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Four Plead Guilty To Fishing Violations in Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 11/15/2013

On Nov. 14 four people pleaded guilty to red snapper violations in front of the 25th Judicial District of Plaquemines Parish.

Nghia Huu Hoang, 33, Loan Huynh, 32, both from Harvey, Thang Van Tran, 38, of Avondale, and Truong Nguyen, 33, of Kenner, pleaded guilty to the intentional concealment of illegal fish, over limit of red snapper and undersized red snapper.

Judge Kevin Conner accepted their pleas and sentenced them to a collective fine of $4,000 plus court costs and to pay $1,178 of restitution to the state of Louisiana for the illegally taken red snapper.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents stopped the four in Empire on June 23, 2013 while on a Joint Enforcement Agreement patrol in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service.

During the stop agents were shown a limit of red snapper.  After further investigation, agents discovered two hidden compartments in the bow of the vessel that contained more red snapper.  The subjects were in possession of 40 red snapper placing them 32 fish over their allowable limit.  Eighteen were under the minimum size limit of 16 inches.

Jerry Lobrano, who is the assistant District Attorney for Charles Ballay, prosecuted the case.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Adam Young and Senior Agent Jason Gernados.

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

LDWF Agents Arrest Two Men for Illegal Boat Sale

Release Date: 11/15/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested two Louisiana men on Nov. 14 for allegedly falsifying a boat sale.

Agents arrested Tyler J. Chenvert, 19, of Pierre Part, and Lawrence J. Toups Jr., 48, of Berwick, for injuring public records.  Agents also charged Chenvert with forgery and felony theft and Toups Jr. with filing false public documents.  Agents booked Chenvert into the St. Mary Parish Jail and Toups Jr. into the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail.

According to the arrest warrant, Chenvert injured public records and forged his grandfather’s signature on a bill of sale claiming to be the rightful owner of a vessel he sold to Toups Jr. on Aug. 19.  The vessel is registered to his grandfather who has been deceased since Feb. 17, 2012.

During the investigation, Toups Jr. admitted to agents that he knew Chenvert had forged the grandfather’s signature on the bill of sale.  Chenvert and Toups Jr. completed the sale of the vessel for $1,800, which resulted in Chenvert committing theft against his grandfather’s heirs to the vessel.

Toups Jr. then filed the forged bill of sale when trying to register the vessel in his name on Aug. 30, which resulted in filing a false public document.  On the boat registration application, Toups Jr. also said he purchased the boat from the deceased grandfather, which didn’t match the forged bill of sale.

Injuring public records and filing false public documents each carry up to a $5,000 fine and five years in jail for each offense.  Forgery brings up to a $5,000 fine and 10 years in jail.  Felony theft carries up to a $3,000 fine and 10 years in jail.

Agents participating in the case are Senior Agent Michael Marques, Senior Agent Mike Williams and Sgt. Edward Ridgel.

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

Headquarters Sign Unveiled at Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area in Honor of Former LDWF Administrator

Release Date: 11/13/2013

Headquarters Sign Unveiled at Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area in Honor of Former LDWF Administrator

Nov. 13, 2013 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries formally honored Richard K. Yancey on Friday, Nov. 8 with the unveiling of the new headquarters sign at the Concordia Parish wildlife management area that now bears his name.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a resolution in May to rename the Red River-Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area in honor of Yancey, a distinguished conservationist and LDWF administrator for many years.

"All who enjoy state wildlife management areas should be thankful for the service provided to this agency during his tenure,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham as he addressed present and former department employees and members of the Yancey family. “He saw the need for preserving land as habitat for our native fish and wildlife species and public outdoor recreation access, as well.”

Yancey, who passed away in March at age 88, was a former assistant secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) whose career at the department spanned 31 years between 1948 and 1979.

Yancey began as a field biologist and progressed to project leader, becoming the LDWF’s first Waterfowl Study Leader. He was promoted to chief of the Fur and Refuge Division, assistant director of Wildlife and then assistant secretary of the Office of Wildlife.
 
Over the length of his career, which included service as executive director of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Conservation, Yancey served on the Executive Committee of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (State, Provencial and Federal Agencies of Canada, the US and Mexico), as chairman of International Treaties Committee and Migratory Wildlife Committee, as chairman of the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commissions and president of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.
 
