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AMENDED -Louisiana Oyster Task Force Public/Private Oyster Grounds Committee to Meet

Release Date: 02/20/2015

Amended content in bold.

10 a.m., Tuesday, February 24, 2015

UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210, New Orleans 70122

 

AGENDA

 

I.  Call to Order

II. Continue Discussion of Framework development for potential Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) legislation

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.

Those interested in listening in to the meeting via Webinar or telephone register at  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/680499106166008321

 

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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Louisiana Oyster Task Force Public/Private Oyster Grounds Committee to Meet

Release Date: 02/19/2015

UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210, New Orleans 70122

AGENDA

I.  Call to Order

II. Continue Discussion of Framework development for potential Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) legislation

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.

Those interested in listening in to the meeting via Webinar or telephone register at  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/680499106166008321

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

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

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Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet February 24, 2015 in New Orleans

Release Date: 02/19/2015

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 1 p.m.
UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, suite 210, New Orleans

I.  Roll call and introduction of guests

II.  Approval of January 13 meeting minutes and February 24 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 (Lt. Colonel 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

   A.  Recreational inshore artificial reef plan update- LDWF

   B.  Mini Sack/Half Sack options-LDWF

   C.  In-shell versus meat weight conversion table-LDWF

   D.  VMS Discussion-LDWF

   E.  Trip Ticket and Excise Tax Update

   F.  Consider opening of public seed grounds North of MRGO to Mississippi state line

  G.  Public oyster seed ground damage evaluation board Discussion

VI.  New Business

   A.  Status update of the public oyster grounds-Patrick Banks

   B.  “Oyster Reef for a Cleaner Gulf” video-Al Sunseri

   C.  Seed Ground Vessel  Permit Appeals Board- Sam Slavich

   D.  Tom Soniat- VMS update

   E.  Incidental harvesting of clams- Rusty Gaude

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/7242026059784465922

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 atwww.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

 

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L.D.W.F. Public Meetings Begin Feb. 23 to Gather Comments on Proposed Hunting Seasons, W.M.A. Rules and Regulations Changes

Release Date: 02/19/2015

Feb. 19, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will provide seven public meetings around the state to gather comments on the proposed 2015-17 resident game hunting season dates, wildlife management areas (WMA) general rules and regulation changes, and the 2016 turkey season and turkey hunting areas.

Public comment will be taken on all items currently under consideration as notices of intent by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission through April 2. The meeting dates and locations include:
 
Feb. 23 - 6:00 p.m., LDWF Outdoor Education Center, 661 Robinson Bridge Road, Woodworth
Feb. 24 - 6:00 p.m., Ruston Civic Center, 401 North Trenton Street, Ruston
Feb. 24 - 6:30 p.m., LSU Ag Center, 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles
Feb. 24 - 6:30 p.m., Natchitoches Event Center, 750 Second Street, Natchitoches
Feb. 25 - 6:00 p.m., Caldwell Parish Courthouse, 201 Main Street, Columbia
Feb. 25 - 6:00 p.m., Opelousas Civic Center, 1638 Creswell Lane, Opelousas
Feb. 26 - 6:30 p.m., Slidell Municipal Auditorium, 2056 2nd Street, Slidell

To view the full notices of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items .

Public comment will also be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings from now through April 2 or may be submitted directly to Steve Smith, LDWF Wildlife Division, PO Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

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Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

Release Date: 02/18/2015

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, February 24, 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 January 13, 2015 Meeting

3.  Hearing of New Renewal Permit Appeals
     a.  Goimir Zupanovic

4.  Update on Recommendation Made at January 13, 2015 Meeting

5.  Receive Public Comments

6.  Set next meeting date

7.  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

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**Amended**Three Louisiana Men Charged with Night Hunting Violations

Release Date: 02/13/2015

*Amendment of press release in bold

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited three Louisiana men for alleged hunting violations in St. Helena Parish on Feb. 12.

