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Two Men Arrested for Illegal Charter Violations in Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 06/04/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested two Kenner men for allegedly running illegal offshore guide services in Venice.

Agents arrested Mitchell Rodgers, 22, on May 30 and Michael C. Mayronne Jr., 29, on June 2.  The men surrendered themselves to authorities for failing to comply with charter boat regulations, failing to carry liability insurance, and for violating reef fish, pelagic species and highly migratory species regulations.

The arrests were made while conducting investigations into illegal charter services under a Joint Enforcement Agreement with the National Marine Fisheries Service.

During the investigation, agents learned that both men were linked to the same online offshore charter service and both men were unlicensed and uninsured.  Neither of the men possessed the required United States Coast Guard Licenses, liability insurance for charter operations, or National Marine Fisheries Service permits for reef fish, pelagic and highly migratory species.

Failing to comply with charter boat regulations and failing to carry liability insurance for businesses each carries a maximum fine of $950 or up to 120 days in jail and forfeiture of anything seized for each offense.  Violation of commission rules and regulations for reef, pelagic and highly migratory species carries up to a $350 fine or up to 60 days in jail plus court costs for each offense.

Agents participating the in the case are Sgts. Adam Young and Villere Reggio, and Senior Agent Brett Nabors.

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

AGENDA FOR COMMISSION MEETING

Release Date: 06/03/2014

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, June 5, 2014, 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 May 1, 2014
     
  3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege
     
  4. To Hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports May 2014
     
  5. Presentation of Citizens Meritorious Service Awards
     
  6. To Consider a Declaration of Emergency on Setting the 2014-2015 Deer Hunting     Season on Private Lands for Honorably Discharged Veterans 
     
  7. To Consider a Resolution  of the Inclusion of Additional Acreage to the Peason Ridge WMA
     
  8. To Consider a Resolution of the Inclusion of Additional Acreage to the Dewey Wills and Little River WMA
     
  9. To Consider a Declaration of Emergency on Fisheries Closures Due to the BP Oil Spill
     
  10. To Hear a General Overview of the Upcoming 2014 Dove Season Rules and Regulations
     
  11. To Have a Discussion on What Effects Changes to the Current Management Regulations will have on Red Drum and Spotted Sea Trout Stocks
     
  12. To Hear a Report on the LDWF Aquatic Plant Control Program
     
  13. To Consider a Notice of Intent to Increase the Possession Limit for Saltwater Finfish Landed at Port Eads and Transported to Land
     
  14. Set October 2014 Meeting Date
     
  15. Receive Public Comments
     
  16. Adjournment 

 

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting

Release Date: 06/03/2014

Thursday, June 5, 2014

LDWF Headquarters

2000 Quail Drive

Baton Rouge, LA 70898

 

AGENDA

I.  Roll Call and introduction of guests

II.  Approval of April 22 minutes and June 5 agenda

III.  Financial Report-LDWF

IV.  Old Business

   A.  Stock Assessment request- LDWF

   B.  2014 legislation update

   C.  Professionalism Framework (HB1160)

V.  Public Comment

VI.  Set Next Meeting

VII.  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 join the meeting via webinar register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8073854978976366850

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

To sign up for LDWF Alerts sent as text messages and emails directly to your mobile device click   here.

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.

 

Louisiana Student Archers Compete at Nationals

Release Date: 06/02/2014

Louisiana Student Archers Compete at Nationals
Louisiana Student Archers Compete at Nationals
Louisiana Student Archers Compete at Nationals

June 2, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to congratulate all the Louisiana student archers who competed at the 2014 NASP National Tournament held May 8-11 in Louisville, Kentucky.

The state was represented by 115 archers from seven different Louisiana schools in this National Archery in the Schools Program event. All of these students participate in the Archery in Louisiana Schools program which teaches international target style archery to students in grades 4-12.

The top finisher from Louisiana was the team from Benton Elementary in Bossier Parish.  Benton Elementary students, along with their coach Perry Norcross, finished eighth in the nation and will be headed to the World Tournament in Madison, Wisconsin in July.

Benton Middle School had a strong performance as well, finishing 21st in the nation out of nearly 200 teams.  Benton Middle School student Abbie Rutledge was Louisiana’s best female shooter at Nationals with a score of 285, ranking her 31st in the nation in the middle school division and fourth among all 6th grade girls competing. Gabe Fradella from Benton High School was Louisiana’s top male shooter at Nationals with a score of 285.

Louisiana schools which were represented at Nationals:

Benton Elementary School - Bossier Parish

Phoenix Magnet Elementary - Rapides Parish

Benton Middle School - Bossier Parish

Haughton Middle School - Bossier Parish

Cope Middle School - Bossier Parish

Benton High School - Bossier Parish

Caddo Magnet High School - Caddo Parish

Full tournament results can be found at http://www.nasptournaments.org .

