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Two Louisiana Men Arrested for Hunting Violations

Release Date: 02/05/2014

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) agent arrested two Louisiana men on Jan. 31 for alleged hunting violations on the Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).

The agents were patrolling the NWR when they observed Duell S. Moreland, 23, of Monterey, walking down a trail shining a headlight in a searching manner.  Upon approaching Moreland with the aid of night vision, the agents identified themselves as police officers and told Moreland to do not move.  Moreland then attempted to run away on foot before being caught from behind by the agents.

The agents identified Moreland and learned that he is awaiting trial for the illegal killing of a black bear in Concordia Parish.  Moreland was found wearing a head light on his forehead, carrying a loaded crossbow equipped with a night vision scope, a loaded .444 rifle, possession of marijuana and another person’s deer tags.

The agents then went back to a nearby camp on private property where Moreland originated his illegal hunt from and found Ronnie Mason, 43, of Jonesville.  After further investigation, agents revealed that Mason is a convicted felon who was also illegally in possession of a firearm at the camp.

The agents also found a freshly killed untagged doe near the camp with several propeller cuts on its body.  An investigation revealed that while travelling to the camp Mason intentionally ran over the deer in his boat that was attempting to swim across Bayou Cocodrie.

Moreland was booked into jail for hunting deer during illegal hours, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, second offense of illegal possession of marijuana, resisting an officer, possession of marijuana while in possession of a firearm, hunting deer using illegal methods, and using archery equipment with illegal sights.  Mason was booked into jail for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, hunting deer using illegal methods and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.

Moreland turned himself into the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 18, 2013, for his alleged role in the illegal killing of a Louisiana Black Bear.

Possessing a firearm while in possession of marijuana carries up to a $10,000 fine and five to 10 years in jail.  Possessing a firearm by a convicted felon brings a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years in jail.  Second offense possession of marijuana carries a $250 to $2,000 fine and up to five years in jail.  Resisting an officer carries up to a $500 fine and up to six months in jail.  Hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and using illegal sights each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting deer using illegal methods brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case are LDWF Sgt. Trey Mason and USFWS Agent Mark Cupit.

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

Agenda for Commission Meeting

Release Date: 02/05/2014

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, February 6, 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 January 9, 2014

3.         Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4.         To Hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports January

5.         To Consider an Amendment to the Deer Season Dates in Area 4

6.         To Consider a Resolution of Support for Sustainability Certification of Louisiana Blue Crab

7.         To Hear the Annual Stock Assessment Report for Striped Mullet

8.         Set June 2014 Meeting Date

9.         Receive Public Comments

10.       Adjournment

 

 

LDWF Urges Public to Update their Contact Information in Fishing License Database to Improve Data Collection

Release Date: 02/04/2014

(Feb. 4, 2014) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) continues to move forward with the Louisiana Recreational Creel Survey (LA Creel).  This new survey provides real-time data collection and the best data available to fishery managers.

LDWF is using the agency’s saltwater fishing license database to conduct email and phone based surveys to supplement data collected through LA Creel dockside surveys.  “We highly encourage anglers to verify the accuracy of their contact information in our fishing license database, specifically their phone number and email address”, explains Robert Barham, Secretary of LDWF.  “It’s a matter of pride that should be shared by all Louisiana anglers that we are stepping out on our own and providing Louisiana’s recreational anglers with the best information available for responsibly managing our fisheries.   The best way that anglers can help in this regard is by going online and updating their contact information.”

