LDWF News Release

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.


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)


  •   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:


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


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.



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 .



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.


Students Experience Native Fish at Paddlefish Spawn Event

Release Date: 03/21/2012

Students visited the Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery in early March to participate in LDWF’s Native Fish in the Classroom project.
Students visited the Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery in early March to participate in LDWF’s Native Fish in the Classroom project.
Students visited the Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery in early March to participate in LDWF’s Native Fish in the Classroom project.

March 21, 2012-- One hundred fifteen students from around the state met at the Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery on March 5 and 7 to participate in the paddlefish spawn.

The middle school and high school students are involved with the Native Fish in the Classroom Projectwhich is coordinated by the LDWF Education Program. Students learned more about the steps in the fertilization process as they rotated through several informational stations. Bobby Reed, LDWF Inland Fisheries senior technical advisor, performed a paddlefish dissection, allowing students to investigate and compare paddlefish anatomy with largemouth bass anatomy.

The Louisiana Sea Grant College Program, along with LSU’s Scope on a Rope Program, hosted a microscope lab which allowed students to view plankton, paddlefish and bass eggs, along with embryonic fish.  Additional aquatic samples were provided so students could make their own slides to examine.  Chase Chatelain and Brody Meche, LDWF fisheries biologists, explained how biologists use fish ear bones (otoliths) and paddlefish jawbones to age fish.  Paul Whitehead, LDWF hatchery biologist supervisor, also provided tours of the hatchery.

Students and teachers received paddlefish eggs at the end of the day to bring back to their classroom’s nursery fish tank.  The program goal entails raising fingerling paddlefish for release into local waterways. As the fish grow, students will learn about water quality and biology as they maintain habitat for their nursery tank fish population.  In May, the paddlefish fingerlings will be released at an LDWF-approved site that provides suitable habitat for this big river fish species.

There are currently 17 schools, representing 11 parishes, involved with this aquaculture stewardship project.  The project’s hands-on approach provides a learning experience that strives to teach students about aquatic ecosystems and develop an attitude of stewardship for the state’s natural resources.

For more information about the NFC Project, visit the Louisiana Marine Education Resources (LAMER) website at:  http://www.lamer.lsu.edu/nativefish/index.htmlor contact Angela Capello at 318-748-6999 or acapello@wlf.la.govor Dianne Lindstedt at 225-578-1558 or dlindst@lsu.edu.

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




Hunter Education Awards Presented at Annual Workshop

Release Date: 03/20/2012

John Sturgis, program manager for LDWF, presenting the Todd Robert’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Tommy LeBlanc (right).
– LDWF Private Lands Biologist Cliff Daily demonstrates how to prepare a European deer skull mount.
Left to Right – Roger Crawley, Keith Lowery and Mike Rainwater demonstrating safe gun handling practices.

March 20, 2012-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Education Section held their annual Hunter Safety Volunteer Instructor Workshop Feb. 25 at Camp Grant Walker in Pollock with 175 people in attendance.

LDWF utilizes the workshop to honor volunteers for the countless hours devoted to preparation, teaching and sharing of life-saving skills that benefit hunter education students.   Additionally, the workshop is an opportunity for volunteer instructors to network with other instructors and share ideas to enhance their hunter education classes.

Awards were presented to several outstanding instructors who have gone “above and beyond” to help train a new generation of hunters.  Instructor of the Year awards were presented to one team and two individuals in each of the north, southwest, and southeast regions of the state.

Team Awards went to Tom Cathey, Roger Crawley and Keith Lowery from Ouachita Parish; Jesse Mercer, Jr. and Keith Willett from Grant Parish; and Jason Juban, Larry Lapeyrolerie and Huey Smith from East Baton Rouge Parish.  Individual awards were presented to Edward Adams, St. Charles Parish; Ronald Coco, Avoyelles Parish; Charles LeBlanc, Washington Parish;  James Mardis, Morehouse Parish;  Walter “Donny” Moon, Winn Parish; and Roy Page, Bienville Parish.

The Todd Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Thomas “Tommy” LeBlanc from Iberville Parish.

Volunteer instructors were also presented awards based on their years of service in five-year increments.  This year Rupert Breland, Washington Parish; James Greene, Jr., Kenner; and Lloyd Posey, Franklin Parish were inducted into the Hunter Safety Volunteer Hall of Fame for thirty years each of dedicated service to the Hunter Education Program.

