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LDWF Agents Arrest St. James Man for Illegally Purchasing and Selling Fish and Game

Release Date: 04/03/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested a St. James man for alleged multiple wildlife and fishery violations on April 3.

After executing a search warrant of his residence, agents arrested Roy Folse, 66, for the illegal purchase and selling of game fish and wildlife among other charges and booked him into the St. James Parish Prison.

LDWF undercover agents have investigated Folse since 2007 when they first sold him two red snapper.  Over the course of the investigation, undercover agents sold and purchased game fish and wildlife from Folse or witnessed Folse selling or purchasing game fish and wildlife in St. James, Ascension, Iberville and St. John parishes.

According to the offense report, undercover agents sold Folse over 1,800 crappie and 84 bowfin.  Undercover agents also witnessed Folse purchase 130 pounds of deer sausage and three deer hindquarters and sell over 1,000 crappie, 74 bowfin and two deer hindquarters.

Future charges are also pending against Folse and his associates from which he bought or sold game fish and wildlife.

Agents charged Folse with 55 citations for crimes committed between March of 2010 to January of 2012 in the following parishes:

In St. James Parish: 13 counts of purchasing game fish; 12 counts of selling game fish; one count of selling fish without a wholesale/retail license; one count of transporting fish without the required license; one count of failing to maintain records; one count of taking commercial fish without a commercial license; one count of taking game fish illegally; and one count of taking commercial fish without a gear license.

In Iberville Parish: four counts of purchasing deer meat; two counts of selling deer meat; two counts of transporting fish without the required license; two counts of buying fish without a wholesale/retail license; and two counts of failing to maintain records.

In Ascension Parish: two counts of buying fish without a wholesale/retail license; two counts of failing to maintain records; two counts of transporting fish without the required license; one count of selling deer meat; and one count of selling game fish.

In St. John Parish: one count of buying fish without a wholesale/retail license; one count of maintaining records; and one count of transporting fish without the required license.

Selling and purchasing game fish brings a $350 to $500 fine and 30 days in jail for the first offense.  Second offense carries a $500 to $1,000 fine and 60 days in jail.  For each subsequent offense, Folse faces up to a $1,000 to $2,000 fine and 90 days in jail.

Selling and purchasing deer meat brings a $500 to $750 fine and up to 30 days in jail for the first offense.  For all subsequent offenses, Folse faces a $750 to $1,000 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

Taking game fish illegally brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 180 days in jail.

Selling fish without a wholesale/retail license, failing to maintain records, transporting fish without the required license, taking commercial fish without a commercial license or gear license each bring a fine between $250 and $500 and up to 90 days in jail.  A second offense carries a $500 to $800 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  All subsequent offenses bring a $750 to $1,000 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

LDWF strike force agents participating in the case were Lt. Joe Arnaud, Sgt. Davis Madere, Sgt. Todd Laviolette, Senior Agent William Boyd, Senior Agent Doug Danna, Agent Jake Darden and undercover agents.

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

Louisiana Saltwater Series Sets Records at Its First Tournament of 2012

Release Date: 04/02/2012

Brothers Gary and Gus Wilson, sponsored by Shearwater, Mercury, Minn Kota and Humminbird, took home first place on Sat

(April 2, 2012) -A record number of anglers threw their hats into the ring at this weekend’s first installment of the Louisiana Saltwater Series in Empire, La.  Fifty-nine teams turned out and tried to hook the big one, and six youths competed for prizes in their own division.

A whopping 158 redfish were tagged and released on Saturday, more than any past LASS tournament.  The results of the tagging will aid conservation efforts for redfish in the future, helping to ensure healthy populations and a successful recreational fishing industry.

Brothers Gus and Gary Wilson of Gretna, La., took home the top prize, with a two fish total weight of 16.84 pounds, earning them $3,000.   “We scouted Delacroix on Friday and found one pocket holding good fish,” said winner Gary Wilson.  “Saturday morning we went straight to the pocket, and the fish hadn’t moved.  We caught three fish out of the school and were done by 8:30 a.m.”

Visit www.lasaltwaterseries.comfor more information including event photographs and a complete listing of results, and be sure to mark your calendars for our next tournament on April 28 at Calcasieu Point Landing. 

Each redfish tournament includes two-man teams with a $200 entry fee for each event.  Up to two anglers under 16 are allowed to participate per team.  The tournament is a 100 percent payout series. 

Online registration is available at www.lasaltwaterseries.com.  A $20 fee for all onsite tournament registrants will be incurred per team.   Only cash and checks will be accepted for onsite registrants. 

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.

For more information contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov (225) 765-2396.

 

 

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LDWF Schedules Drawdown for Black Bayou Lake

Release Date: 04/02/2012

(Apr.2, 2012) -The water control structure on Black Bayou Lake in Caddo Parish will be opened on June 1, 2012 to conduct a lake drawdown.  The lake will be lowered at a rate of 3 to 4 inches per day until it reaches a target level of five feet below pool stage.  The control structure will be closed after a 90-day period to allow for refill.    

