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White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area 2011 Teal Season Lottery Announced

Release Date: 07/15/2011

July 15, 2011-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for the 2011 lottery teal hunts on the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish.

Available dates include Saturday, Sept. 10; Sunday, Sept. 11; Tuesday, Sept. 13; Thursday, Sept. 15; Saturday, Sept. 17; Sunday, Sept. 18; Wednesday, Sept. 21; Saturday, Sept. 24; and Sunday, Sept. 25.

Persons 18 years of age or older can apply and only one application per hunter will be accepted. Applications are available on the LDWF Web site at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts or by writing to the LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attention: White Lake WCA Teal Season Lottery Hunts, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898.

Completed applications must be received by close of business on Aug. 18, 2011. A $5 non-refundable administration fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to the LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries must accompany each application.

Each applicant who is selected will be allowed to bring one additional hunter as a guest. All hunters must have appropriate licenses, including a basic hunting license (or Louisiana Sportsman's Paradise license), a Louisiana duck license, federal duck stamp and HIP permit.

Successful applicants will be notified by mail and required to submit an additional check or money order for $250 per hunt party. Applications are non-transferrable.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information on White Lake WCA teal season lottery hunts, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-479-1894 or sweeneykw@bellsouth.net .

L.D.W.F. Announces Shrimp Season Closures, Map Corrections

Release Date: 07/15/2011

L.D.W.F. Announces Shrimp Season Closures, Map Corrections
L.D.W.F. Announces Shrimp Season Closures, Map Corrections
L.D.W.F. Announces Shrimp Season Closures, Map Corrections

 

The earlier maps posted to the LDWF website did not include additional areas near Lake Borgne and in Calcasieu Lake that will close to shrimping.

July 15, 2011 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2011 spring inshore shrimp season in portions of Shrimp Management Zones 1 and 3 and all of Zone 2 will close at 6 a.m. Monday, July 18. 

Effective with this shrimp season closure, all state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line, westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line will be closed to shrimp harvesting with the exception of the following areas:

  • Lake Pontchartrain, Rigolets Pass, Chef Menteur Pass, the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), that part of Lake Borgne seaward of a line extending one-half mile from the shoreline, and that portion of Mississippi Sound beginning at a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 09 minutes 39.6 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence due south to a point at 30 degrees 05 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence southeasterly to a point on the western shore of Three-Mile Pass at 30 degrees 03 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 22 minutes 23.0 seconds west longitude; thence northeasterly to a point on Isle Au Pitre at 30 degrees 09 minutes 20.5 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 11 minutes 15.5 seconds west longitude, which is a point on the double–rig line as described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2; thence northerly along the double–rig line to a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 12 minutes 37.9056 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 10 minutes 57.9725 seconds west longitude; thence westerly along the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary to the point of beginning, and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line.
  • That portion of the Calcasieu Ship Channel originating at a line between Channel Markers 85 and 86 southward to a point originating along the inside/outside shrimp line at Calcasieu Pass as described in LA R.S.56:495(A) and including East Pass from its origin at the Calcasieu Ship Channel to the south end of Calcasieu Lake and West Pass from its origin at the Calcasieu Ship Channel to the south end of West Cove, and that portion of Cameron Parish west of Calcasieu Lake and the Calcasieu Ship Channel.

State waters in Zones 1 and 3, in which the spring inshore shrimp season has been extended, as well as all state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line will remain open to shrimp harvesting until further notice with the exception those areas closed to recreational and commercial fishing due to the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig accident. 

These waters were closed to protect an increased quantity of juvenile shrimp, indicated by recent biological sampling.   

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and   protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more  information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at   www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF. 

For more information please contact Marty Bourgeois at mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov or (225)765-2401.  For press inquiries please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225)610-2363.

Commercial Fishing for Large Coastal Sharks to Close in Louisiana Waters

Release Date: 07/14/2011

 

July 14, 2011 – Today the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced commercial fishing for large coastal sharks will close in Louisiana waters on July 17, 2011, at 11:30 p.m. 

This closure was made by LDWF Secretary Robert Barham under the authority given by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, which allows the secretary to declare a closed season.  The National Marine Fisheries Service will also close the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico at the same time.

