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Three Terrebonne Fishermen Cited For Oyster Violations

Release Date: 06/01/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited two subjects for alleged oyster violations in Terrebonne Parish on May 31.

While on patrol near Bay Moncleus located in Terrebonne Parish agents found a vessel dredging for oysters from a private lease without the lease owner's permission.

Agents cited Jose Florentina Flores-Vega, 38, Jose Felix Flores-Vega, 27, and Jace Rodriguez Cervantes, 27, all from Houma for unlawfully taking oysters from a private lease and failure to have written permission.

Agents returned 15 sacks of oysters to the water and seized the vessel and dredges under an LDWF seizure order.

Unlawfully taking oysters from a private lease brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail plus forfeiture of anything seized.  Failure to have written permission carries a $400 to $900 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 involved in the case are Senior Agent Thomas Wolf and Senior Agent Mike Williams.

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Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. Issued $9,600 in Rewards At Meeting

Release Date: 05/26/2016

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. (LOGT), a Louisiana wildlife crime-stoppers program, awarded $9,600 to diligent citizens statewide at their quarterly meeting on May 21 in Woodworth.

The LOGT board reviewed a total of 20 cases that included public tips from informants.  A total of 30 subjects were apprehended and a total of 329 offenses were written in regards to the reviewed cases.

The cases reviewed and awarded money to the public for their assistance consisted of nine turkey cases, eight deer cases, two fish cases and one small game case.

Anyone wishing to report wildlife or fisheries violations should anonymously call LDWF’s 24-hour toll free Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or utilize LDWF's tip411 program.  To use the tip411 program, tipsters can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone and Android apps.

LOGT was instituted in 1984 and provides cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of violators of fish and wildlife regulations.  Funds are raised through private donations, court directed contributions and through contributions from cooperative endeavor agreements with organizations such as the National Wild Turkey Federation and Quality Deer Management Association.

To make a donation to the LOGT that can be used for cash rewards, please contact Lt. Will Roberts at

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Four Cited for Recreational Shrimping Violations

Release Date: 05/23/2016

Louisiana Department Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited four people for alleged recreational shrimping violations on May 21 in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents cited Tony Bella, 28, of Bourg, Percy Michel, 28, of Thibodaux, Necole Hello, 32, of Thibodaux, and Courtney Boquet, 26, of Bourg, for possessing over the legal limit of shrimp and intentional concealment of fish.

After receiving complaints about potential over the limit of shrimping taking place in the Robinson Canal area, agents found the four subjects catching over their limit and removing the catch from the fishing grounds to a nearby residence.

Agents obtained information that Bella and Michel were casting netting for shrimp at Robinson Canal in lower Terrebonne Parish.  The agents also discovered that Hello and Boquet would remove shrimp from the fishing area for Bella and Michel and bring the shrimp to a nearby residence so they would not have over their allotted limit.

Agents made contact with the female subjects at the residence in Montegut and found they had 328 pounds of shrimp.  Agents with the assistance of the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office (TPSO) were able to stop Bella and Michel from cast netting at Robinson Canal.

The recreational limit for shrimp on May 21 was 50 pounds a day per vessel or vehicle.

Agents seized the shrimp and sold them for market value.  Possession of recreational over the limit of shrimp brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Intentional concealment of fish carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case are Senior Agent Dean Aucoin and Thomas Wolf along with the assistance from the TPSO.

Louisiana Safe Boating Week Set For May 21-27

Release Date: 05/20/2016

The state of Louisiana has issued a proclamation that recognizes May 21-27 as “Safe Boating Week” in Louisiana, which signifies the beginning of the spring and summer boating season.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will again be reminding all boaters to be safe, responsible and knowledgeable while on the water during this safe boating week.  Safe Boating Week is a time for all boaters to inspect their vessels to ensure that all required safety equipment is on board and that vessels are in good working condition.

LDWF Enforcement Division agents will be out in full force as always during the week to perform boating safety checks and driving or operating a vessel while intoxicated (DWI) patrols.

Each vessel should have enough personal flotation devices (PFD) on board for all occupants and a sober operator.  LDWF regulations also state that anyone 16 years of age and younger must wear a PFD while underway in vessels less than 26 foot long.  For more boating and PFD regulations, please visit

Alcohol use is one of the leading causes of boating crash incidents and fatalities on the water.  Alcohol consumption impairs a boater's judgment, balance, vision and reaction time.  The penalties for DWI on the water are the same as on the road.  Anyone cited for a DWI on the water or on the road will lose his or her driver's license and boating privileges for the specified time ordered by the judge in the case.

LDWF also wants to remind anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 that they are required to successfully complete a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) boating education course to operate a motorboat over 10 horsepower.  LDWF offers these classes free of charge statewide.  For a list of courses, please visit

In 2015 Louisiana reported 22 boating fatalities.  In 2013 and 2014 Louisiana reported 15 and 18 fatalities, which were the lowest and second lowest boating fatalities ever recorded for Louisiana.  So far in 2016 Louisiana has reported six fatalities.

LEEC eNews Bulletin: Green School Workshop Opportunity

Come join us June 15, 11:00-1:30 at Westdale Heights Academic Magnet School for a luncheon on green schools where we'll discuss the green school movement and the academic and economic opportunities going green brings. This is a great opportunity for teachers and schools interested in implementing green initiatives to network with individuals and organizations that can help make your green school initiatives a reality. You'll also learn how your school can apply to be a Green Ribbon School and hear from current honorees. The Green Ribbon School award is a national recognition from the U.S. Department of Education. Last year four schools earned the first such recognition for Louisiana.

A light lunch and refreshments will be provided by Aramark.

Registration is free, and can be found at

Please contact Brian Gautreau,, or Sandra Lizcano,, for additional info.

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