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Agenda for Commission Meeting

Release Date: 10/01/2012

***NOTE LOCATION CHANGE***

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, October 4, 2012, in the EducationBuilding at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center, 4142 North Flannery, Baton Rouge, LA 70814.

The following items will be discussed:

1.  Roll Call

2.  Approval of Minutes of September 6, 2012

3.  Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4.   To hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/September

5.   Update on Land Acquisition – Wham and Bussey Brake

6.  To receive and consider public comments on the Notice of Intent for 2013 Turkey Areas, Season, and Bag Limits for final Rule

7. To receive and consider public comments on the Notice of Intent for General and WMA Turkey Hunting Regulations for final Rule

8.  To receive and consider a Notice of Intent to Revise Rules Governing Falconry

9. To hear a Report on Assessment of the Impact of Hurricane Isaac to the White-Tailed Deer Herds in Southeast Louisiana; and to consider a Declaration of Emergency to Adjust the 2012-13 Deer Season Rules and Regulations in the Impacted Area

10.To receive and consider public comments on the Notice of Intent on Crappie Regulations in Lake D’Arbonne for final Rule

11.  Set February Commission Meeting Date

12.  Receive Public Comments

13.  Adjournment

Two Montegut Men Arrested for Shrimp and Boating Violations

Release Date: 09/28/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested and cited two men for alleged fishing and boating safety violations on the Pointe-Aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on Sept. 26.

Agents cited Lance Billiot, 31, and Armando Brunett, 25, both of Montegut, for blocking passages of fish and taking shrimp with illegal gear.  Armando Brunett was also cited for not possessing a boat registration certificate, no running lights, failure to comply with personal flotation device (PFD) requirements and no fire extinguisher.

While on patrol on the Pointe-Aux-Chenes WMA and Island Road, agents witnessed a net tied to the bridge just below the surface of the water in front of the water control structure blocking the waterway.  Agents set up surveillance on the net.

A short time later, agents observed two subjects pick up the net from a vessel without lights.  Agents stopped the men and found them to be in possession of the net, which contained 27 pounds of shrimp caught illegally.  Agents placed the men under arrest and booked them into the Terrebonne Parish Correctional Facility.

Blocking the passage of fish and taking shrimp with illegal gear carries a fine from $250 to $500 and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.  Failing to be in possession of a boat registration certificate, no running lights, no fire extinguisher and failing to comply with PFD requirements carry a $50 fine and up 15 days in jail for each offense.

Agents involved in the case were Senior Agent Michael Williams, Senior Agent Nick Guillory and Senior Agent Michael Marques.

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

Three Jefferson Parish Men Caught With 62 Red Drum

Release Date: 09/26/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited three men for alleged fishing violations on Sept. 21 in Lafitte.

Agents cited Rickie Thomas, 57, of Westwego, Leon Firven, 56, and Willie Langford, 80, both of Avondale, for taking or possessing over the limit of red drum and possessing undersized red drum.  Additionally Firven was cited for angling without basic and saltwater licenses.

Agents received a complaint about people catching over the limit of red drum in The Pen, which is a body of water east of Lafitte.  The agents stopped the men in their vessel as they were leaving the complaint area returning to the launch and found them in possession of 62 red drum with some of those being undersized.

The regulations for red drum are five per person per day with a 16 inch minimum length of which only one can be over 27 inches long.

Due to the men being 47 red drum over the legal limit, taking or possessing over the limit red drum is elevated to a Class Four violation, which carries a penalty of $400 to- $950 in fines and up to 120 days in jail or both plus court cost and revocation of fishing licenses.

Taking or possessing undersized red drum carries a penalty of $100 to $350 in fines and up to 60 days in jail or both plus court costs.  Angling without a basic license and saltwater license both bring penalties of $50 in fines and up to 15 days in jail or both plus court costs.

In addition to the fines, the men will be charged a civil restitution for the value of the illegally taken fish in the amount of $1,315.60.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Tim Fox and Senior Agent Mitchel Saunders.

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

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Oct. 3 Public Meeting in Marksville to Provide Update on LDWF’s Black Bear Program

Release Date: 09/25/2012

Sept. 25, 2012 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold a public meeting in Marksville on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. to present information about black bears in Louisiana. The meeting will be held at the Avoyelles Parish School Board office at 221 Tunica Drive West.