At this time, no date has been set for the reopening of the commercial large coastal shark fishery in Louisiana waters.

During the closed season, all commercial harvest, possession, purchase, exchange, barter, sale or attempt to purchase, exchange, barter, trade, or sell large coastal sharks or their fins is prohibited.

The large coastal shark group is composed of the great hammerhead, scalloped hammerhead, smooth hammerhead, nurse, blacktip, bull, lemon, sandbar, silky, spinner and tiger sharks.

Vessels that have been issued or possess a federal shark research permit may continue to operate under the conditions of that permit, which includes the presence of designated NOAA Fisheries observers aboard the vessel for the duration of the trip, until the quota for the federal shark research fishery is achieved.

Louisiana harvesters land approximately 68 percentage of the annual quota for large coastal shark species according to recent statistics. 

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and  protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter@LDWF.

For more information contact Jason Adriance at (504) 284-2032 or jadriance@wlf.la.gov.  For press inquiries contact Laura Wooderson at (225) 610-2363 or lwooderson@wlf.la.gov.

L.D.W.F. Announces Shrimp Season Closures

Release Date: 07/14/2011

Maps originally posted with this news release were incorrect. Corrected maps will be posted soon.

July 14, 2011 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2011 spring inshore shrimp season in portions of Shrimp Management Zones 1 and 3 and all of Zone 2 will close at 6 a.m. Monday, July 18. 

Effective with this shrimp season closure, all state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line, westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line will be closed to shrimp harvesting with the exception of the following areas:

  • Lake Pontchartrain, Rigolets Pass, Chef Menteur Pass, the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), that part of Lake Borgne seaward of a line extending one-half mile from the shoreline, and that portion of Mississippi Sound beginning at a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 09 minutes 39.6 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence due south to a point at 30 degrees 05 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence southeasterly to a point on the western shore of Three-Mile Pass at 30 degrees 03 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 22 minutes 23.0 seconds west longitude; thence northeasterly to a point on Isle Au Pitre at 30 degrees 09 minutes 20.5 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 11 minutes 15.5 seconds west longitude, which is a point on the double–rig line as described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2; thence northerly along the double–rig line to a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 12 minutes 37.9056 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 10 minutes 57.9725 seconds west longitude; thence westerly along the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary to the point of beginning, and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line.
  • That portion of the Calcasieu Ship Channel originating at a line between Channel Markers 85 and 86 southward to a point originating along the inside/outside shrimp line at Calcasieu Pass as described in LA R.S.56:495(A) and including East Pass from its origin at the Calcasieu Ship Channel to the south end of Calcasieu Lake and West Pass from its origin at the Calcasieu Ship Channel to the south end of West Cove, and that portion of Cameron Parish west of Calcasieu Lake and the Calcasieu Ship Channel.

State waters in Zones 1 and 3, in which the spring inshore shrimp season has been extended, as well as all state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line will remain open to shrimp harvesting until further notice with the exception those areas closed to recreational and commercial fishing due to the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig accident. 

These waters were closed to protect an increased quantity of juvenile shrimp, indicated by recent biological sampling.   

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and   protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more  information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at   www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF. 

For more information please contact Marty Bourgeois at mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov or (225)765-2401.  For press inquiries please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225)610-2363.

2011 Peason Ridge W.M.A. Fall Turkey Hunt Lottery Announced

Release Date: 07/14/2011

July 14, 2011-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for 2011 fall turkey hunt lottery spots on the Peason Ridge Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Vernon Parish.

The available dates include a three-day and a four-day hunting period as follows:

Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 1 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday)

Oct. 2, 3, 4, 5 (Sunday through Wednesday)

The 150 available lottery spots will be awarded to 75 hunters for each of the two hunting periods. Only one application per hunter will be accepted and applications can be submitted individually, or as a group, with no more than five applications per group.

Applications and additional details on the application process are available on the LDWF Web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts and LDWF headquarters by writing to the LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attention: WMA Fall Turkey Lottery Hunt, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898. Completed applications must be received by close of business on Aug. 22, 2011. A $5 non-refundable administration fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries must accompany each application.

