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Agents Arrest Six Oyster Fishermen in Terrebonne Parish

Release Date: 06/18/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested six Terrebonne Parish men for alleged oyster violations in Terrebonne Parish on June 14 and 15.

Agents arrested Hunter Daisy, 19, of Theriot, Darren Billiot, 48, of Theriot, and Rocky Rel, 34, of Houma, for unlawfully taking oysters during a closed season from the Sister Lake seed ground and booked them into the Terrebonne Parish Correctional Facility on June 14.  On June 15, agents arrested Santiago Martinez, 50, of Houma, Luis Carbajal, 22, of Chauvin, and Jose Catarino, 28, of Theriot, for taking oysters from an unapproved area in Bayou Sauveur and booked them into the Terrebonne Correctional Facility.

Agents were working a complaint of subjects taking oysters from the Sister Lake seed ground and observed a vessel actively dredging in the closed area.  Agents made contact with the three men in the vessel and were able to seize and return eight sacks of oysters to the water.

While working complaints of subjects taking oysters from a polluted area in Bayou Sauveur, agents observed a vessel actively taking oysters from an unapproved area.  Agents made contact with the three men in the vessel and were able to seize and return four sacks of oysters to the water.

Taking oysters from an unapproved area carries a fine between $400 and $950 and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking oysters during a closed season carries a fine between $100 and $350 and up to 60 days in jail.

Any person convicted of these violations may for one year after the date of such conviction only harvest oysters from a vessel that employs a vessel monitoring system.  Access to the monitoring system shall be granted to LDWF.

Agents involved in the cases were Senior Agents Stephen Rhodes and Dean Aucoin, and Sgt. Bryan Marie.

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

Revised Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Regular Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 06/18/2013

Regular Meeting Agenda
June 19, 2013
10:00 a.m.
Louisiana State Capitol, Senate Committee Room A
900 North Third Street, Baton Rouge, La. 70804

  1. Call to order and introduction of guests
  2. Opening Remarks by Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne
  3. Approval of the May 15, 2013 Minutes
  4. Election of officers
    1. Vice Chairman/Chairman-elect
    2. Secretary-Treasurer
  5. Committee Appointments
  6. Legislative Update
    1. Technical By-law Revision
  7. Treasurer’s Report through May 31, 2013
    1. Adoption of Fiscal Year 2014 Budget
  8. BP Memorandum of Understanding
    1. Amendment to extend
    2. Adoption of BP Extended Budget
    3. Resolution authorizing Executive Director to enter into contracts
  9. Seafood Marketing Campaign
    1. GCR
    2. Newsroom Ink
    3. The Food Group
    4. Graham Group
  10. Public comment
  11. Next Regular Meeting is scheduled for August 14, 2013
  12. Adjourn
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White Lake Property Advisory Board Meeting Set for June 19

Release Date: 06/14/2013

The next regular White Lake Property Advisory Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area located at 15926 Louisiana Highway 91 in Gueydan, La.   

The following agenda items will be discussed:

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Minutes of April 12, 2012 Meeting
  3. Department Financial Report
  4. Election of Officers
  5. Birding and Nature Trail Update
  6. Public Waterfowl Hunts 2012-2013 and Expansion of Public Hunts
  7. Alligator Egg and Wild Harvest Data Report
  8. Wood Duck Boxes on White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area
  9. Feral Hogs on White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area
  10. Elevation Survey and Staff Gauge Update
  11. January Flood, Rainfall, and Salinity Data Report
  12. Refuge Vegetation Survey
  13. Update on Agricultural Leases
  14. Update on Canal Erosion Matters; Intracoastal Canal and Florence Canal
  15. Other Business
  16. Public Comment
  17. Adjournment

 

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Revised Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Regular Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 06/14/2013

June 19, 2013
10:00am
5th Floor Conference Room, Capitol Annex Building
1051 N. Third Street, Baton Rouge, La 70802

  1. Call to order and introduction of guests
  1. Opening Remarks by Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne
  1. Approval of the May 15, 2013 Minutes
  1. Election of officers
    1. Vice Chairman/Chairman-elect
    2. Secretary-Treasurer
  1. Committee Appointments
  1. Legislative Update
    1. Technical By-law Revision
  1. Treasurer’s Report through May 31, 2013
    1. Adoption of Fiscal Year 2014 Budget
  1. BP Memorandum of Understanding
    1. Amendment to extend
    2. Adoption of BP Extended Budget
    3. Resolution authorizing Executive Director to enter into contracts
  1. Seafood Marketing Campaign
    1. GCR
    2. Newsroom Ink
    3. The Food Group
    4. Graham Group
  1. Public comment
  1. Next Regular Meeting is scheduled for August 14, 2013
  1. Adjourn

 

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Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Regular Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 06/14/2013