Verifying and updating your contact information is quick and simple to do:

Desktop Computer:

  1.   On our website, www.wlf.la.gov/licenses, click on “Purchase your license online”

  2.   Select “Purchase Hunting/Fishing Licenses”

  3.   Click “Start Here”

  4.   Log in with your driver’s license number, LDWF number, social security number or alternated ID

  5.   Enter your mailing address, phone number and email address (even though this field is optional)

  6.   Click the “Update Address/Personal Information Only” button.

  7.   Click “Continue”

Mobile Device:

  1.  On our website, www.wlf.la.gov/licenses, click on “Purchase your license online.”

  2.  Click on “License Sales”

  3.  Choose an identification type (drivers license number, LDWF number, social security number or an alternate ID)

  4.  Enter appropriate ID number, date of birth, first name and last name, then click “Continue”

  5.  Choose if you are a resident of Louisiana (Yes or No)

  6.  Complete Address, City, State and Zip under the “Edit Customer Information” Box

  7.  Enter mobile number and choose mobile carrier

  8.  Edit the email address shown or Add an email address to the “Email” field

  9.  Click the ‘Update Information’ button and click continue

Please take a few minutes and update your contact information today.

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

For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8733.

 

 

Agents Arrest Sulphur Man for Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 01/31/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Sulphur man on Jan. 29 for alleged deer hunting violations in Sulphur.

Agents arrested, Chris G. Clark, 51, for hunting from a moving vehicle, hunting deer from a public road, hunting or taking deer during a closed season, discharging a firearm from public road and three counts of contributing to the delinquency of minors.  Clark was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center.

Agents also cited two minors for hunting from a moving vehicle, hunting deer from a public road, hunting or taking deer during a closed season and discharging a firearm from a public road.

LDWF agents received a complaint from the Calcasieu Parish Sherriff’s Office about a deer that was shot off of Ellis Moss Road in Sulphur.  Agents went to the scene and learned from an eye witness who was able to get the license plate number and a detailed description of the vehicle that was used in the illegal shooting of a deer.

The license plate information led agents to a residence in Sulphur.  Upon further investigation, agents learned that Clark drove the vehicle along with three minors to the location where deer were in a field off the road.  Clark equipped one of the minors with a .243 rifle and one with a 30-06 rifle.

After further investigation, agents learned that Clark and the three minors pulled up to the field where Clark then instructed two of the minors to open the door and fire simultaneously at a deer.  After both minors fired multiple shots killing the deer, they observed a vehicle approaching them from behind.  Clark and the three minors then left the scene and did not return.

Agents seized the .243 and 30-06 rifles and a 12 gauge shotgun.

Contributing to the delinquency of a minor carries up to a $500 fine and up to six months in jail for each offense.  Hunting or taking deer during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a moving vehicle brings a $250 to $500 and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting deer from a public road carries a $100 to $350 and up to 60 days in jail.  Discharging a firearm from a public road carries a $50 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Stuart Guillory, Senior Agent Sean Moreau and Senior Agent Chuck Talbert.

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

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Legislative Committee to Meet

Release Date: 01/31/2014

1 p.m., Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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

AGENDA

I.  Call to Order

II.  Consideration of Oyster Task Force bills for the 2014 legislative session.

III. 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/5419036872125878529

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.

 

 

 

Agenda for Commission Meeting

Release Date: 01/31/2014

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, February 6, 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 January 9, 2014

3.         Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4.         To Hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports January

5.         To Consider an Amendment to the Deer Season Dates in Area 4

6.         To Consider a Declaration of Emergency for 2014-2015 Recreational Reef Fish Seasons

7.         To Consider a Resolution of Support for Sustainability Certification of Louisiana Blue Crab

8.         To Hear the Annual Stock Assessment Report for Striped Mullet

9.         Set June 2014 Meeting Date

10.       Receive Public Comments

11.       Adjournment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guatemalan Man Cited For Deer and Alligator Violations

Release Date: 01/27/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Guatemalan man for alleged deer and alligator violations on Jan. 26 in Jefferson Parish.

Agents cited Julio Cesar Agu Marroquin, 30, who resides in Metairie, but is a legal resident of Guatemala, for hunting deer using illegal methods, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, obtaining a hunting license fraudulently, hunting without a non-resident license, hunting without a non-resident big game license, failing to comply with hunter education requirements, and illegal possession of alligator parts or skins during a closed season.

