Release Date: 02/19/2008

Stephen W. Sagrera has been appointed by Gov. Bobby Jindal to serve on the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC).  Sagrera replaces his father Wayne Sagrera, who completed his 6-year term in December, as a commercial fishing and fur industry representative on the commission. 

In other LWFC business, current LWFC member, Earl P. King Jr. of Amelia, was reappointed by the governor as the other commercial fishing and fur industry representative.
Sagrera was born in Lafayette and is a lifelong resident of Abbeville.  He is the President of Gators Unlimited Inc. and Vice President of the Vermilion Gator Farm.  He has served as president of the Louisiana Alligator Farmers and Rancher's Association and is a current member of Duck's Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl, Coastal Conservation Association, Louisiana Cattleman's Association, National Rifle Association, North American Hunting Club and Safari Club International.      

Sagrera is a 1986 graduate from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agribusiness.  His experiences include working as a trapper and fur buyer and running an alligator farm for 20 years. 

"I have been blessed with the opportunity to provide for my family through the sustainable use of our alligator resource," said Sagrera.  "Hunting and fishing with my children is one of the greatest joys in my life.  None of this would be possible if not for the conservation and management efforts of the department over the past many years.

"Serving on the commission gives me the opportunity to give back to the state and do my part in insuring that our great resources are abundantly available for many generations to come."

Sagrera's term will run until Jan. 31, 2014, and King's term is concurrent with the governor.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or