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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.

ALAS BAI Newsletter - September 2017

ALAS BAI Newsletter - September 2017

ALAS BAI Newsletter - September 2017
 
2018 NASP TOURNAMENT RULES AND REGULATIONS
The 2018 NASP Tournament Rules and Protocols document is attached. Please review this document as you prepare to teach your archery curriculum and prepare for tournaments. This includes very important information regarding homeschools, shooting up, single gender schools, and third grade archers. If you have any questions regarding rule changes please contact jmcgovern@wlf.la.gov.
NEW FOR 2018:
Eastern and Western NASP® Nationals: Qualified schools may register to participate in one but not both. Participation is not guaranteed in either event. Registration will be open to all qualified NASP® schools. Registration for these events will be determined by school. Once a school is registered for one of these NASP® tournaments, teams and individual archers from that school will only be permitted to participate in that event. Qualification tiers will be established for each event individually. All other NASP® National and World rules apply. More Information Below.
SUMMARY OF MAJOR CHANGES IN THE 2018 NASP® COMPETITION RULES:
*Please see complete document for detailed information regarding changes.
• Homeschool: To participate as a homeschool team, a group will need to demonstrate that they are gathering together for educational purposes, beyond just archery. In addition, NASP® is going to request more specific information about who receives the in-school lessons in that group and what other activities they gather for.
• Shooting Up: Shooting Up will still be allowed but limited to schools with less than 150 NASP® eligible archers. Schools with less than 150 NASP® eligible archers will be allowed to add archers to their team from lower level schools (or same level schools) until a total of 150 NASP® eligible archers is reached or exceeded.
• Single Gender: Single gender schools will no longer be required to merge with another school of the opposite gender to form a team. NASP® is implementing this rule on a trial basis.
• Third Grade Archers: Third grade archers will no longer be eligible for NASP® competition.
 
NASP ANNOUNCES FIRST EVERN WESTERN NATIONAL TOURNAMENT:
Beginning in 2018 the NASP® tournament schedule will have a new location. The NASP® National tournament that has traditionally been held on the second weekend of May, in Louisville, Kentucky will
continue and become the Eastern National and the NEW event in Utah will become known as the Western National. This event will offer schools in the western US states with the opportunity to attend and experience the excitement of a national NASP® tournament. Schools may register for either of the two tournaments, but may only participate in one per year. The event will take place at the South Towne Exposition Center located at 957 5 South State Street, Sandy, Utah, April 13-14, 2018. The event schedule will have 7 competitive flights on both Friday and Saturday with awards following the last flight on Saturday. The Western National will have a capacity of approximately 3,000 archers. Once the event fills registration will close. Registration and additional tournament information will be available soon at nasptournaments.org and naspschools.org.
All standard NASP® awards will be presented at both events in all standard NASP® divisions - NASP®
Bulls-eye and NASP IBO 3-D Challenge. NASP® scholarships, however, will be presented at the NASP®
World Championships to be held in Louisville in June of 2018. Scores from both the Eastern and Western National tournaments will be combined to determine the top qualifying archers for the annual scholarship shoot-off.
For more information, visit: naspschools.org or nasptournaments.org for updates.
 
EQUIPMENT LOANS
Need archery equipment? If you are interested in participating in the ALAS Equipment Loan program for the upcoming school year, please submit the dates that you would like to reserve a loan as soon as possible to ensure availability. Loans are typically 2-6 weeks and include all equipment needed to teach the NASP/ALAS archery curriculum. Stringbow and range line material not included.
Contact jmcgovern@wlf.la.gov to schedule your loan or for information about our equipment grant program!
 
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
2018 ALAS TOURNAMENT DATES:
Saturday, January 20th, 2018 2018 SOUTH REGIONAL TOURNAMENT Alexandria, LA
Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 2018 NORTH REIONAL TOURNAMENT Shreveport, LA
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 2018 ALAS STATE TOURNAMENT Shreveport, LA
 
UPCOMING BAI CLASSES:
9/30/2017 JENA HIGH SCHOOL Jena, LA 8:00am-4:30pm
9/30/2017 ST. MARY’S ACADEMY New Orleans, LA 8:00am-4:30pm
10/21/2017 HAUGHTON MIDDLE SCHOOL Haughton, LA 8:00am-4:30pm
Course schedule and registration can be found online at http://naspbai.org/ClassSearch.aspx?country=US&state=LA.
For information about hosting BAI training at your school please contact jmcgovern@wlf.la.gov.
 
