LDWF News Release

Louisiana Shrimp Task Force votes to repeal TED enforcement prohibition

Release Date: 04/01/2015

In a significant vote at the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force meeting today, members came together and voted unanimously to support the repeal of legislation that prohibits LDWF agents from enforcing federal TED regulations.
Their motion was to, “Support legislation to repeal La. R.S. 56:57.2 (both sections) for a period of two years, after which time the Shrimp Task Force shall review the efficacy of the repeal and recommend to the Legislature whether to reinstate the prohibition of enforcement, or to permanently repeal the legislation.”
Existing legislation adopted in 1987 (R.S. 56.57.2), has prevented Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents from enforcing federal TED laws or regulations.  The Shrimp Task Force has been working with industry members and attending public meetings over the course of the last year to better understand the industry’s concerns regarding the repeal of this legislation.  This outreach has helped them garner support for the motion made today.
“This is a historic vote that shows our processors, dock owners and shrimpers all have common ground when it comes to preserving our fishery for future generations”, says Mark Abraham, Chairman of the Shrimp Task Force.
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 press release inquiries contact Ashley Roth, aroth@wlf.la.gov or 504-286-4162.   



LDWF Hosting Kids Fishing Day Camp in July at Woodworth Outdoor Education Center

Release Date: 04/01/2015

April 1, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is hosting a Kids Fishing Day Camp for children 10 to 15 years of age at Woodworth Outdoor Education Center from July 6 through 9.
The Monday through Thursday day camp will provide activities from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the education center located at 661 Robinson Bridge Road in Woodworth, south of Alexandria.  The camp is designed to create responsible anglers by providing campers with an appreciation for the sport of fishing and the basic skills needed to enjoy this outdoor recreation activity.
Campers will be supervised by LDWF education staff and volunteers during activities that will include how to rig fishing equipment, fish identification, casting, lure selection, how to clean the catch, boating safety and much more.
Registration fees are $75 per child and the registration deadline is June 30, 2015. The camp is limited to the first 20 participants registered. Lunch will be provided daily and each child will receive a rod/reel combo and stocked tackle box provided by the Association of Louisiana Bass Clubs and the Woodmen of the World.
For more information, or to obtain a registration form, contact Todd Buffington at (318) 773-2402 or tbuffington@wlf.la.gov . Registration forms are also available via the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/summerdaycamp .


Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

Release Date: 04/01/2015

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. The meeting will convene at 9:30 a.m. in second floor conference room of the University of New Orleans’ Advanced Technology Center located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans.  
Agenda items for the meeting of the Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board are as follows:

  1. Roll Call of Board Members
  2. Approval of Minutes from February 24, 2015 Meeting
  3. Hearing of New Renewal Permit Appeals
    1. Purified Oysters & Food
    2. S & C Oyster Co., LLC
  4. Hearing of New Re-Issuance Permit Appeals
    1. Michael P. Williams
  5. Update on Recommendation Made at February 24, 2015 Meeting
  6. Receive Public Comments
  7. Set next meeting date
  8. Adjournment

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.
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 more information, please contact Ty Lindsey at 225-765-2387 or tlindsey@wlf.la.gov.


Three Galliano Men Cited for Oyster Violations

Release Date: 03/31/2015

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent cited three subjects in Lafourche Parish for alleged oyster violations on March 30.

While on patrol, the agent spotted a vessel and its crew harvesting oysters in an unapproved area on Bayou Faleau.  The agent also observed the crew harvesting on a private lease without permission from the owner.

Agents made contact with the occupants and cited John P. Bruce, 50, Jace P. Griffin, 28, and Jarrod P. Bruce, 29, all from Galliano, for harvesting oysters from an unapproved polluted area, unlawfully taking oysters off a private lease without written permission.

The agent seized the dredges and returned 10 sacks of oysters to the water.  He also seized the vessel on a department seizure order.

Taking oysters from an unapproved polluted area and without permission from the owner each brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  The men could also have their oyster harvester licenses revoked by the department for up to one year.  The violators could also be sentenced to perform 40 hours of community service and only be allowed to harvest oysters from a vessel with a vessel monitoring device for up to one year.

