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Agenda for May 1, 2014 LWF Commission Meeting

Release Date: 04/25/2014

April 25, 2014 --
The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, May 1, 2014, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA
The following items will be discussed:

1. Roll Call
 
2. Approval of Minutes of April 3, 2014
 
3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege
 
4. WLF Presentation to the USFS Kisatchie National Forest Turkey Trapping Project
 
5. To Hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports April
 
6. To Consider a Declaration of Emergency on Setting the Opening Dates of the Territorial Sea and 2014 Spring Inshore Shrimp Seasons
 
7. To Consider a Resolution to Recognize Ben Lilly Property as a WMA 
 
8. To Consider a Resolution to Establish Big Colewa as a WMA
 
9. To Consider a Resolution to Establish Hutchinson Creek as a WMA
 
10. To Consider a Resolution to Establish Marsh Bayou as a WMA
 
11. To Consider a Resolution to Establish Walnut Hill as a WMA
 
12. To Consider a Notice of Intent for Aerial Hog Control Permits
 
12. Set September 2014 Meeting Date
 
13. Receive Public Comments
 
14. Adjournment

East End Locks Boat Launch at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge to Reopen Saturday, April 26

Release Date: 04/25/2014

 
April 25, 2014 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced today that the East End Locks boat launch at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Grand Chenier will reopen for public use on Saturday, April 26.
 
The launch and parking area, accessible from La. Hwy. 82, had been closed earlier this month for back down ramp modifications. LDWF initiated the modifications to allow the public to launch boats in low tide conditions.
 
Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge is located in eastern Cameron and western Vermilion Parishes. Recreational opportunities on the refuge include shrimping, crabbing, fishing and bird-watching.
 
For more information about the refuge, call 337-491-2000 or go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/rockefeller-wildlife-refuge.
 
 

LPB to Broadcast Complete Alive! In America’s Delta Series Beginning April 30

Release Date: 04/24/2014

April 24, 2014 -- Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) will broadcast the complete Alive! In America’s Delta series beginning on Wednesday, April 30 at 7 p.m. with the premiere of the “Life on the Edge” episode.

The six-part series presents a behind the scenes look at Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) biologists, enforcement agents and technicians working to responsibly manage and protect the state's abundant natural resources.

“LPB’s skilled production team has done a remarkable job showcasing our dedicated staff and the mission they serve,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.

The “Life on the Edge” episode tracks efforts to protect threatened species including the gopher tortoise, whose burrows provide homes for over 360 other species, and the Louisiana pine snake, one of the rarest snakes in North America. The recovery efforts devoted to the American bald eagle and the alligator are also outlined.

The final installment in the series, “Alligator: King of the Bayou”, premieres on Wednesday, May 7 at 7 p.m., detailing the legacy of the alligator in Louisiana. The program explains how LDWF’s innovative, sustained management program restored the reptiles’ once diminished numbers and led to a viable industry that is now a revenue producer for the state’s economy.

Two episodes of the first four in the series have been honored with Silver Telly Awards, a worldwide competition honoring the finest film and video productions, groundbreaking web commercials, videos and films, and outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs. “The Whooping Crane’s Majestic Return” and “Black Bear Comeback” were honored for excellence in the Nature/Wildlife category.

The full series broadcast schedule on LPB-HD network stations including KLPA-DT in Alexandria, WLPB-DT in Baton Rouge, KLPB-DT in Lafayette, KLTL-DT in Lake Charles, KLTS-DT in Shreveport and KLTM-DT in Monroe is as follows:

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 7 p.m. - Life on the Edge (Premiere)

*Encore: Monday, May 5 at 10 p.m.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 7:30pm - Endangered in the Gulf

*Encore: Monday May 5 at 10:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 7 p.m. - Alligator - King of the Bayou (Premiere)

*Encore: Monday, May 12 at 10 p.m.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. - The Whooping Crane’s Majestic Return

*Encore: Monday, May 12 at 10:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 7 p.m. - Black Bear Comeback

*Encore: Monday, May 19 at 10 p.m

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. - Delta Guardians

*Encore: Monday, May 19 at 10:30 p.m.

Additionally, the two premiere episodes will be broadcast on WLAE-TV in New Orleans as follows: “Alive! In America’s Delta: Life on the Edge” on Friday, May 9 at 8:30 p.m.; and “Alive! In America’s Delta: Alligator - King of the Bayou” on Friday, May 23 at 8:30 p.m.