LDWF biologists will present an update on the Louisiana Black Bear Program and discuss various techniques the public can use to avoid contact with bears and prevent property damage.  Methods to prevent bears from gaining access to camps and buildings will be demonstrated and discussed.  Hunter/bear conflicts will be addressed and suggestions to avoid problems will be offered.  The future goals of LDWF bear management and the necessary steps to reach those goals will be presented.

Following the presentation there will be a question and answer period to allow for general discussion about the bears in Louisiana and living with bears.  There will also be examples of various bear deterrent devices on display. For more information contact:  Maria Davidson (337) 948-0255 or mdavidson@wlf.la.gov .

The Louisiana 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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Authorities Find Body of Missing Boater on Ouachita River

Release Date: 09/22/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents and Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies found the body of Charles Trascher, 64, of Monroe, on the Ouachita River in Ouachita Parish this morning, Sept. 22.

Trascher was reported missing shortly after 6 p.m. on Sept. 20 when he did not return home from a fishing trip according to his family.  Authorities recovered Trascher’s 17-foot aluminum vessel in the Ouachita River near West Monroe during the evening hours of Sept. 20. 

Agents and deputies searched for Trascher throughout the night of Sept. 20 and all day Sept. 21.  Trascher's body was found without a personal flotation device around 6:30 a.m. on Sept. 22 about one mile south from where his vessel was recovered.

LDWF had two sonar units on scene to assist in the search.  LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.

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

*Amended* Authorities Searching for Missing Boater on Ouachita River

Release Date: 09/21/2012

*Amended*

Search and rescue crews are currently searching for a missing boater on the Ouachita River in Ouachita Parish.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents and Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching for Charles Trascher, 64, of Monroe, who was reported missing shortly after 6 p.m. on Sept. 20.

According to family, Trascher never returned home yesterday from a fishing trip.  Authorities recovered Trascher’s 17-foot aluminum vessel in the Ouachita River near West Monroe last night, Sept. 20, and searched throughout the night.

LDWF will have two sonar units on scene today to assist in the search.  LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.

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

Three Avoyelles Men Cited for Wildlife Violations

Release Date: 09/21/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three Avoyelles Parish men for alleged wildlife violations on Sept. 14 in Avoyelles Parish.

Agents cited Kristopher A. Dugas, 21, of Marksville, and Eric M. Dauzat, 25, of Hessmer, for allegedly taking a six-point buck during a closed season, during illegal hours with artificial light, hunting from a public road and moving vehicle, without basic and big game licenses, and possession of an illegally taken deer.  Kristopher Dugas was also cited for taking deer with an illegal firearm.

Agents also cited Terry A Ducote Jr., 42, of Hessmer, for possession of the illegally taken deer and illegal possession of an alligator.

An LDWF agent received information that Dauzat and Kristopher Dugas killed a buck at night during the month of August.  During questioning, Dauzat admitted that he and Kristopher Dugas killed the buck at around 12:28 a.m. on the morning of Aug. 21 in the Fifth Ward community with a .17 caliber rifle.

The deer’s six-point head still in velvet was at the residence of Terry Ducote Jr.  When the agents went to Terry Ducote’s residence to take possession of the head, they also found an untagged alligator tail.

Taking deer during a closed season and during illegal hours brings a fine of $900 to $950 or up to 120 days in jail for each offense.  Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a fine of $400 to $950 or up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a public road and taking a deer with an illegal firearm brings a fine of $100 to $350 or up to 60 days in jail for each offense.  Hunting from a moving vehicle carries a fine of $250 to $500 or up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting without basic and big game licenses brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail for each offense.

Illegal possession of an alligator carries a fine of $400 to $950 or up to 120 days in jail.

Kristopher Dugas and Dauzat may also be held responsible for restitution in the amount of $1,624 for the illegally taken deer.  Terry Ducote may also be held responsible for restitution in the amount of $375.80 for the illegally taken alligator.

The deer and alligator tail were seized and donated to charity.