  1. Call to order and introduction of guests
  1. Opening Remarks by Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne
  1. Approval of the May 15, 2013 Minutes
  1. Election of officers
    1. Vice Chairman/Chairman-elect
    2. Secretary-Treasurer
  1. Committee Appointments
  1. Legislative Update
    1. Technical By-law Revision
  1. Treasurer’s Report through May 31, 2013
    1. Adoption of Fiscal Year 2014 Budget
  1. BP Memorandum of Understanding
    1. Amendment to extend
    2. Adoption of BP Extended Budget
    3. Resolution authorizing Executive Director to enter into contracts
  1. Seafood Marketing Campaign
    1. GCR
    2. Newsroom Ink
    3. The Food Group
    4. Graham Group
  1. Public comment
  1. Next Regular Meeting is scheduled for August 14, 2013
  1. Adjourn
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LDWF Schedules Drawdown for Lake Bistineau

Release Date: 06/13/2013

(June 13, 2013) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will initiate a drawdown on Lake Bistineau within the coming week in its attempt to address the spread of giant salvinia, an invasive aquatic weed, which tends to proliferate as summertime temperatures increase. 

Based on a recent aerial survey, plant coverage currently exceeds 4,000 acres, creating the need for an immediate drawdown.

Most salvinia in Lake Bistineau is currently confined to the upper reaches of the impoundment by thick standing timber.  Floating boom material has also been deployed as a precautionary measure to prevent the plant from drifting downstream.  The boom also concentrates the plants, making herbicide applications more efficient.

The drawdown plans include a dewatering of 4 to 6 inches per day, not to exceed 7 feet below normal pool stage.  Following an initial drying period of 60 days, the control gates will be operated for minor water fluctuations to isolate additional salvinia plants.  The gates will be closed no later than November 30, 2013, to allow the lake to refill.

The lake will not be closed to fishing during the drawdown, but caution is advised of boaters during the low water period as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance for underwater obstructions. 

During the drawdown period, an estimated 8,000 acres of water will remain in the lake.  Boaters will be able to access the lake from the following public boat launches:  Port of Bistineau Launch, Bossier Public Launch, Grice’s and Bayou Dorcheat Public Launch.

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 www.wlf.la.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) 765-2396.

 

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Ferriday Man Arrested for Illegal Alligator and Drug Possession

Release Date: 06/11/2013

(June 11, 2013) - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Ferriday man on June 10 in Concordia Parish for illegal alligator and drug possession.

Agents arrested Michael P. Smith, 37, on four counts of possession of an alligator during a closed season, possession of crystal meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.  Smith was booked into the Concordia Parish Jail.

Agents were patrolling the Old River levee in Ferriday and found Smith and his juvenile son walking up the levee.  After checking Smith, agents found an alligator head in a trash bag.  Agents then found a decapitated 10 foot alligator on the bank not far from where Smith and his son were located.

Agents and Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputies were able to secure a search warrant to search Smith’s vehicle and residence.  Agents found one fresh alligator head in his vehicle and two fresh alligator heads in his residence.  During the search, agents also found crystal meth and drug paraphernalia in Smith’s house.

Possession of an alligator during a closed season brings up to a $400 to $950 fine and 120 days in jail for the first offense, up to a $750 to $950 fine and 180 days in jail for the second offense and between $1,000 to $5,000 in fines and 180 days to two years in jail for each subsequent offense.

Contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile carries up to a $500 fine and six months of jail.  Possession of crystal meth brings up to a $5,000 fine and five years in jail.  Possession of drug paraphernalia carries up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.

Participating in the case were LDWF Senior Agents Joseph Merrill and Robert Mayo and two CCSO deputies.

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

LDWF Investigating a Fatal Boating Crash Incident in Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 06/11/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are investigating a boating crash incident between two vessels that occurred on June 10 in the Venice area in Plaquemines Parish.
 
LDWF agents received a distress call around 2:30 p.m. about two vessel collision between a 24 foot bay boat and a 28 foot oil field crew boat in Flat Boat Pass.
 
All three subjects from the bay boat were transferred to University Hospital in New Orleans.  The operator of the bay boat, Steven “Brad” Malcolm, 33, of Madisonville, died en route to the hospital.  Dennis Prince, 60, of Malvern, Ark., is in intensive care at University Hospital with severe head trauma.  Corey Prince, 34, of Fayetteville, Ark., was treated for an elbow laceration.
 
Tyler Scott, of Belle Chasse, was the operator of the crew vessel, and Lyrissa Demolle, of Venice, was the passenger.  Neither Scott nor Demolle were injured.
 
LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating crash incident.
 
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.
 

 

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LDWF Reminds Offshore Anglers of Free Required Permit

Release Date: 06/10/2013

(June 10, 2013) – With the spring in full swing the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries takes this opportunity to remind anglers of the free, required offshore landing permit.  The permit is required for all anglers, including anglers not normally required to possess a recreational fishing license, possessing tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers and snappers (except gray snapper), and hinds.
 
As Louisiana continues to make the case for regional management and the extension of Louisiana’s red snapper season, it is more important now than ever that anglers provide LDWF biologists with this critical data that will only strengthen our fight. 
 
The permit is available at no cost to the public.
 