The workshop also offered interesting and informative in-service training sessions for the volunteer instructors.  Department biologists gave presentations on wildlife diseases of concern to hunters, the Louisiana Whooping Crane reintroduction project and proposed laws affecting hunters.  Demonstrations were also offered on how to create European deer skull mounts, hands-on teaching ideas and teaching techniques. 

Volunteer instructors are the backbone of the department’s Hunter Education Program, training some 18,000 students annually in hunter safety.  The department truly appreciates their contribution to the sport of hunting and congratulates the award winners.  Persons interested in becoming volunteer hunter education instructors can find out more information on the Hunter Education Program from the department’s website:  www.wlf.la.gov/hunting/hunter-education.

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



New Iberia Resident Arrested for Shocking Fish

Release Date: 03/20/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division Agents arrested a New Iberia man for allegedly shocking fish on March 16.

Agents arrested James J. Bourg, 33, for taking fish with a shocking device, taking commercial fish without a commercial license or commercial gear license, possessing unlabeled catfish, failing to complete trip tickets and theft of crab traps and booked him onto the Iberia Parish Jail.

Agents witnessed Bourg illegally taking fish with a shocking device in the Atchafalaya Basin in Iberia Parish.  During the execution of a search warrant, LDWF agents recovered an electronic shocking device and electronic components used in the manufacturing of additional devices.

Agents also discovered records of Bourg taking and selling catfish without the required licenses.  Bourg was also in violation of not completing trip tickets and labeling requirements on packages of the fish for sale.

Bourg was also found to be in possession of two stolen crab traps.  Agents seized 65 pounds of catfish along with the record information of previous and future proposed sales of catfish.  Agents also seized a 16 foot boat with a 50 horsepower motor and trailer belonging to Bourg, which was used in the illegal taking of the fish.

Taking fish illegally carries a fine between $400 and $950 and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking or selling commercial fish without a commercial license brings a $350 to $500 fine and up to 30 days and forfeiture of anything seized.  Taking or selling commercial fish without a commercial gear license carries $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

Possession of stolen crab traps carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to complete trip tickets and possession of unlabeled catfish for sale brings a $250 to $500 and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.

Agents participating in this case were Sgt. James Rhodes, Senior Agent David Boudreaux, Senior Agent Jerry Stassi and Senior Agent Anthony Adams.

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


Missing Boater Found in Morehouse Parish

Release Date: 03/16/2012

Search and rescue teams located the deceased body of a missing boater in Morehouse Parish on Jones Lake today, March 16.

Walter Sims, 51, of Jones, was found by the Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s Office (MPSO) this morning after five days of searching.  Search crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office and West Carroll Sheriff’s Office also participated in the search.

Sims was last seen fishing alone around 2:30 p.m. on March 10.  When Sims didn’t return home at dark, a concerned family member contacted the MPSO at 11:30 p.m.

Authorities believe Sims may have fallen into the water.  His 14 foot aluminum boat was found tied up to the lake’s bank directly behind his home. 

Sims’ body was turned over to the Morehouse Parish Coroner’s Office to determine a cause of death.  LDWF is the lead investigative agency to determine the cause of this boating incident.  Contributing factors to the incident are unknown at this time.

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

WMA Forest Management Prescriptions Available for Review

Release Date: 03/16/2012

March 16, 2012-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) draft forest management prescriptions for four state wildlife management areas (WMAs) are now available for review.

The prescriptions include areas on Hutchinson Creek, Sandy Hollow, Sicily Island Hills and Tunica Hills WMAs.  The documents detail proposed methods to improve, maintain and sustain wildlife habitat while providing quality wildlife-oriented recreational improvements and sustaining quality timber resources for the long-term.

Prescription documents are available at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma-forest-management-prescriptions.

Each document includes a description of the area to be addressed within each WMA, the current condition of each forest type found within the compartment, the soil types and hydrology of the area and current wildlife habitat conditions.  Plans also include management objectives, management concerns and how areas of concern will be addressed to enhance or sustain the wildlife habitat.  Timber harvest is often the most feasible means to manipulate forest habitat for the management of wildlife, while obtaining short and long-term benefits. 

LDWF is asking that any comments on the plans be as specific as possible and provided by April 30.  Comments can be made in writing to Tommy Tuma at LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898 or ttuma@wlf.la.gov .  

For more information, call Tommy Tuma 225-765-2347.

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