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LDWF Urges Public to Attend Gulf Council Meeting in Support of Regional Management

Release Date: 01/14/2013

(Jan. 14,2012) -The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries strongly urges anglers across Louisiana to attend a public meeting hosted by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council TODAY, January 14 in Baton Rouge, La., at 6 p.m. in support of regional management of recreational red snapper.

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Reef Fish Management Committee met earlier this week in Tampa, Fla., and is considering a 27-day recreational red snapper season.  The LDWF feels this proposal is unacceptable and essentially negates having a season at all. 

LDWF Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina wants red snapper to be managed on state-by-state or regional basis, with state agencies in control, working under a federal umbrella. 

“I have every confidence that our biologists do a superb job at managing Louisiana’s fish populations,” explains Pausina.  “Across the Gulf Coast you find the most robust fish populations are those that are state-managed.  The data speaks for itself; the areas where populations are in the most trouble are in those that remain federally-managed.  There is no “one-size fits all” approach that works for the Gulf.” 

Federal catch estimates show that the existing Gulf-wide management of red snapper is off track, and LDWF will go non-compliant if the Gulf Council is unwilling to move towards regional management, on the state’s terms. 

“There’s no confidence in the federal regulations, so it’s time to draw a line in the sand. We hope our fellow Gulf Coast states will join us in rejecting the federal red snapper dates and limits and move forward with our own interpretation of regional management.“

The LDWF strongly urges the public to attend this meeting and voice their opinions.  This is the best opportunity for you to make suggestions or raise concerns before the Council begins developing an amendment. 

The Louisiana meeting is scheduled as follows:

Monday, January 14, 2013, 6 p.m.

Doubletree by Hilton

4964 Constitution Avenue

Baton Rouge, LA 70808

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

 

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Hunters Found by Good Samaritan and LDWF Agents in Pearl River Canal

Release Date: 01/11/2013

Jan. 11, 2013 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents rescued a hunter and a good Samaritan rescued another from the Pearl River Canal in Washington Parish this morning, Jan. 11.

Stephen Leicher, 27, of Bush, and James Rogan, 26, of Bogulusa left out this morning for a duck hunt on the Pearl River Canal in a 13 foot vessel.  Around 5:15 a.m. their vessel had capsized putting Leicher and Rogan in the canal.

At 9:15 a.m. a passing boater noticed Leicher clinging to some woody debris in the canal and was able to get him in his boat.  Leicher was found near entrance of Ox Lot Canal.  They then notified LDWF agents about Rogan who was still missing.

At 10:10 a.m. agents found Rogan on the bank near Past Creek a mile in a half downstream from where Leicher was found.

Both men were checked on scene by Northshore Emergency Medical Services for any injuries and released.  Neither man was wearing a personal flotation device when the vessel capsized.

Agents participating in the search and rescue were Sgt. Darryl Galloway and Senior Agent Joel Cromp.

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

Joyce, Manchac and Maurepas Swamp WMAs Hunting Seasons Will Close Due to High Water Levels

Release Date: 01/11/2013

Jan. 11, 2013 --The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced today that all hunting seasons, except waterfowl, on Joyce, Manchac and Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) will be closed starting Jan. 12, 2013, due to high water levels in the Maurepas Basin associated with recent rain events.

This hunting season closure on these three WMA's in Ascension, Livingston, St. James, St. John the Baptist and Tangipahoa Parishes will remain in effect until further notice.

For additional information, contact Christian Winslow at 985-543-4777 or cwinslow@wlf.la.gov.

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Orleans Parish Man Charged with Illegal Possession of Piranha, Alligator and Drug Paraphernalia

Release Date: 01/11/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited an Orleans Parish man for alleged illegal possession of piranha, a live alligator and drug paraphernalia on Jan. 8.

On Dec. 20, 2012 the LDWF agents received a complaint about an apartment tenant that possessed a live alligator and had left it unattended to leave for Christmas vacation.