Get the Permit
 
To obtain a Recreational Offshore Landings Permit click here:  http://rolp.wlf.la.gov/Permit/Apply
 
Permit Reporting
 
Anglers who land yellowfin tuna must report that catch prior to offloading the catch.  Anglers may submit harvest reports via the website @rolp.wlf.la.gov, an iPhone or Android application, or by calling the toll-free reporting line at 877-792-3440.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant 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 Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504)430-2623.  For season and bag limit information, contact Jason Adriance at jadriance@wlf.la.gov or (504) 284-2032.

 

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Youth Anglers and Friends, Bobby Monsted, III, and Aaron Gelfand Winners of LASS Events This Weekend

Release Date: 06/10/2013

(June 10, 2013) - The fourth event of the Louisiana Saltwater Series Redfish Series was held at Port Fourchon Marina in Port Fourchon on Saturday.  Despite a week of afternoon thunderstorms and rising temperatures, typical of a Louisiana spring, 39 teams blasted off from Belle Pass in different directions in the hopes of landing two great redfish.  The catch and release format challenged anglers to catch a limit of two legal redfish using artificial lures only.
 
Many teams were eager to weigh in their fish caught on what turned out to be a clear and sunny day filled with great memories.  When the scales opened at 1 p.m., a steady stream of anglers lined up to see if their fish were large enough to contend for the top prize.  During the weigh in, anglers, friends and families enjoyed a jambalaya, fish and dessert lunch provided by Chris Moran and the staff of Port Fourchon Marina.
 
Friends Bobby Monsted, III, and Aaron Gelfand, both residents of New Orleans, have fished several events since the tournament’s inception.  Taking home top prize for the first time this year with a total weight of 15.38 pounds claimed them an opportunity to compete in the LASS Championship in October. 
 
In order to compete in the Championship, teams must either finish within payout in one of the qualifying events or compete in at least four of the six qualifying events. 
 
Anglers also took home Shimano sublimated jerseys, Shimano reel and tackle bags, a Stick-It Anchor Pin, annual memberships to SeaTow and a Frabill net.  These are just a few of the items from our great sponsors that are awarded to anglers as extra fish raffle prizes.  Teams are allowed to bring in extra fish in addition to their weigh-in fish to be entered into drawings for special prizes, with the number of entries determined by the number of extra fish brought in to be tagged.   Anglers were also treated to breakfast of donuts donated by Krispy Kreme, another one of our supportive sponsors.
 
The awards ceremony started with the recognition of the first place youth, Christopher McElveen, who also took home the first place youth win in the Lafitte Redfish Tournament. McElveen weighed in a beautiful 5.85 pound redfish at Saturday’s weigh-in.
 
The top finishing teams, taking home over $6,920 in cash prizes, include: 2nd place, Jacob Leininger and Jeff Rogers; 3rd place, Chris Kennedy and Steven Hooter; 4th place, brothers Gary and Gus Wilson; 5th place, Paul Dufrene and Curtis Duet; 6th place, Jack Johnson and David Naron; 7th place, Brandon Treadaway and Kevin Bergeron and for the team with the ‘smallest fish’, the team of Richard Ziegler, Sr. and Chris Barbot. 
 
A total of 71 redfish were tagged and released by Aquarium of the Americas staff as part of the Louisiana Marine Sport Fish Tagging Program, where anglers become citizen scientists for the agency, collecting invaluable data. 
 
Two live speckled trout and two live redfish were also tagged and released during weigh-in at the first Louisiana Saltwater Series youth event of 2013, held at Grand Isle State Park during the Department’s annual Free Fishing Weekend.  This was an opportunity for everyone including LASS Redfish Series anglers to bring their families with them to enjoy a fun filled weekend together.  Redfish series anglers Chad Carlton and Scott Guileyardo brought their families down for the weekend, and while they competed in the Redfish Tournament in Port Fourchon, the remainder of the family enjoyed the Fish Fest at Grand Isle State Park.
 
“What a great time with my boys!  From check-in to door prizes, we enjoyed every second.  I loved that my boys were able to participate in this event while my husband fished in the Redfish Series Tournament,” said Leslie Carlton.
 
There were 53 participants in the Youth Tournament at Grand Isle State Park.  The beautiful, sunny day was accompanied by calm surf that was perfect for fishing from the beach or even a little wade fishing. The children and their families enjoyed a day packed with fishing and fun, educational activities such as seining, cast netting, fish tagging, fish ageing, fish id, fish prints and minnow races. Anglers and their friends and families also enjoyed hot dogs sponsored by The Friends of Grand Isle. 
 
The next LASS event is a Redfish Tournament, scheduled for Saturday, June 29 in Delacroix at Sweetwater Marina. The next LASS youth event will be in November at Myrtle Grove Marina.  LASS will also be hosting its first ever kayak tournament in July of 2013. For complete information, including rules, regulations and registration go to www.lasaltwaterseries.com.
 
The Louisiana Saltwater Series is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.  The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana's wildlife and fish resources.   
 
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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