Agent participating in the case are Sgt. Gabe Guidry, Senior Agent John Volentine, and Senior Agent Doug Anderson Jr.

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

LDWF Moves Forward with VMS Pilot Program for Public Seed Ground Oyster Vessels

Release Date: 09/20/2012

September 12, 2012 – In an effort to better manage the more than 1.6 million acres of public oyster beds, the state has implement the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) Pilot Program, which requires oyster vessels fishing on the public seed grounds to have a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries provided VMS.

Data collected through the VMS Pilot Program will allow LDWF to better manage the resources on the public oyster seed grounds.  The department worked closely with oyster industry leaders to create a program that will not be burdensome to harvesters

VMS units will be provided to all oyster permit holders by LDWF. The entire system, service and installation will be provided at no cost to the vessel operator. Participants in the VMS Pilot Program will only be required to minimally maintain care for the units.

LDWF has contracted Pole Star Space Applications through a competitive bidding process to provide the data collection services. Pole Star will provide the VMS monitoring solution, and will coordinate with vessel owners to install the equipment. Pole Star, along with their sub-contractor Radio Holland USA, will be coordinating the installation effort for the entire oyster fleet.

Oyster vessels who harvest on public seed grounds must have a VMS unit installed to remain in compliance with current regulations.  If they do not have a VMS unit currently installed they need to confirm with LDWF that installation has been scheduled.

To schedule a VMS installation, please contact Sam Boyd with Radio Holland USA at LDWF@radiohollandusa.com, or (713) 378-2145

All information collected by LDWF will be considered privileged and confidential and will not be made public. Vessels owners will be allowed to track their own vessels through VMS installed onboard their oyster vessels.

Currently, over 700 vessels are permitted to harvest on public oyster beds. The Louisiana oyster industry provides more than one-third of the nation’s oyster consumption.

During the 2011 Legislative Session, the Louisiana Legislature passed Act 266, giving LDWF the authority to require VMS devices onboard vessels that harvestoysters for commercial purposes on public seed grounds.  This action was taken to enable the department to better manage the public oyster resource.

LDWF is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, and on Facebook at www.facebook.comldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact Richard Weiser at rweiser@wlf.louisiana.govor (225) 761-2389 or Jason Froeba jfroeba@wlf.la.gov225-765-0121.  For press inquiries please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504) 430-2623.

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Louisiana Oyster Task Force Enforcement Committee and Public/Private Oyster Ground Committee to Meet

Release Date: 09/19/2012

(Sept. 19, 2012) – The Louisiana Oyster Task Force Enforcement Committee and Public/Private Oyster Ground Committee will meet together at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 25, prior to the 1 p.m. Oyster Task Force Meeting, at the UNO Advanced Technology Center located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210 in New Orleans.

The Louisiana 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 more information please contact Ashley Roth at Ashley@louisianaseafood.com or (504) 286-8735.

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Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet Next Week in New Orleans

Release Date: 09/19/2012

(Sept. 19, 2012) – The next meeting of the Louisiana Oyster Task Force will be held on Tuesday, September 25 at 1 p.m. at the UNO Advanced Technology Center located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210 in New Orleans.

The agenda is as follows:

I.  Roll Call

II.  Approval of  July 31, 2012  MINUTES

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   - (Steve McManus)

   C.  Legislative - (Jakov Jurisic)

   D.  Research – (John Supan)

   E.  Coastal Restoration – (Dan Coulon)

   F.  Marketing -

   G.  Health – (Tenney Sibley)

V.  Old Business

   A.  BP Oil Spill Remediation

     1. Claims Process

     2. Public Reef Remediation

     3. Oyster Lease Remediation

VI.  New Business

   A.  Kristin McLaren-Oyster Taskforce appointee to LSPMB

   B.  Assessment of Damages from Hurricane Isaac

   C.  Thomas Soniat- Louisiana Oyster Stock Assessment Workshop

   D.  Private Land Oyster Companies in Louisiana-Mike Voisin

VII. Set Next Meeting

VIII.  Adjourn

This meeting is open to the public.

The Louisiana 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 more information please contact Ashley Roth at Ashley@louisianaseafood.com or (504) 286-8735.

 

 

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