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Boating Education Lagniappe Day Slated for April 22

Release Date: 03/24/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be hosting the seventh annual "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" on April 22 at nine 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.  To register please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating/courses and follow the links to register for one of the nine April 22 classes.

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:

Webster Parish
LDWF Region 1 Office
9961 Hwy. 80
Minden, LA 71055
Sponsors include the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association (LWAA), Coca-Cola of Minden, McDonald’s, Burger King, Sonic, Raising Cane’s, and Buffalo Wild Wings.

Ouachita Parish
Academy Sports and Outdoors
111 Constitution Dr.
West Monroe, LA 71292
Sponsors include Academy Sports and Outdoors and Johnny’s Pizza House.

Rapides Parish
Academy Sports and Outdoors
3205 S MacArthur Dr.
Alexandria, LA 71301
Sponsors include Academy Sports and Outdoors

St. Martin Parish
1015 Amy St (next to the Henderson town hall)
Henderson, LA 70517
Sponsors include LWAA

Beauregard Parish
First Baptist Church of Deridder
2030 US-171
DeRidder, LA 70634
Sponsors include Beauregard Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited

Lafourche Parish
Galliano Fire Station District 3
1762 West Main St
Galliano, LA 70354
Sponsors include Renovation Hardware in Cut Off

Tangipahoa Parish
Manchac Fire Department
30221 US-51
Akers, LA 70421
Sponsors include Reno Seafood and Manchac Boat Club

Ascension Parish
Cabela’s of Gonzales
2200 W Cabela's Parkway
Gonzales, LA 70737
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be teaching this class.
Sponsors include Cabela’s of Gonzales.

St. Tammany Parish
St. Tammany Parish Library Madisonville Branch
1123 Main St
Madisonville, LA 70447
Sponsors include LWAA and Raising Canes.

LDWF Agents Make Drug Arrest in Morehouse Parish

Release Date: 03/23/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested two men for alleged drug and fishing violations on March 19 in Morehouse Parish.

Agents arrested John D. Lucero, 55, of Crossett, Ark., and Brian P. Griffis, 32, of Bastrop, for possession of methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia.  Lucero was also arrested for taking over the limit of black bass, angling without a non-resident fishing license, violating license revocation, expired boat registration and failing to comply with personal flotation device (PFD) requirements.

Agents observed Lucero and Griffis fishing from a vessel in Bayou Bartholomew in Ouachita City.  Agents made contact and conducted license compliance checks.  Lucero did not have a valid fishing license, was under revocation in Louisiana from buying a fishing license, and is currently a resident of Arkansas.  Lucero’s vessel also did not have any PFDs and had an expired boat registration.

Upon further investigation, agents determined that Lucero had taken 11 black bass putting him one over the daily limit.

Agents subsequently found both subjects to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Possession of methamphetamine carries up to a $5,000 fine and five years in jail.  Possession of drug paraphernalia brings up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.  Angling without a non-resident fishing license, violating license revocation and possessing over the limit of bass each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Possessing expired boat registration and failing to comply with PFD requirements each carry up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

Both subjects were booked into the Morehouse Parish Jail.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. James Hagan, Senior Agent John Hattaway, and Senior Agent Ray Ellerbe.

Body of Port Barre Man Recovered from Toledo Bend

Release Date: 03/21/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents recovered the body of a Port Barre man on March 20 from Toledo Bend in Sabine Parish.

LDWF agents found the unresponsive body of Philip D. LeBlanc, 71, in the Pirates Cove area of Toledo Bend around 6 p.m.  Agents then transported LeBlanc to the Pirates Cove Marina where medical personnel pronounced him dead at the scene.  His body was turned over to the Sabine Parish Coroner’s office to determine an official cause of death.

Agents were called to the scene around 4:30 p.m. after being notified of an unmanned vessel.

Agents learned that a witness observed LeBlanc fishing in the area from the front deck of his vessel.  Moments later the witness saw the same vessel without LeBlanc in the vessel.  The witness then made contact with the 21 foot vessel and found the trolling motor on without an operator on board.  The witness was able to call authorities to begin searching for LeBlanc in the water.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this fatal boating incident.  LeBlanc was recovered without a personal flotation device.

Six Alabama Men Cited for Closed Season Shrimping in St. Bernard Parish

Release Date: 03/21/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited six men for alleged illegal shrimping on March 17 in St. Bernard Parish.

Agents cited, William Byrd, 42, Jobie Nelson, 38, Jack Harmon, 39, Joseph Nelson, 40, all of Grand Bay Ala., Derek Bateman, 29, of Coden, Ala., and Joshua Sprinkle, 30, of Irvington, Ala., for taking shrimp in state waters during a closed season.

Agents observed the six men onboard two separate vessels actively trawling for shrimp inside state waters ten miles inside the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet.  Agents boarded the vessels and found harvested shrimp on board as well as shrimp in the trawls. Agents seized 1,450 pounds of shrimp onboard, which were subsequently sold at the dock.