LDWF agents received a complaint about a man who was skinning a deer in his side yard of an apartment complex in Metairie.  The complainant stated that the man had alligator skins as well.

Agents arrived at the address and observed the subject in possession of a freshly killed untagged deer that he admitted to killing that morning with a 30-30 rifle in Orleans Parish.  That area is currently only open to bow or primitive firearms.

The subject proceeded to show the agents his resident basic and big game licenses that he purchased with a fake state identification card.

Possession of alligator parts and skins carries a fine of $400 to $950 or 120 days in jail.  Taking deer using illegal methods and obtaining hunting licenses fraudulently both bring fines of $250 to $500 or 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging harvest requirements carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Hunting without non-resident basic and big game hunting licenses and failing to comply with hunter safety education requirements each bring a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

Civil restitution for the replacement value of the deer and alligator in the amount of $2,000 could also be assessed for this case.

The agents seized the subjects 30-30 Winchester Rifle, the subjects fraudulently obtained licenses, the deer and the alligator skin and parts.

Agents involved in the case are Lt. Scot Keller, Sgts. Tim Fox, Kris Bourgeois and Jeff Boyd.

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

LDWF Agents Arrest Marrero Man for Illegal Fish Sales

Release Date: 01/27/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents concluded an extensive investigation into the illegal sale of spotted sea trout and red drum on Jan. 24, 2014.

Agents arrested Joseph Morris III, 30, of Marrero, for alleged commercial fishing violations after undercover LDWF Agents purchased spotted sea trout and red drum from Morris’ residence in Jefferson Parish.

Agents also secured an arrest warrant from Plaquemines Parish after Morris again sold spotted sea trout and red drum to undercover agents and he also took agents on chartered fishing trips without the required charter boat license.

Commercial fisherman selling without a fresh products license, failing to maintain records, and taking commercial fish without a vessel license each carries a max penalty of $500 and up to 90 days in jail plus court costs for each count.  Selling game fish illegally and possessing red drum commercially carries a max penalty of up to $500 and jail up to 30 days, license revocation, and forfeiture of anything seized for each count. Failing to comply with charter boat regulation and selling spotted sea trout without a permit, selling spotted sea trout without a rod and reel license, and taking or selling undersized spotted sea trout carries a max penalty of up to $950 or up to 120 days in jail or both plus court cost and forfeiture of anything seized for each offense.

He is also facing a total of $8,329.68 in civil restitution for the illegally taken and possessed fish.

Agents also placed a seizure order on two vessels and one vehicle that were used for these alleged offenses and are property of the State of Louisiana until this case is adjudicated in Plaquemines and Jefferson parishes.

Morris also had six outstanding warrants for his arrest in Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes.

Lead agents participating in the case are LDWF’s Special Investigations Unit, and Sgt. Adam Young.  Assisting agents were Sgts. Villere Reggio, Kris Bourgeois, and Jeff Boyd with the assistance of Deputy Chad LaFrance with the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Launches Shrimp Refrigeration Cost-Share Program for Shrimp Industry

Release Date: 01/24/2014

 
(January 24, 2014) – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced  the launch of a shrimp refrigeration cost-share program for shrimp industry members. This announcement marks the latest endeavor to support the seafood industry with equipment upgrades. The program gives eligible shrimp vessel owners, docks, and processing facilities the opportunity to qualify for 50 percent of any authorized refrigeration equipment costs, up to $30,000.  Participants in this program may purchase and install advanced refrigeration equipment onboard their vessels or at their facility in order to produce high-quality seafood products.
 
Wholesale/Retail dealers who want to participate must first be enrolled in the Louisiana Wild Seafood Certification Program (LWSCP), a voluntary program for Louisiana wild seafood that was passed by the Louisiana Legislature in 2010. LWSCP was developed with the intention of establishing a more professional seafood industry with better handling practices and higher quality products.
 
