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Four Men Cited for Fishing Violations in Jefferson Parish

Release Date: 04/19/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents citied four subjects for alleged fishing violations in two separate cases in Jefferson Parish on April 17.

Agents cited Arthur Borchgrevink, 71, from Metairie, and Rudy Mirandone Jr., 73, from Bay St. Louis, Miss., for taking over the daily limit of spotted sea trout.  Agents also cited Sidney Frechou III, 62, from Pearl River, for taking over the daily limit and possession limit of spotted sea trout, and John Dandry Jr., 60, from Metairie, for not possessing basic fishing and saltwater fishing licenses.

Agents received over the limit of sea trout complaints in Lake Pontchartrain and responded to the area.  Agents stopped a vessel with Borchgrevink and Mirandone Jr. and found them in possession of 43 spotted sea trout.  After further investigation, agents found an additional 59 spotted sea trout in their vehicle that had also been caught that morning.

Shortly thereafter agents stopped a vessel containing Frechou III and Dandry Jr. and found them in possession of 50 spotted sea trout.  Further investigation revealed that Dandry Jr. possessed an additional 52 spotted sea trout that were taken over a multiple day period of which he caught 27 in one of those days.  Frechou III also did not possess basic fishing and saltwater fishing licenses.

The daily bag limit for spotted sea trout is 25 per person for this area.  The possession limit of spotted seatrout is twice the daily bag limit on land, however no person shall be in possession of spotted sea trout over the daily bag limit in any one day or while fishing or while on the water.  This put Borchgrevink and Mirandone Jr. 52 over their daily limit.  It also put Dandry Jr. 27 spotted seatrout over his possession limit and two spotted seatrout over one of his daily limits.

Angling without basic fishing and saltwater fishing licenses each carry a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail for each offense.  Taking over the daily limit of spotted sea trout brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Taking over the possession limit of spotted sea trout carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

Borchgrevink and Mirandone Jr. may also face a civil restitution penalty totaling $1,506 for the illegally possessed fish.  Dandry Jr. may also face a civil restitution penalty totaling $782 for the illegally possessed fish.  Frechou III may also face a civil restitution penalty totaling $724 for the illegally possessed fish.

Agents involved in the case are Senior Agent Gary Pierce, Senior Agent Patrick Dempsey and Senior Agent Jeffrey Farmer.

LEEC Special eNews Bulletin: 2017 LEEC Grants Finalists Announced

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission is pleased to announce the 2017 LEEC Grants Program finalists. We are looking forward to seeing the positive effects these worthy projects have in their schools and communities.

Thanks to all of our applicants and congratulations, finalists!

2017 LEEC Grants Program FINALISTS

Last Name

First Name

School/ Organization

Project Title

Number Impacted

 Funding Potential 

Educator Grants

Lemoine

Joanna

St. Aloysius School

3D Animal Adaptations

120

 $1,999.00 

Perilloux

Cynthia

Albany Middle School

Environmental Education through Art

35

 $993.00 

Green School Grants

Guillory

Alexis

Plaisance Elementary School

The Indian’s Environmental Stewardship Initiative

225

 $3,509.00 

Sullivan

Jeanell

Lusher Charter School

Operation Plastic Reduction

110

 $ 4,958.00 

Turner

Steven

Covington High School

High School Nature Trail

1500

 $5,000.00 

Professional Development Grants

Kleiner

Heather

Sci-Port Discovery Center

Watershed to the Red

12

 $2,312.00 

Krouse

Stephanie

Academic Distinction Fund

First Time Foresters

20

 $2,500.00 

LeBlanc

Tricia

Audubon Nature Institute

Discovering the Wonders of Nature

20

 $2,150.00 

May-Brett

Jean

Louisiana Science Teachers Association

The New LSSS for the Informal Science Educator 

25

$2000.00

University Research Grants

Barrett

Shelby

Southeastern Louisiana University

Growth Responses of Three Wetland Plant Species to Various Levels of Flooding and Nutrients