The agent participating in the case is Sgt. Bryan Marie.

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

$8,500 Reward for Information on Bald Eagle Shooting

Release Date: 03/31/2015

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are seeking information on the shooting of a bald eagle that was found near Cavett River Road in Gilliam.  

The Humane Society of the United States, The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, Louisiana’s Operation Game Thief and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are offering a reward of up to $8,500 for information leading to a conviction of the person or persons responsible for this unlawful act.

On March 22, 2015, an incapacitated, mature, American bald eagle was recovered in Caddo Parish near Cavett River Road.  The bald eagle displayed wounds to its chest and left wing.  The eagle was transported to the Louisiana State University Veterinary Hospital for treatment.  X-rays confirmed that the injuries were due to a gunshot.  The eagle was euthanized as a result of the severity of its injuries.

Bald eagles are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.  Violations of these statutes carry maximum criminal penalties of up to $100,000 and $15,000 respectively and/or up to one year in federal prison.

Anyone with information concerning this eagle is asked to contact U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent Brad Rabalais at 601-331-0292 or call the LDWF Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-800-442-2511.

11 Subjects Cited for Turkey Violations During Opening Weekend of Turkey Season

Release Date: 03/31/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited 11 people for alleged turkey hunting violations during the opening weekend of the 2015 turkey hunting season.

On March 28 agents cited the following for hunting turkeys over a baited area: Shannon D. Gray, 45, of Oak Grove, in Concordia Parish; Brian C. Adamson, 41, of Many in Sabine Parish; Jimmy Gordon, 72, of Livingston, in Livingston Parish, Patrick Haggerty, 67, of Kenner, in Tangipahoa Parish; Gary L. Carter, 49, of Rayville, in Jackson Parish; and Neil Hunt, 38, of Sandy Hook, Miss., in Washington Parish.

Agents cited Carl R. Hall Jr., 39, of Lecompte, on March 28 for hunting turkeys without a turkey stamp and failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations in Rapides Parish.

In Desoto Parish on March 29 agents cited both Chase Love, 18, of Grane Cane, on March, and George Hatcher, 56, of Converse, for hunting turkey without a turkey stamp.

On March 29 in West Feliciana Parish agents cited Jason Lipoma, 46, and Doyle Lipoma, 17, both of Gonzales for hunting turkeys over a baited area and failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations.

According to the 2015 Turkey Regulations pamphlet, no person shall hunt or take turkeys by the aid of baiting or on or over a baited area.  Hunters are not allowed to place, expose, deposit or scatter corn, wheat or other grain, salt or other feed to lure turkeys to their hunting area.

Also, turkey hunters are required to possess Louisiana basic hunting and big game licenses, Louisiana wild turkey permit and turkey tags.

Hunting turkeys over a baited area brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Not possessing a turkey stamp brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