Eligible Equipment
 
Some examples of equipment that are eligible for this program are: Seawater chilling systems, ice makers—limited to land based facilities only, freezers, generators—tied to a refrigeration system, cooler/freezer boxes and associated insulations, brine freezers, plate freezers, other freezer types, combined commercial refrigeration units, condensers and coils of split refrigeration systems, refrigeration supplies, electrical supplies—tied to a refrigeration system, and other equipment and supplies that can be verifiably associated with shrimp refrigeration. All equipment will be evaluated as a complete system to ensure it will meet refrigeration needs of the vessel or facility.  New equipment and currently installed equipment that was purchased beginning January 1, 2010 will be eligible for reimbursement provided it meets program requirements.  New equipment to be installed must be approved prior to purchase. Reimbursement for labor costs associated with professional installation of equipment is limited to 15% of the total cost of equipment, not to exceed $4,500. Final approval of funds disbursement may be subject to an inspection.
 
Application Process
 
Applicants must complete a separate application for each LDWF license and each business physical location.  Successful applicants will receive an equipment approval letter notifying them when to purchase the eligible equipment and will be given a deadline to submit receipts for the purchased equipment.
 
To apply for this program, download a copy of the application packet at the following link http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/SRGP/application. Applicants who are unable to download the application and would like a copy mailed to them should contact LDWF at 225-765-3980 or toll-free 855-262-1764. Applicants who need language assistance to complete the application should contact South Central Planning and Development Commission at 985-655-1051 or toll-free 1-800-630-3791. Funding is allocated. annually, and applications will be selected based on available funds.  To ensure your application receives consideration for funding during this fiscal year, your application must be received no later than March 31st, 2014. Applications will continue to be accepted after this date but may be subject to placement on a waiting list until the next funding allocation. Eligible applicants with completed applications will be awarded funding in order, by postmark/received date of last document submitted.
 
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, contact Ashley Roth at aroth@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-4162.
 

Volunteers Needed for Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Derelict Crab Trap Clean-up

Release Date: 01/23/2014

Volunteers Needed for Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Derelict Crab Trap Clean-up

(January 17, 2014) The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries along with Coastal Conservation Association-Louisiana, Audubon Nature Institute, and Louisiana Sea Grant will host the 2014 Derelict Crab Trap Rodeo on Saturday, February 15 from 8:30am to 3:30pm at Toby Voisin’s oyster dock located at the end of Hwy 315 in Dularge.

The Derelict Crap Trap Removal Program was initiated by LDWF in 2004 to address removal of derelict and abandoned crab traps.  The traps increase ghost-fishing mortality of blue crabs and other species captured incidentally, interfere with other commercial fishing gear types, create navigation hazards, and reduce visual appeal of our environment.  The volunteer-based program is funded through commercial fishermen gear fees and since its inception has disposed of more than 22,000 derelict crab traps.

Volunteers

LDWF encourages volunteers to participate in this opportunity to remove abandoned traps and conserve Louisiana’s marine resources.  Volunteers are needed to assist with dockside activities such as unloading and stacking traps. The greatest need is for volunteer boat owners to help maximize trap collection. 

Volunteers willing to participate in the trap clean up can view information and pre-register at http://www.laseagrant.org/crabtraps/volunteers.htm  and volunteer boat owners interested in donating and operating their boat should contact Jennifer Thomas at jkthomas@wlf.la.gov or (225) 763-3541.

All volunteers receive a complimentary lunch, gift, and are entered into a raffle for a chance to win fishing and outdoor prizes.

LDWF representatives and partners will be available at Toby Voisin’s oyster dock beginning at 8:30 a.m. to distribute instructions, maps, and supplies to volunteers, assist with the unloading of derelict traps, and document the number of traps removed. In case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled for February 22nd.

Area Closure

In order to conduct the trap clean-ups, licensed crab fishermen will receive a notice informing them that they must remove their crab traps from within the closure area during the closure period, and all remaining crab traps will be considered abandoned and may be removed by agency personnel or volunteers.

For a map of the closure area 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.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Thomas at jkthomas@wlf.la.gov or (225) 763-3541.

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

 

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