Sportsmen and property owners have endured severe problems with aquatic vegetation on Black Bayou Lake for several years.  Hydrilla remains the greatest concern, at times covering up to 90 percent of the lake. 

An integrated management plan has been developed to address the problem.  Other control measures will include herbicide applications during the drawdown period to treat stranded pockets of aquatic vegetation and introduction of triploid grass carp during the winter of 2012/13.

While the action will allow for shoreline maintenance, property owners are advised that timely action is necessary due to the abbreviated drawdown period. 

This action is a cooperative effort between the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Black Bayou Watershed Commission.  For further information regarding the drawdown, contact Evan Thames, at ethames@wlf.la.govor (318)371-5216.

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.

For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov (225) 765-2396.

 

 

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AGENDA FOR COMMISSION MEETING

Release Date: 03/29/2012

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, April 5, 2012, in the Louisiana Room at the Wildlife and Fisheries Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

The following items will be discussed:

    1.  Roll Call

    2.  Approval of Minutes of March 1, 2012

    3.  Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

    4.  To hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/March

    5.  Presentation of Award for Litter Enforcement Officer of the Year

    6.  To receive Public Comment on Notice of Intent on 2013 – 14 Hunting Season Dates

    7.  To receive Public Comment on Notice of Intent on General/WMA Hunting Regulations

    8.  To receive and consider a Notice of Intent on Snare Regulations in Trapping

    9.  Declaration of additional acreage to Dewey Wills WMA

  10.  To hear presentation on proposed Creel Limit Change in Lake Darbonne

  11.  To receive and consider a Notice of Intent for modifications to Reef Fish Harvest  Regulations   

  12.  To receive and consider a Declaration of Emergency for Grouper Regulations

  13.  Discussion of Red Snapper Stock in Gulf of Mexico

  14.  Set August 2012 Meeting Date

  15.   Receive Public Comments

  16.   Adjournment

 

Students Compete in 2012 National Archery in the Schools State Tournament

Release Date: 03/28/2012

March 28, 2012-- The 2012 National Archery in the Schools State Tournament, held March 17-18 at Louisiana College in Alexandria, featured students from seven competing schools.

Year five of the annual competition involved 278 students participating in the elementary, middle and high school divisions. This year’s top competitors included:

Elementary Division:

Team

1. Phoenix Magnet

2. Benton Elementary

3. Poland Elementary

Top Boy & Girl

Hunter Lambert, Ball Elementary

Jordan Farris, Benton Elementary

Middle School Division:

Team

1. Poland Junior High

2. Phoenix Magnet

Top Boy & Girl

Gabe Fradella, Benton Middle School

Erica Dauzart, Ball Middle School

High School Division:

Team

1. Caddo Magnet

2. C. E. Byrd

Top Boy & Girl

Kellan Hall, Caddo Magnet

Hanna Li, Caddo Magnet

The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) promotes international-style target archery as part of the physical education curriculum in grades 4-12.  The curriculum covers archery history, safety, technique, equipment, mental concentration, core strengthening physical fitness and self improvement. 

Teachers attend an eight-hour Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) training program conducted by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ education staff to learn to teach the two week, in-school curriculum.

Students use standardized equipment to shoot at targets placed before an arrow curtain in the school gymnasium.

Participating schools in this year’s tournament included Ball Elementary and Middle Schools, Benton Elementary and Middle Schools, C.E. Byrd High School, Caddo Magnet, Hayden R. Lawrence Elementary, Phoenix Elementary and Middle Schools and Poland Elementary and Middle Schools.

For more information contact John Sturgis at 225-763-5448 or jsturgis@wlf.la.gov.

             

  

 

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Louisiana Man Cited For Turkey Violations

Release Date: 03/28/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a man for alleged turkey hunting violations on March 24 in the Atchafalaya Basin.

Agents cited Ted A. Lewis, 67, of Pride, for taking over the limit of turkeys and failing to tag turkeys.

Agents working in the Atchafalaya Basin on opening day of turkey season on Jakes Bayou in St. Martin Parish heard gun shots.  After investigating the shots, agents found Lewis in possession of two turkey gobblers that were untagged.  The legal limit for turkeys is one per day and two per season.

Possession of over the limit of turkeys carries a fine of $250 to $500 and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to tag turkeys brings a fine of $100 to $350 and up to 60 days in jail.  Lewis was also assessed a civil restitution penalty for the value of the two turkeys totaling $3,079.

Agents participating in the case were Sgts. Brian Theriot and Ronald Hebert and Senior Agent Donnie Bozeman.

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

Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet Next Week in New Orleans

Release Date: 03/27/2012

March 27, 2012 – The next meeting of the Louisiana Oyster Task Force will be next Tuesday, April 3, in New Orleans at 1 p.m. at the UNO Advanced Technology Center in Suite 210.

