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LDWF Agents Rescue Overdue Boater Near East Carroll Parish

Release Date: 02/21/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents successfully rescued an overdue boater last night, Feb. 20, in the Mississippi River near East Carroll Parish.

Agents received a report around 4 p.m. of an overdue boater on the Mississippi River in the Bunches Bend Cutoff area about 10 miles north of Lake Providence.  Agents responded to the area and were able to use the services of a local pilot to locate the overdue boater from the air.

Agents arrived to the coordinates given by the pilot around 6:30 p.m. and found the missing 81 year old Oak Grove man with severe injuries and a damaged vessel.  Agents were able to stabilize the man and transport him to the nearest boat launch where an ambulance was waiting to transport him to a local hospital.

Agents believe the operator of the vessel hit a tree making the vessel inoperable and leaving the operator with severe injuries to the face and body.  The man is expected to make a full recovery at this time.

Three Louisiana Men Cited for Red and Black Drum Violations

Release Date: 02/21/2018

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agent cited three Louisiana men for alleged fishing violations in Plaquemines Parish on Feb. 15.

The agent cited David Lee Kimbrough Jr., 46 of Kenner, Michael Bazile Jr., 44, of New Orleans, and Devin Reynolds, 24, of Kenner, for possessing over the limit of red drum and taking undersized red drum.  Kimbrough Jr. was also cited for taking undersized black drum.  Bazile and Reynolds were also cited for angling without basic and saltwater licenses.

While on patrol, an LDWF agent observed the three men actively fishing from the bank around Port Sulphur.  During a license and creel check the agent discovered that Bazile and Reynolds did not possess basic and saltwater fishing licenses.

The agent found Kimbrough Jr. in possession of 38 red drum, of which 16 were undersized, and two undersized black drum.  The agent also found Bazile Jr. in possession of eight undersized red drum and Reynolds in possession of 11 red drum, of which two were undersized.

Licensed anglers are allowed five red drum and five black drum per day with a minimum size limit of 16 inches.

Taking over the limit of red drum, taking undersized red drum and taking undersized black drum each carry a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Possessing over 10 red drum brings a $400 to $950 fine and 120 days in jail.  Angling without basic and saltwater fishing licenses each bring up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

The men may also face civil restitution for the replacement value of the fish totaling $878 for Kimbrough, $211 for Bazile Jr., and $291 for Reynolds.

LEEC eNews Bulletin: Join Us This Weekend at the Symposium

Please join us this Saturday at the Baton Rouge Marriott for the 2018 Environmental Education State Symposium. This annual event brings together formal and non-formal educators from every corner of Louisiana and surrounding states to sharpen our environmental education skills.

 

The theme this year is “Green STEM” and many of the presentations will highlight the exciting possibilities for education where science, technology, engineering and mathematics meet environmental concepts.

 

If you plan on attending and have not yet registered, you have two options. To pay by credit card, use the pre-registration form on the symposium webpage. To pay by check, visit the registration desk on site beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday.

 

For more information visit http://www.wlf.la.gov/louisiana-environmental-education-symposium or contact Thomas Gresham at tgresham@wlf.la.gov.

 

 

Agent Observes Illegal Fish Transaction in Terrebonne Parish

Release Date: 02/14/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two men for their roles in an alleged illegal fish buying and selling transaction in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents cited Patrick Percle, 55, of Schriever, on Feb. 5 for purchasing game fish and buying fish from an unlicensed dealer.  Agents also cited Timmy Autin, 56, of Houma, on Feb. 9 for selling or buying fish without a wholesale/retail license, failing to maintain records, selling or purchasing game fish, selling undersized fish, and buying commercial fish from an unlicensed dealer.

An Agent on patrol on Feb. 5 observed a truck belonging to Percle with multiple ice chests in the bed parked at a gas station on the corner of Hwy. 20 and North Main Project Road in Schriever.  The agent then noticed Autin approach the truck and pour ice and fish into the ice chests in the bed of Percle’s truck.  The agent then observed Percle hand Autin money.

The agent then followed Percle as he left the gas station and stopped his vehicle.  During questioning, Percle admitted to the agent that he purchased red drum and crabs for $50.  The agent counted 22 red drum in the cooler of which 20 were undersized and six dozen crabs.

On Feb. 9, agents met with Autin where he admitted to buying the fish and crabs from another person and then called Percle to sell the fish and crabs to him.

Agents seized the fish and donated them to a local charity and returned the crabs back to the water.

Selling or purchasing game fish and buying commercial fish from an unlicensed dealer each carries a $350 to $500 and 30 days in jail for each offense.

Selling or buying fish without a wholesale/retail license, failing to maintain records, and selling undersized fish each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.

Three Restaurants Caught Selling Swai Fish as Catfish

Release Date: 02/14/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited three restaurant managers on Jan. 26 in central Louisiana for allegedly selling swai fish as catfish.

Agents cited Robert Fant, 63, of Pineville, Mollie McDowell, 27, of Pineville, and Michael Rhodes, 39, of Pineville, for selling swai fish as catfish to their customers.

Agents received a tip that the Rosie Joe’s restaurant in Alexandria and the Crazy Cajun restaurant in Tioga were selling swai fish as catfish.  Agents performed an inspection of both restaurants and found that catfish was listed on the menu and found swai fish in the freezer.  Agents cited McDowell and Fant as a result of these restaurant inspections.

Agents also learned that the same practice occurs at the Debarge’s Crawfish restaurant in Alexandria and cited Rhodes.

Selling swai fish as catfish brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

LDWF Agent Arrests Man for Crabbing and Criminal Violations

Release Date: 02/08/2018

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agent arrested a St. Bernard man for alleged criminal and commercial fishing violations on Feb. 6 in St. Bernard Parish.

Agent arrested Michael L. Diaz III, 23, for resisting an officer, taking commercial fish without commercial fishing and vessel licenses, using crab traps without required markings, violating crab trap ring requirements, and intentional littering.

The agent was on patrol in Bayou La Loutre when he observed Diaz III actively fishing crab traps.  The agent approached Diaz III to conduct a commercial license compliance check and commercial fish inspection.

During the inspection, Diaz III was unable to present commercial fishing and vessel licenses.  Diaz III also possessed multiple untagged crab traps, which he admitted to fishing prior to placing into his vessel.  The untagged crab traps were also absent of a third escape ring required during commercial fishing.

When told he would need to release his crabs back into the water, Diaz III threw the crabs and basket into the bayou.  During the Agents encounter with Diaz III, He ignored Agents lawful commands to exit his vessel and became non-compliant.

The agent with assistance from St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were then able to detain and arrest Diaz III and book him into the St. Bernard Parish Jail.

Taking commercial fish without commercial fishing and vessel licenses each carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Violating crab trap escape ring requirements and using crab traps without required markings each carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

Littering carries up to a $500 fine and serving eight hours in a litter abatement work program.  Resisting an officer brings up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.

St. Bernard Crabber Cited for Numerous Violations

Release Date: 02/08/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a St. Bernard man for alleged crabbing violations on Feb. 5, 2018.

Agents cited Lynn L. Alfonso, 41, for using crab traps without required markings, violating crab trap escape ring requirements, and taking commercial fish without a vessel license.

The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office also cited Alfonso and his deckhand for criminal trespassing.

Authorities observed Alfonso in the Point a La Hache area checking crab traps on private property.  Alfonso was also using crab traps without tags and with less than the required three escape rings.

Using crab traps without the required markings and violating crab trap escape ring requirements each bring a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking commercial fish without a vessel license carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Criminal trespassing brings a $100 to $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

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