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

Robert Love Receives 2014 Governor’s Award for Conservationist of the Year

Release Date: 03/30/2015

Robert Love Receives 2014 Governor’s Award for Conservationist of the Year

March 30, 2015 -- Robert Love, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries division administrator, was honored Saturday by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation with the 2014 Governor’s Award for Conservationist of the Year.
Love, who manages the Coastal and Nongame Resources Division at LDWF, was recognized for leading the department’s biologist team involved with the reintroduction of the whooping crane to Louisiana.
“Every species recovery success LDWF has managed through the years has had a point person setting goals, directing personnel and handling the administrative duties so the biologist team can focus on the critical field work,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham at the ceremony in Baton Rouge. “Bob Love has taken that lead with whooping cranes and provided the vision to start and sustain the project.”
“The vision that awareness leads to appreciation which leads to protection is working; and I’m hopeful that our citizens can take pride in accomplishing yet another major conservation achievement, in restoring this long lost iconic and charismatic wildlife species,” said Love. “The vast majority of Louisianans respect, appreciate and support our wildlife resource management efforts.”
As Coastal and Nongame Resources Division administrator, Love oversees the division that includes LDWF’s Alligator Management Program, furbearer management including the Coast-wide Nutria Control Program, Louisiana’s Wildlife Action Plan, the Natural and Scenic Rivers Program, the Louisiana Natural Heritage Program,  Oil Spill Response and Natural Resource Damage Assessment, plus Coastal Operations including management of 10 wildlife management areas and refuges, and White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish -- within the same geographic area in which the cranes had at one time thrived.
Love initially secured approval for the whooping crane reintroduction project to begin by proposing a funding model which has value-added component utilizing privately raised funds.  He also led efforts to define the entire boundary of Louisiana as a non-essential, experimental population status with the Department of Interior.  This designation allows the experimental population to be treated more like threatened, as opposed to endangered status.  It also allows much greater public acceptance of endangered species restoration, as these birds will not impact the normal lifestyle and activities on the Louisiana landscape.
Guiding staff biologists working with the experimental population of whooping cranes that have been in Louisiana since 2011, Love’s interaction with US Fish and Wildlife Services, the Whooping Crane Recovery Team, the International Crane Foundation, and the US Geological Survey Research Center in Patuxent, Maryland, and corporate partners have been key.
He established a regular team meeting management approach to the project, integrating staff field biologists, LSU research biologists, LDWF administration, a formal education program, public awareness and outreach program, maintenance staff, as well as veterinary and law enforcement staff to more fully utilize all available resources for derived benefits to the restoration effort.
Relative to project funding, Love has directed fundraising to gather resources, additional to state and federal dollars, to make the project financially stable during the formative years. Those fund raising efforts have brought in $1.5 million since 2011.
Love began his career in 1981 as a wildlife specialist in the Baton Rouge District VII office for the Wildlife Division.  Early in his career he worked with many game species, nuisance wildlife species and species of special concern, including alligators.
After working on all state Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) throughout the Florida Parishes, he was promoted through the biologist ranks to serve as biologist program manager for nine years, responsible for purchasing more than 80,000 acres of conservation lands for WMAs and refuges. He served 18 years in the Wildlife Division before serving the last 15 years in what was previously known as the Fur and Refuge Division.
Love received his undergraduate degree in biology from Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois in 1975.  He received his master’s degree in wildlife management in 1981 from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.  His master’s degree thesis focused on the food habits of nutria in brackish marshes, with field work on the State Wildlife Refuge in Vermilion Parish.
Over his career, Love has been involved in wildlife groups including the Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, LSU Forestry Wildlife and Fisheries Alumni Association, The Wildlife Society, LA Professional Biologist Association and others. He was honored most recently with the Acadiana Sportsmen’s League 2013 Emeritus Award.
For more information, contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov .
*Photo caption: (left to right) LDWF Secretary Robert Barham, Robert "Bob" Love, LWF President Barney Callahan.

