Boating

Boating Education Lagniappe Day - May 10

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be hosting the fourth annual "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" on May 10 at eight different locations across the state.

During Boating Education Lagniappe Day, LDWF will provide instructors for the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) boating education course, NASBLA boating education certification, food and drinks, giveaways and door prizes all free of charge to the public.

LDWF urges the public to register quickly as most places have limited spaces available and registration is on a first come first serve basis.

Anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 must complete a NASBLA approved boating education course and carry proof of completion to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.

The course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal requirements and equipment requirements.  The course also covers many navigation rules and charts, trailering, sailboats, canoeing, personal watercraft and more.  Completion of the course will result in the student being issued a vessel operators certification card.

Below is the list of class locations and the registration contact information:

Bossier Parish
Academy Sports and Outdoors
2801 Beene Blvd.
Bossier City, La 71111
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To register please call 318-371-3049.
Sponsors include Academy Sports and Outdoors, Bayou Outdoor Supercenter of Bossier City, H&W Marine of Bossier City and O’Reilly Auto Parts.

Ouachita Parish
Academy Sports and Outdoors
111 Constitutional Dr.
West Monroe, La 71292
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
To register please call 318-343-2417.
Sponsors include Academy Sports and Outdoors, Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association and Pizza Hut.

Rapides Parish
Academy Sports and Outdoors
3205 S MacArthur Dr.
Alexandria, La 71301
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To register please call 318-487-5634.
Sponsors include Academy Sports and Outdoors and the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association.

St. Landry Parish
St. Landry Lumber
207 N Railroad Ave.
Opelousas, La 70570
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To register please call 337-948-0257.
Sponsors include Raising Canes of Opelousas, Acadiana Outfitters of Iberia, Walmart of Eunice and St. Landry Lumber of Opelousas.

Calcasieu Parish
Lake Charles Civic Center
900 Lakeshore Dr.
Lake Charles, La 70601
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To register please call 337-591-2580
Sponsors include the Calcasieu Chapter Whitetails Unlimited.

Lafourche Parish
Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Rifle Range
1156 Hwy. 90
Raceland, La 70394
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To register please call 985-447-0821.
Sponsors include the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association and Kief's Hardware Inc. of Cutoff.

Ascension Parish
Cabellas
2200 W Cabela's Pkwy
Gonzales, LA 70737
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
To register please call 225-765-2999.
Sponsors include Cabela’s and Louisiana Waterway Safety Inc.

St. Tammany Parish
Madisonville Branch of St. Tammany Parish Public Library
1123 Main St.
Madisonville, LA 70447
9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Please call 504-284-2023 to register.
Sponsors include the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association.

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

L.D.W.F. Agents Investigating Boating Fatality in Franklin Parish

Release Date: 03/17/2011

March 17, 2011 - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division (LDWF) agents are investigating what appears to be a one vessel boating fatality that occurred March 16 near Crowville on Crockett Point Lake in Franklin Parish.

Agents determined that James Ray Thomas, 69, of Winnsboro, had reportedly been fishing alone from a 16-foot boat most of the day.  A family member checked on him around 7 p.m. and discovered him missing from his boat that was found adrift against the bank of the lake.

Family members notified local authorities, and LDWF, the Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office and the Madison Parish Sheriff's Office conducted a search of the area.  About 10 p.m. searchers discovered the victim’s body near the lake bank where it was recovered. 

The victim was found without a personal flotation device and there was no evidence of alcohol use.  LDWF will continue their investigation into the boating fatality.

For more information, contact Alan Bankston at 318-362-3102 or abankston@wlf.la.gov. 

Clean Vessel Program

Clean Vessel Program

The purpose of Louisiana's CVA Program is to protect and improve the quality of our waters by providing recreational boaters with a convenient alternative to the overboard discharge of boat sewage.

