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Additional Roads Closed on Richard K. Yancey WMA

Release Date: 07/02/2015

July 2, 2015 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is advising Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area users that Sostien Bayou Road, Goose Lake Road, Blount Road, Catfish Bayou Road, and Ross Road from the Crowfoot to Long Bayou, are currently closed to all traffic due to high water.  Dobbs Bay Road also remains closed at this time.
 
Increasing water levels in associated river systems has caused backwater flooding on these thoroughfares.  Once the water recedes, vehicular traffic will be allowed.
 
Richard K. Yancey WMA is located approximately 35 miles south of Ferriday on Louisiana Hwy. 15 in lower Concordia Parish. 
 
For information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2767 or contact Tony Vidrine at 337-948-0255 or tvidirne@wlf.la.gov .

 

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LDWF Advisory on Senate Bill 212

Release Date: 07/02/2015

July 2, 2015 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is advising bow hunters that they may lawfully carry any caliber firearm when bow hunting on private property during Louisiana’s archery season. Previous law prohibited bow hunters from carrying any firearm larger than a .22 caliber pistol while bow hunting.

Senate Bill 212 by Sen. Rick Ward, signed into law on June 29 by Governor Bobby Jindal, provides hunters that option for personal protection during archery season. As such, any firearm, including pistols, rifles and shotguns may be carried by a bow hunter. The new law should not be construed to mean that game can be taken with firearms carried for protection.

The bill’s language, however, does not limit the ability of the department and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) to regulate hunting activities and weaponry in a wildlife management area (WMA). Current WMA regulations for 2015-16 allow bow hunters to carry rifles and handguns .22 caliber, or smaller, during archery season.

For more information on the upcoming hunting season, review the 2015-16 Louisiana Hunting Regulations available on the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.state.la.us/hunting/regulations .

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, Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or 318-487-5885, or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

 

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Louisiana Shrimp Task Force applauds the passage of HB 668

Release Date: 07/01/2015

 
July 1, 2015 - The Louisiana Shrimp Task Force applauds the actions of state legislators and Governor Jindal as HB 668 by Rep. Dorothy Sue Hill was signed into law today.  Effective August 1, HB 668 repeals state laws, which up to this point have prohibited Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents from enforcing federal turtle excluder device (TED) and by-catch reduction device (BRD) regulations in state territorial waters.
 
Louisiana shrimpers have always been required to comply with federal TED regulations, but this bill authorizes LDWF agents to enforce the regulations.
 
Throughout the year, the Shrimp Task Force worked with industry members and attended public meetings to better understand the industry’s concerns regarding the repeal of the existing laws.   Based on the feedback and support received from the industry, the Shrimp Task Force led the way and voted unanimously at their April 1, 2015 meeting to repeal the current prohibition of enforcement.
 
“Today is a monumental day for our shrimp industry and will show the world that Louisiana fishermen and processors have always been concerned with the successful management of our shrimp fishery, said Mark Abraham, Shrimp Task Force Chairman. “The Shrimp Task Force applauds Governor Jindal and our state legislators who worked with us to pass this legislation.”
 
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 inquiries, contact Ashley Roth at 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov. To sign for text alerts related to commercial fishing visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/textalert-signup.

 

LDWF Agents Make Three DWI’s on the Water During Operation Dry Water Weekend

Release Date: 06/30/2015

In support of Operation Dry Water, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) arrested three boaters statewide for alleged driving or operating a vessel while intoxicated (DWI) from Friday, June 26 to Sunday, June 28.

On June 26 agents arrested Steven P. Sander Jr., 35, of Metairie, on Bayou Segnette in Jefferson Parish for DWI on the water.  Agents also arrested Donald Lennox, 54, of Prairieville, on the Amite River Diversion Canal in Livingston Parish, and Jay B. Burchfield, 39, of Hammond, on North Pass in Tangipahoa Parish for DWIs on the water on June 27.

Louisiana had 18 boating fatalities in 2014 with alcohol playing a role in six fatalities or 33 percent.  Nationwide, statistics from 2014 reveal that 21 percent of all boat incident fatalities listed alcohol as a contributing factor.