All hunters selected will be required to have all required LA hunting licenses, including 2011-12 turkey tags. Turkeys harvested during this fall season count as part of each hunter’s 2011-12 turkey season bag limit. Additionally, hunters selected will be required to obtain a Military Clearance Permit from the US Army, provided at no cost by the Fort Polk Game Warden Office.

A drawing will be held in late August and winning applicants will be notified by mail. Lottery permits issued are non-transferable and must be in the hunter’s possession while on the WMA each day of the hunt.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter@LDWF.

For more information on the fall turkey hunt lottery, call Jimmy Stafford at 225-765-2361 or jstafford@wlf.la.gov

Legislation Provides More Options for Property Owners Contending with Outlaw Quadrupeds, Nuisance Animals

Release Date: 07/14/2011

July 14, 2011 - Legislation passed during the 2011 Legislative Session, provides additional options for citizens to take outlaw quadrupeds (armadillos, coyotes, feral hogs) and nuisance animals (nutria and beaver.) The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reminds citizens that a valid Louisiana hunting license is required.
 
House Bill 294, signed into law by Governor Bobby Jindal as Act 95, makes it legal beginning Aug. 15, 2011, to take outlaw quadrupeds, nutria and beaver at night from March through August on private property with any legal firearm. Anyone taking part in these activities at night is required to notify the parish sheriff’s office 24 hours in advance of any such hunt.
 
Additionally, House Bill 169, signed into law by Governor Jindal as Act 29, allows the take of nuisance quadrupeds at night using sound suppressors on the firearm(s) utilized, beginning Aug. 15, 2011.  Anyone using such a weapon must have in possession a valid permit issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The use of sound suppressed weapons is restricted to the take of outlaw quadrupeds, including coyotes and feral hogs, from March through August on private property.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and  protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information,  visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF. 

For more information, contact John Robinette at 337-491-2576 or jrobinette@wlf.la.gov

Bogalusa Man Cited for Illegal Alligator Possession

Release Date: 07/13/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents issued a citation to a Bogalusa man for alleged illegal possession of an alligator on July 12.

Kevin Freeman, 40, was cited for illegally possessing an alligator during a closed season when agents found a 10 1/2 foot alligator on his property.

Freeman allegedly found a dead alligator on the banks of the Pearl River just north of Bogalusa in Washington Parish on July 12 and transported the alligator back to his residence.  The alligator had been caught on a setline and perished on the banks.

Agents are currently investigating this case to determine the identity of the person that originally rigged the setline during a closed alligator season.

Alligators are a protected species and may only be harvested and possessed by a licensed alligator hunter with valid alligator tags during an open season.

Illegal possession of an alligator during a closed season brings a $400 to $950 fine, and jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court cost and forfeiture of anything seized.  Freeman will also be assessed a civil restitution penalty of $375.80 for the value of the alligator.

LDWF agents Lt. Darryl Galloway and Senior Agent Lee Davis participated in the case.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

L.D.W.F. Closes Portion of Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge Due to Litter Problem

Release Date: 07/12/2011

 

July 12, 2011 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has closed a portion of Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge (SWR) due to litter problems created by recreational fishermen.

The water management control structure known locally as Mud Hole, in that portion of Rockefeller SWR within Cameron Parish, will be closed to the public until further notice.

Refuge regulations prohibit littering, which includes not returning bycatch of recreational cast-netting to the water. Public use of the site has led to an accumulation of bycatch fish (mostly menhaden) that has created unsanitary conditions and litter along the banks of a water control structure accessible only by boat.

The unsanitary conditions caused by decaying fish prompted the precautionary closure. Refuge staff and Enforcement Division staff closed the structure July 11 to begin debris and litter removal left by structure users.  This area of the refuge will remain closed until further notice to insure the area is once again safe for public use.

Refuge users are reminded that it is against refuge regulations to litter, including not returning by-catch to the water. Violators can receive a citation for failure to comply.  To report littering on Rockefeller SWR or any LDWF property, individuals are encouraged to report violators to Operation Game Thief at 1-800-442-2511.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, call Rockefeller SWR Refuge at 337-491-2593.

