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Agenda for Commission Meeting

Release Date: 07/27/2012

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, August 2, 2012, 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 July 2, 2012

3.  Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4.  To hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/July

5.  To announce Youth Hunter of the Year Awards – Scott Durham

6.  To hear Proposal for Regional Management of Red Snapper - Presentation to the Gulf Council

7.  To Receive Information and Consider a Declaration of Emergency on Setting the Opening Dates of the 2012 Fall  Inshore Shrimp Season

8.  To Receive and Consider a Declaration of Emergency on Fisheries Closures due to Oil Spill

9.  To Receive and Consider a Declaration of Emergency to Set the 2012 Oyster Season on  the Public Oyster Seed Grounds

10.  To Receive and Consider a Notice of Intent on the Take and Possession of Apple Snails  and Rio Grande Cichlids

11.  To Receive and Consider a Declaration of Emergency to Establish 2012-2013 Waterfowl Season Dates

12.  To Receive Presentation on 2012 Deer Season Harvest Information

13.  Set December 2012 Meeting Date

14.  Receive Public Comments

15.   Adjournment

 

2012-13 Louisiana Hunting Regulations Available Online

Release Date: 07/27/2012

July 27, 2012  -- The 2012-13 Louisiana Hunting Regulations booklet is available now on the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/regulations.

The booklet includes the 2012-13 Wildlife Management Area (WMA) regulations, WMA lottery hunts and physically challenged hunts, deer season dates, mandatory deer tagging information, and information on license fees and types.  The booklet also includes the season dates and bag limits for quail, rabbit, squirrel and migratory game birds with the exception of the late waterfowl season. Duck and goose season dates and bag limits will be available on the LDWF website following the Aug. 2 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting.

Printed copies of the booklet will be available mid to late August and found at local hunting license vendors and LDWF field offices.  For contact information and addresses of LDWF field offices, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife-field-offices-and-telephone-numbers  or call 225-765-2800.

For more information, contact Randy Myers at 225-765-2359 or rmyers@wlf.la.gov.

Volunteer Hunter Safety Instructor Academy to Be Offered Aug. 7-9 at Waddill Refuge in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 07/26/2012

July 26, 2012 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Education Section is offering a Volunteer Hunter Safety Instructor Academy at Waddill Refuge in Baton Rouge on Aug. 7 through 9.  Waddill Refuge is located at 4142 North Flannery Road and the academy sessions will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night.

Participants must attend all three nights to be certified as a Volunteer Hunter Safety Instructor.  There is no charge for the academy and it is open to anyone over the age of 18 who is interested in teaching Hunter Safety Courses.

Requirements for Becoming a Hunter Education Instructor

  • Attend a 12-hour instructor training course
  • Complete live fire exercise
  • Pass a written exam
  • Undergo a criminal background check

Volunteer instructors are the backbone of LDWF’s hunter education program. Become a part of the team that makes a difference.  One of the rewards of serving as a volunteer instructor is the satisfaction of knowing you are helping to preserve the future of hunting by passing on a time honored tradition.

What Does LDWF Look For In a Volunteer Instructor?

  • A professional demeanor
  • Courteous and respectful
  • Good communicator
  • People oriented
  • Dedicated and motivated
  • Someone who believes in the importance of education

 For more information about the academy or to register for the course, please contact Bradley Breland at the Waddill Refuge by calling 225-274-8089 or e-mail him at bbreland@wlf.louisiana.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  Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

LDWF Schedules Drawdown for Lake Bistineau

Release Date: 07/26/2012

(July 26, 2012)– In an effort to control aquatic vegetation, the water control structure on Lake Bistineau near Minden, La., will be opened on August 8, 2012, for a lake drawdown. 

As a result of mild winter temperatures, giant salvinia has expanded beyond the control capacity of herbicide applications and salvinia weevils.  Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries survey estimates show giant salvinia coverage to be in excess of 2,000 acres. 

The lake will be lowered 7 feet below pool stage and will remain lowered until January 31, 2013. 

Caution is advised of boaters during the low water period as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance for underwater obstructions. 

For further information regarding the drawdown, contact Evan Thames, LDWF Biologist Manager, at (318) 371-5216 or ethames@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  Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov (225) 765-2396.

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

Release Date: 07/25/2012

(July 25, 2012) -The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. The meeting will convene at 10 a.m. in Suite 200 of the UNO Advanced Technology Center located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans.

The agenda is as follows:

I.  Approval of Minutes from June 5, 2012 Meeting

II.  Hearing of New Renewal/Re-Issuance Appeals

      a.   Sophin Men

      b.   Thomas Hadley, Jr.

III.  Set next meeting date

IV.  Adjourn

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 Calcasieu Lake and Sabine Lake, must do so from a vessel holding a public oyster seed ground vessel permit issued by LDWF.

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.

Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet Next Week in New Orleans

Release Date: 07/24/2012

(July 24, 2012) – The next meeting of the Louisiana Oyster Task Force will be held on Tuesday, July 31 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  June 5, 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

  B.   Thomas Soniat- Dermo Study

VI.  New Business

  A.  Thomas Soniat- Dermo study

  B.  Task Force Perception Study-GCR Alexis Thomas

  C.  Malinda Kelley-Gulf Trace

  D.  WLF-VMS Presentation

  E.  Recommendations for 2012 - 2013 season on Public Seed Grounds

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.comor (504) 286-8735.

 

 

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Enforcement Committee to Meet July 31

Release Date: 07/24/2012

(July 24, 2012)– The Louisiana Oyster Task Force Enforcement Committee is scheduled to meet at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31, prior to the 1 p.m. Oyster Task Force Meeting, at the UNO Advanced Technology Center located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 310 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.

 

LDWF Agents Arrest Three Livingston Parish Men

Release Date: 07/24/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division (LDWF) agents arrested three Walker men in July on charges that stemmed from an operating or driving a vessel while intoxicated (DWI) allegation.

Agents arrested Kyle Corkern, 26, of Walker, for an alleged DWI on the Amite River Diversion Canal on July 8.  Arresting agents parked their vessel at the Hill Top Inn Marina while they transported Corkern to the French Settlement Police Department for an intoxilyzer test.

As other agents working on the Diversion Canal arrived at the marina, they observed a male subject jump out and run from the unattended LDWF patrol vessel tied to the pier. Agents made contact with the two male subjects at the scene, but were unable to ascertain what had taken place and the subjects were released.

Agents later discovered that the unattended LDWF vessel had the plug removed allowing it to begin to fill with water.  This particular vessel had a bilge pump that was able to keep up and keep the vessel afloat.

After a week long investigation, agents arrested Brian B. Heyse, 25, and Neal D. Corkern, 23, on July 17 for allegedly tampering with an LDWF patrol vessel.  Both subjects were passengers in Kyle Corkern’s vessel prior to his arrest.

Agents charged Heyse and Neal Corkern with simple burglary, attempted criminal damage to property, criminal mischief and criminal trespass.  Heyse was additionally cited for intentional littering after breaking a bottle in the marina parking lot.

Driving a vessel while intoxicated carries a fine between $300 and $1,000 and up to six months in jail with the chance of losing driving and boating privileges.

Simple burglary brings up to a $2,000 fine and up to 12 years in jail.  Criminal damage to property carries up to a $10,000 fine and up to 15 years in jail.  Criminal trespassing brings a fine between $100 and $500 and up to 30 days in jail.  Criminal mischief carries up to a $500 fine and up to six months in jail.  Intentional littering carries a $250 fine and eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program.

Agents participating in the investigation and arrests were Senior Agent Hal Bridges, Sgt. Randy Lanoux, Lt. Will Roberts, Sgt. Guy Adams and Senior Agent Terry Hicks.

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

Shrimp Task Force Management and Sustainability Subcommittees to Meet Thursday

Release Date: 07/23/2012

(July 23, 2012) – The Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Management and Sustainability Subcommittees will meet onThursday, July 26, 2012, in Baton Rouge at Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters in Baton Rouge in the Louisiana Room. 

The Management Subcommittee meeting begins at 10 a.m. and the agenda is as follows:

            I.  Larger Skimmer Size

           II.   Alternate Gear

           III.  Discussion of 100 Count Exemption

           IV.  Discussion of Opening Times of Seasons

The Sustainability Subcommittee meeting begins at 11 a.m. and the agenda is as follows:

           I.  MSC Pre-assessment and FAO Code Pre-assessment Discussion With Handout

           II.  Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club – Fisheries Improvement Plan Process

           III.  Discussion on Challenges to Sustainability Certification

The Louisiana Shrimp Task Force was created by Act 606 of the Louisiana Legislature to study and monitor the shrimp industry and to make recommendations to the state.

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.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

This meeting is open to the public.

For more information, please contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.govor (225) 765-2396.

 

 

Body of Second Boater Recovered from Lake Charles

Release Date: 07/22/2012

Search and rescue crews have recovered the body of a Westlake man at 6:30 a.m. today, July 22 near the vicinity where authorities found the body of his fishing partner and capsized vessel on the west bank of Lake Charles in Calcasieu Parish.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) agents along with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Coast Guard responded to a report of two missing boaters on Lake Charles on July 20 after 10 p.m.  According to family members, William R. Druilhet Jr., 22, of Lake Charles, and Christopher Rollins, 25, of Westlake, were out fishing and last made contact shortly before 10 p.m.

Search and rescue crews searched throughout the night and found their 16 foot vessel capsized on the west bank of Lake Charles at 4:30 a.m. on July 21.  Authorities then found the body of Druilhet at 4:50 a.m. on July 21 near the boat and Rollins at 6:30 a.m. on July 22 also near the boat.

Authorities found Druilhet wearing a personal flotation device and Rollins without a personal flotation device.  Both bodies of Druilhet and Rollins were turned over to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to determine a cause of death.

LDWF has recovered the vessel and will be the lead investigative agency for this boating crash incident.

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

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