  1. Bowtie Marina
    City: Lake Charles
    Body of Water: Contraband Bayou
    Latitude: 30.204 N
    Longitude: 93.240 W
    Telephone: (337) 478-0130
    Type of Equipment: Pumpout
    Type of Service: Full
    Fee: $5.00
  2. Cypress Bend Park
    City: Negreet
    Body of Water: Toledo Bend
    Latitude: 31.420 N
    Longitude: 93.679 W
    Telephone: (318) 256-4118
    Type of Equipment: Pumpout Unit (trailer-mounted) / Portable Toilet Washdown Station (fixed)
    Type of Service: Full (pumpout)/ Self (washdown station)
    Fee: None
    Note: Call ahead to schedule use of pumpout unit.
  3. Downtown Marina
    City: Houma
    Body of Water: Intersection of Bayou Terrebonne and GIWW
    Latitude: 29.599 N
    Longitude: 90.711 W
    Telephone: (985) 873-6428
    Type of Equipment: Pumpout Unit/ Portable Toilet Washdown Station
    Type of Service: Full
    Fee: $5 (Free for overnight guests)
  4. Forsythe Point 
    City: Monroe
    Body of Water: Ouachita River
    Latitude: 32.518 N
    Longitude: 92.133 W
    Telephone: (318) 329-4101
    Type of Equipment: 2 pumpout units on floating docks
    Type of Service: Full
    Fee: Free
  5. Lake End Park
    City: Morgan City
    Body of Water: Lake Palourde
    Latitude: 29.718 N
    Longitude: 91.188 W
    Telephone: (985) 380-4623
    Type of Equipment: Pumpout Unit
    Type of Service: Full
    Fee: $3.00
  6. Marina Beau Chene
    City: Mandeville
    Body of Water: Tchefuncte River
    Latitude: 30.417 N
    Longitude: 90.125 W
    Telephone: (985) 845-3454
    Type of Equipment: Pumpout Unit
    Type of Service: Self
    Fee: $5.00
  7. Marina Del Ray
    City: Madisonville
    Body of Water: Tchefuncte River
    Latitude: 30.399 N
    Longitude: 90.153 W
    Telephone: (985) 845-4474
    Type of Equipment: Pumpout Unit
    Type of Service: Self
    Fee: $10.00
  8. Mariners Village Marina 
    City: Mandeville
    Body of Water: Lake Pontchartrain
    Latitude: 30.366 N
    Longitude: 90.091 W
    Telephone: (985) 626-1517
    Type of Equipment: Pumpout Unit/ Portable Toilet Washdown Station
    Type of Service: Full
    Fee: $5.00 or less (No fee for members of BOAT U.S./USCG Auxiliary/Power Squadron)
  9. Moon Lake Resort
    City: Monroe
    Body of Water: Ouachita River
    Latitude: 32.606 N
    Longitude: 92.094 W
    Telephone: (318) 322-2300
    Type of Equipment: Pumpout Unit
    Type of Service: Self
    Fee: None
  10. Orleans Marina
    City: New Orleans
    Body of Water: Lake Pontchartrain
    Latitude: 30.024 N
    Longitude: 90.119
    Telephone: (504) 288-2351
    Type of Equipment: Pumpout Unit
    Type of Service: Self
    Fee: None
  11. Pleasure Point Landing
    City: Toro
    Body of Water:Toledo Bend
    Latitude: 31.242 N
    Longitude: 93.581 W
    Telephone: (318) 565-4810
    Type of Equipment: Pumpout Unit (trailer-mounted)/ Portable Toilet Washdown Station (fixed)
    Type of Service: Full
    Fee: None
  12. Plum Orchard Park
    City: Doyline
    Body of Water: Lake Bistineau
    Latitude: 32.412 N
    Longitude: 93.382 W
    Telephone: (318) 987-7275
    Type of Equipment: Pumpout Unit/Portable Toilet Washdown Station
    Type of Service: Full
    Fee: None

Do Your Part!
Clean water is important to all of us. One way for recreational boaters to improve water quality is to reduce the overboard discharge of sewage.

Sewage discharges are unsightly and contain disease-causing microorganisms. Bacteria and viruses can contaminate shellfish beds and areas used for swimming, skiing, and fishing. The decaying sewage can also degrade aquatic habitats by reducing oxygen levels.

Be part of the solution:
Use shoreside restrooms before going out on the water.
Dispose of waste from portable toilets and on-board holding tanks properly.
Don't throw anything overboard.
Bring cut fishing line ashore.
Avoid discharging bilge waste into the water.
Be careful in fueling -- try to prevent spills.

Keep Our Water Clean -- Use Pumpouts!

