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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.

Boating Incident in Lake Charles Leaves One Dead and One Missing

Release Date: 07/21/2012

Search and rescue crews are currently searching for a missing boater who was onboard a vessel on Lake Charles in Calcasieu Parish that was found capsized and left another man dead.

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 this morning, July 21.  Authorities then found the body of Druilhet at 4:50 a.m. near the boat. 

Druilhet was wearing a personal flotation device and his body was 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.

Authorities Recover Boater’s Body from Lake Fordoche

Release Date: 07/20/2012

Search and Rescue officials recovered the body of a Central man from Lake Fordoche in St. Landry Parish on July 20.

Search crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office and the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office were notified about a capsized vessel and a missing boater in Lake Fordoche, which is a tributary north of Henderson Bay, around 9:50 a.m.

The body of Allen Fontenot, 66, was found by search crews around 1:30 p.m. in the near vicinity of the capsized vessel.

According to the survivor, the two men were in a 21 foot boat when they hit a stump that caused the vessel to capsize.  The survivor was able to swim to the shore.

Fontenot was not wearing a personal flotation device and his body was turned over to the St. Landry Parish Coroner’s Office.  LDWF has recovered the vessel and 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.

Louisiana Women in the Wild Test Fishing Skills in Grand Isle

Release Date: 07/19/2012

LA Women in the Wild Grand Isle fishing weekend -  June 2012.
LA Women in the Wild Grand Isle fishing weekend -  June 2012.
LA Women in the Wild Grand Isle fishing weekend -  June 2012.
LA Women in the Wild Grand Isle fishing weekend -  June 2012.
LA Women in the Wild Grand Isle fishing weekend -  June 2012.
LA Women in the Wild Grand Isle fishing weekend -  June 2012.

July 19, 2012  -- Participants in the 2nd Annual Louisiana Women in the Wild Program were able to test their fishing skills during two June weekend trips to Grand Isle presented by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF’s) and Cabela’s.

Thirty ladies, chosen by lottery drawing, experienced a variety of saltwater fishing activities on the weekends of June 8 and 29 under the direction of LDWF’s Education Section and Fisheries Extension Office.  Each participant had previously attended the Fishing Basics Workshop at Cabela’s Gonzales location on April 21.

The ladies began their weekend on Friday evening at LDWF’s Marine Research Lab on Grand Isle where they learned to rig and bait their own rod and reels and fish from the dock at the lab. 

On Saturday, they were taken on an inshore fishing excursion that provided the opportunity to catch fish, clean their own catch in preparation for cooking, and then grill or fry the fish.  Each group learned the significance of collecting data to be used for Louisiana’s sport fish resource management, getting hands-on fish tagging experience for the cooperative tagging program. Data gathering techniques included measuring each fish and collecting otoliths, which are ear bones used to age fish for stock assessment. The full day of activities also included a tour of the research lab and a flounder gigging trip late Saturday night. 

On Sunday morning, participants were given the choice of inshore boat fishing or surf fishing.  All who caught fish then cleaned their catch and packed for the trip home, each a more knowledgeable, independent fisherwoman.    

The Louisiana Women in the Wild Program teaches the basics of hunting and fishing to women who have not had the opportunity to learn the skills they need to confidently participate in those activities.  The program consists of a one-day workshop that covers the basic skills needed to hunt or fish.  The participants then have the opportunity to put their new skills to use on a hunting or fishing trip.  During the hunting or fishing trips, the participants are accompanied by an experienced LDWF staff member who serves as a guide and extends the learning experience into the field.

The next scheduled Louisiana Women in the Wild Workshop will feature “Hunting Basics” and is scheduled for Aug. 25, 2012 at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge. To register for the Aug. 25 workshop, contact Christine Pocorello at christine.pocorello@cabelas.com or visit http://www.cabelas.com/stores. For more information on the Louisiana Women in the Wild Program, contact Karen Crabtree at 318- 766-8144 or kedwards@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.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

Two Franklin Parish Men Cited for Shocking Fish

Release Date: 07/19/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited two men for alleged fishing violations on July 2 on the Boeuf River.

Agents cited Tyler Gilmore, 22, of Fort Necessity, and Derek Guillot, 30, of Winnsboro, for taking game fish using illegal methods after they were found with a shocking device.

LDWF Sgt. Albert Tarver discovered Guillot and Gilmore in Boeuf River with a shocking device and 13 catfish.  The catfish were allegedly taken with the shocking device.

When Sgt. Tarver approached Gilmore and Guillot, he ordered them to not to throw the shocking device.  Guillot then threw the shocking device into the river and was also charged with obstruction of justice.

Taking game fish with illegal methods brings a fine between $400 and $950 and up to 120 days in jail.  Obstruction of justice carries up to a $10,000 fine and up to five years in jail.

Agents participating in the case included Sgt. Albert Tarver, Sgt. Larry May and Senior Agent Leya Grover.

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

Louisiana Shrimp Task Force to Meet Next Thursday in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 07/19/2012

(July 19, 2012) – The Louisiana Shrimp Task Force will meet next Thursday, July 26, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. in Baton Rouge at Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters in Baton Rouge in the Louisiana Room.

