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Agenda for October Commission Meeting

Release Date: 09/30/2010

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, October 7, 2010, in the Louisiana Room at the Wildlife and Fisheries Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

The following items will be discussed:

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Minutes of August 20, 2010 and September 2, 2010
  3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege
  4. To receive and hear Update on Oil Spill and Current Response Efforts
  5. To receive presentation on Litter Enforcement Officer of the Year Award
  6. To receive and hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/September
  7. To receive and consider Notice of Intent on Assignment of Hull Identification Numbers to Undocumented Vessels Manufactured in Louisiana
  8. To receive and consider Notice of Intent to amend the Wildlife Rehabilitation Program
  9. To receive and hear Overview on Gulf Coastal Plain WMAs
  10. To receive and consider Declaration of Emergency and Notice of Intent on Fisheries Closures due to Oil Spill
  11. Set February 2011 Meeting Date
  12. Receive Public Comments
  13. Adjournment

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L.D.W.F. Agents Rescue Four Men in Timbalier Bay

Release Date: 09/30/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents rescued four crewmen from a sinking commercial shrimp boat on Sept. 29 in Timbalier Bay.
 
Agents responded to a distress call yesterday afternoon from the "Hippy Boy", which was located west of Belle Pass and taking on water.
 
Upon arrival, agents observed the 45-foot vessel resting low in the water, listing on the starboard side with waves crashing on the deck. The agents also observed four crewmen gathered on the vessel's highest point and signaling to be rescued.
 
Agents maneuvered their 32-foot patrol vessel to the port rear quarter of the "Hippy Boy" while dodging nets that were drifting near the vessel. One agent boarded the "Hippy Boy" to ensure that all of the crew were uninjured and assisted them into the patrol vessel.  The "Hippy Boy" eventually sank and remains in approximately eight feet of water.
 
The four crewmen safely rescued were Lenh Thach, 45, Phuong Tu Tran, 56, Tin Huu Mai, 43, all of Gretna, and Tuan Tran, 41, of Beaumont, Texas. Agents transported the four crewmen to the Fourchon Harbor Police to be evaluated and reunited with their families.
 
The cause of the vessel sinking has not yet been determined.
 
Agents participating in the rescue were Sgt. Ezekiel Talbert and Agent Ronnie Engelhard.
 
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

 

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New Bridge Construction Will Restrict Access to Loggy Bayou Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 09/24/2010

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is advising the public that access to Loggy Bayou Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will be restricted during the next several months. Poole Road and the Poole Road Bridge, which provide primary road access to the WMA, will soon be closed for the construction of a new bridge and access.

The tentative start date for construction is Oct. 1 with completion projected for mid to late February.

The existing wooden bridge in southeast Bossier Parish is currently load limited at three tons and has been closed for extended periods in recent years for repairs, limiting public access. Bossier Parish was recently approached by Petrohawk, an energy exploration and production company, with an offer to build a replacement bridge. When completed, the new bridge will be turned over to the parish.

Anyone planning to access Loggy Bayou WMA during construction should be aware that access to the WMA will be by boat or walk-in only. Walk-in access to the WMA is available either on the south end, off of Highway 71 or on the north end from Houghton Road, off of Highway 154.

Anyone accessing the WMA by boat should be aware that the construction activity will require a work barge to be in place in Flat River preventing boat access across the construction area.

For more information, contact Jeff Johnson at jjohnson@wlf.la.gov or 318-371-3050.

 

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LDWF Announces Fishing to Resume in State Waters West of Bayou Lafourche

Release Date: 09/24/2010

Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in coordination with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries, has ordered an emergency reopening of all fishing in 210 square miles of state waters west of Bayou Lafourche previously closed due to the BP oil spill. With today’s action, 95 percent of state waters are opened.

Commercial fishing will reopen immediately today, September 24, to the harvest of finfish, crabs and shrimp in all state waters west of Bayou Lafourche and 90 degrees 13 minutes 30 seconds west longitude. The openings also include the recreational harvest of shrimp and crabs.

LDWF Secretary Robert Barham ordered these openings following the completion of comprehensive testing by the FDA. The FDA has advised that following extensive sensory testing and analytical chemistry results, the fish tissue samples tested from these previously closed areas are safe for consumption.

State inside waters in the Mississippi River delta south of the northern shore of Pass a Loutre and adjacent state outside waters south of 29 degrees 12 minutes 40 seconds north latitude westward to the western shore of Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River and portions of state waters in the Barataria Basin will remain closed to commercial fishing until further notice.

While LDWF continues to work closely with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to ensure the safety of Louisiana’s seafood, these openings do not include the harvest of oysters, as this activity is regulated by DHH.  

For additional information, please contact Laura Deslatte at (225) 610-2363 or ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov.