Agents cited Walter Prine, 20, of Denham Springs, Aaron Morris, 20, of Denham Springs, and Stefan Reynolds, 25, of Gonzales, for harvesting deer during a closed season, during illegal hours, from a moving vehicle, from a public road, possession of illegally taken deer and failing to follow deer tagging requirements.

After an investigation, agents learned that the three men were in the Kentwood area of St. Helena Parish between 12 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Feb. 1.  During which time they shot and killed five deer from various roadways.  The deer were then transported to a residence in Ascension Parish.  Agents found that no effort was made to clean or butcher the deer.

Agents seized a 12-gauge shotgun in this case.  Agents had to dispose of the deer since they were not fit for human consumption.

Harvesting a deer during a closed season and taking a deer during illegal hours each brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting deer from a moving vehicle and failing to follow deer tagging requirements each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting from a public road carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

The men could also face civil restitution in excess of $8,000 for the illegally taken deer.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Randy Lanoux, Lt, Will Roberts, Senior Agent Ronnie Robbins and Sgt. Toby Miller.

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

Louisiana Artificial Reef Council Meeting

Release Date: 02/13/2015

The Louisiana Artificial Reef Council will meet on March 10, 2015 at 9 a.m. at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters, 2000 Quail Drive. Baton Rouge. The public is invited to attend.

Agenda

I.  Introduction and Welcome

II.  Approval of Minutes & Agenda                                                 

III.  Reef Program Update- Michael McDonough

   a.  Deepwater Reef focus

IV. Presentation Nearshore Reef Planning Maps

   a.  Approval by Council

V. MC-280 “Lena” Proposal

VI. Public Comments

VII. Other business

VIII. Adjourn

For further information, contact Mike McDonough at 225-763-5418 or mmcdonough@wlf.la.gov. 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.

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LDWF Enforcement Division Welcomes 15 New Agents at Graduation

Release Date: 02/12/2015

28th Graduating LDWF Cadet Class

Class Photo: Front row from left to right: Eric Little, Blaine Wagner, Chelsea King, William Holomon, Mason Spillman, Patrick Dempsey and William Carpenter.  Back row from let to right: Andrew Arton, Torris White, Lloyd Pearson, Nathan Vanya, Lukas Breed, Clinton Branton, Gary Levron and Jerod Coats.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Law Enforcement Academy today, Feb. 12, graduated its 28th class of cadets into the ranks of LDWF Enforcement Division agents at a ceremony in Baton Rouge.

After six months of intensive physical and academic training at the academy, 15 newly commissioned agents are ready to begin enforcing hunting, fishing and boating regulations that govern the use of the state's natural resources.

LDWF Secretary Robert Barham was the keynote speaker at the ceremony.  “You have a tremendous responsibility to protect Louisiana’s rich natural resources and those who enjoy those resources, whether in the field or on the water.  Congratulations on your achievement which we celebrate today,” Barham noted.

Col. Joey Broussard, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division, presented certificates and recited the Oath of Office making the cadets’ transition to commissioned agents official.  “We welcome these cadets into the Enforcement Division ranks.  They are well trained and will be required to hit the ground running when they get to their local regions.”

The 15 new agents are:

Andrew Arton, 26, of Breaux Bridge, assigned to Iberia Parish
Clinton Branton, 23, of Farmerville, assigned to Madison Parish
Lukas Breed, 24, of Farmerville, assigned to Lincoln Parish
William Carpenter, 41, of Jackson, Miss., assigned to St. Mary Parish
Jerod Coats, 22, of Albany, assigned to Ascension Parish
Patrick Dempsey, 25, of Lacombe, assigned to St. Charles Parish
William Holomon, 23, of Minden, assigned to Natchitoches Parish
Chelsea Kling, 30, of Hilo, Hawaii, assigned to St. John Parish
Gary Levron, 30, of Garyville, assigned to St. John Parish
Eric Little, 30, of Jonesville, assigned to LaSalle Parish
Lloyd Pearson, 21, of Holden, assigned to West Feliciana Parish
Mason Spillman, 21, of St. Francisville, assigned to Jefferson Parish
Nathan Vanya, 25, of Longview, Texas, assigned to Vermillion Parish
Blaine Wagner, 24, of Destrehan, assigned to St. Bernard Parish
Torris White, 40, of Ruston, assigned to Jackson Parish

