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Anglers Take to the Waters of Lake Calcasieu at Louisiana Saltwater Series Tournament

Release Date: 04/17/2013

April 17, 2013 - Anglers from the Louisiana Gulf Coast and surrounding regions will take to the waters of Lake Calcasieu on April 20 as the Louisiana Saltwater Series presented by Shimano and PowerPro hosts its second redfish tournament of 2013.

The event, which will operate out of Calcasieu Point Landing in Lake Charles, will begin Saturday morning, with onsite tournament registration from 4:45 to 6:15 a.m. and the captain’s meeting to follow at 6:15 a.m.

From its humble beginnings, the Louisiana Saltwater Series has grown into one of the most popular saltwater fishing series in the state.  The tournament has reached yet another milestone by quickly surpassing the number of tournament entrants from any previous year.

Cash and prizes await the winners of each tournament, with 100 percent payout, as well as a shot at the coveted overall Team of the Year award.
For complete information, including rules, regulations and online registration go to www.lasaltwaterseries.com.  Online registration will close Thursday, April 18 at noon.   A $20 fee for all onsite tournament registrants will be incurred per team.  

A youth division is also available for no additional cost to introduce our young anglers to the sport of fishing and to teach the catch-and-release approach to conservation.  Youth division participants compete against one another in the youth division, and all youth anglers will be recognized. 

The remaining 2013 redfish tournament schedule is as follows:
May 4 SeaWay Marina, Lafitte;
June 8 Port Fourchon Marina, Port Fourchon;
June 29 Sweetwater Marina, Delacroix;
August 10 The Delta Marina, Empire and
Championship, October 18 and 19 Venice Marina, Venice.

Louisiana Saltwater Series events are made possible through the sponsorship and continued support of the fishing industry’s most respected brands: Shimano, PowerPro, Daybrook Fisheries, Plaquemines Parish, Mercury Marine, Standard Mapping, Faux Pas Prints, Marsh & Bayou, Swamp Swatter, Frabill, Stick It Anchor Pins and YETI Coolers.
Also, Standard Mapping will again offer a $500 contingency prize to the first place team if they currently have a Lowrance HD-S unit installed in their boat with at least one Standard Mapping E-Card.

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.

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

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Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board to Meet April 22

Release Date: 04/17/2013

 

Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board

Regular Meeting Agenda

 

April 22, 2013 1:00 p.m.

Capitol Park Welcome Center

702 North River Road, Baton Rouge 70802

 

I. Opening Remarks by Executive Director

II. Introduction of New Board Members

III. Introduction of Board staff

IV. New Member Orientation

      A. Historical Overview

      B. Memorandum of Understanding (BP, WLF, OLG)

      C. Fiscal Overview

V. Treasurer’s Report through March 31, 2013

VI. Memorandum of Understanding with WLF

VII. 2013 Legislative Session

VIII. Proposed Board Meeting Calendar

      A. June 19, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.

      B. August 14, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.

      C. October 9, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.

      D. December 11, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.

IX. Public comment

X. Adjourn

 

This meeting is being held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined

by La. R.S. 42:11, et seq. Public comments must be related to an agenda item as set

forth in La. R.S. 42:14.

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Texas Man Arrested on Fraud and Theft Charges

Release Date: 04/16/2013

April 16, 2013 -- A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent arrested a Texas man on several alleged felony fraud and theft violations this morning, April 16.

LDWF Sgt. Louis Burnett arrested Trac T. Tran, 41, of Seadrift, Texas, on seven felony violations and booked him into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.  The seven felonies are for two counts of filing false documents, two counts of injuring public records and three counts of theft.

Sgt. Burnett began his investigation of Tran on March 18, 2013, after Tran was denied renewal of his Louisiana residential commercial fishing license, residential commercial vessel license and residential crab trap gear license.  Tran attempted to renew these licenses with a Texas driver’s license.

After completing his investigation, Sgt. Burnett determined that Tran was a Texas resident who also illegally obtained Louisiana residential commercial fishing, vessel and crab trap licenses in 2010 and 2011.  The difference in costs between the residential and non-residential commercial licenses was $525 for each of the three years, which makes the total theft from the state $1,575.

Filing false public records and injuring public records each brings up to five years with or without hard labor or up to a $5,000 fine for each count.  Theft of more than $1,500 carries up to a $3,000 fine and 10 years in jail for each count.

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

LDWF Agents Make Six Illegal Turkey Hunting Cases During Weekend

Release Date: 04/16/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents made six illegal turkey hunting cases during the April 12-14 weekend.

On April 12, agents cited Michael A. Kowalski, 34, of Katy, Texas, in Webster Parish for obtaining a license by fraud, hunting turkey without non-resident basic and big game licenses, and hunting turkey without a non-resident turkey stamp.

Agents cited Stephen K. Breaux, 37, of Houma, in East Feliciana Parish on April 13 for hunting turkey over a baited area, with an electronic device and failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations.  Agents seized the electronic call.