He also served as chairman of the Mississippi Flyway Council Regulations Committee and Technical Committee and Flyway Council, and was co-chairman of the Tensas Conservancy Coalition, instrumental in the establishment of the Tensas National Wildlife Refuge and Big Lake Wildlife Management Area, to be preserved in perpetuity.
 
Yancey was also the recipient of many international, national and state awards including National Wildlife Federation’s 1980 Wildlife Conservationist of the Year in the U.S.  for outstanding contributions to the wise use and management of the Nation's natural resources, the Ducks Unlimited Outstanding Service Award in 1970, the La. Outdoor Writers Conservationist of the Year in 1969, the LSU Forestry Alumni of the Year Award in 1969, and the 1963 Governor's Award for Outstanding Professional in Louisiana presented by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation.
  
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For more information, contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov .

*PHOTO CAPTION: Attending the ceremony to unveil the new headquarters sign at Richard K. Yancey WMA were (left to right) Hugh Bateman, Joe Herring, Robert Ray, Carolyn Ray, Allan Ensminger, Linda Yancey Ray, Richard Charles Yancey, LDWF Secretary Robert Barham,  Mrs. Richard K. Yancey, Michael Ray and Kay Yancey.

 

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Agents Cite Three Men for Illegal Hunting Activities

Release Date: 11/13/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three Louisiana men for alleged hunting violations on Nov. 8 in Pointe Coupee Parish.

Agents cited Alex Manuel, 21, of Melville, Titus Manuel, 17, of Krotz Springs, and Blake Sparrow, 20, of Krotz Springs for illegally taking a deer at night, hunting from a moving vehicle, discharging a firearm from a levee road, intentionally concealing wildlife evidence and taking a deer with an illegal weapon.

Agents received a public tip about potential night hunters on the East Guide Levee approximately three miles south of Hwy. 190 in Lottie.  While patrolling the area, agents noticed a vehicle stopped on the levee with headlights off.  After investigating the stopped vehicle, agents found one of the suspects close to the vehicle.

After briefly interviewing the suspect, he admitted to shooting a deer from his vehicle and that two more individuals were hiding in the woods with the illegally taken deer. The deer and firearm were recovered and the remaining two suspects were apprehended without incident.

Illegally taking deer at night and intentionally concealing wildlife evidence each carry up to a $950 fine per count and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a moving vehicle carries up to a $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Taking deer with an illegal weapon brings up to a $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case include Sgt. Jerry Stassi, Sgt. Cliff Ortis, Senior Agent Anthony Adams and Senior Agent T.J. Ashley.

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

L.D.W.F. Law Enforcement Training Facility Improvements Planned

Release Date: 11/13/2013

Nov. 13, 2013 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division’s training site will be upgraded with a $2 million multi-purpose training facility, LDWF Secretary Robert Barham announced today.

LDWF trains wildlife agent cadets and hosts continuing education courses for Enforcement Division agents and officers from other agencies at the department’s Waddill Outdoor Education Center on Flannery Road in Baton Rouge. The existing training facility is outdated and does not meet the current needs of the Enforcement Division.

“The new facility will provide additional classroom space and dormitory space,” said LDWF Col. Jeff Mayne. “We’ll be able to house an additional 48 law enforcement officers for in-service training that includes advanced boating crash incident investigation, DWI detection and continuing education coursework.”

The Waddill site is also utilized as a staging area for LDWF agents assigned to search and rescue missions during hurricanes or other natural disaster response efforts coordinated by the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

Federal funding for the new facility will be provided through NOAA’s Joint Enforcement Agreement and the US Coast Guard. Additional funding will come from the department’s Conservation Fund.

Site preparation will begin in 2013 and project completion is anticipated within two years.

LDWF is charged with managing, conserving, and promoting wise utilization of Louisiana's renewable fish and wildlife resources and their supporting habitats through replenishment, protection, enhancement, research, development, and education for the social and economic benefit of current and future generations; to provide opportunities for knowledge of and use and enjoyment of these resources; and to promote a safe and healthy environment for the users of the resources.  

For more information, contact Adam Einck, LDWF Enforcement Division, ph. 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board Meeting Cancelled

Release Date: 11/07/2013

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 10:30am at the LDWF offices inside the University of New Orleans (UNO) Advanced Technology Building located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, LA in the second floor conference room has been CANCELLED.  As of now a reschedule date has not been set.  Notice of the new meeting date will be published as soon as a date is chosen.
 