1

 $   1,200.00 

Blanchard

Matthew

Louisiana State University 

Long-term population dynamics of an old-growth longleaf pine population

1

 $     800.00 

Faldyn

Matthew

Louisiana State University

Impacts of climate change - The roles of abiotic and biotic interactions on community-dynamics in the monarch butterfly system

1

 $   1,200.00 

Formel

Stephen

Tulane University

Differential Gene Expression in Roots of Spartina alterniflora under Oil Pollution Stress

1

 $   1,200.00 

Geary

Brock

Tulane University

Social and environmental information use by foraging brown pelicans

1

 $   1,109.00 

Harms

Nathan

Louisiana State University

Biological control at a range margin: interactions between multiple agents and host genotypes

1

 $    1,191.00 

Harman

Rachel

Louisiana State University

Individual and Density Dependent Movement of an Insect within a Patch, Matrix, and at the Border

1

$     1,200.00

Hebert

John

Tulane University

Migration Stopover Ecology of the Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) in the Northern Gulf of Mexico

1

$    1,200.00

Jones

Hollis

Louisiana State University

Biomarker of resilience in Crassostrea virginica

1

$       958.00

Kent

Cody

Tulane University

Population Genetics of a Migratory Bird Population

1

$     1,128.00

Preston

Devin

University of New Orleans

Temporal heterogeneity as a driver of microevolution of plasticity in thermotolerance in the differential grasshopper

1

$   1,200.00

Radunzel-Davis

Lorissa

Louisiana State University

Impact of Soil Microbes on Cogongrass Growth in Native and Non-Native Soil

1

$  1,200.00

Reiman

Jeremy

Louisiana State University

Determination of carbon sources in the Mississippi-Atchafalaya River System

1

$  1,200.00

Steele

Christen

Tulane University

Interacting effects of disease and non-native milkweed species on the behavior and survival of monarch butterflies

1

$   1,080.00

Umlang

Lance

Louisiana State University

Effects of hurricanes, in the context of ongoing sea level rise, on plant communities in coastal transitions

1

$       807.00

Wang

Bo

Louisiana State University

Assessment of sand storage of large channel bars in the Lower Mississippi River

1

$  1,200.00

Weidow

Elliot

University of New Orleans

Diversity in an invasive plant: a historic and contemporary perspective

1

$   1,200.00

 

 

 

 

2084

 $ 44,494.00 

 

LW1-17 Hatches Successfully

LW1-17 Hatches Successfully
LW1-17 Hatches Successfully
LW1-17 Hatches Successfully
The following was announced on the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries-Whooping Crane Facebook page April 13th. We wanted to make sure that all our friends of the Louisiana whooping cranes were aware of this exciting news. Thank you as always for your continued support of the Louisiana whooping crane project.
 
On April 13th, 2017 LDWF welcomed wild-hatched LW1-17 into the world! This chick hatched from an egg produced by captive adults at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Maryland. LDWF received the egg and it was switched into a nest in Avoyelles Parish. Pair L7-11 and L8-11 have nested twice every year since 2014, but so far, have only produced infertile eggs. This, and the fact that they are excellent incubators, made them good candidates to receive a fertile captive produced egg. This year, the timing of their renest and the hatch date of an early laid captive egg coincided perfectly to give these two cranes a chance at working on their parenting skills! On 12 April, L7-11 and L8-11's two eggs were removed from their nest and the pipped (hatching) egg was swapped in. The adults returned to incubate quickly once we had exited the marsh. The two eggs removed were placed into an incubator allowing staff to monitor them for development, although they are likely infertile based on the pairs history. On the morning of the 13th, a call was received from the crawfish farmer that the chick had hatched! Although this chicks biological parent are captive, it is still considered "wild-hatched" and is now known as LW1-17! After years of trying to hatch their own eggs, L7-11 and L8-11 finally have a chick. We hope that their excellent incubation skills will transfer into excellent parenting skills, and that LW1-17 will remain in the population for years to come!
 

