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Three Louisianans Cited For Shark Fishing Violation

Release Date: 02/24/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division Strike Force agents cited three Louisianans for an alleged shark fishing violation near Venice in Plaquemines Parish on Feb. 22.

Agents were patrolling the Tiger Pass area when they observed a commercial fishing vessel occupied by three subjects.  Upon stopping the vessel, agents discovered that the three subjects were commercial fishing for sharks and in possession of 61 sharks.  Louisiana law only allows 33 sharks per day per vessel.

Agents cited Huy Nguyen, 21, of Boothville, Hua Nguyen, 53, of Buras, and Anh Nguyen, 25, of Buras, for over limit of shark.

Over limit of shark carries fine between $250 and $350 and up to 90 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case were Lt. Joseph Arnaud, Sgt. Todd Laviolette and Senior Agent Doug Danna.

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

Three Subjects Cited For Hunting Violations On Three Rivers WMA

Release Date: 02/22/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division Strike Force agents cited three Louisiana residents for alleged night hunting violations on the Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on Feb. 17.

Agents patrolling the WMA at night observed an all terrain vehicle (ATV) occupied by three subjects traveling the roadways and shining the fields and wood lines with a spotlight.  When agents stopped the ATV, the subjects were in possession of a loaded 30-06 center fire rifle.

Agents cited Jordan M. Brister, 23, of Prairieville, Richard D. Magee, 23, of Denham Springs, and Justin L. Durand, 23, of Denham Springs, for driving an ATV on a WMA with oversized tires, spotlighting on a WMA, possessing a loaded firearm on an ATV, hunting with an illegal weapon on a WMA, hunting from a moving vehicle and hunting wild quadrupeds during illegal hours with artificial light.  Agents also cited Magee and Durand for hunting without a WMA permit and Durand for hunting without a basic hunting license.

Agents seized a 30-06 rifle, spotlight and a Suzuki ATV.

Hunting wild quadrupeds during illegal hours with an artificial light carries a fine between $350 and $750 and up to 180 days in jail.  Each violation of WMA rules carries a fine between $250 and $350 and up to 90 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case were Senior Agents Ronnie Engelhard and Cody Soileau.

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

Oyster Task Force and Subcommittees to Meet Thursday in New Orleans

Release Date: 02/20/2012

Oyster Task Force and Subcommittees to Meet Thursday in New Orleans

February 20, 2012 – The Louisiana Oyster Task Force as well as the subcommittees on legislation and health are scheduled to meet this Thursday, February 23, in New Orleans at the UNO Advanced Technology Building in Suite 210. 

The agenda for Thursday’s meetings are as follows:

Oyster Task Force, 1 p.m.
I.       Roll Call
II.      Approval of  January 12,  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. Cole Garrett-LDWF
                B. Master Plan Presentation-Kirk Rhinehart- OCPR
                C. Dr. Thomas Soniat-Oyster Habitat Suitability Index/Coastal Master Plan
                D. NRDA update-Drue Banta
VII. Set Next Meeting
VIII. Adjourn

The health subcommittee will meet at 10 a.m. to discuss refrigeration rules and outreach to industry. 

The legislative subcommittee will meet at 10:30 a.m. 

The agenda is as follows:

I. Cole Garrett- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
II. Amendments to seed ground permit
III. Set aside areas for hatcheries
IV. Moratorium
V. Legislation that will require CPRA to develop a mitigation plan for oyster lease owners, oyster harvesters, other fishermen, and families that are displaced by coastal restoration projects.
VI. Citations for captains and not for crew members.
VII. Standard of measurement for baskets
VIII. Tickets that stay on record even though an individual was not officially charged
IX. Marking of leases
X. Oyster poaching fines

These meetings are open to the public.

For more information please contact Ashley Roth at aroth@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8735.
 

 

LDWF Agents Issue Citations for Illegal Deer Hunting Activity

Release Date: 02/17/2012

February 17, 2012 Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited ten Louisiana citizens for alleged deer hunting violations from December of 2011 to February of 2012 in Webster and Bienville parishes.

After receiving a public tip about illegal night hunting activities in Webster and Bienville parishes, agents initiated an investigation in December of 2011 that led to several illegal hunting violations.

Agents cited Devan Lucas, 20, of Haughton, for hunting from a moving vehicle, hunting deer using illegal methods, discharging a firearm from a public road, taking deer from a public road, taking deer during illegal hours, hunting without muzzleloader, big game or resident licenses and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.