For more information on the Alive! In America’s Delta series, please visit www.lpb.org/alive; or contact Bo Boehringer atbboehringer@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-5115.

 

Shrimp Season In Portion Of Louisiana Offshore Territorial Waters To Open April 29

Release Date: 04/23/2014

Shrimp Season In Portion Of Louisiana Offshore Territorial Waters To Open April 29

April 23, 2014 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the shrimp season in the portion of state outside waters extending a distance of three nautical miles, seaward of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line, from the northwest shore of Caillou Boca at -90 degrees 50 minutes 27 seconds west longitude westward to the eastern shore of the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the channel red buoy line, will reopen to shrimping at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, April 29.  This area lies seaward of Terrebonne parish.

According to the most recent trawl samples taken by LDWF biologists, small white shrimp which previously occupied these waters since December have reached marketable sizes and the closure is no longer necessary.

Because significant numbers of juvenile white shrimp remain in state outside waters seaward a distance of three nautical miles westward from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal, these waters will remain closed until further notice.  Except for these waters, all remaining state outside waters will be open to shrimping.

The opening dates for the 2014 spring inshore shrimp season will be considered by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at the May 1, meeting.

Click here for a map detailing this opening

For more information please contact Martin Bourgeois at mbourgeios@wlf.la.gov or (225)765-2401 or Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov.

 

Boating Education Lagniappe Day Slated for May 10

Release Date: 04/23/2014

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be hosting the fourth annual "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" on May 10 at eight different locations across the state.

During Boating Education Lagniappe Day, LDWF will provide instructors for the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) boating education course, NASBLA boating education certification, food and drinks, giveaways and door prizes all free of charge to the public.

LDWF urges the public to register quickly as most places have limited spaces available and registration is on a first come first serve basis.

Anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 must complete a NASBLA approved boating education course and carry proof of completion to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.

The course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal requirements and equipment requirements.  The course also covers many navigation rules and charts, trailering, sailboats, canoeing, personal watercraft and more.  Completion of the course will result in the student being issued a vessel operators certification card.

Below is the list of class locations and the registration contact information, which can also be found at www.wlf.louisiana/lagniappeday:

Bossier Parish
Academy Sports and Outdoors
2801 Beene Blvd.
Bossier City, La 71111
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To register please call 318-371-3049.
Sponsors include Academy Sports and Outdoors, Bayou Outdoor Supercenter of Bossier City, H&W Marine of Bossier City and O’Reilly Auto Parts.

Ouachita Parish
Academy Sports and Outdoors
111 Constitutional Dr.
West Monroe, La 71292
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
To register please call 318-343-2417.
Sponsors include Academy Sports and Outdoors, Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association and Pizza Hut.

Rapides Parish
Academy Sports and Outdoors
3205 S MacArthur Dr.
Alexandria, La 71301
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To register please call 318-487-5634.
Sponsors include Academy Sports and Outdoors and the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association.

St. Landry Parish
St. Landry Lumber
207 N Railroad Ave.
Opelousas, La 70570
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To register please call 337-948-0257.
Sponsors include Raising Canes of Opelousas, Acadiana Outfitters of Iberia, Walmart of Eunice and St. Landry Lumber of Opelousas.

Calcasieu Parish
Lake Charles Civic Center
900 Lakeshore Dr.
Lake Charles, La 70601
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To register please call 337-591-2580
Sponsors include the Calcasieu Chapter Whitetails Unlimited.

Lafourche Parish
Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Rifle Range
1156 Hwy. 90
Raceland, La 70394
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To register please call 985-447-0821.
Sponsors include the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association and Kief's Hardware Inc. of Cutoff.

Ascension Parish
Cabelas
2200 W Cabela's Pkwy
Gonzales, LA 70737
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
To register please call 225-765-2999.
Sponsors include Cabela’s and Louisiana Waterway Safety Inc.

St. Tammany Parish
Madisonville Branch of St. Tammany Parish Public Library
1123 Main St.
Madisonville, LA 70447
9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Please call 504-284-2023 to register.
Sponsors include the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association.

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

Dubach Man Cited for Turkey Hunting Violations in Union Parish

Release Date: 04/22/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Dubach man for alleged turkey hunting and trespassing charges on April 19 in Union Parish.

Agents cited Anthony J. Lewis, 40, of Dubach, for intentional concealment of wildlife evidence, failing to comply with turkey tagging requirements, hunting turkeys with no basic hunting and big licenses and turkey stamp, criminal trespassing and operating an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) on a public road.