Shrimping during a closed shrimp season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  In addition to any and all other penalties, for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer, and butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction.  During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer, or butterfly net, only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible to LDWF.  The court shall also sentence the violator to perform 40 hours of community service.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. David Nunez, Sgts Mike Garrity, and Keith Francis, Senior Agents Richard Clark, Travis Bartlett, Kyle Haydel, Jason Gernados and Blaine Wagner.

Summerfield Man Arrested for Hunting Violations in Claiborne Parish

Release Date: 03/20/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a Summerfield man for alleged hunting violations this morning, March 20, in Claiborne Parish.

Agents arrested Zachary J. Verdin, 24, for hunting turkey during a closed season, failing to comply with turkey tagging requirements, and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.

Agents were on patrol this morning when they found a man trying to call turkeys into his area and possessing a 12 gauge shotgun.  After making contact with Verdin, he admitted to actively hunting turkey.  Turkey season doesn’t open until March 25.

After further questioning, Verdin also admitted to not tagging a turkey his son killed during the youth hunt on March 19.  He also confessed to killing three antlerless deer this past hunting season of which none were tagged or validated.

Verdin was arrested and booked into the Claiborne Parish Detention Center.

Hunting turkey during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to comply with turkey and deer tagging requirements each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.

Agents also seized Verdin’s 12-gauge shotgun and three turkey calls.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Jared McIver, Senior Agent Will Holomon, and Senior Agent Bryant Coburn.

Two Men Caught Shrimping In Closed Area

Release Date: 03/20/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two men for alleged illegal shrimping on March 17 in Iberia Parish.

Agents cited Hoang D. Nguyen, 55, of Katy, Texas, and Nile L. Franklin, 52, of Gretna, for taking shrimp in state waters during a closed season.

Agents observed the two men onboard a vessel actively trawling for shrimp inside state waters southeast of Marsh Island Refuge.  Agents boarded the vessel and found harvested shrimp on board as well as shrimp in the trawls.

Agents returned the shrimp from the trawls back to the water.  Agents also seized 3,409 pounds of sacked shrimp onboard, which were subsequently sold at the dock.

Shrimping during a closed shrimp season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  In addition to any and all other penalties, for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer, and butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction.  During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer, or butterfly net, only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible to LDWF.  The court shall also sentence the violator to perform 40 hours of community service.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Jesse Savoie, Sgt. Justin Sonnier, Sgt. David Sanford, and Senior Agent Nathan Vanya.

Friends of the Louisiana Whooping Crane Newsletter

Dear Friend of the Louisiana Whooping Cranes,



Please find the link below to the first quarterly newsletter for 2017. As always, we appreciate your continued support of our efforts to restore this important species to its historic Louisiana habitat.

One More Day to Submit LEEC Grant Applications

March 17, 2017 is the final day to submit applications for LEEC grants. Applications will be accepted via electronic submission only. See links to guidelines and applications for each category below.

 

Educator Grants - Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact Louisiana students - Those eligible: Accredited K-12 Louisiana schools - Maximum award: $1,000 for 1 teacher or $2,000 for a team

Guidelines: http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2017-2018-LEEC-Educator-Grant-Guidelines

Application:http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2017-2018-LEEC-Educator-Grant-Application

 

Professional Development Grants - Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact preservice and/or in-service educators in Louisiana - Those eligible: Louisiana education, state, or environmental agencies, colleges, universities, or 501(C)(3) nonprofit organizations - Maximum award: $2,500 – 

Guidelines: http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2017-2018-LEEC-Professional-Development-Grant-Guidelines

Application: http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2017-2018-LEEC-Professional-Development-Grant-Application

 

University Research Grants - Post-graduate research with a focus on environmental issues - Those eligible: Students attending Louisiana colleges or universities and who are working toward a Masters, Ph.D., or conducting Ph.D. research are eligible to apply on behalf of their school - Maximum award: $1,200 – 

Guidelines: http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2017-2018-LEEC-University-Research-Grant-Guidelines

Application: http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2017-2018-LEEC-University-Research-Grant-Application

 

Green Schools Grants - Supports projects designed to reduce a school’s environmental impact, reduce health disparities that can aggravate achievement gaps, and engage students in hands-on learning. Proposals to be considered are those that align with pillars found in the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Program: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/green-schools-pillars-and-elements - Those eligible: Accredited K-12 Louisiana schools - Maximum award: $5,000 - 

Guidelines: http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2017-2018-LEEC-Green-Schools-Grant-Guidelines

Application: http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2017-2018-LEEC-Green-Schools-Grant-Application

 

For more information on these grants or the 2017 Environmental Education State Symposium, visit our website at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec. Or contact: Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries vortego@wlf.la.gov.

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