In order to participate at the NASP National Tournament teams and individuals had to qualify at the ALAS State Tournament held this past March. The Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) program is sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and is available to all schools in Louisiana.

For more information about the program, contact Robert Stroede at 318-484-2276 or rstroede@wlf.la.gov , or follow us on Facebook under ALAS-Archery in Louisiana Schools.

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*Images provided by schools.

PHOTO 1: Haughton Middle School archers at 2014 NASP National Tournament.

PHOTO 2: Benton Elementary School archers at 2014 NASP National Tournament.

PHOTO 3: Haughton Middle School archers prepare to compete at 2014 NASP National Tournament.

AGENDA FOR COMMISSION MEETING

Release Date: 06/02/2014

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, June 5, 2014, 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 May 1, 2014
     
  3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege
     
  4. To Hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports May 2014
     
  5. To Consider a Declaration of Emergency on Setting the 2014-2015 Deer Hunting Season on Private Lands for Honorably Discharged Veterans 
     
  6. To Consider a Resolution  of the Inclusion of Additional Acreage to the Peason Ridge WMA
     
  7. To Consider a Resolution of the Inclusion of Additional Acreage to the Dewey Wills and Little River WMA
     
  8. To Hear Final Public Comments on the Film and Entertainment Industry Animal Permits Notice of Intent
     
  9. To Consider a Declaration of Emergency on Fisheries Closures Due to the BP Oil Spill
     
  10. To Hear a General Overview of the Upcoming 2014 Dove Season Rules and Regulations
     
  11. To Have a Discussion on What Effects Changes to the Current Management Regulations will have on Red Drum and Spotted Sea Trout Stocks
     
  12. To Hear a Report on the LDWF Aquatic Plant Control Program
     
  13. To Consider a Notice of Intent to Increase the Possession Limit for Saltwater Finfish Landed at Port Eads and Transported to Land
     
  14. Set October 2014 Meeting Date
     
  15. Receive Public Comments
     
  16. Adjournment

 

Search Crews Recover Body from Lake Charles

Release Date: 06/01/2014

June 1, 2014 -- Search and rescue teams from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office (CPSO) recovered the body of a Lake Charles man at 2:25 a.m. this morning, June 1, from Lake Charles.

At 10:45 p.m. on May 31 search crews were notified about a man who fell overboard into Lake Charles and did not resurface.  The search teams arrived on scene and learned that George Dixon Jr., 45, of Lake Charles was onboard a 35 foot Cabin Cruiser when he fell overboard without a personal flotation device while the vessel was drifting.

LDWF agents and CPSO deputies with the use of side scan sonar located and recovered the body of Dixon and turned his body over to the Calcasieu Parish Coroner's  Office.

LDWF will be the leading investigating agency for this boating incident.

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

AGENDA FOR COMMISSION MEETING

Release Date: 05/30/2014

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, June 5, 2014, 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 May 1, 2014
     
  3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege
     
  4. To Hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports May 2014
     
  5. To Consider a Declaration of Emergency on Setting the 2014-2015 Deer Hunting Season on Private Lands for Honorably Discharged Veterans
     
  6. To Consider a Resolution  of the Inclusion of Additional Acreage to the Peason Ridge WMA
     
  7. To Consider a Resolution of the Inclusion of Additional Acreage to the Dewey Wills and Little River WMA
     
  8. To Hear Final Public Comments on the Film and Entertainment Industry Animal Permits Notice of Intent
     
  9. To Consider a Declaration of Emergency on Fisheries Closures Due to the BP Oil Spill
     
  10. To Hear a General Overview of the Upcoming 2014 Dove Season Rules and Regulations
     
  11. To Have a Discussion on What Effects Changes to the Current Management Regulations will have on Red Drum and Spotted Sea Trout Stocks
     
  12. To Hear a Report on the LDWF Aquatic Plant Control Program
     
  13. Set October 2014 Meeting Date
     
  14. Receive Public Comments
     
  15. Adjournment

 

LDWF Enforcing Scenic River Regulations on the Comite River

Release Date: 05/30/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents have written 18 citations since May 21 on the Comite River in East Baton Rouge Parish for alleged violations of Scenic River Regulations.

The new rules governing the Louisiana’s Natural and Scenic Rivers System were approved last fall and became effective on March 20, 2014.

The new rules prohibit the use of a motor vehicle or other wheeled or tracked vehicle on a designated system stream, except for permitted uses and direct crossings by immediately adjacent landowners, lessees, and persons who have written permission from the landowner for non-commercial activities that do not significantly degrade the ecological integrity of the stream.

