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Marksville Man Arrested for Killing Black Bear in Avoyelles Parish

Release Date: 02/26/2013

A Marksville man was arrested and booked into the Avoyelles Parish Jail on Feb. 25 for his alleged role in the illegal killing of a Louisiana black bear.

Derek P. Sayer, 30, was arrested for shooting and killing a Louisiana black bear on Nov. 27, 2012 in Avoyelles Parish.  A hunter alerted authorities on Nov. 27 about a dead black bear laying on an all-terrain vehicle trail on Avoyelles Parish School Board property located 20 miles northwest of Marksville.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officers responded to the scene and immediately started a joint investigation.  After a lengthy investigation, officials concluded that Sayer allegedly killed the bear.

LDWF performed a necropsy of the bear, which revealed the bear was fatally shot with buckshot.  The bear was approximately two years old and weighed about 100 pounds.

Harvesting a Louisiana black bear brings a state fine between $900 and $950 and up to 120 days in jail.  In addition, restitution for the value of the animal up to $10,000 could be imposed.

The Louisiana black bear has been listed on the Federal Threatened and Endangered Species List since 1992.

The North Louisiana Criminalistics Laboratory in Alexandria and the Criminal Investigation Unit of the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office provided forensic and technical assistance during the investigation.

For more information, contact Major Sammy Martin at 225-765-2536 or smartin@wlf.la.gov.

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Legislative Committee Meeting

Release Date: 02/25/2013

Thursday, February 28 Noon

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

I.  Discuss 2013 legislation related to Louisiana Oyster Industry.

 

 

 

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Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

Release Date: 02/25/2013

Thursday, February 28 1:00 PM

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

AGENDA

I.  Roll Call

II. Approval of  December 4, 2012  MINUTES

III.  Treasury Report

  A.  Oyster Tag Sales

  B.  LOTF Financial Report

IV.  Committee Reports

  A.  Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee

  B.  Enforcement  

  C.  Legislative

  D.  Research

  E.  Coastal Restoration

  F.  Marketing –

  G.  Health

  H.  Sustainability

V.  Old Business

     A. BP Oil Spill Remediation

  1. Claims Process
  2. Public Reef Remediation
  3. Oyster Lease Remediation

     B.  Letter and follow up meetings with coastal district attorneys

     C.  Oyster Predation by Drum Fish

     D.  Out Da Bayou      

VI.  New Business

     A.  Officer Elections     

     B. Summer Demo Study/Oyster Sentinel- Tom Soniat

     C. D.C. Walk the Hill Update-John Tesvich     

     D.  Upcoming ISSC Board Meeting, March 6 & 7 Atlanta, Georgia        

     E.   New ISSC NSSP Time to Temperature Model Ordinance changes

     F.  NRDA Update-Drue Banta

VII.  Set Next Meetings

VIII.  Adjourn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 

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Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

Release Date: 02/25/2013

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Wednesday, February 28, 2013. The meeting will convene at 9:00 a.m. in Suite 200 of the University of New Orleans’ Advanced Technology Center located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans.
Agenda items for the meeting of the Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board are as follows:

  1. Approval of Minutes from December 4, 2012 Meeting
  2. Hearing of Deferred Appeals
    1. Mark Tayamen
  3. Hearing of New Permit Appeals
    1. Brett Johnson
    2. Marty Melerine
    3. Vlaho Mjehovich
    4. Raymond Nehlig
  4.  Set next meeting date
  5.  Receive Public Comments
  6.  Adjournment

This Board was established by Act 922 of the 2008 Regular Legislative Session for the purpose of hearing appeals of vessel permit denials by LDWF. Act 922 requires that anyone commercially harvesting oysters on the public oyster seed grounds and reservations, except those in Calcasieu Lake and Sabine Lake, must do so from a vessel holding a public oyster seed ground vessel permit issued by LDWF.
 

 

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Three Men Cited for Hunting Violations in Concordia Parish

Release Date: 02/25/2013

Feb. 25, 2013 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited three Louisiana men for alleged wildlife violations on Feb. 12, 2013 in Concordia Parish.

Kenneth Woods, 38, of Jonesville, Don Paige, 46, of Ferriday, and Kenneth Jenkins, 50, of Jonesville, were cited for hunting wild game quadrupeds during illegal hours and hunting raccoon illegally.

