Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested six Terrebonne Parish men for alleged oyster violations in Terrebonne Parish on June 14 and 15.
Agents arrested Hunter Daisy, 19, of Theriot, Darren Billiot, 48, of Theriot, and Rocky Rel, 34, of Houma, for unlawfully taking oysters during a closed season from the Sister Lake seed ground and booked them into the Terrebonne Parish Correctional Facility on June 14. On June 15, agents arrested Santiago Martinez, 50, of Houma, Luis Carbajal, 22, of Chauvin, and Jose Catarino, 28, of Theriot, for taking oysters from an unapproved area in Bayou Sauveur and booked them into the Terrebonne Correctional Facility.
Agents were working a complaint of subjects taking oysters from the Sister Lake seed ground and observed a vessel actively dredging in the closed area. Agents made contact with the three men in the vessel and were able to seize and return eight sacks of oysters to the water.
While working complaints of subjects taking oysters from a polluted area in Bayou Sauveur, agents observed a vessel actively taking oysters from an unapproved area. Agents made contact with the three men in the vessel and were able to seize and return four sacks of oysters to the water.
Taking oysters from an unapproved area carries a fine between $400 and $950 and up to 120 days in jail. Taking oysters during a closed season carries a fine between $100 and $350 and up to 60 days in jail.
Any person convicted of these violations may for one year after the date of such conviction only harvest oysters from a vessel that employs a vessel monitoring system. Access to the monitoring system shall be granted to LDWF.
Agents involved in the cases were Senior Agents Stephen Rhodes and Dean Aucoin, and Sgt. Bryan Marie.
The next regular White Lake Property Advisory Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area located at 15926 Louisiana Highway 91 in Gueydan, La.
The following agenda items will be discussed:
Approval of Minutes of April 12, 2012 Meeting
Department Financial Report
Election of Officers
Birding and Nature Trail Update
Public Waterfowl Hunts 2012-2013 and Expansion of Public Hunts
Alligator Egg and Wild Harvest Data Report
Wood Duck Boxes on White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area
Feral Hogs on White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area
Elevation Survey and Staff Gauge Update
January Flood, Rainfall, and Salinity Data Report
Refuge Vegetation Survey
Update on Agricultural Leases
Update on Canal Erosion Matters; Intracoastal Canal and Florence Canal
(June 13, 2013) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will initiate a drawdown on Lake Bistineau within the coming week in its attempt to address the spread of giant salvinia, an invasive aquatic weed, which tends to proliferate as summertime temperatures increase.
Based on a recent aerial survey, plant coverage currently exceeds 4,000 acres, creating the need for an immediate drawdown.
Most salvinia in Lake Bistineau is currently confined to the upper reaches of the impoundment by thick standing timber. Floating boom material has also been deployed as a precautionary measure to prevent the plant from drifting downstream. The boom also concentrates the plants, making herbicide applications more efficient.
The drawdown plans include a dewatering of 4 to 6 inches per day, not to exceed 7 feet below normal pool stage. Following an initial drying period of 60 days, the control gates will be operated for minor water fluctuations to isolate additional salvinia plants. The gates will be closed no later than November 30, 2013, to allow the lake to refill.
The lake will not be closed to fishing during the drawdown, but caution is advised of boaters during the low water period as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance for underwater obstructions.
During the drawdown period, an estimated 8,000 acres of water will remain in the lake. Boaters will be able to access the lake from the following public boat launches: Port of Bistineau Launch, Bossier Public Launch, Grice’s and Bayou Dorcheat Public Launch.
For further information regarding the drawdown, contact Evan Thames, LDWF Biologist Manager, at (318) 371-5216 or email@example.com.
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.la.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
(June 11, 2013) - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Ferriday man on June 10 in Concordia Parish for illegal alligator and drug possession.
Agents arrested Michael P. Smith, 37, on four counts of possession of an alligator during a closed season, possession of crystal meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Smith was booked into the Concordia Parish Jail.
Agents were patrolling the Old River levee in Ferriday and found Smith and his juvenile son walking up the levee. After checking Smith, agents found an alligator head in a trash bag. Agents then found a decapitated 10 foot alligator on the bank not far from where Smith and his son were located.
Agents and Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputies were able to secure a search warrant to search Smith’s vehicle and residence. Agents found one fresh alligator head in his vehicle and two fresh alligator heads in his residence. During the search, agents also found crystal meth and drug paraphernalia in Smith’s house.
Possession of an alligator during a closed season brings up to a $400 to $950 fine and 120 days in jail for the first offense, up to a $750 to $950 fine and 180 days in jail for the second offense and between $1,000 to $5,000 in fines and 180 days to two years in jail for each subsequent offense.
Contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile carries up to a $500 fine and six months of jail. Possession of crystal meth brings up to a $5,000 fine and five years in jail. Possession of drug paraphernalia carries up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.
Participating in the case were LDWF Senior Agents Joseph Merrill and Robert Mayo and two CCSO deputies.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are investigating a boating crash incident between two vessels that occurred on June 10 in the Venice area in Plaquemines Parish.
LDWF agents received a distress call around 2:30 p.m. about two vessel collision between a 24 foot bay boat and a 28 foot oil field crew boat in Flat Boat Pass.
All three subjects from the bay boat were transferred to University Hospital in New Orleans. The operator of the bay boat, Steven “Brad” Malcolm, 33, of Madisonville, died en route to the hospital. Dennis Prince, 60, of Malvern, Ark., is in intensive care at University Hospital with severe head trauma. Corey Prince, 34, of Fayetteville, Ark., was treated for an elbow laceration.
Tyler Scott, of Belle Chasse, was the operator of the crew vessel, and Lyrissa Demolle, of Venice, was the passenger. Neither Scott nor Demolle were injured.
LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating crash incident.
(June 10, 2013) – With the spring in full swing the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries takes this opportunity to remind anglers of the free, required offshore landing permit. The permit is required for all anglers, including anglers not normally required to possess a recreational fishing license, possessing tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers and snappers (except gray snapper), and hinds.
As Louisiana continues to make the case for regional management and the extension of Louisiana’s red snapper season, it is more important now than ever that anglers provide LDWF biologists with this critical data that will only strengthen our fight.
Anglers who land yellowfin tuna must report that catch prior to offloading the catch. Anglers may submit harvest reports via the website @rolp.wlf.la.gov, an iPhone or Android application, or by calling the toll-free reporting line at 877-792-3440.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.