Two Cited For Taking Closed Season Shrimp in St. Bernard Parish

Release Date: 04/17/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two subjects for alleged closed season shrimping violations on April 17 in St. Bernard Parish.

Agents cited Ricky R. Robin, 63, of St. Bernard, and Jonathan Gould, 36, of Violet, for using trawls for shrimp during a closed shrimp season.  Agents observed the men actively shrimping in the Bay Eloi area around 6 a.m.

The Louisiana spring inshore shrimp season is currently closed in this area.  Agents seized 25 pounds of shrimp and returned them to the water.

Using trawls during a closed shrimp season carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Additionally, if convicted the men could be sentenced to harvest shrimp only from a vessel with an approved vessel monitoring system monitored by LDWF.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Jason Gernados and Sgt. Villere Reggio.

Venue Change at One of the Courses for Boating Education Lagniappe Day on April 22

Release Date: 04/12/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) seventh annual "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" on April 22 had to make a venue change at one of the nine locations.

The class originally scheduled for Cabela’s of Gonzales has been changed to Bass Pro Shop of Denham Springs.  All other eight original locations for this year’s Lagniappe Day remain unchanged.

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.

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.

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

Livingston Parish
Bass Pro Shop of Denham Springs
175 Bass Pro Blvd
Denham Springs, LA 70726
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be teaching this class.
Sponsors include Bass Pro Shop of Denham Springs

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

Body of Pineville Man Recovered from Indian Creek Reservoir

Release Date: 04/11/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents are investigating a fatal boating incident that occurred on April 10 in Rapides Parish.

The body of Orlando Banks, 18, of Pineville, was recovered from the Indian Creek Reservoir around 5:30 p.m. by emergency personnel.

According to witnesses, Banks was one of four people in a vessel as they approached a rope swing on the bank around 2:30 p.m.  One of the occupants on the vessel jumped into the water and swam to shore near the rope swing.

At this time, Banks then jumped into the water and struggled to stay afloat before being submerged.  The occupants of the vessel and the person on the bank unsuccessfully attempted to find Banks and get him out of the water.

The occupants on the boat were able to call for help.  Banks’ body was found in about 12 feet of water about 40 feet from the bank of the reservoir.

Two Cited For Taking Closed Season Shrimp in Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 04/10/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two subjects for allegedly using skimmers for shrimp during a closed season on April 8.

Agents cited John Berthelot, 37, of Covington, and Juan Cruz, 38, of Marrero, at for using skimmers during a closed season.  Agents also cited Berthelot for improper navigation lights.

Agents found the men actively shrimping in the English Bay area of Buras without navigation lights on around 10:30 p.m.

The Louisiana spring inshore shrimp season is currently closed.  Agents seized 15 pounds of shrimp and returned them to the water.

Using skimmers during a closed season carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Additionally, if convicted the men could be sentenced to harvest shrimp only from a vessel with an approved vessel monitoring system monitored by LDWF.  Improper navigation lights carries a $50 fine and up to 15 days of jail.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Adam Young and Sgt. Villere Reggio.

Chatham Man Cited for Hunting Over a Baited Area

Release Date: 04/10/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Chatham man for alleged turkey hunting violations on April 9 in Jackson Parish.

Agents cited Michael Chatham, 59, for hunting turkeys over a baited area and failing to comply with turkey tagging requirements.

Agents received an anonymous tip about a man hunting over a baited area who also harvested a turkey on March 25.  After further investigation, agents were able to determine the specific area and set up surveillance on the morning of April 9.

While observing the baited area, agents spotted Chatham actively hunting the area for well over an hour.  Agents then made contact with Chatham and he confessed to harvesting the turkey on March 25 without tagging the turkey.

Hunting turkeys over a baited area carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with turkey tagging requirements brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Wesley Duck, Sgt. Bear Fletcher, Sgt. Lee Tarver, Senior Agent John Hattaway, Senior Agent David Nelson, and Senior Agent Jay Wilson.

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