Workshops & Training Opportunities, Conferences, Grants, Employment Announcements, Public Meetings, and Resources

WORKSHOPS & TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Open Burn Workshops
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is sponsoring free workshops to assist fire departments, municipalities, and the general public with understanding air quality regulations concerning open burning. This session will give a basic overview of the regulations, as well as information about open burning do’s and don’ts. Please register to attend one of the sessions below:
• SHREVEPORT: TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011, 1PM-3PM
Mary Allen State Office Building, Room 34, 1525 Fairfield, Shreveport, LA 71101-4388
• WEST MONROE: WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011, 10AM-12PM
West Monroe Convention Center, Trenton Room, 901 Ridge Ave., West Monroe, LA 71291
• MANDEVILLE: TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011, 10AM-12PM
St. Tammany Parish Government, Council Chambers, 21490 Koop Drive, Mandeville, LA 70471
• LAFAYETTE: TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2011, 10AM-12PM
Lafayette Utilities System, Main Administrative Building, 1314 Walker Rd., Lafayette, LA 70506
• LAKE CHARLES: THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2011, 10AM-12PM
LSU AgCenter, 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles, LA 70607
• PINEVILLE: TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2011, 10AM-12PM
Main Street Community Center, 708 Main Street, Pineville, LA 71360
• HOUMA: TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2011, 10AM-12PM
Terrebonne Parish Library, 151 Library Dr. (or Civic Center Blvd.), Houma, LA 70360
• BATON ROUGE: THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 2011, 10AM-12PM
LDEQ Headquarters, Pensacola Room, 602 North 5th Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
If you would like to attend one of these workshops, you can register online at www.deq.louisiana.gov/enviroschool, or by faxing or mailing the attached registration form.

Coastal America –JASON Project, July 20 Webcast
This is to announce the joint Coastal America-JASON webcast at Coastal Zone2011. http://www.jason.org/science/live/coastal2/event.aspx. The biennial CZ conferences have always been a great opportunity to trade ideas on what works and what does not work in coastal zone management. This joint endeavor is an effort to capitalize on the CZ conference itself as a tool to generate interest and concern for our oceans and coasts among the general public and to translate that into action through the Coastal America Learning Center Network. This production is also an opportunity to help educate the public about what the National Ocean Policy means for our country. For more information, see www.coastalamerica.gov.
CZ 2011 Shedd Aquarium Public Day Broadcast Announcement
The JASON Project (www.jason.org), the Coastal America Partnership and the Learning Center Network want to invite you to join us online on Wednesday, July 20th for an exciting interactive webcast, coming to you live from the world’s largest international gathering of ocean and coastal management professionals! At Coastal Zone 2011, we’ll be part of the 17th biennial forum focusing on new strategies and tools for solving the challenges facing our world’s oceans, coasts and Great Lakes. We’ll be talking to renowned scientists and expert planners to learn more about some of those problems and how anyone can get involved in helping to protect the places we love in the ocean and on the coast. You’ll learn about the United States’ first ever National Ocean Policy, and hear from high school students who are already making a difference in safeguarding our planet. You’ll have an opportunity to ask the experts about the hottest ocean topics, including the BP Horizon Gulf Oil Spill, pollution, the health of our fisheries and the latest in how our climate is changing.


CONFERENCES

NSTA New Orleans Conference
The registration link http://www.nsta.org/conferences/2011new/registration.aspx for the NSTA November 10-12 is now posted. Notice Member Rate: LSTA members (and those of our southern neighbor associations) use the registration rate shown for a current NSTA member.
Please remember volunteering to work will provide a voucher at a reduced rate. However individuals with funding should pay the registration to show support of the association as we do for state conferences. Members paying full conference rate…early bird or otherwise…can still volunteer by contacting Jan G jlgraff@bellsouth.net  as shown in the LASER. If you plan to volunteer and use a voucher to reduce your registration costs DO NOT REGISTER now. NSTA will not refund registration money. You will need to connect with Jan on the number of hours you will be volunteering and later when the vouchers have been sent you will complete registration.