The agenda for Thursday’s meeting is as follows:

I.  Roll Call

II.  Management Subcommittee Report

III.  Sustainability Subcommittee Report

IV.  LSPMB Update, Ewell Smith, LSPMB

V.  Discussion of 2012 Legislation Affecting the Shrimp Industry, Cole Garrett, LDWF

VI.  NOAA Fisheries Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to Reduce Incidental Bycatch and Mortality of Sea Turtles and Proposed Rule to Withdraw Alternative Tow Time Restrictions and Require TEDs in all Skimmer Nets, Butterfly Nets and Pusher-Head Trawls Rigged for Fishing; and NOAA Fisheries Observer and TED Testing Programs

VII. Update on Louisiana Seafood Certification Program, Rene LeBreton, LDWF

VIII.  Update on Seafood Certification Artificial Reef Fund/Gear Program Discussion, Jason Froeba, LDWF

IX.  Artificial Reef Program and Proposed Legislation Concerning “Reefing in Place,” Doug Peters, LDWF

X.  Discussion of the 2012 Louisiana Coastal Master Plan in Relation to the Shrimp Industry

XI.  Public Comment

XII.  Other Business

XIII.  Set Next Meeting Date

XIV.  Adjourn

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.

Winnsboro Woman Convicted of Migratory Game Bird Violations

Release Date: 07/19/2012

A joint investigation by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) led to a Winnsboro woman being found guilty of migratory game bird violations on July 16 in Federal Court in Monroe.

U.S. Magistrate Karen Hayes sentenced Donna J. Remides, 51, to a fine of $2,035, suspended her hunting rights for two years and placed her on supervised probation for two years.

Remides was cited on Sept. 4, 2010 on the opening day of dove season for placing bait to take migratory game birds (doves) and aiding and abetting others in taking migratory game birds illegally.

LDWF and USFWS agents observed Remides bait a field and then allow the field to be hunted for doves.

LDWF agents involved in the case were Lt. Scott Watson, Sgt. Joe Chandler, Sgt. Lee Tarver and Senior Agent John Hendrix.  USFWS Officers involved in the case were Refuge Officers John Tarver, Chris Hoag and Special Agent Kash Schreifer.

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

Louisiana Hunting Heritage Program Accepting Participants For 2012-13 Hunting Season

Release Date: 07/17/2012

July 17, 2012-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be launching its Louisiana Hunting Heritage Program (LHHP) with the 2012-13 hunting season.

The LHHP matches experienced hunters with persons who would like to learn how to hunt, but have no family member or friend with the necessary skills. Experienced hunters, registered through LHHP, serve as mentors to help new hunters, referred to as apprentices, with learning the skills necessary to become independent hunters.

Currently there are a few openings for apprentice hunters in north and west central Louisiana.  The only requirement for apprentice hunters is that they be 10 years of age or older.  Youth, young adults and even seniors who want to learn to hunt are eligible.

There is a need for experienced hunters willing to serve as mentors in southeast Louisiana, particularly in the New Orleans metro area.  The only requirements for mentors is that they be 18 years of age or older, pass a background check and are willing to pass along their hunting skills to a novice hunter.

LDWF will conduct background checks on all mentor applicants, pair apprentices with mentors and provide training and support to mentors. For more information on the LHHP, or for mentor/apprentice applications, visit the LDWF website at  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/louisiana-hunting-heritage-program  or contact John Sturgis at 225-763-5448 or jsturgis@wlf.la.gov, or Karen Crabtree at 318-766-8144 or kedwards@wlf.la.gov.

Familiar Faces Reel in Win at the Louisiana Saltwater Series Tournament in Slidell

Release Date: 07/17/2012

Brothers Joe and John Barcelona took home first prize at this weekend’s LASS tournament with a two-fish total weight of 17.35 lb

(July 17, 2012) -This weekend’s top prize at the Louisiana Saltwater Series tournament in Slidell was claimed by the familiar team of brothers Joe and John Barcelona, taking home $2650 in prize money, bringing their 2012 grand total to nearly $6,000. 

“We see a lot of familiar faces at our tournaments,” said LASS Tournament Coordinator Danica Williams.  “If they didn’t love doing it, they wouldn’t come back.”

After a rough start Saturday morning due to motor troubles, the duo hit the jackpot.  “Joe caught three 8-pound fish in a row,” explained John Barcelona.  “I wanted to head back but Joe convinced me to try our other spot.  I was able to upgrade us by catching an 8.5-pound fish.  We headed back for our first early weigh-in ever.”

It was also a successful weekend for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in their efforts to increase the amount of conventional tags in game fish.  Through this partnership between tournament anglers and the Department, 109 redfish were tagged, bringing the 2012 tournament total to 646 redfish. 

The top finishing teams, taking home over $10,000 in cash and prizes, include: 2nd place, Nash Roberts and Luke Landry; 3rd place, Brandon Treadaway and Ryan Dolese; 4th place, Barnie White and Steve White; 5th place, Sean O’Connell and Joshua Romig; 6th place, Gary Wilson and Gus Wilson; 7th place, Dewey Holloway and Britt Ordes; 8th place, Jacob Leininger and Jeff Rogers; 9th place, Kris Robert and Benny Sanchez; and 10th place, Bryson Bratcher and Justin Hinote. 

Brendan Carter took home first place in the tournament’s youth division.

For redfish tournaments, teams may consist of one, two, three or four members.  For teams consisting of three or more members, only two of the members may be 16 or older.  There is a $200 entry fee per team for each event.  There is a 90 percent payout for the first six events with 10 percent retained for the championship. Payout is determined separately for each event based upon the total number of boats entered. 

The next redfish tournament is scheduled for Saturday, August 25 in Cocodrie at Boudreaux’s Marina.  For complete information, including rules, regulations and registration go to www.lasaltwaterseries.com.

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

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

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