LOUISIANA CLEAN VESSEL ACT GRANT PROGRAM

Boaters need pumpout units and portable toilet washdown stations to properly and legally dispose of boat sewage. In 1992 Congress passed the Clean Vessel Act (CVA) to provide funding to educate the public about boat sewage disposal and to cost-share the installation of sewage pumpout systems and portable toilet washdown stations at recreational boating facilities. The CVA was re-authorized in 1998 for five more years.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has already cost-shared the construction of boat sewage disposal facilities at 14 marinas and boat ramps across Louisiana, using CVA grant funds from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). These grants reimburse the marina operator up to 75% of the cost of installing or renovating boat sewage disposal systems. Most costs associated with the installation of pumpout and/or washdown stations are eligible for reimbursement under the grants, including design and engineering, permits, equipment, electrical/water/sewer hookups, and construction/installation. The only expenses expressly forbidden by federal regulations are those associated with the purchase and installation of sewage treatment plants or systems.

To help cover operational and maintenance costs, the Program allows marina operators to charge up to $5.00 per use of facilities built with grant funds.

For more information about the Louisiana Clean Vessel Act Grant Program, or to request an application packet, please contact:

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Socioeconomic Section
P.O. Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000
Telephone: (225) 763-5508
E-mail: mbuckner@wlf.la.gov

Louisiana Man Passes Away in Two-Vessel Collision in Orleans Parish

Release Date: 02/16/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents responded to a fatal boating crash incident on Tuesday, Feb. 15 in Unknown Pass in Orleans Parish.

LDWF agents along with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) arrived on the scene at 2:30 p.m. of a two vessel collision involving a 20-foot Hydrosport captained by Ralph Grimaldi, 63, of Slidell, and an 18-foot Boston Whaler captained by Scott Jordan, 49, of Pearl River.

The USCG airlifted Grimaldi to the Naval Air Station in Belle Chasse where he was not able to survive his injuries. LDWF agents transported Jordan to Orleans Parish Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel waiting on the shore. EMS personnel then took Jordan to the North Shore Ochsner Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Grimaldi's vessel was also carrying two passengers who did not receive any major injuries.

LDWF agents are currently investigating the incident. Agents do not suspect alcohol or drugs at this time.

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

L.D.W.F. Investigating Boating Incident in Gulf that Resulted in Four Fatalities

Release Date: 02/13/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries staff and Enforcement Division agents are investigating a boating incident that left four people dead in the Gulf of Mexico on Feb. 12.

The four deceased bodies found in the Gulf were Wayne Dowsey, 61, of Point Clear, Ala., and who was the owner and operator of the vessel; Randy Dowsey, 58, of Fairhope, Ala.; Kerri Burns, 33, of Fairhope, Ala.; and Kenny Mock, 58, of Metairie. The lone survivor was Heath Dowsey, 33, of Fairhope, Ala; who was the son of Randy and nephew of Wayne.

According to Heath, the five left from Venice around 6:30 a.m. for a fishing trip. They left out of the South Pass into the Gulf of Mexico and were about 2 to 3 miles offshore when one of the engines in the twin engine vessel abruptly shut down between 7:30 and 8 a.m.

When checking out the engine, they noticed the back of the boat filling with water, which prompted the operator to turn off the other engine. With both engines turned off, the boat then rapidly filled with water and within minutes the boat was listing to one side according to Heath.

The five were able to grab four life jackets, but were unable to put them on before the boat capsized sending all five into the cold waters of the Gulf. Heath was able to hang on to the rope from the bow of the boat, and the other four were able to hang on to the life jackets and side of the boat. Heath eventually made his way onto the hull of the capsized boat getting himself out of the cold water.

According to Heath, around 1 p.m. an offshore supply vessel located the capsized vessel with Heath on top. The crew boat was able to take Heath into their boat and locate the other four people who had drifted away from the capsized vessel.

Within minutes, an LDWF Office of Fisheries vessel that was in the area doing field work came across the capsized boat and crew boat where the four bodies were still floating lifeless. The LDWF Office of Fisheries Vessel was able to transport the deceased bodies to the U.S. Coast Guard station in Venice. Heath was also transferred to a U.S. Coast Guard vessel for transport to the U.S. Coast Guard station in Venice.

Heath was treated for mild hypothermia by emergency medical workers at the U.S. Coast Guard station. It is unknown at this time if the four people perished from drowning or hypothermia.

The LDWF Enforcement Division will investigate the incident to determine a cause. At this time, LDWF does not suspect drugs or alcohol involvement. The LDWF Enforcement Division and Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office will attempt to recover the capsized vessel for the investigation.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov or 225-354-9517 (Cell) or 225-765-2465 (Work).