Alton D. Cook, 44, of Denham Springs, and Shane M. Johnston, 19, of Walker, were cited in East Feliciana Parish on April 13 for hunting turkey over a baited area, possession of an illegally taken turkey and criminal trespassing.  Agents also cited Johnson for failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations.  Agents seized the shotgun Cook and Johnston used and the illegally harvested turkey.

On April 13, agents cited Ashtin J. Willis, 21 of Grosse Tete, for taking over the limit of turkeys with two gobblers in the same day and possession of an illegally taken turkey on the Sherburne Wildlife Management Area in Iberville Parish.

Agents cited Ryan E. Dowden, 22, of Deridder, for possessing a loaded gun in a vehicle and possession of a rifle during turkey season while on the Peason WMA on April 14.

According to the 2013 Turkey Regulations pamphlet, no person shall hunt or take turkeys by the aid of baiting or on or over a baited area.  Hunters are not allowed to place, expose, deposit or scatter corn, wheat or other grain, salt or other feed to lure turkeys to their hunting area.  Also, turkey hunters are required to possess basic hunting and big game licenses, Louisiana wild turkey permit and turkey tags.

Possession of an illegally taken turkey carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting turkeys over a baited area, taking over the legal limit, possession of rifle during turkey season, obtaining a license by fraud and hunting with an electronic device each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.  Criminal trespassing carries a $100 to $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

Failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations and hunting without non-resident basic hunting and big game licenses each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.  Failing to possess a turkey stamp brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

LDWF agents involved in these cases are Lt. Will Roberts, Senior Agent Garrett Kimble, Senior Agent Carl Armstrong, Senior Agent Clay Marques, Senior Agent Bryant Coburn, Lt. Kenny Balkom, Lt. Curt Belton and Senior Agent Thomas J. Ashley.

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

LDWF Hosts Father-Child FUN Camp

Release Date: 04/15/2013

April 15, 2013 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) hosted the annual Father-Child FUN Camp on the weekend of March 8-10 at the Woodworth Outdoor Education facility, south of Alexandria.

FUN means Families Understanding Nature and offers parents and their children an opportunity to spend a weekend in the outdoors, re-establishing bonds and honing outdoor skills.

Eleven families participated in various activities including .22 rifle and shotgun target shooting, archery, canoeing, outdoor cooking, orienteering, outdoor safety, making bird feeders, night hiking, fishing and overnight camping in tents.

The next scheduled FUN Camp will be a Mother-Child FUN Camp, offered November 8-10, 2013 at the Woodworth Outdoor Education facility.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited and filled on a first come, first served basis. Registration is $50 for each family (a parent and child). Each additional child is $25. The fee covers meals, lodging and supplies (including tents) used over the weekend. Bed linens and sleeping bags are not provided.

To obtain a registration form on-line, visit LDWF’s website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/fun-camp or contact Karen Crabtree at 318-766-8144 or kedwards@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.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

 

 

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LDWF Presenting Black Bear Workshop in Rapides Parish on May 7

Release Date: 04/12/2013

April 12, 2013 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will present an educational workshop on Louisiana black bears on Tuesday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. in Rapides Parish.

The workshop will be held at the Deville Fire District 6 Training Center, also known as the Deville Community Multi-Use Building, located at 1244 Hwy.115 Deville, LA 71328. This is a free, wildlife education event that is open to the public. 

Black bears are becoming increasingly common in central Louisiana and this workshop will present information about living near and hunting within habitat that includes black bears. Topics will include bear biology/ecology, current and future management plans, how to avoid a bear encounter, and what to do if you encounter a black bear.

Speakers will include Maria Davidson, LDWF Large Carnivore Program manager, and other regional Wildlife Division biologists.

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 more information, contact David Hayden at 318-487-5885 or dhayden@wlf.la.gov.

 

Plaquemines Parish Crabber Pleads Guilty To Harassment and Criminal Damage

Release Date: 04/11/2013

Today, April 11, a Boothville man pled guilty to one count of criminal damage under $500 and one count of harassing a person lawfully fishing in Plaquemines Parish.

Judge Kevin Conner of the 25th Judicial District of Plaquemines Parish accepted Nathan J. Creppel’s, 58, plea and sentenced him to pay a total of $650 in fines plus court costs.

Judge Conner also ordered Creppel to forfeit his 2013 commercial crab license and was barred from the commercial crab industry in any form for the remainder of 2013.  In addition, Creppel was also given a suspended six month prison sentence and placed on two years inactive probation with the stipulation that he commit no wildlife offenses.  Furthermore, he was ordered to pay $200 in restitution to the victim.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents conducted an investigation into Creppel after receiving a hidden game camera that took photos of Creppel cutting the corks of another crab fisherman’s traps in the Mississippi River below Venice.  Cutting the corks rendered the gear unusable and unsalvageable.

Agents confronted Creppel at his home with the photos and he was subsequently cited for the violations on Oct. 11, 2012.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Adam Young and Senior Agent Robert Cosse Jr.  Assistant District Attorney Jerry Lobrano prosecuted the case.

