Enforcement

Region 4 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Address: 

LDWF New Iberia Office
2415 Darnell Road
New Iberia, LA 70517

City: 
New Iberia
Notes: 

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

New Iberia Resident Arrested for Shocking Fish

Release Date: 03/20/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division Agents arrested a New Iberia man for allegedly shocking fish on March 16.

Agents arrested James J. Bourg, 33, for taking fish with a shocking device, taking commercial fish without a commercial license or commercial gear license, possessing unlabeled catfish, failing to complete trip tickets and theft of crab traps and booked him onto the Iberia Parish Jail.

Agents witnessed Bourg illegally taking fish with a shocking device in the Atchafalaya Basin in Iberia Parish.  During the execution of a search warrant, LDWF agents recovered an electronic shocking device and electronic components used in the manufacturing of additional devices.

Agents also discovered records of Bourg taking and selling catfish without the required licenses.  Bourg was also in violation of not completing trip tickets and labeling requirements on packages of the fish for sale.

Bourg was also found to be in possession of two stolen crab traps.  Agents seized 65 pounds of catfish along with the record information of previous and future proposed sales of catfish.  Agents also seized a 16 foot boat with a 50 horsepower motor and trailer belonging to Bourg, which was used in the illegal taking of the fish.

Taking fish illegally carries a fine between $400 and $950 and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking or selling commercial fish without a commercial license brings a $350 to $500 fine and up to 30 days and forfeiture of anything seized.  Taking or selling commercial fish without a commercial gear license carries $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

Possession of stolen crab traps carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to complete trip tickets and possession of unlabeled catfish for sale brings a $250 to $500 and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.

Agents participating in this case were Sgt. James Rhodes, Senior Agent David Boudreaux, Senior Agent Jerry Stassi and Senior Agent Anthony Adams.

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

 

Missing Boater Found in Morehouse Parish

Release Date: 03/16/2012

Search and rescue teams located the deceased body of a missing boater in Morehouse Parish on Jones Lake today, March 16.

Walter Sims, 51, of Jones, was found by the Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s Office (MPSO) this morning after five days of searching.  Search crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office and West Carroll Sheriff’s Office also participated in the search.

Sims was last seen fishing alone around 2:30 p.m. on March 10.  When Sims didn’t return home at dark, a concerned family member contacted the MPSO at 11:30 p.m.

Authorities believe Sims may have fallen into the water.  His 14 foot aluminum boat was found tied up to the lake’s bank directly behind his home. 

Sims’ body was turned over to the Morehouse Parish Coroner’s Office to determine a cause of death.  LDWF is the lead investigative agency to determine the cause of this boating incident.  Contributing factors to the incident are unknown at this time.

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

Officials Searching for Missing Boater in Morehouse Parish

Release Date: 03/15/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents and Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s Office (MPSO) deputies are searching for a missing boater on Jones Lake in Morehouse Parish.

Searchers are looking for Walter Sims, 51, of Jones, who was last seen fishing alone around 2:30 p.m. on March 10.  When Sims didn’t return home at dark, a concerned family member contacted the MPSO at 11:30 p.m. 

Authorities believe Sims may have fallen into the water.  His 14 foot aluminum boat was found tied up to the lake’s bank directly behind his home. 

Authorities continue to search for Sims on land and water.  LDWF has deployed their sonar technology, search boats and ATVs to the scene.  The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office has sent their dive team and the West Carroll Sheriff’s Office has assisted with an air search.

LDWF and MPSO are jointly investigating Sims disappearance.

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

LDWF Responds to Flooding in Carencro

Release Date: 03/13/2012

LDWF Responds to Flooding in Carencro
LDWF Responds to Flooding in Carencro
LDWF Responds to Flooding in Carencro
LDWF Responds to Flooding in Carencro
LDWF Responds to Flooding in Carencro
LDWF Responds to Flooding in Carencro

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents transported 80 people from the floodwaters in Carencro to dry ground during the flash flood on March 12.

After receiving 15 inches of rain, Bayou Carencro backed up and jumped its banks flooding many Carencro homes, businesses and roads.

LDWF agents got their first call at 7 a.m. about stranded cars on the median of I-49 and other roads.  LDWF responded with 18 agents with 13 boats in the area to help during the flood.

From 10 a.m. to nightfall, LDWF agents rescued 80 people from their home and brought them to higher ground where vehicles could then transport them to the shelter at the Carencro Civic Center.

“The water was anywhere from 2 to 6 feet deep, and people were hanging out of their windows when they would see our boats go by,” said Lt. Darryl Moore.  “The conditions were tough as it was still raining hard with lightning and then you had a swift current and obstructions in the water.  However, our training in search and rescue and past experiences such as Hurricane Katrina has helped our response during flooding events and things went as smooth as possible given the circumstances.”

Agents are currently on standby as the floodwaters recede over the coming days.