Agents responded to the residence of Quinn Vanderbosch, 22, of New Orleans.  The agents were granted access to the apartment by a roommate and observed an alligator in a large plastic bin and a large fish tank with piranha swimming.

Agents returned to the residence with a search warrant to seize the illegal fish and alligator, as well as various drug paraphernalia left out in the open.

Agents cited Vanderbosch for possession of a live alligator without a permit, possession of a prohibited species (piranha), and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Due to the similarities with Louisiana waters and the piranha’s natural habitat, as well as the fish’s invasive nature, the fish are strictly forbidden to be possessed or sold within the state with the only exceptions being the Audubon Zoo and Aquarium of the Americas with an LDWF permit.

Possession of an alligator carries $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Possession of piranha brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possession of drug paraphernalia is determined by the presiding judge.

Agents involved in the case are Senior Agent Jared Taylor and Sgt. Kris Bourgeois of LDWF and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent Scotty Boudreaux.

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

Pearl River WMA Hunting Seasons and Road to Close Due to High River Level

Release Date: 01/10/2013

Jan. 10, 2013 --The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced today that all hunting seasons, except waterfowl, on Pearl River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will be closed starting Jan. 11, 2013, due to the river stage at Pearl River, La., reaching 16.5 feet. 

This hunting season closure on the WMA in southeastern St. Tammany Parish will remain in effect until water levels drop below 16.5 feet.  

The gate at Old U.S.Hwy. 11, a primary access point to the WMA, will remain closed until the water recedes and all roads and bridges are determined safe for vehicle passage.

To monitor water levels, visit the National Weather Service link at http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lix&gage=perl1.  For additional information, contact Christian Winslow at 985-543-4777 or cwinslow@wlf.la.gov.

 

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Winnsboro Police Officers and Franklin Parish Corrections Officer Cited for Hunting Violations

Release Date: 01/09/2013

Jan. 9, 2013 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested a Winnsboro Police Officer, cited another Winnsboro Police Officer and cited a Franklin Parish Detention Center Corrections Officer for their alleged roles in the illegal harvesting of a deer.

Agents cited Winnsboro City Police Officer Chester Coleman, 34, of Enterprise, on Jan. 7 for taking a deer during illegal hours using artificial light, hunting from a moving vehicle, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, and hunting without basic and big game licenses.  Agents also arrested Coleman for malfeasance in office and booked him into the Franklin Parish Jail.

Agents also cited Winnsboro City Police Officer Joshua Martin, 31, of Winnsboro, and Franklin Parish Detention Center Corrections Officer Hunter Guimbellot, 22, of Winnsboro, on Jan. 5 for taking a deer during illegal hours using artificial light and hunting from a moving vehicle.

Agents were notified by an informant of an illegal hunting incident that occurred in Franklin Parish on Dec. 30, 2012.  Agents learned from the informant that Coleman, Martin and Guimbellot harvested a doe deer around 8 p.m. at the Winnsboro City Industrial Park. 

Coleman was on duty at the time of the illegal hunting activitiy and he shot the deer from his patrol vehicle with Martin’s .308 rifle.  The three men then put the deer into the trunk of the patrol vehicle for later cleaning.

Agents seized the .308 rifle and the deer.  Agents involved in the case are Lt. Scott Watson and Senior Agent Johnny Wilson.

Malfeasance in office is a felony and brings up to five years in jail and $5,000 in fines.  Taking deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a moving vehicle brings a $250 to $500 and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting without basic and big game licenses carries a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail for each offense.  Violating deer tagging regulations brings a $100 to $300 fine and up to 60 days in jail. 

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

Two Livingston Parish Men Arrested

Release Date: 01/08/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested two Livingston Parish men for allegedly possessing firearms by convicted felons on Jan. 1.

Agents responded to an area off of C. Holden Rd. and Highway 1036 in Holden after receiving an anonymous complaint of possible hunting violations.  Agents observed two men coming from a wooded area without their required hunter orange on and with a loaded 12-gauge shotgun.

