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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 .

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*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

AGENDA

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.

 

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AGENDA FOR COMMISSION MEETING

Release Date: 03/30/2015

AGENDA FOR COMMISSION MEETING

 

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

Live audio stream of this meeting is available through GotoWebinar.  To listen live, please register at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7344610495693582850

The next regular meeting for the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will be held on Thursday, April 2nd at 9:30 AM.

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Shrimp Task Force Marketing Subcommittee Meeting

Release Date: 03/30/2015

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Marketing Subcommittee Meeting. The public is invited to attend.

Wednesday, April 1,  2015, 10 a.m.

LDWF Headquarters, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge

 

AGENDA

I.      Roll Call and introduction of guests

II.     New Business

A.    Seafood Certification Program

III.     Public Comment

IV.     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. The public is invited to attend.  To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7745746422277446658

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

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Search and Rescue Crews Looking for Missing Boater

Release Date: 03/29/2015

Search and rescue crews are still looking for a missing Folsom woman following a fatal single boat incident in the Pearl River in St. Tammany Parish.

Search crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call yesterday, March 28, at around 5:30 p.m. about a capsized boat near lock #3 on the Pearl River.  The capsized boat included a male operator named Terry J. O’Keefe Jr., 41, and female passenger named Jonie R. Morgan, 31, with her three children, which are eight and six year old boys and a four year old girl all from Folsum.

LDWF agents believe at this time that the 14 foot aluminum vessel capsized after going over the lock after the operator was unable to start the boat.  A 16 year old boy came upon the scene and saw the eight year and six year old boys and mother in the water.

On his way to help, the 16 year old boy’s vessel also capsized.  While in the water the 16 year old boy was able to grab onto the two boys and mother, however the mother’s shirt he was holding onto ripped off of her body and she didn’t resurface.  Another fisherman on the bank then went into the water and was able to get the three boys safely to shore.

While the search and rescue crews arrived on scene shortly thereafter the four year old girl popped up from under the boat and officials were able to safely retrieve her.  It appears at this time that she was stuck under the vessel for about 30 minutes, but was able to breathe.

Search and rescue crews found the body of O’Keefe Jr. victim at 8 a.m. this morning, March 29.  They will continue searching for Morgan.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.  All children were found wearing their personal flotation devices.  Investigators don’t believe O’Keefe Jr. and Morgan were wearing personal flotation devices upon entering the water.

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

LDWF Agents and APCO Deputies Searching for Crawfish Burglar

Release Date: 03/27/2015

Cary G. Bastian is wanted for stealing crawfish.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office (APSO) are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a Rayne man.  He is wanted in connection with simple burglary at a crawfish dock that occurred early Thursday morning, March 26, on Hwy. 35 south of Rayne.

The APCO and LDWF responded to the 5200 block of Abbeville Hwy. at approximately 3:30 a.m. following a report of a burglary in progress.

When APCO deputies and LDWF agents arrived they learned that the suspect, identified as Cary Gordon Bastian, 28, fled the scene heading south in a white Camaro.  LDWF agents advised that Bastian headed toward the Vermilion and Lafayette Parish line traveling at speeds well over 100 mph.

During the investigation agents and deputies learned that the owner had a person hiding on the premises all evening in an attempt to identify the suspect responsible for stealing crawfish from the owner.  The owner was noticing sacks of crawfish missing from an outside cooler that was locked.  According to the witness Bastian was observed loading six bags of crawfish into the trunk of his Camaro prior to the arrival of law enforcement.

Warrants of arrests have been issued for Bastian of the 15900 block of Gordon Road in Rayne.  Bastian is being charged with one count of simple burglary, one count of reckless operation of a motor vehicle and one count of aggravated flight from an officer.  District Judge John Trahan set bond at $21,000.

An attempt was made later in the day to apprehend Bastian, but he fled into a wooded area near his home in Vermilion Parish.  Please contact the Acadia or Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Offices or LDWF at 1-800-442-2511 if you know of Bastian's whereabouts.

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

Annual Trappers Convention Set for April 11 at Woodworth Outdoor Education Center

Release Date: 03/27/2015

March 27, 2015 -- The Louisiana Trappers and Alligator Hunters Association will hold their annual convention on Saturday, April 11 in Woodworth and the public is invited.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Woodworth Outdoor Education Center, south of Alexandria at 661 Robinson Bridge Road, will be the event site from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free. From I-49, take Woodworth exit 73 and head west on Robinson Bridge Road for 2 miles to the education center entrance on the left.

Association members will demonstrate trapping techniques and educate the members and general public on trapping regulations and related trapping activities. An inflatable obstacle course will be available for youngsters. A youth education program at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. will provide hands-on activities for youngsters to instruct them on how to use trapping equipment and provide tips on trapping. Additionally, a lever action .22-caliber Henry rifle and a Yeti ice chest will be raffled off.

The Association is working closely with the Louisiana Fur Advisory Council on behalf of LDWF to provide this educational experience. For more information about the Louisiana Trappers and Alligator Hunters Association, go to http://www.louisianatrappers.com or contact Tony Howard at 318-423-7860 or mahoward@centurytel.net.
 

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Roads Closed on Grassy Lake WMA

Release Date: 03/27/2015

March 27, 2015 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is advising Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area users that Cache-Cache Road (Grand Lake Road) and the Fool’s Bay Crossing within the WMA are currently closed to all traffic.
 
Increasing water levels in the river system has caused backwater flooding on these thoroughfares.  Once the water recedes, vehicular traffic will be allowed.
 
Grassy Lake WMA is located in northeastern Avoyelles Parish, approximately 12 miles from Bordelonville.
 
For more information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2767  or contact Tony Vidrine at 337-948-0255 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov .
 
 
 

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Roads Closed on Dewey W. Wills WMA

Release Date: 03/25/2015

Mar. 25, 2015 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is informing outdoorsmen and women that Sandy Bayou Road and Muddy Bayou Road (Deville Crossing to Nolans Bayou Road) within Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) are currently closed to all traffic.
 
Increasing water levels in the river system has caused backwater flooding on these roads.  Once the water recedes, vehicular traffic will be allowed.
 
Dewey W. Wills WMA is located in the southern portion of LaSalle and Catahoula parishes in central Louisiana approximately 20 miles northeast of Alexandria.
 
For more information on the WMA, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2753 or contact Cliff Dailey at 318-487-5885 or adailey@wlf.la.gov .
 

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LDWF Reminds Charter Captains about Federal Reef Fish Permit Requirements

Release Date: 03/25/2015

March 25, 2015 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to remind charter boat captains about the permit requirements when fishing for reef fish in state and federal waters.
 
Any vessel being operated as a charter or headboat and landing reef fish in Louisiana is required to have a valid federal charter vessel / headboat reef fish permit, regardless of where these fish were caught (state or federal waters).  This permit must have been issued to the vessel and must be on board the vessel and in immediate possession.  Additionally, a valid Louisiana charter boat license shall be in the possession of the captain.   
 
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.  
 
 

 

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