L.D.W.F. Boating Safety and Waterways Enforcement Five Year Strategic Plan 2010-2015

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

As part of the relationship and memorandum of understanding between the State of Louisiana [represented by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Law Enforcement Division (LDWF/LED)] and The United States [represented by the United States Coast Guard (USCG)] in the conduct of the Boating Safety Programs and in the mutual enforcement of laws relating to boating safety on waters within the concurrent jurisdiction of the State and the United States the LDWF/LED has executed the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Law Enforcement Division Boating Safety and Waterways Enforcement Five Year Strategic Plan which describes the goals, objectives, and strategies to reduce recreational boating crash incidents and deaths for the years 2010-2016. It will serve as the primary framework for programmatic decision-making, budgeting, and program evaluation. It contains and identifies the need for a strategic plan, a description of Louisiana’s waterways, and processes to achieve our goals.

INTRODUCTION

Over two million people enjoy recreational boating activities on Louisiana waters which are indicated by the 320,000 registered boats in use on a year round basis as boaters enjoy our mild climate. Louisiana's maze of rivers, streams, bayous and lakes account for 7,409 square miles of inland lakes and 40,679 linear miles of flowing rivers and bayous that makes up the State's inland waterway system. Add to this 1,031 square miles of territorial seas, 7,721 miles of tidal shorelines and over 6 million acres of productive coastal estuaries that provide multi-user recreational and commer¬cial activities that impact this State and in some cases the nation. Additionally, Louisiana's waters transport numerous migratory, big game and small game hunters as well as all types of fresh and saltwater fishermen during the months that most states enjoy their winter vacations. Tens of thousands of documented vessels and non-motorized vessels engage in water related activities that increase user diversification and are growing concerns. As well, recreational boating activities have a 1.3 billion dollar economic effect in Louisiana. Recreational boating supports over 15,000 jobs and generates over 80 million dollars in state and local taxes and over 82 million dollars in federal taxes.

Because Louisiana is so wealthy in natural resources (fish, shrimp, oysters, wildlife, neo-tropical birds, etc.) it is common for vessels to serve as platforms for multi-use activities in this State. We must emphasize that boating in Louisiana is a twelve-month activity that has to be continuously monitored and supervised to insure compliance with required safety requirements and for the protection of human life.

LDWF/LED is responsible for providing public safety services on Louisiana’s vast waterways through education and enforcement of criminal statutes. These responsibilities include maintaining and improving public compliance with boating safety laws, investigating all reportable recreational boating fatalities and crash incidents, and enforcing laws restricting the operation of vessels under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and administering the state’s mandatory boating education program for operation of certain motorboats. The LDWF/LED also maintains authority for permitting regattas and other marine events and ensuring compliance with boating safety regulations. LDWF/LED regularly coordinates its boating safety and waterway enforcement activities with local law enforcement waterway efforts to direct the state’s efforts on Louisiana waterways. These activities recruit new recreational boaters, encourage safe and legal activities, protect property, and save lives. LDWF/LED’s ultimate goal is a safe, secure, and enjoyable recreational boating experience on Louisiana’s waterways.

RELATIONSHIP TO THE STRATEGIC PLAN OF THE NATIONAL RECREATIONAL BOATING SAFETY PROGRAM

The LDWF/LED Boating Safety and Waterways Enforcement Five Year Strategic Plan complements and is derived from Strategic Plan Of The National Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) Program implemented in 2007.

The National Recreational Boating Safety Program is administered by the USCG with funds derived from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund to ensure “safe, secure, and enjoyable recreational boating experience…” The Fund provides for grants administered by the USCG to states participating in the State Recreational Boating Safety Program. Louisiana is a participant of this program.

By complementing and deriving our goals from the National RBS Plan, Louisiana is not only working to make our waters safer, but the nations waters safer.

VISION

The vision of the LDWF/LED is to provide the citizens and visitors of the state of Louisiana with the safest, securest, and most enjoyable recreational boating experience possible while on Louisiana’s abundant waterways and coastal areas by providing consistent and exceptional public safety and education.

MISSION

The mission of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Law Enforcement Division Boating Safety and Waterways Enforcement Five Year Strategic Plan is to minimize the loss of life, personal injury, and property damage incurred in recreational boating while cooperating with environmental and homeland security efforts. This mission will be fulfilled by implementing programs and activities in boating safety education and enforcement that have been identified as being effective in reducing boating crash incidents, injuries, property damage, and fatalities. 

