle and a Yeti ice chest will be raffled off.

The Association is working closely with the Louisiana Fur Advisory Council on behalf of LDWF to provide this educational experience. For more information about the Louisiana Trappers and Alligator Hunters Association, go to http://www.louisianatrappers.com or contact Tony Howard at 318-423-7860 or mahoward@centurytel.net.
 

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Roads Closed on Grassy Lake WMA

Release Date: 03/27/2015

March 27, 2015 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is advising Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area users that Cache-Cache Road (Grand Lake Road) and the Fool’s Bay Crossing within the WMA are currently closed to all traffic.
 
Increasing water levels in the river system has caused backwater flooding on these thoroughfares.  Once the water recedes, vehicular traffic will be allowed.
 
Grassy Lake WMA is located in northeastern Avoyelles Parish, approximately 12 miles from Bordelonville.
 
For more information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2767  or contact Tony Vidrine at 337-948-0255 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov .
 
 
 

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Roads Closed on Dewey W. Wills WMA

Release Date: 03/25/2015

Mar. 25, 2015 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is informing outdoorsmen and women that Sandy Bayou Road and Muddy Bayou Road (Deville Crossing to Nolans Bayou Road) within Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) are currently closed to all traffic.
 
Increasing water levels in the river system has caused backwater flooding on these roads.  Once the water recedes, vehicular traffic will be allowed.
 
Dewey W. Wills WMA is located in the southern portion of LaSalle and Catahoula parishes in central Louisiana approximately 20 miles northeast of Alexandria.
 
For more information on the WMA, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2753 or contact Cliff Dailey at 318-487-5885 or adailey@wlf.la.gov .
 

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LDWF Reminds Charter Captains about Federal Reef Fish Permit Requirements

Release Date: 03/25/2015

March 25, 2015 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to remind charter boat captains about the permit requirements when fishing for reef fish in state and federal waters.
 
Any vessel being operated as a charter or headboat and landing reef fish in Louisiana is required to have a valid federal charter vessel / headboat reef fish permit, regardless of where these fish were caught (state or federal waters).  This permit must have been issued to the vessel and must be on board the vessel and in immediate possession.  Additionally, a valid Louisiana charter boat license shall be in the possession of the captain.   
 
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 press release inquiries contact Ashley Roth, aroth@wlf.la.gov or 504-286-4162.  
 
 

 

Sorrento Man Cited for Turkey Violations

Release Date: 03/24/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Sorrento man for alleged turkey violations this morning, March 24 in East Feliciana Parish.

Agents cited Keanon R. Dickey, for hunting turkeys during a closed season, over a baited area and criminal trespassing.

Agents received an anonymous tip about someone trespassing on private property without permission.  Agents setup surveillance off of Caruth Road near Wilson and observed Dickey walk on to the private property and to a hunting spot.  Agents also listened to Dickey make calls to entice turkeys closer to his spot.

After making contact with Dickey, agents noticed the field he was hunting over was baited with cracked corn.

Turkey season doesn’t open until March 28 statewide on private lands.

Hunting turkeys during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each count.  Hunting turkeys over bait carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Trespassing on private property brings a $100 to $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case are Lt. Will Roberts and Senior Agent Terry Hicks.

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

LDWF Agents Cite Lockport Man for Fishing Violations

Release Date: 03/24/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Lockport man on March 19 for alleged recreational fishing violations.

Agents cited Arthur Freeman, 51, for possessing red snapper during a closed season.  The red snapper season opened on March 20.

Agents were patrolling the Grand Isle docks when they stopped Freeman’s boat shortly after he unloaded his commercial catch for the day.  During the inspection, agents found a few coolers containing 34 red snapper.

Freeman claimed the red snapper were left over from the sale and he was going to take them home for personal consumption.  Agents seized the fish.

Possessing red snapper during a closed season brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Freeman may also face civil restitution of $975 for the replacement value of the fish.

Agents participating in the case are Senior Agent Michael Marques and Senior Agent Michael Williams.

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

Three Men Cited for Shark Fishing Violations

Release Date: 03/23/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three Louisiana men for alleged commercial shark fishing violations off the coast of Grand Isle on March 21.

Agents cited Daie Minh Le, 42, of Buras, Hung Van Le V, 38, of New Orleans, and Thanh Van Le, 52, of Buras, for over the limit of large coastal sharks.

Agents were on patrol and found the men still actively fishing and already in possession of 74 large coastal sharks.  Most of the sharks were black tip sharks with one hammerhead shark.  The limit for large coastal sharks is 36 per day.

Over the limit of large coastal sharks carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

The illegal fish were seized and sold for market value.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Nicholas Guillory, Senior Agent Adam Tieben and Agent Lucas Hidalgo.

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

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