Michael Jay Brunson, 19, of Heflin, was cited for hunting deer during illegal hours, hunting deer from a public road, discharging a firearm from a public road, hunting from a moving vehicle and taking deer with artificial light.

Max Boyd, 21, of Ringgold, was cited for hunting and taking deer during illegal hours, hunting deer from a public road, discharging a firearm from a public road, taking a spotted fawn and hunting from a moving vehicle.

Nathan Jensen, 19, of Minden, was cited for discharging a firearm from a public road, hunting and taking deer during illegal hours, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, hunting and taking deer from a public road and hunting from a moving vehicle.

Sean Tyler Tobin Gray, 18, of Sibley, was cited for hunting and taking deer during illegal hours, hunting deer from a public road, hunting from a moving vehicle, discharging a firearm from a public road, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Taylor Collins, 18, and Jonathon Turner, 20, both of Minden, and Richard Watkins, 18, of Haughton, were each cited for hunting and taking deer during illegal hours, hunting from a moving vehicle and hunting and taking deer from a public road.

Asa Crownover, 19, and Michael Franklin, 18, both of Minden, were each cited for hunting and taking deer during illegal hours.

Agents are still investigating how many deer were taken, but as of now have allegedly confirmed 15 deer taken illegally. 

Hunting without a resident license, hunting without a resident big game license and hunting without a muzzleloader license carry a $50 fine and up to 15 days of jail for each offense.  Hunting from a moving vehicle, hunting deer using an illegal method and taking deer from a public road each carry a fine of $100 to $350 and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.

Taking and a spotted fawn carries a fine of $500 to $750 and 15 to 30 days in jail.

Hunting deer during illegal hours or with artificial light carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail and forfeiture of anything seized.

Possession of marijuana carries a fine up to $5,000 or jail time between two and five years.

Agents involved in the case were Capt. Richie McCarthy, Sgt. Michael Kelley, Senior Agent Jared McIver, Senior Agent Cullom Schexnyder, Senior Agent Bryant Coburn and Senior Agent Wesley Duck.

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

 

L.D.W.F. Receives Grant Funding to Renovate Slidell Municipal Marina

Release Date: 02/16/2012

February 16, 2012– The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has received $1.5 million through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Boating Infrastructure Grant Program (BIG-P), Tier II awards that will provide for the renovation of the Slidell Municipal Marina.

“This project garnered the largest award of all projects funded by BIG Program, Tier II dollars this fiscal year,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. “The renovated facility will benefit the citizens of Slidell and those who visit the waterways of St. Tammany Parish for many years to come.”

LDWF will partner with the City of Slidell to renovate existing bulkheads, construct 42 additional floating lay-along docking spaces, and install safe walkways for boaters to access the park and downtown area at the marina located within Heritage Park. The $1.5 million in BIG funds will be combined with $1 million in non-federal match funds to cover the $2.5 million total project cost.

The competitive grants from USFWS provide quality opportunities and access to
America’s great outdoors for boaters and anglers. Recreational boaters and anglers contribute to the outdoor recreation economy and play an important role in conservation of the nation’s rivers, watersheds and oceans. It is estimated that outdoor recreation, including boating and fishing, contributes an estimated $730 billion to the U.S. economy annually.

“We are honored to be one of 10 states to receive grant money from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for our exciting Slidell Municipal Marina project at Heritage Park,” said Slidell Mayor Freddy Drennan. “I would like to thank the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for partnering with us to help complete this project and Councilman Bill Borchert and the Slidell City Council for their help in securing these funds for the City of Slidell. This is part of a long term goal to develop this entire bayou area to its full potential as a tourist destination.”

Boating Infrastructure Grant recipients can use funds to construct, renovate, and maintain facilities with features for transient boats (those staying 10 days or less) that are 26 feet or more in length and used for recreation. Grantees may also use funds to produce and distribute information and educational materials about the program and recreational boating.

Funding for the Boating Infrastructure Grant program comes from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, formerly known as the Aquatic Resources Trust Fund, which boaters and manufacturers support through excise and other taxes on certain fishing and boating equipment and boat fuel.

For more information, contact LDWF Boating Access Coordinator Manuel Ruiz at 225-765-2373 or mruiz@wlf.la.gov .

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.