During the graduation ceremony, Arton received the firearms award given for the best marksman in the class.  Holomon received the physical training award for being the most fit.  Vanya received the academic award for having the highest grades.  Branton won the overall award, which is a cumulative score from the firearms, academic and physical training categories.  The Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association award for motivation and discipline was received by Jerod Coats.

At the academy, cadets train to enforce the state's recreational boating laws, the state and federal wildlife and fisheries laws and general law enforcement work on the state's many wildlife management areas.  The academy also covers general law enforcement training equal to that of other state law enforcement officers.

The graduating agents fill vacancies in LDWF’s Enforcement Division and will be assigned to a field-training officer for their first six months of duty.  Now part of the agency’s commissioned officer staff, the agents will join the ranks of those patrolling land and water to primarily detect game, fish and boating law violations.  These duties require travel into Louisiana's forests, swamps, fields, streams, bayous, lakes, marshlands, the Gulf of Mexico and on the state roadway system.

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

LDWF To Hold Law Enforcement Academy Graduation Thursday, Feb. 12

Release Date: 02/11/2015

EVENT:  28th Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Law Enforcement Academy Graduation.

WHEN:  Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 - 10 a.m.

WHERE:  Louisiana Room, LDWF Headquarters Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.

BACKGROUND:  The graduation will add 15 new agents to the LDWF Enforcement Division following six months of training.  The event will include the presentation of colors by the LDWF Enforcement Color Guard, presentation of awards and the Oath of Office ceremony.

LDWF agents enforce hunting, fishing and boating regulations that govern the use of the state's natural resources.  Their duties include checking hunters, fishers, dealers, restaurants, breeders, farmers and transporters for compliance with regulations governing limits, quotas, licenses, sizes, registrations, legal documents and accepted behavior.  Agents are also trained for search and rescue and maritime security missions.

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

LDWF Agents arrest Wanted Murder Suspect from Mississippi

Release Date: 02/11/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested three Mississippi men in Tensas Parish on Feb. 10 for alleged drug and illegal weapon charges.

Agents arrested Jovanti Barnes, 22, Natchez, Kanari L. Screws, 23, of Natchez and Marcus Ebenezer Mallett, 27, of Jackson, for possession of cocaine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Mallett was also charged with resisting an officer. 

During the investigation, Mallet, who provided several false names to agents, was found to be wanted in Mississippi for aggravated assault and murder in Jackson last week.

An LDWF agent apprehended the men after observing them walking away from a stalled vehicle on the side of Hwy. 65 north of St. Joseph.  LDWF Sgt. Joe Chandler contacted the men and asked if they needed assistance.  The men told Sgt. Chandler they had run out of gas while traveling from Tallulah to Natchez.

Sgt. Chandler transported Barnes to nearby St. Joseph to get fuel.  During the trip, Sgt. Chandler smelled the odor of marijuana on Barnes.  LDWF Senior Agent Joseph Tarver travelled back to the stalled vehicle with Sgt. Chandler and Barnes. 

After finding no drugs on the subjects, the agents received permission to search the stalled vehicle.  The agents found cocaine and a loaded semi-auto pistol in the vehicle.  All three subjects were arrested and found to have lengthy criminal histories, including armed robbery, grand theft, burglary, carjacking, and drug charges.

The agents transported two of the men while a Tensas Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy who arrived on scene during the arrest transported another to the Tensas Parish Jail.  Mallett is awaiting extradition to Mississippi for the murder charge.

Possession of cocaine brings up to a $5,000 fine and two to five in prison.  Illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon carries a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years in prison.

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

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