LDWF agents issued five DWI citations to boat operators during the 2014 Operation Dry Water weekend.

Impaired boaters caught this weekend can expect penalties to be severe.  In Louisiana, a DWI on the water carries the same penalties and fines as on the road and includes jail time, fines and loss of driving and boating operator privileges.

Anyone cited for a DWI on the water or on the road will lose his or her driver's license and boating privileges for the specified time ordered by the judge in the case.  Also, each offense of operating a vehicle or vessel while intoxicated counts toward the total number of DWI crimes whether they happened on the water or road.

In Louisiana a DWI can be issued to anyone operating a moving vessel or vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.  First offense DWI carries a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.

Operation Dry Water was started in 2009 and is a joint program involving the LDWF/LED, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and the U.S. Coast Guard.  More information is available at www.operationdrywater.org.

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

Authorities Recover Body of St. Landry Man from Bayou Marron

Release Date: 06/30/2015

Search and rescue crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division and the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office recovered the body of a St. Landry man from Bayou Marron on June 29.

Search and rescue crews were notified around 3 p.m. of a missing canoer in Bayou Marron.  The crews found the body of Lawrence Fontenot, 58, around 5:45 p.m.

According to the other canoer with Fontenot, the two men were frogging from a canoe early in the morning on June 29 in the vicinity of Chatagnier when the canoe capsized.  The survivor was able to make his way to the shore and call for help.

Neither man was wearing a personal flotation device when they entered the water.  LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.

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

Shrimp Season to Close July 2 in Remainder of State Inside Waters Except for Breton and Chandeleur Sounds

Release Date: 06/29/2015

 
June 29, 2015 – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2015 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, in the remainder of state inside waters except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds.
 
This action closes shrimping in inside waters within the Mermentau, Calcasieu and Sabine Rivers Basins extending from the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line. It also closes those inside waters in Eastern Louisiana currently open, including Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Borgne and a portion of the Mississippi Sound located in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin.  This action also closes those portions of Barataria Bay, Terrebonne Bay and Lake Pelto that remained open on June 19.
 
Effective with this closure all state inside waters will be closed to shrimping except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double–rig line in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2.  All state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside shrimp line will remain open to shrimp harvesting until further notice.

Data collected in recent weeks by LDWF biologists indicate increased quantity, distribution and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp within these waters. The decision to close these waters was made to protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes.
 
For more information visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/shrimp-seasons

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will meet August 6 to consider opening dates for the fall inshore shrimp season.  At the July 2 meeting of the Commission, they will consider action to authorize LDWF Secretary Robert Barham to open the fall white shrimp season if needed prior to the August 6 Commission meeting.
 
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 Jeff Marx at 337 -373-0032 or jmarx@wlf.la.gov. For press inquiries, contact Ashley Roth at 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov

 

Union Wildlife Management Area to Close

Release Date: 06/26/2015

June 26, 2015 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced today that the property known as Union Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will no longer be part of the department’s WMA program, effective July 1, 2015. LDWF has decided to conclude the long-term lease with Plum Creek Timber Company on approximately 10,000 acres in Union Parish, focusing instead on supporting wildlife management efforts in other WMAs within the LDWF system.

“LDWF will continue to pursue opportunities on properties that facilitate wildlife habitat management while providing quality outdoor recreation options for the public,” said Steve Smith, LDWF WMA program manager. “Those resources previously utilized on this area will be redirected in a manner through which they can be best utilized within the WMA system for conservation and public use.”

For many years, Plum Creek provided hunting access on this WMA in northeast Louisiana.  The company will now offer these lands for lease to individuals or hunting clubs.  Additional information about recreational leasing opportunities is available at www.plumcreek.com/recreation.

Plum Creek is among the largest and most geographically diverse private landowners in the United States with timberlands in 19 states, and wood products mills in the Northwest, managing lands using sustainable practices to benefit Plum Creek’s many stakeholders. Plum Creek employees work together to serve as stewards of the environment, make wood products for everyday use, and build strong communities to create shareholder value. For more information, please visit www.plumcreek.com.

