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Nine Subjects Cited for Oyster Violations in Terrebonne Parish

Release Date: 04/10/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited nine subjects in Terrebonne Parish for alleged oyster violations on April 8.

Agents patrolling in Hell Hole Bayou spotted several vessels and crewmembers harvesting oysters in an unapproved area.

Agents made contact with the occupants and cited Jolio C. Garcia, 30, Omar Ever Aviles Gomez, 28, Daniel M. Sanchez, 21, Francisco Arnulfo Ruiz Maradiaga, 34, all from Houma; Hermilo G. Luria, 25, Mario G. Lara, 37, Carlos T. Gonzaga, 30, Francisco A. Tenoria, 30, all from Gray; and Eduardo L. Alejo, 27, from Theriot, for harvesting oysters from an unapproved polluted area and unlawfully taking oysters off a private lease without written permission.

The agents seized the dredges and returned 115 sacks of oysters to the water.  Agents also seized the vessels on a department seizure order.

Taking oysters from an unapproved polluted area brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking oysters from a private lease without permission carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  The men could also have their oyster harvester licenses revoked by the department for up to one year.  The violators could also be sentenced to perform 40 hours of community service and only be allowed to harvest oysters from a vessel with a vessel monitoring device for up to one year.

The agents participating in the case are Sgt. Bryan Marie and agent Richard Bean.

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

Road Access Update for Dewey W. Wills WMA

Release Date: 04/10/2015

April 10, 2015 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is informing WMA users that Sandy Bayou Rd., Muddy Bayou Rd., and Taylor Bayou Rd. on Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area have been reopened to vehicle traffic.  The roads had been closed due to flood conditions.

The WMA is located in the southern portion of LaSalle and Catahoula parishes in central Louisiana, approximately 20 miles northeast of Alexandria.

For more information on the WMA, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2753 or contact Cliff Dailey at 318-487-5885 or adailey@wlf.la.gov.

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Westwego Man Arrested for Crab Trap Theft

Release Date: 04/09/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Westwego man on April 8 for allegedly using stolen crab traps.

Agents received a tip in mid-March about a man stealing crab traps on Lake Salvador in Lafourche Parish.  On March 20, while patrolling the area LDWF agents observed Kurt Frickey, 29, utilizing stolen crab traps and possessing untagged crab traps.

During the subsequent investigation, agents found Frickey utilizing 206 stolen crab traps that were stolen from 25 different crab fishermen.

Agents obtained an arrest warrant in Lafourche Parish and were able to apprehend Frickey and book him into the Lafourche Parish jail for felony theft.

Agents involved in the case are Lt. Joe Arnaud, Sgt. Bryan Marie and Senior Agent Dean Aucoin.

Felony theft brings up to a $3,000 fine and up to five years in jail.  Utilizing stolen crab traps and possessing untagged crab traps each carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to six months in jail.

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

LDWF to Hold Lake Bistineau Public Meetings

Release Date: 04/09/2015

(April 9, 2015) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will conduct several informational meetings concerning Lake Bistineau including recent updates and the opportunity for input and discussion.  These meetings are open to the public, and those interested in the status of Lake Bistineau are encouraged to attend.  Space is limited to 100 individuals per meeting.  Please keep this in mind when making plans to attend.   

Who:  LDWF Inland Fisheries staff
 
What:  Public information meeting on Lake Bistineau
 
When:  Monday, April 20 and Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.
 
Where:  Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Region 1 Office
 
                Jonathan Glasscock Memorial Classroom
 
                9961 Hwy. 80
 
                Minden, LA 71055
 
The current LDWF Lake Bistineau Management Plan can be viewed at:  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland
 
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 press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.

L.W.F.C. Acknowledged for 50 Years of Support for Waterfowl Habitat Conservation

Release Date: 04/08/2015

L.W.F.C. Acknowledged for 50 Years of Support for Waterfowl Habitat Conservation

April 8, 2015 -- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) received a commemorative plaque at their April 2 meeting honoring 50 years of support for waterfowl breeding ground habitat conservation.
 
