Enforcement

Agents Cite Three Men for Possessing 189 Speckled Trout Over the Limit

Release Date: 09/26/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited three men for alleged recreational fishing violations on Sept. 24 in Lafourche Parish.

Agents cited Alec Galliano, 30, of Galliano, Winston Hohensee, 76, of Larose, and Bo Boura, 31, of Galliano, for over the limit of speckled trout and possessing fish that weren’t kept intact while on the water.  Galliano was also cited for not possessing basic and saltwater fishing licenses.

Agents were on patrol in Tidewater Canal near Leeville when they stopped a vessel with the three men on board to perform a creel and license check.  Agents noticed a handful of ice chests in the boat and found bags full of filleted fish inside.

Agents found a total of 478 filets of speckled trout, which put the men in possession of 239 speckled trout.  Since there were only two licensed fishermen on the vessel, the men were only allowed to possess up to 50 speckled trout while on the water.  It is also a violation to possess speckled trout that are not kept intact while on the water.

Agents seized the fish and donated them to a local charity.

Failing to keep speckled trout intact while on the water brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Possessing 50 or more speckled trout over the limit carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to possess a basic and saltwater license each brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

The men may also face civil restitution for the illegally possessed fish totaling up to $7,000.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Joseph Arnaud and Senior Agent Richard Bean.

Off Duty Agent Observes Two Metairie Men Taking Over the Limit and Undersized Fish

Release Date: 09/19/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited two Metairie men for alleged recreational fishing violations on Sept. 16 in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents cited Jorge Cabrera, 26, and Juan Ciprian, 28, for possessing over the limit of black and red drum, possessing undersized black and red drum and possessing an undersized mangrove snapper.

LDWF Lt. Joseph Arnaud was off duty fishing in the area when he observed Cabrera and Ciprian fishing from the bank near Montegut taking undersized red and black drum.  Lt. Arnaud called the on duty agents to check on the two men’s catch.

LDWF agents were able to perform a creel check on the men and found them in possession of 31 red drum of which 29 were undersized, 13 black drum of which 10 were undersized and one undersized mangrove snapper.

Agents seized all the fish and donated them to a local charity.

Red and black drum each have a daily possession limit of five per person and the minimum size limit is 16 inches and not allowed to possess more than one over 27 inches.  Mangrove snapper must be at least 12 inches long.

Taking over the limit of red drum brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possessing undersized red and black drum, possessing undersized mangrove snapper and possessing over the limit of black drum each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 30 days in jail for each offense.  The men also face additional criminal fines totaling $1,250 for the undersized and over the limit of red drum.

The men may also be assessed civil restitution up to $850 for the replacement value of the illegally taken fish.

Agents participating the case are Lt. Joseph Arnaud, Sgt. Bryan Marie, Senior Agent Thomas Wolf and Senior Agent Stephen Rhodes.

Chief of LDWF’s Enforcement Division Retiring

Release Date: 09/18/2017

Chief of LDWF’s Enforcement Division Retiring

After more than 27 years of service to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division, Col. Joseph “Joey” Broussard has announced his retirement.

Broussard’s effective retirement date is Sept. 30.

“We certainly wish Col. Broussard the best on his retirement and really appreciate everything he has done for the department’s enforcement division,” said LDWF Secretart Jack Montoucet. “His leadership during our recent search and rescue operations in Texas and southwest Louisiana after Hurricane Harvey was textbook perfect and a shining example of what he has meant to this department.”

Broussard started his LDWF career in 1990 as a cadet in the second class that graduated from the LDWF Training Academy.  After graduating from the academy in 1991, Broussard worked as a field officer until 1996 making the rank of sergeant in 1994.

Broussard was transferred to LDWF Enforcement Headquarters in Baton Rouge in 1996 and put in charge of training, quartermaster and the freshwater mussel program while making the rank of lieutenant.

In 2000, Broussard was promoted to captain and given the additional duties of being in charge of the special operations.  A few years later he was promoted to major and put in charge of the coastal enforcement regions.  Broussard was then promoted to lieutenant colonel in 2011 overseeing the patrol aspects of the agents in the field.

When Col. Jeff Mayne retired in May of 2014, Col. Broussard was promoted to be the Chief of the LDWF Law Enforcement Division.

“I’m very happy to have served with a lot of great agents throughout my career and am proud of the job I’ve done to serve the people in this state,” said Col. Broussard.  “It has been a great career that I will always cherish, but now it is time to move on to the next phase of my life.”

LDWF will name a replacement for Col. Broussard soon.

