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Winnsboro Police Officers and Franklin Parish Corrections Officer Cited for Hunting Violations

Release Date: 01/09/2013

Jan. 9, 2013 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested a Winnsboro Police Officer, cited another Winnsboro Police Officer and cited a Franklin Parish Detention Center Corrections Officer for their alleged roles in the illegal harvesting of a deer.

Agents cited Winnsboro City Police Officer Chester Coleman, 34, of Enterprise, on Jan. 7 for taking a deer during illegal hours using artificial light, hunting from a moving vehicle, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, and hunting without basic and big game licenses.  Agents also arrested Coleman for malfeasance in office and booked him into the Franklin Parish Jail.

Agents also cited Winnsboro City Police Officer Joshua Martin, 31, of Winnsboro, and Franklin Parish Detention Center Corrections Officer Hunter Guimbellot, 22, of Winnsboro, on Jan. 5 for taking a deer during illegal hours using artificial light and hunting from a moving vehicle.

Agents were notified by an informant of an illegal hunting incident that occurred in Franklin Parish on Dec. 30, 2012.  Agents learned from the informant that Coleman, Martin and Guimbellot harvested a doe deer around 8 p.m. at the Winnsboro City Industrial Park. 

Coleman was on duty at the time of the illegal hunting activitiy and he shot the deer from his patrol vehicle with Martin’s .308 rifle.  The three men then put the deer into the trunk of the patrol vehicle for later cleaning.

Agents seized the .308 rifle and the deer.  Agents involved in the case are Lt. Scott Watson and Senior Agent Johnny Wilson.

Malfeasance in office is a felony and brings up to five years in jail and $5,000 in fines.  Taking deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a moving vehicle brings a $250 to $500 and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting without basic and big game licenses carries a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail for each offense.  Violating deer tagging regulations brings a $100 to $300 fine and up to 60 days in jail. 

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

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.

LDWF Announces Annual Caney Creek Reservoir Public Meeting

Release Date: 01/07/2013

(Jan. 7, 2013)– The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold a public hearing on Caney Creek Reservoir issues, including an overview of aquatic vegetation issues and the results of recent fish population sampling.  LDWF established a comprehensive management plan for Caney Creek Reservoir in 2006, which provides annual public hearings to update the public on ongoing projects, fisheries management issues and aquatic vegetation management. 

Who:  LDWF biologists

What:  Public meeting on Caney Creek Reservoir

When:  Monday, January 21, 2013, at 7 p.m.

Where:  Jimmie Davis State Park

                Conference Center

                1209 State Park Rd.

                Chatham, LA 71226

The meeting is open to the public, and all persons interested in the conservation and management of the fisheries resources and aquatic habitats in Caney Creek Reservoir are encouraged to attend.

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.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact Evan Thames at ethames@wlf.la.govor (318) 371-5216.  For press inquires, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.govor (225) 765-2396.

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Commission Approves Notice of Intent That Would Revise Regulations for Amphibians and Reptiles

Release Date: 01/04/2013

Jan. 4, 2013 -The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) adopted a notice of intent on Jan. 3that would revise current regulations protecting amphibians and reptiles.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) recommended the revisions which include simplifying the wording for restricted species and permits for take, adding three snake species to the list of restricted reptiles, and adding the Mississippi gopher frog to the list of endangered species within the state. The gopher frog was already federally listed, and the state list would be corrected by this proposed action.

To view the full notice of intent, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items. Public comment will be accepted at the LWFC monthly meeting on Feb. 7, 2013. Comments will also be accepted by mail to LDWF’s headquarters in Baton Rouge through Feb. 20, 2013. Mailed comments should be directed to:

Robert Love
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
P.O. Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000

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 Boundy at 225-765-2815 or jboundy@wlf.la.gov.

 

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LOUISIANA WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES COMMISSION SETS LIMIT FOR THE COMMERCIAL HARVEST OF GREATER AMBERJACK

Release Date: 01/03/2013

January 3, 2013 – Today the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission took action to establish a 2,000 pound commercial trip limit for greater amberjack.  The commission's actions ensure that regulations in Louisiana state waters will mirror regulations of federally managed waters. 

Effective with the provisions under this Emergency Rule, a vessel shall not possess on any trip, or sell, barter, trade, or exchange greater amberjack in excess of the designated 2,000 pound whole weight trip limit, regardless of where taken.  Further, no person, shall purchase, barter, trade, or exchange from any person greater amberjack in excess of the 2000 pound whole weight trip limit.  Greater amberjack may only be in possession during the open commercial season by legally licensed commercial fishermen.

The season for greater amberjack is currently open and will remain open until the quota is reached, with the exception of the annual closed season (March 1 to June 1).

In 2011, Louisiana accounted for approximately 63 percent of the commercial landing for greater amberjack in the Gulf of Mexico.

Greater amberjack are found throughout the Gulf of Mexico as well as in the temperate and tropical Atlantic Ocean.  Greater amberjack usually live in nearshore waters out to 300 feet deep.  This species is often found near offshore platforms, wrecks and artificial reefs.  Greater amberjack can reach sizes of 6 feet in length and weights of 120 pounds in the Gulf of Mexico. 

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

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LOUISIANA WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES COMMISSION SETS COMMERCIAL KING MACKEREL SEASON

Release Date: 01/03/2013

January 3, 2013 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the 2013 commercial king mackerel season to begin July 1. Once the season opens, it will remain open until the quota of approximately 1.18 million pounds is met or projected to be met.

King mackerel is a significant commercial fishery in Louisiana.  From 2000 through 2011 Louisiana has landed, on average, an amount equal to approximately 75 percent of the allotted western Gulf of Mexico quota.  In 2011 more than 1 million pounds were landed in Louisiana.  A significant amount of the king mackerel landed in Louisiana is shipped to markets in the northeastern U.S.

Currently, the 2011-2012 commercial king mackerel season is closed as the established quota has been harvested.

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

 

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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.

 

Agenda for Commission Meeting

Release Date: 12/28/2012

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, January 3, 2013, at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center, 4142 North Flannery Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70814.

The following items will be discussed:

1.  Roll Call

2.  Approval of Minutes of December 6, 2012

3.  Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4.  To Hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/December

5.   Presentation of Department Financial Report

6.  To hear General Information on Upcoming Notices of Intent for the 2013 – 2014 Hunting Seasons

7.  To receive and consider a Notice of Intent on Restricted Amphibians and Reptiles   

8.  To receive and consider a Declaration of Emergency for the 2013-14 Recreational Reef Fish Seasons 

9.  To receive and consider a Declaration of Emergency establishing a trip limit for the 2013 Commercial Greater Amberjack Season

10.  To receive and consider a Declaration of Emergency for the 2013-14 Commercial King Mackerel Season

11.  Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman

12.  Set May 2013 Meeting Date

13.  Receive Public Comments

14.  Adjournment

 

 

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.

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