LDWF Sgt. Trey Mason and Concordia Parish Deputy Dusty Lemoine were patrolling the area of Haphazard Road near Dunbarton after legal shooting hours.  They observed a spot light and heard several gunshots coming from a wooded area at the end of Haphazard Road.

While observing the area, the two officers observed two vehicles leaving the wooded area and they initiated traffic stops on both vehicles.  During the traffic stops, Woods, Paige and Jenkins stated they were raccoon hunting, but did not have a dog in their possession.

The subjects were in possession of small caliber rifles.  Subsequently, they were also found in possession of six freshly harvested rabbits.

Hunting wild game quadrupeds during illegal hours and hunting raccoon using illegal methods each carry a fine between $250 and $500 and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.

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

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting

Release Date: 02/25/2013

The next meeting of the Louisiana Crab Task Force will be on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the 4th Floor Conference Room of the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building in Baton Rouge.  Agenda items will include: 

  • Enhancing professionalism in the blue crab fishery
  • Proposed Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Resolution
  • Proposed legislation that would increase the minimum mesh size in blue crab traps
  • Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission On-Line Social Survey of Commercial Crab Fishermen
  • Crab Task Force member absences and vacancies
  • Report on Derelict Crab Trap Removal Rodeos
  • Serviceable Crab Trap Law
  • Nominees to the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board
  • Election of Officers

 

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Body of Missing Baton Rouge Firefighter Recovered from Intracoastal Canal in St. Martin Parish

Release Date: 02/21/2013

Feb. 21, 2013 -- Search and rescue officials recovered the body of a Walker man from the Intracoastal Canal in St. Martin Parish today shortly after 12 p.m., Feb. 21.

Search crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division, Baton Rouge Fire Department, Ascension Parish Fire Department, Gonzales Fire Department, St. Martin Sheriff’s Office, St. Mary Sheriff’s Office, Assumption Sheriff’s Office, Belle River Volunteer Fire Department, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, Baton Rouge Port Security, and volunteers from Texas and Michigan have been searching for Jacob P. Lewis, 28, since Jan. 30.

Authorities were notified that Lewis, a Baton Rouge firefighter, fell into the Intracoastal Canal near Belle River while loading his boat.  According to his wife, Lewis and she were out scouting for possible crawfish trap locations on Jan. 30.

Search crews utilized sonar, dive teams, cadaver dogs, and aerial and surface search techniques during the search and rescue period.

Lewis’ body was turned over to the St. Martin Parish Coroner’s Office to determine a cause of death.  LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.

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

Sherburne WMA Youth Hunters Experience Success

Release Date: 02/21/2013

2012-13 Sherburne WMA Youth Lottery Hunts.
2012-13 Sherburne WMA Youth Lottery Hunts.
2012-13 Sherburne WMA Youth Lottery Hunts.

Feb. 21, 2013  -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) conducted six youth lottery deer hunts and three youth lottery waterfowl hunts on Sherburne Wildlife Management Area (WMA) during the 2012-13 hunting season.

Thirty young hunters were chosen for deer hunts during October and December on the WMA’s South Farm Area. Each hunter was accompanied by an adult over 18 years of age and given the option to participate in both morning and afternoon hunts. They could harvest one antlered and one antlerless deer per day.

LDWF staff briefed hunters with safety tips and a drawing was held prior to each hunt to determine which box stand each hunter would occupy.  LDWF also transported hunters to and from stands, and assisted in locating downed deer.  Meals for the young hunters and adults were sponsored by the South La. Chapter of the Quality Deer Management Association. 

Ten youth hunters harvested 13 deer, five antlered and eight antlerless. Six of the participants harvested their first deer. Two hogs were also taken on the WMA.

Eighteen young waterfowl hunters were chosen to hunt on the WMA’s North Farm Waterfowl Area on dates in November, December and January.  Six youth participated per hunt and were accompanied by an adult, but only the youth were allowed to hunt.

Duck blinds were placed in strategic locations within an impoundment area.  Hunters were paired up with LDWF staff guides, attended a safety briefing and assisted in setting out decoys. Eighteen hunters harvested 104 ducks, averaging 5.8 ducks per hunter.  Species taken included Green-winged teal, gadwall, mallards and a few geese.  The Opelousas Chapter of Delta Waterfowl sponsored lunch for the youngsters and adults following the hunt.