 

 

LDWF Seeks Volunteers For Derelict Crab Trap Clean-Up

Release Date: 02/07/2012

(Feb. 7, 2012) – Once again, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in partnership with Louisiana Sea Grant, with assistance from the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana, the Louisiana Crab Task Force, the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary Program, the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and the Nature Conservancy, will host the 2012 Derelict Crab Trap Clean-up in portions of St. Bernard, Plaquemines and Terrebonne parishes over the next two months.

Since the program began in 2004, the state has removed and disposed of more than 19,000 derelict and abandoned crab traps.  The removal of these traps is not only vital in conserving the blue crab resource, but also improves safety and navigability of waterways.

The schedule for clean-ups is as follows:

St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes clean-ups will begin Feb. 25 at 6 a.m. and end March 5 at 6 a.m.  Volunteer clean-up days, hosted by LDWF and Louisiana Sea Grant, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25 and Saturday, March 3 at Sweetwater Marina on Delacroix Island.

The Terrebonne Parish clean-up will begin March 17 at 6 a.m. and end March 26 at 6 a.m.  A volunteer clean-up day will be hosted by LDWF on Saturday, March 17 at Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium in Cocodrie. 

Derelict traps may be collected anytime during the cleanup period. Representative with LDWF and Louisiana Sea Grant will be available at each disposal site on the volunteer days 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 order to conduct the trap clean-ups, crabfishermen 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. 

Restrictions to clean-up activities are as follows:

  • Crab traps may be removed only between one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
  • Individuals removing crab traps may not possess these traps outside of the closure area; and, abandoned traps must be brought to designated    disposal sites.
  • Regulations do not provide authorization for public access to private property, as access can only be provided by individual landowners.

Volunteers

LDWF continues to seek volunteers to assist with the crab trap removal. Volunteers willing to participate in the trap clean-ups are encouraged to pre-register with Louisiana Sea Grant. Registration information, along with other clean-up information is available at: http://www.laseagrant.org/crabtraps/.

Volunteers collecting crab traps are asked to place the traps and buoys at the predetermined disposal sites.

Additional information may also be obtained from the Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program web site www.derelictcrabtrap.net.

To view a map of the closures areas click here:

For St. Bernard/Plaquemines Parish description area and map, click here: 

For Terrebonne Parish description area and map, click here:

Since its establishment in 1968, Louisiana Sea Grant has worked to promote stewardship of the state’s coastal resources through a combination of research, education and outreach programs critical to the cultural, economic and environmental health of Louisiana’s coastal zone. Louisiana Sea Grant, based at Louisiana State University, is part of the National Sea Grant Program, a network of 30 programs in each of the U.S. coastal and Great Lakes states and Puerto Rico/U.S. Virgin Islands.

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 Martin Bourgeois at mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-2401 or Dr. Julie Anderson at janderson@agcenter.lsu.edu or (225) 578-0771.

 

Crab Task Force Meeting

Release Date: 02/06/2012

 

Feb. 6, 2011 - The Louisiana Crab Task Force will meet on Thursday, February 09, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. in the Louisiana Room of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) building in Baton Rouge. 

Agenda items will include: Update on Louisiana Wild-Caught Seafood Certification Program; Soft-Shell Crab Shedder Reporting; Trade Adjustment Assistance Program for Crab Fishermen; H-2B Visas and Immigrant Labor issues; Derelict Crab Trap Removal Rodeos; MSC Certification and Chain of Custody Certifications; Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board efforts; and Election of Crab Task Force officers.

The Crab Task Force is an industry advisory group comprised of fishermen, soft crab shedders, and crab dealers and processors, as well as state and university representatives.  The task force, established by Act No. 57 of the 2001 regular legislative session, advises LDWF and the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission on matters pertaining to the management and development of the Louisiana crab industry. 

 For more information, contact Carl Britt at 985-882-0027, or cbritt@wlf.la.gov

 

CORRECTION: UPDATED LINK Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Considers Commercial Net Season on False River

Release Date: 02/02/2012

(Feb. 2, 2012) -The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission during their February 2 monthly meeting took action to establish a recurring commercial net season on False River in Pointe Coupee Parish.  The proposed action would remove the current net ban and allow the use of specified nets to allow commercial fishermen the opportunity to utilize the resource.  A commercial season will allow for removal of undesirable rough fish.

In 1991, False River gained trophy status and initiated a largemouth bass management plan.  This plan included a slot limit and banned the use of gill nets, trammel nets and seines.  The trophy status was rescinded in 1998 and largemouth bass regulations were altered to manage for a lake of special concern.  Since the lake is no longer managed under trophy status, the need for a net ban no longer exists. 