This Board was established by Act 922 of the 2008 Regular Legislative Session for the purpose of hearing appeals of vessel permit denials by LDWF. Act 922 requires that anyone commercially harvesting oysters on the public oyster seed grounds and reservations, except those in Calcasieu Lake and Sabine Lake, must do so from a vessel holding a public oyster seed ground vessel permit issued by LDWF.
 
For more information, contact Ty Lindsey at 225-765-2387 or tlindsey@wlf.la.gov
 
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LWFC Adds Seven Bucks-Only Still Hunt Days to Kisatchie National Forest Hunting Season

Release Date: 11/07/2013

Nov. 7, 2013 -- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission today added seven days in designated areas within Kisatchie National Forest (KNF) for bucks-only still hunting with firearms, during the 2013-14 deer season. The dates include Nov. 22 through 28, 2013, providing additional bucks only hunting opportunity during the Thanksgiving week holiday period.
 
The still hunt, bucks only, modern-firearms areas within KNF include Catahoula (Grant and Rapides parishes), Winn (Winn, Grant & Natchitoches parishes), Kisatchie Ranger Districts (Natchitoches Parish), Evangeline Unit of the Calcasieu Ranger District (Rapides Parish), and the Vernon Unit of the Calcasieu Ranger District (Vernon Parish, excluding Fort Polk/Vernon WMA). Previously approved and announced dates in these areas include Nov. 2-21, Nov. 30 - Dec. 1 and Dec. 14-29. These dates have not changed.
 
The on-line version of the 2013-14 Louisiana Hunting Regulations pamphlet has been updated to reflect these changes on page 83. To view the full document, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/regulations .
 
The U.S. Forest Service requested the additional week of Nov. 22-28 be included in this year’s season dates for deer hunting to provide additional hunting opportunities during the Thanksgiving week holidays.
 
The action was taken by Declaration of Emergency since the Commission’s season date rule has already been submitted to the legislative leadership and the Louisiana Register, and insufficient time remained to make these changes via standard rulemaking prior to the opening dates of these seasons.
 
The action was taken in accordance with the emergency provisions of La. R.S. 49953 of the Administrative Procedure Act, and under the authority of La. R.S. 56:115 and 116, the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or 318-487-5885, or via email at ssmith@wlf.la.gov .
 

 

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LWFC Adds 17 Bucks-Only Still Hunt Days to Deer Area 7 Hunting Season

Release Date: 11/07/2013

Nov. 7, 2013 -- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission today added 17 days in Deer Area 7 for bucks-only still hunting with firearms, during the 2013-14 Area 7 deer season. The dates include Nov. 9-15 and Nov. 18-28, 2013, providing additional bucks only hunting opportunities in the area.
 
The still hunt-only season dates for Area 7 deer hunting, with firearms, as originally approved, include: Oct.19-20 (Either-sex); Oct. 21-Nov. 1 (Bucks Only); Nov.16-17 (Either-sex) and Nov.  29-Dec. 1 (Either-sex). These dates have not changed.
 
The on-line version of the 2013-14 Louisiana Hunting Regulations pamphlet has been updated to reflect these changes on page 12. To view the full document, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/regulations .
 
During the season setting process, it was the intent of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) to include the dates of Nov. 9-15 and Nov. 18-28 in the bucks only segment of this season.    However, these dates were mistakenly left out of the 2013 Notice of Intent.  In order to remain consistent with past season lengths and to provide intended additional hunting opportunities during the month of November, LDWF proposed and the Commission approved adding the dates of Nov. 9-15 and Nov. 18-28 in this year’s season dates for deer hunting, with firearms, bucks only, still hunt only in Area 7.
 
Deer Area 7 includes that portion of Iberia Parish south of LA 14 and west of US 90 and all of St. Mary Parish except that portion north of US 90 from Iberia Parish line eastward to Wax Lake Outlet, east of Wax Lake Outlet southward to Intracoastal Waterway, north of Intracoastal Waterway eastward to the Atchafalaya River, east of the Atchafalaya River southward to Bayou Shaffer, north of Bayou Shaffer to Bateman Lake, north and west of Bayou Chene from Bateman Lake to Lake Palourde.
 
The action was taken by Declaration of Emergency since the Commission’s season date rule has already been submitted to the legislative leadership and the Louisiana Register, and insufficient time remained to make these changes via standard rulemaking prior to the opening dates of these seasons.
 