"Our agents are highly trained and have the equipment necessary for search and rescue missions.  These agents did a great job in responding as fast as possible and getting 80 people out of the water," said Col. Winton Vidrine, head of LDWF's Enforcement Division.

Through the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, LDWF is the lead agency for search and rescue operations during natural disasters.

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

Authorities Find Missing Boater in Rapides Parish

Release Date: 03/09/2012

Search and rescue teams located the deceased body of a missing boater on Kincaid Lake today, March 9.

William B. Galloway, 53, was found by the Allen Parish Fire Department’s Dive Team shortly after 12 p.m. after two and a half days of searching.  Search crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office (RPSO) and the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office also participated in the search.

Galloway went fishing alone around 1:20 p.m. on March 6 and was supposed to return at dark.  When Galloway didn’t return at dark, a concerned family member contacted authorities at 7:50 p.m.

Authorities searched for Galloway throughout the night and found his 18 ½ foot fiberglass boat with the 150 horsepower motor idling on the bank of the lake around 10:30 p.m. on March 6.

LDWF deployed their sonar technology, and dive teams from the RPSO and Allen Parish Fire Department assisted in the search.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency to determine the cause of this boating incident.  Contributing factors to the incident are unknown at this time.

Galloway’s body has been turned over to the Rapides Parish Coroner’s Office to determine a cause of death.

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

Eight Oyster Harvesters Cited For Theft In Terrebonne Parish

Release Date: 03/09/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited eight subjects for alleged oyster violations in Terrebonne Parish on March 6.

While on oyster-growing-area patrol in Bayou Coyell, agents found four vessels dredging oysters from a private lease without the lease owner's permission.

Agents cited Dempsey Jackson, 45, from Lake Charles; William Anthony Tillman III,  26, from Sulphur; Rusty Henry, 20, and Dusty Paul Henry, 22, Carolyn Arnold, 27, Harris Guidry Jr., 35, Timothy Blanchard, 26, Cody Lebouef, 22, all from Chauvin; for unlawfully taking oysters from a private lease and failure to have written permission.

Agents seized the boats and dredges and returned 33 sacks of oysters to the water.

Unlawfully taking oysters from a private lease is a fine between $900 and $950, up to 120 days in jail and forfeiture of anything seized.  Failure to have written permission is punishable by a fine of $400 to $900 and up to 120 days in jail.

Any person convicted of these violations may for one year after the date of such conviction only harvest oysters from a vessel that employs a vessel monitoring system.  Access to the monitoring system shall be granted to LDWF.  For that year, the person convicted of these violations shall identify for the department which vessel will be used to harvest oysters.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Bryan Marie and Agent Norman Deroche.

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

Joint Enforcement Patrol Leads to Citations for Two Louisiana Men

Release Date: 03/08/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents participated in a joint enforcement patrol that resulted in two Louisiana men being cited for alleged fishing violations in Plaquemines Parish on March 5.

Agents cited Robert J. Canty, 32, of Slidell, for taking over the daily commercial limit of sharks and Long Van Pham, 33, of Kenner, for taking red snapper during a closed recreational red snapper season.  The joint enforcement patrol was in conjunction with the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Agents made contact with Canty in South Pass located near Venice and inspected his catch.  Agents found him in possession of 96 sharks, which is 63 sharks over the allowable commercial daily limit.

Agents stopped Pham near the Venice Marina to conduct a catch inspection and found him to be in possession of 15 red snapper.  The 2012 recreational red snapper season is currently closed and is slated to open on June 1.

Taking over the limit of commercial sharks carries a fine up to $350 and up to 60 days in jail.  Canty may also face civil restitution fines for the value of the illegally taken sharks.

The penalty for taking red snapper during a closed season carries a fine up to $350 and up to 60 days in jail.  Pham may also face civil restitution fines totaling $430 for the value of the illegally taken red snapper.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Adam Young and Senior Agent Villere Reggio.

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

Region 4 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Address: 

LDWF Region 4 Office
5652 Hwy. 182
Opelousas, LA 70570

City: 
Opelousas
Notes: 

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Three Louisianans Cited For Shark Fishing Violation

Release Date: 02/24/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division Strike Force agents cited three Louisianans for an alleged shark fishing violation near Venice in Plaquemines Parish on Feb. 22.

Agents were patrolling the Tiger Pass area when they observed a commercial fishing vessel occupied by three subjects.  Upon stopping the vessel, agents discovered that the three subjects were commercial fishing for sharks and in possession of 61 sharks.  Louisiana law only allows 33 sharks per day per vessel.

Agents cited Huy Nguyen, 21, of Boothville, Hua Nguyen, 53, of Buras, and Anh Nguyen, 25, of Buras, for over limit of shark.

Over limit of shark carries fine between $250 and $350 and up to 90 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case were Lt. Joseph Arnaud, Sgt. Todd Laviolette and Senior Agent Doug Danna.

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

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