ACADEMIC ARCHER NOW OPEN:
Attention NASP BAI Coaches: Academic Archer is a free recognition scholarship program for participants in the National Archery in the Schools Program. Every registered Academic Archer is eligible for a drawing for 1 of 10 new Genesis Bows and Easton prize packages including Academic Archery Arrows. See attached flyer for more information.
No tournament participation is necessary!
Please register your qualifying NASP® students today!
For more information, visit:
https://eastonarchery.com/nasp/
http://naspschools.org/instructors/
http://naspschools.org/instructors/attachments/1472793233.pdf
 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: NATIONAL HUNTING & FISHING DAY EVENTS
Saturday, September 23rd is National Hunting and Fishing Day! LDWF will be hosting 4 events around the state that day to introduce youth and adults alike to outdoor activities including fishing, shooting sports, and so much more!
We need your help! Volunteers are needed to help us put on these events. If you would like to volunteer a few hours of your time, please use the link below to sign up! Your help is greatly appreciated and we hope to see you there! Even if you can’t volunteer be sure to bring the family out and enjoy a day of free, outdoor, family fun celebrating the conservation contributions of our nation’s hunters and anglers!
To sign up as a volunteer use the following link to find contact information for event coordinators at the location nearest you. http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/nhfd2017
 
AIM HIGH!

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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.

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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.

September 2017 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 09/05/2017

The next regular Commission meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, September  7, 2017, at LDWF headquarters in the Louisiana Room of 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70898.

 Agenda:

1.     Call to Order

2.     Pledge of Allegiance

3.     Roll Call

4.     Adoption of August 3, 2017 Commission Meeting Minutes

5.     Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

6.     Enforcement Report August, 2017 – Captain Edward Skena

7.     Receive and Consider a Resolution commending LDWF Enforcement Division for Hurricane Harvey response – Al Sunseri, Commissioner

8.     Receive Presentation on Passive Transponder Bird Migration Study --Michael Seymour, Biologist

9.     Recognize Conoco-Phillips for their Financial Contribution to the Transponder Study --Buddy Baker, Administrator

10.  Receive One Health presentation --Dr. Rusty Berry, Wildlife Veterinarian

11.  Receive a Presentation of LDWF’s participation in the Breeding Waterfowl and Habitat Survey --James Whitaker, Biologist

12.  Receive a Presentation on Waterfowl Population Status, Hunting Regulations, and Pre-Season Update --Larry Reynolds, Program Manager

13.  Receive Update on Roseau Cane Mortality --Todd Baker, Director

14.  Receive and Consider a Notice of Intent to update the Louisiana Threatened and Endangered Species List --Amity Bass, Director

15.  Receive and Consider a Notice of Intent to remove the current black bass slot limit regulations of 15-19 inches and 8 fish daily harvest from Caney Lake and place the lake under the statewide black bass regulations  -  Jeff Sibley, Fisheries Biologist Manager

16.  Receive and Consider a Declaration of Emergency setting the 2017-2018 oyster season on the public oyster areas of Louisiana – Steve Beck, Program Manager

17.  Receive an Update on the Recent Gulf Council Meeting (including a Louisiana Only Amendment Update) and Louisiana Red Snapper Harvest and 39-day Season Extension Projection Update – Chris Schieble, Biologist Manager

18.  Receive and Consider a Resolution supporting continued efforts to reduce the hypoxia zone in the Gulf of Mexico – Doug Daigle, Coordinator, Louisiana Hypoxia Working Group

19.  Set January, 2018 Commission Meeting Date

20.  Receive Public Comments

21.  Adjournment

A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via Gotowebinar.com.  To attend this meeting via webinar visit: 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2418555430874433283

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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.la.gov. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to the contact at the top of this announcement at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. 

 

LEEC eNews Bulletin: Call for Environmental Education State Symposium Exhibitors and Presenters

On February 23-24, 2018, the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission will host the Louisiana Environmental Education State Symposium at the Baton Rouge Marriott, 5500 Hilton Ave in Baton Rouge. This year's theme is "Green STEM," which aims to teach students about environmentally-focused science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
 
Exhibitors: Our target audience will include classroom teachers, pre-service teachers, and non-formal educators and our emphasis this year will be placed on engaging teachers and students in science-based careers. The deadline for exhibitor registrations is Friday, January 19, 2018. Please find the registration form at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/webform/2018-exhibitor-registration
 
Presenters: Do you have a hands-on workshop, lesson activities, or exemplary program that you would like to share with environmental educators? Particularly one that incorporates the outdoor learning experience? Consider presenting at the upcoming 2018 Environmental Education State Symposium. Help teachers by giving them the tools necessary to conduct quality environmental lessons. We find that teachers love presentations made by fellow teachers, so if you are a classroom teacher with an innovative lesson, please consider using the symposium as a way to reach a larger audience of students and inform your peers about the great things you're doing in your classroom. The deadline for proposals is Friday, December 8, 2017. Visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/2018-presenter-form to submit a session proposal. 
 
For more information: Thomas Gresham, Asst. Environmental Education Coordinator at tgresham@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-0124.
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