The recognition came from Ducks Unlimited at the North American Wildlife and Natural Resource Conference for financial support provided through the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ State Contributions to Canada Program.  Louisiana, along with Ohio and South Carolina received this distinction for participating in the program since 1965.
 
The Commission directs statutorily-dedicated state funds through the program to enhance and protect breeding waterfowl habitat in Canada, where many of Louisiana’s migrating and wintering ducks are produced. Previous recognition for this support was received in 2013 when contributions reached over $10 million toward this effort since inception.  Louisiana is one of only three states that have provided funding at this level. California and Illinois are the others.
 
The money directed by the Commission is matched by Ducks Unlimited and matched again by North American Wetland Conservation Act funding before it goes toward land purchase, conservation easements, wetland and grassland habitat restoration, and habitat management in the Canadian prairies to benefit nesting ducks. Unusually wet conditions along with this significant habitat investment have produced some of the highest duck populations on record.
 
For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at 225-765-0456 or Jimmy Anthony at 225-765-2806.
 
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*Photo caption -- (left to right) LWFC Vice Chairman Edward Swindell, Commissioner Bart Yakupzack, Commissioner Ronald Graham, LDWF Assistant Secretary Jimmy Anthony, Commission Chairman Pat Manuel, Commissioner Billy Broussard, Commissioner Chad Courville and Commissioner Dan Davis.
 

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Agents Make Drug Cases in Jefferson Parish

Release Date: 04/08/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents made three drug related cases from April 2 to 4 in Jefferson Parish.

On April 2, agents observed a group of three men on Elmer's Island Refuge with glass bottles where they are prohibited.  Agents found Dylan W. Melancon, 18, and Brett M. Rodrigue, 19, both of Golden Meadow, in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  Agents also discovered Jhy M. Allison, 21, of Golden Meadow in illegal possession of drug paraphernalia and also cited him for having glass bottles.

On April 3, agents observed a vehicle on Hwy. 1 in Grand Isle swerve several times over the center line.  During the traffic stop, agents found the driver, Jeremy K. Buckner, 36, of Leesville, in possession of 24 packs of synthetic marijuana.  He was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. The passenger, Michael L. Parrish, 39, of Leesville, was found to have an open alcoholic beverage.

On April 4, agents observed a man fishing on Elmer's Island Refuge.  Agents made contact with Andrew L. Smith, 28, of Avondale, and found him in illegal possession of marijuana.  Agents booked Smith into the Jefferson Parish Jail.

Illegal possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute is a felony and brings a 10 to 50 year jail sentence and up to $50,000 in fines.  Possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia each carries up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.  Possession of an open alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle carries a fine up to $100.  Having glass bottles on the Elmer’s Island Refuge brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Agents involved in the cases are Senior Agent Dale Wheat and Agent Lucas Hidalgo.

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

Louisiana Crab Task Force to Meet on Tuesday, April 14th

Release Date: 04/08/2015

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting
Pete Gerica, chairman
Tuesday, April 14,1:00 p.m.
UNO Advanced Technology Center
2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

 

AGENDA

  1. Roll Call and introduction of guests
  2. Approval of January 27 meeting minutes and April 14 agenda
  3. Financial Report
  4. Old Business
    1. Professionalism Program Update-LDWF
  5. New Business
    1. Discussion of crab management options-LDWF
    2. 2015 legislation update-LDWF
    3. Penalties for undersized crabs - Eddie Chagnard
    4. Maiden crabs- Eddie Chagnard
    5. Results from the L.D.W.F. Cooperative Research Survey: Selected Statistics for Respondents Who Targeted Crabs- Jack Isaacs
  6. Public Comment
  7. Set Next Meeting
  8. 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/7068149292205155330

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

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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 Education Section Honors Joe Henderson with Hunter Education Lifetime Achievement Award

Release Date: 04/07/2015

LDWF Education Section Honors Joe Henderson with Hunter Education Lifetime Achievement Award

April 7, 2015 -- Joe Henderson of Jena was honored with the Todd Roberts Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award on April 2 by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Education Section.
 