LDWF Agents Deploy to Florida to Assist with Hurricane Irma Aftermath

Release Date: 09/11/2017

LDWF Agents Deploy to Florida to Assist with Hurricane Irma Aftermath
LDWF Agents Deploy to Florida to Assist with Hurricane Irma Aftermath

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries deployed agents and assets to Florida to assist with search and rescue and security during the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

LDWF sent 55 agents with 53 trucks, 50 vessels, a mobile command center and three support trailers to the Pensacola area yesterday, Sept. 10.  Upon arrival to Pensacola on Sept. 10, agents were then sworn in by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Law Enforcement Division.

Agents will be staged in the Pensacola area until the storm moves north and it is safe to travel into the southern portions of the state.  LDWF Agents will be working in coordination with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Law Enforcement Division and the Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Law Enforcement Division during the duration of the aftermath.

Agents will remain in Florida until no longer needed.

Operation Game Thief Complaint Yields Polluted Oyster Violations Case

Release Date: 09/05/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited four subjects for alleged oyster violations on Sept. 4 in Lafourche Parish.

Agents cited Micky J. Picou, 35, Rusty J. Authement, 29, both from Montegut; and Steve Leboeuf, 57, and Wiley J. Lebouef, 66, both from Chauvin; for taking oysters from a polluted area.

Agents were responding to an Operation Game Thief complaint of illegal oyster harvesters in polluted waters east of Tidewater Canal.

Agents located the subjects in the morning harvesting oysters from a polluted area.  Agents seized 13 sacks of oysters and returned them to the water.  Agents also seized the vessel and dredges on a department seizure order.

Taking oysters from a polluted area brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  The men could also have their oyster harvester licenses revoked by the department for up to one year.  The violators could also be sentenced to perform 40 hours of community service and only be allowed to harvest oysters from a vessel with a vessel monitoring device for up to one year.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Joseph Arnaud and Senior Agent Richard Bean.

Two Vessel Collision Leads to Fatality in Cameron Parish

Release Date: 09/03/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents are investigating a fatal boating incident in Cameron Parish that occurred on Sept. 2.

A two vessel head on collision on Lake Calcasieu resulted in the death of Griffin LeBlanc, 11, of Broussard.

According to witnesses, LeBlanc was operating a personal watercraft with another 11-year-old boy as a passenger near Hebert’s Landing around 4:30 p.m.  LeBlanc and the boy were jumping another vessel’s wakes when they jumped into the path of another oncoming 22-foot vessel.

After the head on collision, the boys were ejected into the water.  LeBlanc’s personal flotation device (PFD) came off when he hit the water while the other boy’s PFD remained on his person.

The boy who was the passenger on the personal watercraft was retrieved from the water by a bystander and rushed to the shore and then taken by ambulance to Lake Charles Memorial hospital.  The boy is still in the hospital listed in serious condition and is expected to live.

Search and rescue teams arrived on scene and were able to retrieve the deceased body of LeBlanc around 10 p.m.  His body was turned over to the Cameron Parish Coroner’s Office.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this fatal boating incident.  Agents suspect at this time that LeBlanc was not wearing a properly fitted and in good working condition PFD.  Alcohol is not suspected at this time for either operator involved in this incident.

LDWF along with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Dive Team and the Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office participated in the search.

LDWF Agents have Rescued over 1,500 People in Texas and Louisiana

Release Date: 09/01/2017

LDWF Agents have Rescued over 1,500 People in Texas and Louisiana
LDWF Agents have Rescued over 1,500 People in Texas and Louisiana
LDWF Agents have Rescued over 1,500 People in Texas and Louisiana
LDWF Agents have Rescued over 1,500 People in Texas and Louisiana
LDWF Agents have Rescued over 1,500 People in Texas and Louisiana

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents have rescued a total of 1,505 people and 177 pets to date in Texas and Louisiana from flooded waters caused by Hurricane Harvey.

LDWF agents working in coordination with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement Division have rescued 1,477 people and 175 pets rescued in Texas.  LDWF agents have also rescued 28 people and two pets in Louisiana.

LDWF sent 40 agents with 40 trucks and 40 vessels to the Houston and Katy areas on Aug. 26 and 27.  From Aug. 26 to Aug. 30, LDWF agents were able to rescue 1,275 people and 128 pets with LDWF vessels in the Houston and Katy areas in Texas.

On Aug. 30, LDWF redirected 38 of the original 40 agents with trucks and vessels to the Kirbyville and Deweyville areas in Texas.  LDWF also deployed an additional 33 agents with 29 trucks and 29 vessels to assist with search and rescue operations on Aug. 30 in the Port Arthur and Orange areas in Texas.  These crews rescued a total of 202 people and 47 pets from these areas.