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 Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or 318-487-5885, or ssmith@wlf.la.gov.

 

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AMENDED Agenda for July 2015 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheires Commission Meeting

Release Date: 06/26/2015

“AMENDED” AGENDA
LOUISIANA WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES COMMISSION
BATON ROUGE, LA
July 2, 2015
9:30 AM

 

1. Roll Call

2. Approval of Minutes of June 4, 2015

3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4. To hear Enforcement Reports June 2015      

5. To hear an update on the Spring Shrimp Season    

6. To consider a Declaration of Emergency to allow the Secretary to set the 2015 Fall Shrimp Season if conditions require

7. To consider a Declaration of Emergency for Early Migratory Game Birds (Dove, Teal, Woodcock, Rail, and Gallinule) Hunting Seasons

8. To hear a Presentation on the effect of tidal flow through the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet on Lake Pontchartrain and its estuaries

9. Set November 2015 Meeting Date

10. Receive Public Comments

11. Adjournment

 

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The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to meet on July 2

Release Date: 06/25/2015

 
AGENDA
LOUISIANA WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES COMMISSION
BATON ROUGE, LA
July 2, 2015
9:30 AM

 
1. Roll Call

2. Approval of Minutes of June 4, 2015

3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4. To Recognize the Tchefuncte River Foundation River Clean-Up

5. To hear Enforcement Reports June 2015      

6. To hear an update on the Spring Shrimp Season    

7. To consider a Declaration of Emergency to allow the Secretary to set the 2015 Fall Shrimp Season if conditions require

8. To consider a Declaration of Emergency for Early Migratory Game Birds (Dove, Teal, Woodcock, Rail, and Gallinule) Hunting Seasons

9. To hear a Presentation on the effect of  tidal flow through the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet on Lake Pontchartrain and its estuaries

10. Set November 2015 Meeting Date

11. Receive Public Comments

12. Adjournment

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LDWF Agents Participating in Operation Dry Water this Weekend June 26-28

Release Date: 06/25/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Law Enforcement Division (LDWF/LED) agents will take part in Operation Dry Water from June 26-28 with increased patrols for boaters operating or driving a boat while intoxicated (DWI) enforcement and boating safety.

During the Operation Dry Water weekend, LDWF agents will be out in force patrolling state waterways for boat operators whose blood alcohol content exceeds the state limit of .08 percent.

Alcohol can impair a boater’s judgment, balance, vision and reaction time.  It can increase fatigue and susceptibility to the effects of cold-water immersion.  Sun, wind, noise, vibration and motion intensify the side effects of alcohol, drugs and some prescription medications.

“Alcohol use and operating a vessel don’t mix.  We want people to treat a boat the same way they would a vehicle when it comes to having a sober operator.” said LDWF Lt. Col. Sammy Martin, the state’s boating law administrator.  “We want people to have fun on the water, but we also want them to come home safely.”

Louisiana had 18 boating fatalities in 2014 with alcohol playing a role in six fatalities or 33 percent.  Nationwide, statistics from 2014 reveal that 21 percent of all boat incident fatalities listed alcohol as a contributing factor.

LDWF agents issued five DWI citations to boat operators during the 2014 Operation Dry Water weekend.

Impaired boaters caught this weekend can expect penalties to be severe.  In Louisiana, a DWI on the water carries the same penalties and fines as on the road and includes jail time, fines and loss of driving and boating operator privileges.

Anyone cited for a DWI on the water or on the road will lose his or her driver's license and boating privileges for the specified time ordered by the judge in the case.  Also, each offense of operating a vehicle or vessel while intoxicated counts toward the total number of DWI crimes whether they happened on the water or road.

In Louisiana a DWI can be issued to anyone operating a moving vessel or vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.  First offense DWI carries a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.

Operation Dry Water was started in 2009 and is a joint program involving the LDWF/LED, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and the U.S. Coast Guard.  More information is available at www.operationdrywater.org.

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

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