The proposed season will run from November 1 through the last day of February and is structured in a way to minimize conflict with boaters and recreational anglers. 

This recommendation is also supported by the Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury.

To view the full notice of intent, click here

Public comment on the Notice of Intent will be accepted no later than April 5, 2012.  Comments should be submitted to Mike Wood, Director, Inland Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or mwood@wlf.la.gov.

 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 press inquiries please contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.govor (225) 765-2396.

L.W.F.C. Adopts Notices of Intent For 2012-14 Hunting Seasons, Hunting Regulations and W.M.A. Rules

Release Date: 02/02/2012

Feb. 2, 2012- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) adopted notices of intent for the 2013-14 hunting season and the 2012-13 Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) General Rules and Regulations at their Feb. 2 meeting.

The notices of intent include proposed hunting season dates and changes from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for the upcoming fall hunting season and provide for a public comment period.

Some of the proposed changes include:

*Continuing restricted deer harvest for 2012-13 within Area 6, specifically on land within the Morganza Floodway from I-10 south.

*Modifying the deer season bag limit, beginning with the 2013/14 deer season, to allow for a hunter’s choice option: season limit will still be 6 deer per year, but hunter would have option to harvest as many as 4 antlerless deer.

*Amending the Primitive Firearm language by removing the pre-1900 designation to allow for additional types of firearms.  Additionally, specify that only Commission approved calibers will be allowed.

*Allow the use of air rifles for the take of squirrels, rabbits and outlaw quadrupeds.

*Allowing youths 17 or younger to use any legal weapon during the primitive firearm season on WMAs.  This would align WMAs with the change made during the 2011-12 hunting season on private lands.

*Providing additional opportunity to take feral hogs on Atchafalaya Delta, Pointe-aux-Chenes, Salvador and Pass-a-Loutre WMAs.  Additional opportunities to recreationally take nutria will be provided from Sept. 1 to March 31. 

*Maintaining the deer season on Attakapas WMA established by Declaration of Emergency for the 2011-12 hunting season.

*Plus modifications to hunting season dates per species and regulations on select WMAs to provide additional opportunities. 

*A nine-day “with or without dogs” deer season on Kisatchie National Forest, December 15 to 23, 2012, bucks only.

To view the full notice of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes for the upcoming hunting season, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.

Public comment will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings from March through May and/or can be submitted in writing by mail to: Randy Myers, Wildlife Division, LDWF, PO Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, until May 3, or by email to rmyers@wlf.la.govthrough that same date.

The public meeting schedule for the proposed hunting season dates, general hunting regulations and WMA regulations is as follows:

March 13 at 6 p.m., Alexandria Convention Hall located at 915 Third St.

March 13 at 6:30 p.m., LDWF Office in Minden located at 9961 Hwy. 80.

March 14 at 6:30 p.m., Yambilee Festival Bldg., 1939 W. Landry, Opelousas 

March 15 at 6 p.m., Bastrop Visitor Center, 124 N. Washington St.

March 15 at 6:30 p.m., LSU Ag Center, 7101 Gulf Hwy., Lake Charles.

March 21 at 6 p.m., St. John Parish Council Chambers, 1801 W. Airline Hwy., Laplace

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

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Considers Commercial Net Season on False River

Release Date: 02/02/2012

(Feb. 2, 2012) -The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission during their February 2 monthly meeting took action to establish a recurring commercial net season on False River in Pointe Coupee Parish.  The proposed action would remove the current net ban and allow the use of specified nets to allow commercial fishermen the opportunity to utilize the resource.  A commercial season will allow for removal of undesirable rough fish.

In 1991, False River gained trophy status and initiated a largemouth bass management plan.  This plan included a slot limit and banned the use of gill nets, trammel nets and seines.  The trophy status was rescinded in 1998 and largemouth bass regulations were altered to manage for a lake of special concern.  Since the lake is no longer managed under trophy status, the need for a net ban no longer exists. 

The proposed season will run from November 1 through the last day of February and is structured in a way to minimize conflict with boaters and recreational anglers. 

This recommendation is also supported by the Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury.

To view the full notice of intent, please click here.

Public comment on the Notice of Intent will be accepted no later than April 5, 2012.  Comments should be submitted to Mike Wood, Director, Inland Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or mwood@wlf.la.gov.

 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 press inquiries please contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.govor (225) 765-2396.

 

 

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