STRATEGIC GOALS

Generally speaking, recreational boating is a fun and safe activity; however, every year in Louisiana people are involved in boating crash incidents, but most importantly people die in some of these boating crash incidents. In recent history, Louisiana has one of the highest fatality rates among states with at least 100,000 registered boats. These deaths and crashes are preventable. The LDWF/LED is committed to reducing the boating crash incidents and fatalities by a two-pronged effort. The first effort is through boating safety education. The second is through enforcement of boating safety laws and regulations. LDWF/LED agents make sure that boaters carry the proper safety equipment (like personal flotation devices and fire extinguishers) and operate safely and carefully – and soberly. This two pronged approach is the guiding principle of our strategic goals.

GOALS, OBJECTIVES, AND STRATEGIES

GOAL ONE.: INCREASE PUBLIC EDUCATION ON SAFE BOATING PRACTICES AND OPERATION

Objective One: Increase the number of boating safety education successful completions.

Strategy 1-1.1—Continue to grow partnerships with boating organizations, volunteer groups, and schools to increase the number of boating courses available and increase the number of volunteer instructors across the state.

Strategy 1-1.2—Become more aggressive with marketing and notification of location and times of boating education courses so that the public is informed of where and when they can complete a course.

Strategy 1-1.3—Work to implement boating safety course promotional days by partnering with businesses in each of the enforcement regions to provide promotion items, food, drink, and facilities for specially designated boating safety courses throughout the year.

Strategy 1-1.4—Increase voluntary compliance with the states mandatory boating education law.

Objective Two: Increase awareness of Safe Boating Practices

Strategy 1-2.1—Promote a branded message for issues such as life jacket wear, alcohol-use, completing a safe boating course, etc. For example, “Wear It Louisiana!”

Strategy 1-2.2—Target geographic areas that have historically higher incidents of crashes and/or fatalities to increase boating safety awareness utilizing local businesses, boating organizations, and volunteers.

Strategy 1-2.3—Develop a message from law enforcement by increasing the presence of law enforcement officers on the water to act as deterrent and provide on-the-water messaging to deliver branded messages.

Strategy 1-2.4—Increase cooperative partnerships with businesses i.e. marine dealers, alcohol beverage distributors, marinas, etc. to fund and support marketing and outreach efforts that promote safe boating practices, information on vessel security zones and other relevant homeland security and boating safety issues.

Objective Three—Promote life jacket wear

Strategy 1-3.1—Identify at-risk populations utilizing drowning data captured by the Boating Accident Report Database (BARD) System and develop a marketing strategy utilizing the results of the Survey of Louisiana Resident Boat Owners to encourage the at-risk population to increase their life-jacket wear rates.

Strategy 1-3.2—Develop a relationship with the Louisiana Marine Dealers to disseminate life jacket wear information and promote the use of life jackets.

GOAL TWODEVELOP AND MAINTAIN EFFECTIVE BOATING SAFETY AND WATERWAY ENFORCEMENT PATROL ACTIVITIES

Objective One—Increase Voluntary Compliance with Navigation rules and safety equipment through effective and efficient patrol effort

Strategy 2-1.1—Utilize the NASBLA Navigation Rules Training Program to train new officers in Navigation Rules and identifying/documenting navigation rule violations.

Strategy 2-1.2—Enhance enforcement effort of navigation rules and use media messages to increase voluntary compliance.

Strategy 2-1.3—Work with and educate prosecutors and the courts on navigation rules violations, the implication the violations have on boating crash incidents and their role in overall compliance with boating regulations.

Strategy 2-1.4—Evaluate incidents of non-compliance with required safety equipment and target problem compliance areas through increased enforcement patrol, education, and public awareness campaigns.

Strategy 2-1.5—Continuance and expansion of distribution of safety equipment check sheets, posters, and brochures of required and recommended safety equipment carriage for display and dissemination at point of sale locations and marinas.

Objective Two—Ensuring Boating Crash Incident Reporting Data Accuracy and Completeness

Strategy 2-2.1—Improve incident report training by implementing the NASBLA Boating Accident Course as a regular part of officer training. Provide clear and concise incident reporting criteria, including definitions, procedures, and guidance. Continue to provide new information to all officers through in-service training.

Strategy 2-2.2—Increase public awareness of boating crash incident reporting requirements so a more accurate analysis of boating crash incidents in Louisiana can be obtained.