Agents received a complaint from an anonymous hunter about Lewis turkey hunting on private property without permission near Dubach.  When agents arrived to the location, Lewis was no longer hunting in the area.  Agents then drove to Lewis’ residence and found him driving down a public road on an ATV.  When Lewis saw the agents he turned the opposite direction to avoid detection.

After a brief pursuit, agents were able to make contact with Lewis to which he admitted to dumping a harvested turkey from earlier in the day in a field during the pursuit.  Agents were able to locate the harvested turkey and issue Lewis his citations.

Intentional concealment of wildlife evidence brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to comply with turkey tagging requirements and hunting without a big game license each carry up a $100 to $350 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting turkey without a turkey stamp and basic hunting license each bring up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.  Criminal trespassing carries a $100 to $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail.  Operating an ATV on a public road brings up to a $175 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Scott Watson and Senior Agent David Nelson.

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

LDWF Agents Arrest Bunkie Man for Resisting Arrest

Release Date: 04/21/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested a Bunkie man for alleged flight from an officer and resisting arrest on April 16 2014 in Avoyelles Parish.

Agents arrested Shannon Stevenson, 30, and booked him into the Avoyelles Parish Prison for resisting an officer by flight and resisting arrest.

Agents attempted a license check of Stevenson who was fishing over 140 crawfish traps from the bank on Bayou Rouge near Bunkie.  Stevenson then tried to elude the agents by attempting to swim across the bayou.  Agents were able to quickly apprehend Stevenson from the water.

Agents also charged Stevenson with taking commercial fish without a commercial license and a commercial gear license and trespassing.

Taking commercial fish without a commercial license and gear license each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.  Resisting an officer by flight carries up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.  Resisting arrest brings a $25 to $100 fine and 30 days to six months of jail.  Trespassing carries a $100 to $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Travis Burnett, Senior Agent Douglas Anderson, Senior Agent Byron Cammack and Senior Agent Jay Callegari.

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

Two Subjects Cited for Trawling In Closed Season in Terrebonne Parish

Release Date: 04/21/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two Louisiana men for allegedly trawling for shrimp during a closed season on April 18 in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents were on patrol in Caillou Bay near Bayou De West in inside state waters when they observed a commercial shrimping vessel actively trawling for shrimp.  Agents boarded the vessel and found Justin Griffin, 28, of Theriot, and Spencer Callahan, 21, of Dulac, on board.

Agents seized 177 pounds of shrimp and the vessels two trawls.

Taking shrimp in a closed season brings a $400 to $900 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case are Senior Agent Dean Aucoin and Senior Agent Thomas Wolf.
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting

Release Date: 04/17/2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 1:00 p.m.
UNO Advanced Technology Center
2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

AGENDA

I.  Roll Call and introduction of guests

II.  Approval of April 22 agenda and February 11, 2014 minutes

III. Financial Report

IV. Old Business

    A.  Data Request- LDWF 
    B.  2014 legislation update 
    C. Marketing 
    D. Sustainability
    E. Management

V. New Business

    A. Sub-Committee Selections

VI.  Public Comment

VII. Set Next Meeting

VIII.  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.

To join the meeting via webinar register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8672584139350107393

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

To sign up for LDWF Alerts sent as text messages and emails directly to your mobile device click   here.

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.

 

Acadia Parish Man Arrested for Theft of Crawfish

Release Date: 04/16/2014

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested Jason P. Mire, 39, of Crowley, for alleged theft of crawfish and criminal trespassing on April 15 in Acadia Parish.
 
LDWF Agents had received complaints from crawfish farmers in the Mowatta area about people stealing crawfish from traps in their ponds.  At approximately 9:30 p.m. on April 15, LDWF Sgt. Justin Sonnier was on surveillance in the area when he observed Mire allegedly taking crawfish from traps in a pond that did not belong to him.
 
Sgt. Sonnier was able to apprehend Mire with 31 pounds of live crawfish.  The 31 pounds of crawfish were valued at approximately $62 and were returned to the victim’s pond.
 
Mire was booked into the Acadia Parish Jail and his bond was set at $1,000.  Theft of crawfish valued less than $500 brings up to six months in jail and up to a $500 fine.  Criminal trespassing carries a fine between $100 and $500 and up to 30 days in jail.
 
Sgt. Sonnier was assisted by Acadia Parish Sheriff’s deputies Sgt. Glenn Johnson, Deputy Timmy Leleux and Deputy Randy Chaisson.
 
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

 

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