Chevron Honored with 2014 Governor’s Conservation Achievement Award

Release Date: 03/30/2015

Chevron Honored with 2014 Governor’s Conservation Achievement Award

March 30, 2015 -- The Louisiana Wildlife Federation presented Chevron with the  Business Conservationist of the Year Award at Saturday’s banquet honoring recipients of the Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards for 2014.
Chevron was recognized for support provided to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for stewardship, public education and awareness specific to the department’s whooping crane reintroduction project.
“The success of this species recovery project is largely dependent on raising public awareness and appreciation of the whooping cranes’ presence once again in our state, and educating our citizens and landowners about the significance of the project,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham at the ceremony in Baton Rouge. “Chevron grant funding to this end is vital in that phase of the project.”
“Chevron is proud to partner with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation and the Department and their work to reintroduce whooping cranes to Louisiana,” said Sakari Morrison, Chevron Gulf of Mexico General Manager of Public Affairs. “We recognize the importance of protecting biological diversity through programs like these that protect, sustain a viable habitat, and raise awareness and respect for the endangered species throughout our state and region.”  
In total, $400,000 in Chevron grant funding from 2012 through 2014 has provided for satellite transmitter equipment and associated communications costs for tracking the movement of the whooping cranes released from LDWF’s White Lake Wetland Conservation Area in Vermilion Parish. Biologists plot the birds’ movement, habitat selections and adaptive behavior as they adjust to life in the wild.
Grant funds have additionally been utilized for a public outreach media campaign designed to alert the public that the birds are now on the Louisiana landscape, they should be observed from a distance if spotted and LDWF should be notified if anyone witnesses cranes being harmed.  Billboards have been produced, as well as television and radio announcements, to deliver these messages.
A third key component funded by the Chevron donation provides lesson plans and classroom tools that have been made available to Louisiana middle and high school teachers through educational workshops. Teachers then deliver endangered species information to students to foster an appreciation for non-game species and awareness of the significance of LDWF’s and its partners’ efforts.
Additional project support was provided through Chevron’s joint promotional effort with the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans that included home game wildlife awareness efforts for species found in Louisiana such as the alligator, the black bear and the whooping crane; and inclusion in the George Rodrigue Foundation for the Arts 2014 “Student Art Competition” that featured the pelican, the whooping crane, the black bear and the bald cypress tree as images students could select as subjects for their artwork entries.
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation coordinated receipt and dispersal of grant funds for stewardship, public outreach and educational purposes.
The whooping crane, a very vulnerable species, was found in south Louisiana until their demise during the late 1800s and early 1900s when little conservation ethic was in existence and conversion of prairies and marsh lands to agriculture acreage became a trend. Since 2011, LDWF has soft released 64 isolation-reared, juvenile cranes provided by the US Geological Survey Research Center in Patuxent, Md., into rural southwest Louisiana, and 40 survive today.  Nesting pairs within that experimental population have produced the first eggs in the wild in over 70 years, but no fledglings have resulted as yet.
The recovery plan goal is for Louisiana to reach a subpopulation of 25-30 productive pairs, which translates to about 130 cranes in Louisiana. To learn more about Louisiana’s whooping crane population, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/information . To contribute to the whooping crane project or any LDWF initiative, go to the LWFF website at http://lawff.org .
For more information, contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov .

*Photo caption -- (left to right) LDWF Secretary Robert Barham, Chevron Gulf of Mexico General Manager of Public Affairs Sakari Morrison, Chevron Gulf of Mexico Asset Development General Manager Marcia Houghton and LWF President Barney Callahan.

Shrimp Task Force Meeting

Release Date: 03/30/2015

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Meeting. The public is invited to attend. Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 1 p.m. LDWF Headquarters, Louisiana Room 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge


I. Roll call and introduction of guests

II. Approval of March 10 meeting minutes and April 1 agenda

III. Treasury Report

   A. Budget report-LDWF

IV. Marketing Committee Report

V. Old Business

  A. Refrigeration grant program rules

  B. LDWF Enforcement

  C. Letters requested by shrimp task force

VI. New Business

  A. Louisiana Turtle Excluder Device (TED) legislation

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. To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6539206133630672386

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

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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.




Release Date: 03/30/2015



The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, April 2, 2015, 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 March 5, 2015

3.  Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4.  To hear Enforcement Reports March 2015

5.  To present a commemorative gift to the Commission from Ducks Unlimited / American Fish and Wildlife Association

6.  To hear a presentation from the US Forest Service on the Kisatchie National Forest Quarter 

7.  To hear a presentation and consider a Declaration of Emergency on Greater Amberjack recreational harvest and to set recreational season

8.  To hear a presentation on the opening of the Public Oyster Seed grounds in Lake Borgne, Mississippi Sound and adjacent waters north of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet

9.  To consider a Notice of Intent to designate and set aside certain water bottoms as Inshore Recreational Reef sites

10.  To consider the use of Request for Proposals for allocating statutory dedicated funds for breeding waterfowl habitat

11.  To hear final summary of public comments for the Notice of Intent 2014-2015, 2015-2016 General and WMA Hunting Seasons and Rules and Regulations

12.  To consider final approval of the 2014-2016 Hunting Season Dates and 2014-2015 General and WMA Hunting Rules and Regulations: Consideration of Conditionally Adopted Amendments to Notice of Intent and Consideration of Amended Notice of Intent

13.  Set August 2015 Meeting Date

14.  Receive Public Comments

15.  Adjournment

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