Henderson has dedicated 17 years of volunteer service to teach and mentor thousands of students in the Hunter Education Program.
 
“He continues each year to provide excitement and encouragement during his instruction of standard hunter education courses as well as the hunter education field days,” said LDWF Education Biologist Supervisor Dana Norsworthy.  “He not only volunteers countless hours to teach these public courses but selfishly commits time to ensure students at both Nebo Elementary School and Jena Junior High School understand the significance of hunter safety, responsibility and ethics.”
 
Henderson also actively supports 4-H Shooting Sports. He coaches youngsters how to be accurate with shotgun shooting exercises and the importance of muzzle control and safety.
 
For more information, contact Dana Norsworthy at 318-345-3912 or dnorsworthy@wlf.la.gov .
 
Photo caption: (left to right) -- Dana Norsworthy, LDWF Education Biologist Supervisor; Wayne Higginbotham, LDWF Education Biologist Manager; Joe Henderson; and Fred Kimmel, LDWF Education Program Manager.
 

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Roads Closed on Richard K. Yancey WMA

Release Date: 04/06/2015

April 6, 2015 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is advising Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area (WMA) users that Hog

Pen Lake Road and Lac A’Sostein Road within the WMA are currently closed to all traffic.
 
Increasing water levels in the Red River have caused backwater flooding on these roads.  Once the water recedes, vehicular traffic will be allowed.
 
Richard K. Yancey WMA is located in Concordia Parish, approximately 35 miles south of Ferriday on LA Hwy. 15.
 
For more information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/36994 or contact Tony Vidrine at 337-948-0255 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov .

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Boating Education Lagniappe Day Slated for May 2

Release Date: 04/06/2015

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be hosting the fifth annual "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" on May 2 at nine different locations across the state.

During Boating Education Lagniappe Day, LDWF will provide instructors for the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) boating education course, NASBLA boating education certification, food and drinks, giveaways and door prizes all free of charge to the public.

LDWF urges the public to register quickly as most places have limited spaces available and registration is on a first come first serve basis.

Anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 must complete a NASBLA approved boating education course and carry proof of completion to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.

The course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal requirements and equipment requirements.  The course also covers many navigation rules and charts, trailering, sailboats, canoeing, personal watercraft and more.  Completion of the course will result in the student being issued a vessel operators certification card.

Below is the list of class locations and the registration contact information, which can also be found at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/lagniappeday

Webster Parish
LDWF Region 1 Office
9961 Hwy. 80
Minden, LA 71055
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To register please call 318-371-3049.
Sponsors include the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association.

Ouachita Parish
Academy Sports and Outdoors
111 Constitutional Dr.
West Monroe, La 71292
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
To register please call 318-343-2417.
Sponsors include Academy Sports and Outdoors, Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association and Pizza Hut.

Rapides Parish
Academy Sports and Outdoors
3205 S MacArthur Dr.
Alexandria, La 71301
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To register please call 318-487-5634.
Sponsors include Academy Sports and Outdoors.

St. Landry Parish
St. Landry Lumber
207 N Railroad Ave.
Opelousas, La 70570
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To register please call 337-948-0257.
Sponsors include Raising Canes of Opelousas, Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association and St. Landry Lumber of Opelousas.

Calcasieu Parish
Lake Charles Civic Center
900 Lakeshore Dr.
Lake Charles, La 70601
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To register please call 337-491-2580.
Sponsors include Whitetails Unlimited and the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association.

Terrebonne Parish
Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office Rifle Range
2100 Savanne Road.
Houma, La 60360.
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To register please call 985-447-0821.
Sponsors include the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association.

Ascension Parish
Gonzales Boat Club
13311 Diversion Canal Road
St. Amant, La. 70774
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
To register please call 225-765-2999.
Sponsors include the Gonzales Boat Club.

St. Tammany Parish
Madisonville Branch of St. Tammany Parish Public Library
1123 Main St.
Madisonville, LA 70447
9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Please call 504-284-2023 to register.
Sponsors include Raising Cane’s and the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association.

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

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