 

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LDWF ANNOUNCES RETURN TO NORMAL FISHING ACTIVITY EAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI

Release Date: 09/23/2010

Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in coordination with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries, has ordered an emergency reopening of all fishing in 559 square miles of state waters east of the Mississippi River previously closed due to the BP oil spill. With today's action 92 percent of state waters are open.

Commercial fishing will reopen immediately today, September 23, to the harvest of finfish, crabs and shrimp in all state waters east of the Mississippi River north of the northern shore of Pass a Loutre and 29 degrees 12 minutes 40 seconds north latitude. The openings also include the recreational harvest of shrimp and crabs.

LDWF Secretary Robert Barham ordered these openings following the completion of comprehensive testing by the FDA. The FDA has advised that following extensive sensory testing and analytical chemistry results, the fish tissue samples tested from these previously closed areas are safe for consumption.

State inside waters in the Mississippi River delta south of the northern shore of Pass a Loutre and adjacent state outside waters south of 29 degrees 12 minutes 40 seconds north latitude westward to the western shore of Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River and portions of state waters in the Barataria and Terrebonne Basins will remain closed to commercial fishing until further notice.

While LDWF continues to work closely with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to ensure the safety of Louisiana's seafood, these openings do not include the harvest of oysters, as this activity is regulated by DHH.

For additional information, please contact Laura Deslatte at (225) 610-2363 or ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov.

 

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Red Snapper Season to Reopen on Weekends Beginning October 1

Release Date: 09/22/2010

Today the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced recreational fishing for red snapper will reopen in state waters on Friday, October 1, 2010.  The season will remain open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout Sunday, November 21.  The season will then remain closed until June 1, 2011.
 
NOAA Regional Administrator, Roy Crabtree, sent a letter to LDWF Secretary Robert Barham this week, requesting the reopening of red snapper season in state waters to match the federal season reopening.  
 
NOAA officials chose to reopen the season for red snapper due to the significant fishing closures issued this summer as a result of the Deepwater Horizon incident. Figures suggest the recreational red snapper quota was not met at the July 24, 2010 closure date and that approximately 2.3 million pounds of the 3.4 million pound quota remains.  
 
All regulations established for recreational harvest of red snapper will be in effect for this special season.  
 
Secretary Barham was authorized by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at their January 2010 meeting to change or modify opening and closing dates for the recreational red snapper season in Louisiana waters to comply with changes or modifications in season dates in federal waters.  This action ensures that regulations in state waters will coincide with regulations for federally managed waters.

For more information, contact Harry Blanchet at hblanchet@wlf.la.gov or 225/765-2889.

 

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Monterey Man Cited for Numerous Wildlife Charges

Release Date: 09/22/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Monterey man for alleged deer hunting violations in Concordia Parish on Sept 7.

Seth M. Paul, 25, of Monterey, was cited for taking deer during a closed season, taking deer during illegal hours, taking deer with an illegal weapon, hunting without a license, discharging a firearm from the levee road and hunting from a moving vehicle.

The Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office was at Paul's residence investigating other charges when they came across evidence of wildlife violations and they then contacted Senior Agent Joey Merrill.  Merrill arrived and found parts of deer carcass lying in the yard, blood in Paul’s truck bed and blood on the pavement.  Paul admitted to killing a deer at night and a hog off the levee several days before.

The penalty for hunting deer during illegal hours is a fine between $900 and $950, or up to 120 days in jail, or both plus court cost.  Taking a deer with an illegal weapon is a fine between $100 and $350, or up to 60 days in jail, or both plus court cost.  Taking deer during a closed season is a fine between $900 and $950, or 120 days in jail, or both plus court cost.  Hunting without a basic hunting license is a fine of $50, or up to 15 days in jail or both.  Hunting from a moving vehicle is a fine between $250 and $500, or up to 90 days in jail, or both plus court cost.

For more information, contact Captain Peter Oliver at 318-487-5634 or poliver@wlf.la.gov.
 

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Six Men Cited for Fishing Violations on East Carroll Parish Waters

Release Date: 09/22/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited six men for allegedly taking and possessing over the limit of freshwater bass on four different days in September in East Carroll Parish.

On Sept. 10, agents found Stephen M. Lewis, 50, of Clinton Miss., with 14 bass in his live well in Albemarle Lake.  On Sept. 11, an agent returned to Albemarle Lake and found Robert Purvis, 56, of Tallulah, in possession of 11 bass.

On Sept 16, agents found Leigh T. Fraysier, 47, and Brannon Cooper, 56, both of Vicksburg, Miss., fishing in Chotard Lake and in possession of 22 bass.  Each subject claimed to have taken an equal amount of fish.  Therefore, both subjects were charged with taking and possessing over the limit of freshwater bass.  