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

I.      Roll Call

II.     Approval of  February 23, 2012  Minutes

III.     Treasury Report
                 A. Oyster Tag Sales
                 B. LOTF Financial Report

IV.   Committee Reports
                 A.  Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee – (Buddy Pausina)
                 B.  Enforcement   - (Steve McManus)
                 C.  Legislative - (Jakov Jurisic)
                 D.  Research – (John Supan)
                 E.  Coastal Restoration – (Dan Coulon)
                 F.  Marketing -
                 G.  Health – (Tenney Sibley)

V.    Old Business
                 A.   BP Oil Spill Remediation
                         1. Claims Process
                          2. Public Reef Remediation
                          3. Oyster Lease Remediation

VI.   New Business
                 A. Presentation from  Maura Wood with Wildlife Federation re: Myrtle Grove Diversion

VII.  Set Next Meeting

VIII.  Adjourn

 

This meeting is open to the public.

For more information please contact Ashley Roth at Ashley@louisianaseafood.com or (504)286-8735.

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LDWF to Host Series of Outreach Meetings Targeting Oyster Industry Representatives

Release Date: 03/26/2012

March 26, 2012 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, in coordination with the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals, will begin a series of public meetings next week to provide critical information on current and proposed rules that will affect the oyster harvesting, dealing and processing communities in Louisiana. 

Oyster fishermen, dealers and processors, along with anyone who has an interest in the oyster industry are encouraged to attend these free workshops. 

The training topics are as follows:

Vibrio control plan

  •  Time / Temperature requirements (current/future)
  •   ISSC (current/future guidelines and requirements)

Oyster harvesting

  •  documentation/record keeping (important/required logs)

Enforcement

  •   LDWF’s process of enforcing/checking time/temperature requirements
  •   LDWF’s process of enforcing/checking documentation/record keeping   requirements

Refrigeration and cooler

  •  refrigeration equipment
  •  cooler/box equipment (fabrication)
  •  refrigeration/cooler options and alternatives

The training dates, times and venues are as follows:

Chalmette

Monday, April 2, 6 p.m. To 8 p.m.

St. Bernard Council Chambers

8201 w. Judge Perez Drive

Chalmette, La 70043

Belle Chasse

Wednesday, April 4, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Belle Chasse Auditorium

8442 Highway 23

Belle Chasse, La 70037

Houma

Tuesday, April 10, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Houma Municipal Auditorium

800 Verret Street

Houma, La 70360

For more information please contact Darren Bourgeois at (504) 284-2033 or dbourgeois@wlf.la.gov.

 

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National Wild Turkey Federation Honors L.D.W.F. Employees

Release Date: 03/23/2012

March 23, 2012-- Three Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) employees were recently honored at the Louisiana Chapter-National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) awards banquet.

Enforcement Division Sgt. Curtis Belton received the state NWFT “Agent of the Year” award for his outstanding work enforcing wild turkey regulations in southwest Louisiana. Belton, from Leesville, received the award for the second time in his 12-year career.

WMA Supervisor Lynn Bennett was awarded the state NWTF “WMA Technician of the Year” award for his assistance in capturing wild turkey gobblers for harvest studies on southwest Louisiana  WMAs and National Forest lands.  Bennett, from Leesville, also received a second time in his 12 years with LDWF. 

Tony Vidrine, from Arnaudville, won the state NWTF “Biologist of the Year” award.  Vidrine serves as the Mississippi Alluvial Valley-South region manager and has assisted with wild turkey restocking and research in that area during his 28 years of LDWF service.

The NWTF continues to be a valued partner with the LDWF to conserve wild turkeys in Louisiana.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources.  For more information, visit us at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information contact Jimmy Stafford at 225-765-2361 or jstafford@wlf.la.gov .

 

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Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board to Meet Next Week in New Orleans

Release Date: 03/22/2012

March 22, 2012 – The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board will meet in New Orleans on
Thursday, March 29, at 1 p.m. in the LSPMB office located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 310.

The agenda for next week’s meeting is as follows:

I.  Call to order and introduction of guests

II.  Adoption of Agenda

III. Reading and approval of minutes from December 7 2011 and January 19, 2012

IV.  New Orleans Arena update

V.  Reports
           A. Treasurer’s Report
                  a. EDRP Grant
           B. Finance Committee Report
           C. Sponsorship and Marketing Committee Report
           D. Legislative Committee Report
           E. Executive Director’s Report

VI.  Old Business
           A. Brussels overview
           B. Seafood Marketing Campaign Update
                a. The Food Group
                b. The Graham Group
                c. GCR
           C. Bylaws
           D. Officer Election Protocol
           E. Board Meeting Schedule

VII.  New Business
            A. Marketing Ideas

VIII.  Adjournment

This meeting is open to the public.

For more information please contact Ashley Roth at ashley@louisianaseafood.com or (504) 286-8735.

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