After further investigation, the agents cited Bobby D. Sykes, 38, and Barry D. Gill, 46, both of Holden, for failing to wear hunter orange, hunting deer with an unplugged gun and possession of a firearm by a person convicted of certain felonies.

Possession of a firearm by a person convicted of certain felonies carries a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years in jail.  Failing to wear hunter orange carries a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.  Hunting with an unplugged shotgun brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. 

Agents involved in the case are Senior Agents Buck Hampton, Clarence Marques  and Garrett Kimble.

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

LDWF Announces Annual Caney Creek Reservoir Public Meeting

Release Date: 01/07/2013

(Jan. 7, 2013)– The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold a public hearing on Caney Creek Reservoir issues, including an overview of aquatic vegetation issues and the results of recent fish population sampling.  LDWF established a comprehensive management plan for Caney Creek Reservoir in 2006, which provides annual public hearings to update the public on ongoing projects, fisheries management issues and aquatic vegetation management. 

Who:  LDWF biologists

What:  Public meeting on Caney Creek Reservoir

When:  Monday, January 21, 2013, at 7 p.m.

Where:  Jimmie Davis State Park

                Conference Center

                1209 State Park Rd.

                Chatham, LA 71226

The meeting is open to the public, and all persons interested in the conservation and management of the fisheries resources and aquatic habitats in Caney Creek Reservoir are encouraged to attend.

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 Evan Thames at ethames@wlf.la.govor (318) 371-5216.  For press inquires, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.govor (225) 765-2396.

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Commission Approves Notice of Intent That Would Revise Regulations for Amphibians and Reptiles

Release Date: 01/04/2013

Jan. 4, 2013 -The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) adopted a notice of intent on Jan. 3that would revise current regulations protecting amphibians and reptiles.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) recommended the revisions which include simplifying the wording for restricted species and permits for take, adding three snake species to the list of restricted reptiles, and adding the Mississippi gopher frog to the list of endangered species within the state. The gopher frog was already federally listed, and the state list would be corrected by this proposed action.

To view the full notice of intent, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items. Public comment will be accepted at the LWFC monthly meeting on Feb. 7, 2013. Comments will also be accepted by mail to LDWF’s headquarters in Baton Rouge through Feb. 20, 2013. Mailed comments should be directed to:

Robert Love
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
P.O. Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000

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, contact Jeff Boundy at 225-765-2815 or jboundy@wlf.la.gov.

 

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LOUISIANA WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES COMMISSION SETS LIMIT FOR THE COMMERCIAL HARVEST OF GREATER AMBERJACK

Release Date: 01/03/2013

January 3, 2013 – Today the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission took action to establish a 2,000 pound commercial trip limit for greater amberjack.  The commission's actions ensure that regulations in Louisiana state waters will mirror regulations of federally managed waters. 

Effective with the provisions under this Emergency Rule, a vessel shall not possess on any trip, or sell, barter, trade, or exchange greater amberjack in excess of the designated 2,000 pound whole weight trip limit, regardless of where taken.  Further, no person, shall purchase, barter, trade, or exchange from any person greater amberjack in excess of the 2000 pound whole weight trip limit.  Greater amberjack may only be in possession during the open commercial season by legally licensed commercial fishermen.

The season for greater amberjack is currently open and will remain open until the quota is reached, with the exception of the annual closed season (March 1 to June 1).

In 2011, Louisiana accounted for approximately 63 percent of the commercial landing for greater amberjack in the Gulf of Mexico.

Greater amberjack are found throughout the Gulf of Mexico as well as in the temperate and tropical Atlantic Ocean.  Greater amberjack usually live in nearshore waters out to 300 feet deep.  This species is often found near offshore platforms, wrecks and artificial reefs.  Greater amberjack can reach sizes of 6 feet in length and weights of 120 pounds in the Gulf of Mexico. 

For more information contact Jason Adriance at (504)284-2032 or jadriance@wlf.louisiana.gov.  For press inquiries contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.govor (504)430-2623.

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