The original 38 agents with trucks and vessels have been relieved of their duties in Texas and started heading home, this morning, Sept. 1.  Another five agents with trucks and vessels were called back to perform patrols along the Sabine River in Calcasieu Parish.

LDWF currently has 28 agents with 24 trucks and 24 vessels in the Orange, Texas area.

LDWF agents will remain in Texas until no longer needed.

LDWF agents have also rescued 26 people and two pets from Calcasieu Parish and two people from Sabine Parish in the state of Louisiana.

LDWF Agents have Rescued 1,401 People in Texas and Louisiana

Release Date: 08/31/2017

LDWF Agents have Rescued 1,401 People in Texas and Louisiana
LDWF Agents have Rescued 1,401 People in Texas and Louisiana
LDWF Agents have Rescued 1,401 People in Texas and Louisiana
LDWF Agents have Rescued 1,401 People in Texas and Louisiana
LDWF Agents have Rescued 1,401 People in Texas and Louisiana

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents continue to conduct search and rescue missions in the flooded areas of Texas and Louisiana caused by Hurricane Harvey.  LDWF agents have rescued a total of 1,401 people and 159 pets to date including 1,373 people and 157 pets rescued from Texas and 28 people and two pets rescued from Louisiana.

LDWF sent 40 agents with 40 trucks and 40 vessels to the Houston and Katy areas on Aug. 26 and 27.  From Aug. 26 to Aug. 30, LDWF agents in coordination with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement Division were able to rescue 1,275 people and 128 pets in that time with LDWF vessels in the Houston and Katy areas in Texas.

On Aug. 30, LDWF redirected 38 of the original 40 agents with trucks and vessels to the Kirbyville and Deweyville areas in Texas.

LDWF also deployed an additional 33 agents with 29 trucks and 29 vessels to assist with search and rescue operations on Aug. 30.  These crews rescued 98 people with 29 pets from the Port Arthur area last night and will be in the Orange, Texas area today.

LDWF currently has 71 agents with 67 trucks and 67 vessels performing search and rescue missions in coordination with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement Division in Texas.

LDWF agents will remain in Texas until no longer needed.

LDWF agents have also rescued 26 people and two pets from Calcasieu Parish and two people from Sabine Parish in the state of Louisiana.

LDWF Agents Perform Search and Rescue Missions in Texas and Louisiana

Release Date: 08/29/2017

LDWF Agents Perform Search and Rescue Missions in Texas and Louisiana
LDWF Agents Perform Search and Rescue Missions in Texas and Louisiana
LDWF Agents Perform Search and Rescue Missions in Texas and Louisiana

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division currently has 40 agents with 40 trucks and 40 vessels performing search and rescue missions in coordination with the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Law Enforcement Division in the Houston area for the flooding impacts caused by Hurricane Harvey.

The LDWF agents have mostly been performing search and rescue missions in the southeastern Houston and the Katy areas.  As of the morning of Aug. 29, LDWF agents have assisted Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Law Enforcement Division and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Law Enforcement Division with over 5,000 rescues.

LDWF agents also conducted search and rescue missions in Calcasieu Parish last night, Aug. 28, and into this morning, Aug. 29, rescuing a total of 26 people and two pets.

The LDWF agents in the Houston area will remain until they are no longer needed.  LDWF agents in Louisiana remain on standby and on alert as the storm progresses through Louisiana.

Rescue Volunteers Headed to Houston Urged to Contact Houston Police Department First

Release Date: 08/28/2017

Aug. 28, 2017 – Volunteers with boats who would like to assist in the search and rescue effort in the Houston area are asked to call the Houston Police Department (HPD) at 713-881-3100. The HPD is coordinating search and rescue efforts in the city and is asking volunteers to call its office for directions and other information that will aid department efforts to manage the massive operation.

Houston and other parts of southeast Texas have been inundated with more than 25 inches of rain from what is now Tropical Storm Harvey since Saturday.

In addition, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) is working with the Texas Governor’s Office to stage search and rescue efforts in College Station at the TEEX training facility known as Disaster City. Interested individuals who would like to volunteer should contact Texas Task Force 1 at 972-841-2105 or by e-mail at TTF1@soc.texas.gov for additional information.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which has received calls about rescue information, is not coordinating search and rescue efforts in the Houston area.

The LDWF Enforcement Division has sent 40 agents with 40 trucks and 40 vessels to the Houston area to assist with search and rescue.  All agents remain on alert and will be dispatched to the Houston area as requested.

 

 

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