The action was taken in accordance with the emergency provisions of La. R.S. 49953 of the Administrative Procedure Act, and under the authority of La. R.S. 56:115 and 116, the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or 318-487-5885 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .
 

 

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Tony Bernard Wins 2014 Louisiana Duck Stamp Competition

Release Date: 11/07/2013

Tony Bernard Wins 2014 Louisiana Duck Stamp Competition

Nov. 7, 2013 – Tony Bernard of Lafayette, La., captured first place in the 2014 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp competition sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). The contest determines the image to be used on what is commonly known as the Louisiana Duck Stamp.

Bernard, who also won the 2007 stamp competition, beat out 20 other competitors and was recognized at the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission’s Nov. 7 meeting as the 2014 winner.  Guy Crittenden of Richmond, Va., who has won the Virginia State Duck Stamp contest three times since 2005 and placed second in last year’s contest, placed second again. John Harris of Groveland, Fla., who was won the Florida State Duck Stamp contest three times and placed second in the 1998 Federal Duck Stamp Contest, took third place.  Last year, Ron Louque of Charlottesville, Va., won the Louisiana contest.

Tony Bernard was born and raised in Lafayette where as a high school junior he recognized his raw artistic talent.  With no professional training, he has built a career in the art world that includes commissions to produce original art for local and regional festivals, professional athletic teams, NASCAR and SEC sporting events.  In 2008, Tony was commissioned to paint the official portrait of Governor Bobby Jindal that now hangs in the Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge.

"Again this year, the department was impressed with the number of high quality entries," said LDWF Waterfowl Study Leader Larry Reynolds. "Bernard’s painting combined a spectacular depiction of a pair of white-fronted geese, the most targeted species for goose hunters in Louisiana and a highly desirable prize  among waterfowl hunters everywhere, with a background of marsh and leaden sky that makes you feel optimistic about the upcoming hunt."

For the fifth consecutive year, LDWF held an open contest that allowed the artist to choose any migratory waterfowl species known to winter in Louisiana other than northern pintails, wood ducks, American wigeon and mallards, which were featured on the 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 duck stamps respectively.

The Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp program was established in 1988 by the Louisiana Legislature to generate revenue for conservation and enhancement of state wetlands and other worthy programs that benefit Louisiana’s ducks and geese.  This program has generated over $11 million for wetland conservation in Louisiana since 1989, with over $270,000 from last year’s stamp sales alone.

The 2014 stamp, featuring Bernard’s work, is expected to go on sale June 1, 2014.  The artist will retain the original artwork and will have reproduction rights to the image for prints and other commodities after LDWF has used the image to produce the stamps.

Judges for the competition were Dr. Headley Adelmann, Fred Roetker, John Robinette, Randy Caminita and Stephen Gauthier.  Dr. Adelmann is a retired biology professor at Southeast Louisiana University and artist from Hammond who has both competed in and judged our contest in the past; Roetker is a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service waterfowl biologist and survey pilot from Lafayette; Robinette is an artist and retired LDWF wildlife biologist from Lake Charles; Caminita is a professional wildlife artist from St. Tammany who has also competed in this contest many times; and Gauthier is a residential contractor for Ron Gauthier Homes in Lafayette and is the State Chairman for Ducks Unlimited.

For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at lreynolds@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-0456.

 

 

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Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

Release Date: 11/07/2013

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting. The public is invited to attend.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 1 p.m.

UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210, New Orleans

AGENDA

I.  Roll Call and  introduction of guests

II.  Approval of  Agenda and September 17, 2013  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   - (Sammy Martin)

           C.  Legislative - (Jakov Jurisic)

           D.  Research – (John Supan)

           E.  Coastal Restoration – (Dan Coulon)

           F.  Marketing – (Ashley Roth)

           G.  Health – (Tenney Sibley)

           H. Sustainability-(LDWF)

V.  Old Business

          A.  ISSC Conference/Proposals

          B.  Let the World Be Your Oyster/LA Alive Washington D.C.

          C.  Oyster Tag color on trip tickets

          D.  VMS Update- Jason Froeba, LDWF

          E.  Oyster Reef Educational Tour report- John Tesvich  

          F.   BP Oil Spill Remediation

               1.  Claims Process

               2.  Public Reef Remediation

               3.  Oyster Lease Remediation    

VI.  New Business

       A.  Go To Meeting- LDWF

       B.  Alternative Oyster Culture- John Supan

VII.  Public Comment

VIII.  Set Next Meeting

 IX.    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.

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

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