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

Shrimp Season Set Next Week in Portion Of Louisiana Offshore Territorial Waters

Release Date: 04/10/2013

Shrimp Season Set Next Week in Portion Of Louisiana Offshore Territorial Waters

April 9, 2013 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced shrimp season will open in a portion of territorial waters between Caillou Boca and the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel, next Tuesday, April 16 at 6 a.m.

Details for the opening are as follows:  The opening will be in the portion of state outside waters, south of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line as described in LA R.S. 56:495 seaward a distance of three nautical miles, from the northwest shore of Caillou Boca at 90 degrees 50 minutes 27 seconds west longitude westward to the eastern shore of the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the channel red buoy line, at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16.  This area lies seaward of Terrebonne parish.

Click here for a map detailing this opening:

According to the most recent trawl samples taken by LDWF biologists, small white shrimp have reached marketable sizes within these waters.

Because significant numbers of juvenile white shrimp remain in state outside waters seaward a distance of three nautical miles from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal, this area will remain closed until further notice.  With the exception of these waters, all remaining state outside waters will be open to shrimping.

The opening dates for the 2013 spring inshore shrimp season will be considered by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at the May 2, meeting.

For more information please contact Martin Bourgeois at mbourgeios@wlf.la.gov or (225)765-2401 or Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225)610-2363.

 

 

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L.W.F.C. Adopts NOI to Change Effective Dates of Alligator Hunting Licenses

Release Date: 04/08/2013

April 8, 2013 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved a notice of intent on April 4 to change the effective dates of state alligator hunting licenses.
 
As proposed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Alligator Management Program, the current effective dates of July 1 through June 30 would change to Jan. 1 through Dec. 31.
 
The change would align alligator hunting license dates with dates for issuance of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) alligator harvest tags. Historically, the alligator tag year has started with the opening of the annual wild alligator hunting season in September. The change is recommended to minimize confusion and organize harvest data reporting by calendar year.
 
If finally approved, LDWF in coordination with the US Fish and Wildlife Service would implement the change for Jan. 2014, when the effective license year and tag year would coincide.
 
Public comment on this proposal will be accepted through May 20, 2013 and should be submitted in writing to Robert Love, Coastal and Nongame Resources Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA  70898-9000. To view the full notice, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
 
For more information, contact Noel Kinler at 337-373-0032 or nkinler@wlf.la.gov .

 

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2013 Hunter Education Awards Presented at Annual Workshop

Release Date: 04/05/2013

2013 Hunter Ed Instructor award winner (center): Fred Kimmel, LDWF; Cedrick Morales; and Karen Crabtree, LDWF.
2013 Hunter Ed Instructor award winner (center):  Fred Kimmel, LDWF; Joe Henderson; and Dana Norsworthy, LDWF.
2013 Hunter Ed Instructor award winner (center):  Fred Kimmel, LDWF;  Nolan Smith, Jr.; and Mitch Samaha, LDWF.
2013 Hunter Ed Instructor award winner (center):  Todd Buffington, LDWF; Roy Page; and Fred Kimmel, LDWF.
2013 Hunter Ed Instructor award winner (center):  Fred Kimmel, LDWF; Paul Tornblom; and Mattie Dantin, LDWF.

April 5, 2013 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) held the 2013 Volunteer Hunter Education Instructor Workshop on Feb. 16 at Camp Grant Walker near Pollock.
 
The workshop doubles as an in-service training session and awards recognition program for volunteer instructors who teach hunter education courses. Instructors are awarded both individual and team awards from three regions of the state.
 
Individual winners included: Joe Henderson, Jena; Cedrick Morales, St. Joseph; Dr. Tim Deshotel, Eunice; Paul Tornblom, New Iberia; Nolan Smith, Jr., Raceland; and Lawrence Lapeyrolerie, Baton Rouge.
                     
Team winners per region included: James Hathorn, Debra Bothel and Edward Gongre from north Louisiana; Jerry Beard, Randy Foco, Steven Johnson, David Mannina,
Yvonne Mannina, Gerald Tafoya and Paul Tornblom from central/southwest Louisiana; and Jessie Glascock, Charles Carney and Darrell Arceneaux from southeast Louisiana.
 
The Todd Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Roy Page of Castor, an instructor who has been part of the hunter education program for 11 years.  A lifelong hunter, Page has been instrumental in working with various youth groups in hunter education and assisting LDWF with special youth hunting programs.
 
The workshop offered in-service training sessions for the volunteer instructors.  Department staff gave presentations on management of white-tailed deer in Louisiana, outdoor survival, safe use of firearms when hunting from boats and the correct use of a special pepper spray made for deterrent of black bears.
 
The goal of Louisiana’s Hunter Education Program, coordinated by LDWF’s Education Section, is to reduce hunting incidents by producing safe and responsible hunters. Volunteer instructors are the backbone of the department’s Hunter Education Program, training 17,000 students annually in hunter safety.  Persons interested in becoming volunteer hunter education instructors can find out more information on the Hunter Education Program from the department’s website:  www.wlf.la.gov/hunting/hunter-education.
 
For more information contact John Sturgis at 225-763-5448 or jsturgis@wlf.la.gov .
 
 

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