On Sept. 20, agents found Tony Wuarnock, 51, of Jackson, Miss., to be in possession of 11 bass.  During the same patrol, agents contacted a separate vessel occupied by Charles M. Bryant Jr., 39, also of Jackson, Miss., and found him to be in possession of 11 bass.

The daily limit for largemouth bass is 10 per person.

The six men face fines up to $350, or jail time up to 30 days, or both plus court costs.  A court order for restitution for the value of the illegally taken fish will also be filed with the case.

Agents involved in the cases were Sgt. Wayne Parker, Sgt. Darren Bruce, Sgt. James Hagan and Senior Agent Justin Lee.

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

 

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Hunting and Fishing Advisory Education Council Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 09/15/2010

Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010 - 1:30 p.m.
Louisiana Room
Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries Headquarters
2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, La.  70808

1.    Roll Call

2.    Approval of Minutes of March 16, 2010

3.    Welcome and Opening Comments Chairman

4.    Enforcement Division Report: Oil Spill Response

5.    Bird Rescue Mission: Oil Spill Response Office of Wildlife, Coastal & Non-game Resources Division

6.    2010-11 Duck Season Forecast / Oil Spill Impacts on Habitat Office of Wildlife, Wildlife Division

7.    Fisheries Report: Oil Spill Response Office of Fisheries, Research Division

8.    Set Next Meeting Date

9.    Receive Public Comments

10.    Adjournment

 

 

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LDWF Secretary Again Asks BP to Fund an Extensive Seafood Testing, Certification and Marketing Plan

Release Date: 09/15/2010

New plan calls for five-year program to restore consumer confidence in Louisiana seafood

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham wrote to BP Global Chief Executive Officer Bob Dudley urging the funding of a $173 million plan to ensure the safety of Louisiana seafood and restore consumer confidence.

The text of the letter is below:

 

September 15, 2010

Robert Dudley
Chief Executive Officer
BP Global

 

Dear Mr. Dudley:

I write to express my strong disappointment with BP’s resistance to support our crippled Louisiana seafood industry.  As our state endeavors to rebuild consumer confidence in our seafood products, we have requested that BP fund a five-year testing and marketing program that is essential to restoring consumer confidence in Louisiana seafood.

It is without question that your company appreciates the importance of public perception, as demonstrated by its spending in excess of $100 million in advertising, image promotion and damage control.  However, recent events have made it clear that BP’s appreciation for public perception is nonexistent when it comes to Louisiana’s seafood industry. BP representatives made it clear that, in their opinion, there is no negative public perception of Louisiana seafood as a result of the oil spill and that no certified quality or marketing program would be necessary for the Louisiana seafood industry to recover from the devastation that your spill caused.

That “opinion” of BP’s is fundamentally disconnected from reality. The Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism reports that approximately 50 percent of those surveyed nationwide believe that Louisiana restaurants may be putting their customers at risk due to contaminated product. The same study also shows that 44 percent of consumers believe that seafood is being harvested from areas where oil is still present and nearly half of all respondents believe that Louisiana oyster beds are still contaminated from the spill. Another study by the University of Minnesota reports that 44 percent of those surveyed said they would not eat seafood from the Gulf, and a poll by the Associated Press in August 2010 found that 54 percent of consumers are concerned about the safety of Gulf seafood.

BP has already refused our 20-year testing plan. Now, BP officials have also refused to support a five-year testing plan. Further, BP informed us that it will not entertain the possibility of automatic renewals, or even negotiations, for future testing.  This preemptive refusal of even the possibility of longer-term testing is being maintained by your company, in spite of our offer to base future testing program renewals on future test results, market share, and/or production criteria.   

Further, BP suggested that we wait until our seafood industry suffers greater losses caused by the negative perception that Gulf seafood is contaminated due to the BP oil spill.  The idea that we would need to wait until the industry suffers further before employing a full-scale campaign to test our seafood, certify it and publicize that it is safe is insulting to our seafood industry and all the fishermen, restaurant owners and residents of the Gulf Coast who continue to be affected by the spill.  

The entire point of promoting and certifying seafood safety is so that we do NOT wait until the industry suffers to the point where it is not able to come back at all. It does no good to wait until market share reduction and price collapses are verified only to then try to start rebuilding our brand as some of the finest seafood in the world.  It will be too late to regain such a tremendous loss, and also serve as an avoidable punishment for the people of coastal Louisiana who have already suffered too much from this BP manmade disaster.

I ask that you reconsider your position, and honor your publically made commitment to the Gulf Coast to not deny any claim and commit to making our people and our industry whole again following this environmental catastrophe.

 

Very Truly Yours,

LDWF Secretary Robert Barham
State of Louisiana

 

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