For more information about future lottery hunts, contact Tony Vidrine at tvidrine@wlf.la.gov or Johnathan Bordelon at  jbordelon@wlf.la.gov, or call the Wildlife Division Opelousas field office at 337- 948-0255.

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L.D.W.F. Youth Hunts on Red River WMA Provide Opportunity

Release Date: 02/21/2013

2012-13 Red River WMA Youth Lottery Hunts.
2012-13 Red River WMA Youth Lottery Hunts.

Feb. 21, 2013 -- Twenty youth hunters were selected through a pre-season lottery application process for four deer hunts on Red River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) during the 2012-13 hunting season.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) coordinated the lottery process which provided the young hunters the option of both morning and afternoon hunts, and the opportunity to harvest one antlered and one antlerless deer per day.

During hunts scheduled in December and January, box stands were placed in strategic locations within a limited access area on the WMA located in Concordia Parish and the youth were accompanied by an adult on each hunt.  A drawing was held the morning of the hunt to determine which stand each hunter would occupy.

Hunters, ranging in age from eight to 17 years old, were also treated to a chicken and sausage gumbo prepared on site by LDWF staff and sponsored by the Quality Deer Management Association - Central Louisiana.

LDWF staff gave the youth hunters a brief safety lesson prior to each hunt, transported hunters to and from stands, and assisted in locating downed deer.  The Red River youth hunters enjoyed very good success, with seven of the 20 harvesting a deer.  Four antlerless and three antlered deer were harvested.  In addition, six hunters had the opportunity to shoot, but missed their targets. Bears and hogs were also observed from stand locations by several youth hunters. 

To apply for WMA youth hunts, visit the LDWF website – www.wlf.la.gov – each August for applications that will be posted prior to the opening of the hunting season or contact a Wildlife Division field office near you. For more information, contact Tony Vidrine or Johnathan Bordelon 337-948-0255.

 

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Rebuilding The Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Resource Takes a Step Backward

Release Date: 02/20/2013

February 20, 2013 - At its February meeting the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council rejected a proposal by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries that would provide harvest accountability and allow Louisiana’s recreational fishermen to choose their own season dates for recreational red snapper.

 “It’s obvious when looking at recreational landings of red snapper for the Gulf of Mexico that the current federal system of controlling recreational harvest isn’t working.  For the past six years the recreational quota was exceeded five times.  The only year the quota wasn’t exceeded was in 2010, likely a direct result of massive fishery closures resulting from the BP oil spill.  Overages ran from a low of 19 percent to a high of 89 percent in those six years and exceeded 7 million pounds of red snapper which is almost twice the current recreational quota”, said head of Fisheries for Louisiana, LDWF Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina.

“Our proposal for regional management would have allowed Louisiana to manage its recreational fishery by closing the red snapper season when our allocation of fish was harvested.  In turn, the Gulf Council would allow Louisiana recreational fishermen through the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission process to set the red snapper season dates and daily bag limits,” added Pausina.

In related action, the Gulf Council gave the Regional Director of NOAA the authority to close federal waters (EEZ) beyond those states that are determined to be non-compliant with federal regulations. 

“This is how that action breaks down: because our season doesn’t fit that of the federal season, we will be penalized with an EEZ closure.  The irony is that if we comply with the federal season, history tells us the recreational fishery will overrun its quota.   And the Gulf Council rejected our offer to account for our own recreational harvest and close the red snapper season when our allocation of the resource is reached thereby eliminating an overrun in Louisiana,” concluded Pausina.

Furthermore, a notice of intent was filed today on behalf of the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to set a Louisiana, weekend-only recreational red snapper season that would begin Saturday, March 23.  In that notice of intent, LDWF Secretary Robert Barham maintains the authority to modify the season based on further discussions with our federal counterparts and the Gulf Council.

LDWF officials encourage fishermen to use caution and their own personal judgment when fishing beyond the three mile boundary that is currently recognized as federal waters, as it is fully expected that federal agents will continue to enforce federal law.  Until the time when the US Congress confirms Louisiana’s action, the battle will continue over Louisiana’s state water boundary.

For more information please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504)430-2623.  

 

 

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