On May 21 LDWF agents cited a 17-year-old Zachary man for violating the scenic river rules when he was found operating a Jeep in the Comite River south of Zachary near Dyer Rd.  Agents also issued possession of marijuana citations to two people and possession of alcohol citations to the 17-year-old Zachary man and one other minor during the stop.

On May 24 agents issued 17 citations to 17 subjects from Zachary, Slaughter, Baton Rouge, Baker, Clinton and Greenwell Springs for violating the scenic river rules when they were found riding All-Terrain Vehicles in the Comite River south of Zachary off of Tucker Rd.

Violators of the scenic river rules face up to $950 in fines and up to 120 days of jail time.

The Louisiana Scenic Rivers Act of 1970 provides LDWF the authority to regulate those activities that may directly and significantly degrade the ecological integrity of a natural and scenic river. The Louisiana Legislature created the Louisiana Natural and Scenic Rivers System for the purpose of preserving, protecting, developing, reclaiming, and enhancing the wilderness qualities, scenic beauties, and ecological regimes of certain free-flowing Louisiana streams. Today, there are approximately 3,000 miles of designated Natural and Scenic Rivers in the state.

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

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

Release Date: 05/30/2014

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

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 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 April 8 minutes and June 3 agenda

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 – (Patrick Banks)

       E.  Coastal Restoration – (Dan Coulon)

       F.  Marketing – (Ashley Roth)

       G.  Health – (Lance Broussard)

       H.  Sustainability- (LDWF)

       I. Professionalism- (LDWF)

V.   Old Business

  1. BP Oil Spill Remediation
       1. Claims Process
       2. Public Reef Remediation
       3. Oyster Lease Remediation

     B.   Survey Fee letter- LDWF                      

  1. New Business
    1. John Veazey- USFDA Shellfish Specialist
    2. 2014 Stock Assessment Workshop- Tom Soniat
    3. Washington D.C. – Louisiana Alive- Al Sunseri
  1. Public Comment
  2. Set Next Meeting
  3. 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/8411920719636324610

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

To sign up for LDWF Alerts sent as text messages and emails directly to your mobile device click  here.

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.

Holiday Weekend Draws Crowds to LDWF Family Fish Fest

Release Date: 05/28/2014

(Beard family from Opelousas, LA; Catch & Count winners)
(Mia and Kira Stevens, Crab Grab winners)

(May 28, 2014) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Family Fish Fest at Campo’s Marina in Shell Beach on Saturday was a huge success, and event winners took home loads of prizes.
 
Launched earlier this year, Family Fish Fest events are designed to increase youth and family involvement in fishing and fisheries conservation.  Each event includes fishing opportunities with live redfish and speckled trout tagging at all saltwater locations.  The public is encouraged to bring out their entire family for what promises to be an exciting day of fishing, hands-on activities, educational exhibits and great prize giveaways. 
 
Saturday’s event included a mobile touch tank, fish identification, knot tying lessons, cast net lessons, minnow races, casting tutorials, LDWF mascot Robbie the Redfish and arts and crafts.
 
Winners include Little Angler Redfish first place, Maddie Schieble; second place, Michael Schieble; Little Angler Speckled Trout first place, Rachel Riley Natal; second place, Benjamin Babin;  Junior Angler Redfish first place, Cole White; Team Wham Slam first place, Donnie Natal; Team Catch-N-Count first place, Shane Beard; Team Crab Grab first place, Kira Stevens.  Those who brought in extra live redfish and trout to be tagged by the Department as part of the Louisiana Cooperative Marine Fish Tagging Program were also entered into a raffle for additional prizes.
 
Our next Family Fish Fest is scheduled for June 7 at Myrtle Grove Marina in Myrtle Grove from 6 a.m. to noon.  Entry for the event is $10 per participant and includes a t-shirt and lunch.  The first 50 youth registrants will receive a complimentary rod and reel courtesy of Pure Fishing, and the first 100 youth registrants will receive a fishing goodie bag.  Youth will compete for prizes in multiple categories and are also eligible for several raffles simply by participating.  Register for this event at www.wlf.la.gov/familyfishfest.
 
Saturday’s sponsors included CCA Louisiana, Coca Cola Bottling Company, Pure Fishing, Coon Neck Wildlife and Art Gallery, Dufrene Building Materials, Faux Pas Prints, Home Depot, Marsh and Bayou Outfitters and Emprint Moran Printing.
 
LDWF Family Fish Fest is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.  The LWFF was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fisheries resources. 
 
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.la.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
For more information on LDWF Family Fish Fests, contact Danica Williams at dwilliams@wlf.la.gov or (504) 628-7282.  For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.

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