Objective Three—Reduce Boating Under the Influence Boating Crash Incidents and Fatalities

Strategy 2-3.1—Track and identify trends in alcohol use in boating by geographic area using the BARD data and DWI apprehensions by officers to determine areas to schedule proactive enforcement patrols.

Strategy 2-3.2—Continue to partner with other law enforcement agencies to conduct concurrent land and water enforcement patrols, i.e. from the boat to the launch to the road and promote these patrols through the media.

Strategy 2-3.3—Partner with statewide alcohol beverage distributors to fund awareness campaigns on responsible alcohol use while participating in recreational water sports.

Strategy 2-3.4—Continue to provide in-service training to officers in BUI detection as well as train officers on the newly validated Standardized Field Sobriety Tests suitable for use in marine law enforcement.

Strategy 2-3.5—Develop and implement a strategy to educate prosecutors and judges throughout the state on the newly validated Standardized Field Sobriety Tests suitable for use in marine law enforcement.

Strategy 2-3.6—Continue and increase publicizing in all avenues of the media several high profile, high visibility patrols we conduct during holiday weekends such as Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, etc. Continue and increase participation and publicizing of the national BUI event Operation Drywater.

GOAL FOURMEASURE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE STRATEGIC PLAN

Objective One--Review and evaluate annually BARD data, compliance data, patrol/public contact data, and boating education data to measure to evaluate if plan objectives are being met.

Strategy 4-1.1—Review and identify annually USCG BARD data to track trends in causes, factors, etc. related to boating crash incidents and fatalities.

Strategy 4-1.2—Review and identify annually department data on boating safety compliance via citations, public contacts, patrol hours, DWI arrests, etc.

Strategy 4-1.3—Review and identify annually department data on successful completion of boating education courses.

Objective Two—Implement changes necessary annually to meet the objectives of the plan. Assess and update the plan in five years.

Strategy 4.2-1—Create a working group comprised of members of the enforcement division and the boating community to come up with new strategies and tasks to reach goals listed in plan.

Strategy 4.2-2—Evaluate the final data after the five year period to re-evaluate goals and update plan for next five years.

GOAL FIVEMAINTAIN AND/OR EXPAND BOATING SAFETY AND WATERWAYS ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS WHILE DEALING WITH POTENTIAL BUDGET CUTS FOR THE UPCOMING FISCAL YEARS

Objective One—Maximize efficiency and outputs associated with funds received in support of boating safety and waterways enforcement activities.

Strategy 5-1.1—Provide proactive boating safety enforcement patrols in concert with core mission responsibilities of fish, wildlife, ecosystem, and homeland security activities (primarily maritime security).

Strategy 5-1.2—Utilize equipment and training received in concert with other core mission responsibilities, in support of boating safety and waterways enforcement and education.

Objective Two—Seek new, continued, and creative funding sources.

Strategy 5-2.2—Continue to seek partnerships with business and industry to fund outreach and marketing programs.

Strategy 5-2.2—Continue to partner with boating organizations, dealers, and schools to sponsor boating safety education courses.

Strategy 5-2.3—Work nationally to increase RBS grant dollars available to states.

Strategy 5-2.34—Coordinate and maintain memorandum of understanding with USCG; coordinate activity as needed to support boating safety and waterways enforcement activity.

application/pdf icon Survey of Louisiana Recreational Boaters

L.D.W.F. Agents Find Deceased Boater In St. Bernard Parish

Release Date: 11/15/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents found the deceased body of an overdue Mississippi boater near Martin Island in St. Bernard Parish shortly before noon on Nov. 14.

Agents found the body of David McAdory, 63, of Madison County, Miss. near his anchored boat in the Chandeleur Sound portion of Louisiana waters.

Agents responded to a report of an overdue boater out of Mississippi in the late afternoon hours of Nov. 13.  Agents later found the anchored boat with fishing lines still in the water with no one on board and searched until nightfall with the assistance of U.S. Coast Guard helicopters for the body of McAdory. 

Agents found McAdory’s body without a personal flotation device in eight to 10 foot of water.  Agents transported the deceased body and his vessel to the Fort Beauregard landing where the St. Bernard Parish Coroner assumed custody of the body to determine a cause of death.

LDWF agents do no suspect foul play at this time as the victim suffered from an unspecified medical condition, which may have contributed to his death.

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

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