Announcement and Call for Papers for BASICS OF THE BASIN RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM – Commemorating 10 Years of Research!
A special session with be held to discuss the 2011 Bonnet Carre Spillway opening and the Mississippi River flood, Co-sponsored by OCPR. Research Summary deadline is July 22, 2011.
More information: http://www2.selu.edu/orgs/pbrp/BasicsoftheBasin2011.html
John Lopez (504) 421-7348, johnlopez@pobox.com or Nick Norton (985) 549-2923, nnorton@selu.edu
Meeting Date: October 27-29, 2011
Location: Southeastern Louisiana University Campus in Hammond, LA
Co-Hosted by: Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF), University of Southeastern Louisiana - Pontchartrain Basin Research Program (PBRP), Pontchartrain Restoration Program (PRP), United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Pontchartrain Research Committee (PRC), US Geological Survey (USGS), Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration (OCPR), and Tulane University


GRANTS

A grant announcement sponsored by the NOAA Climate Program Office was posted on Grants.gov last night.
Some of the Center's partners may be interested in this funding opportunity. Federal agencies or institutions are not eligible to receive federal assistance under this notice. Letters of intent (an optional process) are due by July 26, 2011.
Department of Commerce – Climate Program Office for FY 2012
Grant announcement – http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=103313

Gulf of Mexico Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program – FY12 Funding Opportunity
The National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Region is now seeking proposals under the Gulf of Mexico NOAA Bay-Watershed Education and Training (Gulf B-WET) Program. The full FY12 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) can be found at Grants.gov or the following Fisheries Service Southeast Regional Office URL: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/grants/B-Wet.htm. Applicants should apply through Grants.gov. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 14, 2011 to be considered for funding. Please see the FFO for all application details. Attached slides (with presenter's annotations) provide an overview of the program and the funding opportunity. The Gulf of Mexico B-WET program is an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning in the K-12 environment. Funded projects provide meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs) for students, related professional development for teachers, and help to support regional education and environmental priorities in the Gulf of Mexico.
For Information: Amy Clark, Gulf of Mexico B-WET Program Manager, Amy.Clark@noaa.gov, (228) 688-1520
Gulf of Mexico B-WET website: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/grants/B-Wet.htm
National B-WET website: http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/BWET/


EMPLOYMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Education Coordinator
GTM National Estuarine Research Reserve is currently accepting applications for its vacant Education Coordinator position (position# 37020557). The job announcement and application process can be found online at peoplefirst.myflorida.com.  All interested applicants must submit a State of Florida job Application online at peoplefirst.myflorida.com. In addition to applying online, applicants must submit a resume and letter of interest, which clearly demonstrates how the applicants previous work experience and training is applicable to the major duties of this position, postmarked by the deadline date to Janet Zimmerman, Assistant Manager, GTMNERR, 505 Guana River Rd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082. Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted. Deadline for applications is July 20, 2011.

Gulf Communications Manager
Full-time Marketing & Communications position located in New Orleans.
Learn More About the Department/Program: Ocean Conservancy’s Marketing & Communications team strives to inform, inspire and empower the public to take action. We pride ourselves on reaching key constituencies in new and innovative ways, building Ocean Conservancy’s brand promise via strategic partnerships and working with our program teams to win real changes that protect and promote ocean health.
Primary Responsibilities: The Communications Manager is responsible for leading media outreach and developing and implementing communications strategy for Ocean Conservancy’s Restoration and Fisheries work in the entire Gulf of Mexico region. As part of Ocean Conservancy’s Marketing & Communications Department, the Communications Manager works closely with Gulf Restoration and Fisheries program team members to achieve program and communications goals.
Required Qualifications: Degree in journalism, communications, public policy or other relevant field; track record of successful media outreach; strategic communications capacity and the ability to convey complex policy questions to the media and other key audiences; strong oral and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and function effectively as part of a team; demonstrated ability to work effectively in the Gulf of Mexico region
Apply For The Position: If you think you have what it takes to join Ocean Conservancy's team, please send a cover letter speaking to your qualifications and abilities to lead a growing exciting program with your resume and salary expectations to: jobs@oceanconservancy.org and note your name and "Gulf Communications Manager #1013" in the subject line. Ocean Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS

Louisiana’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan
The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) has announced a series of regional community meetings to share information about Louisiana’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan. Over the next few months, we will be developing the draft plan. Now is the time to come offer your ideas and learn about the state’s work. Join us as we make hard choices to secure our coast’s future.
            JUL 28    St. Bernard Parish Council Chambers, 8201 W Judge Perez Dr., Chalmette, LA – 5:00pm Open House; 5:30pm Meeting
            AUG 9      Larose Civic Center, 307 East 5th St., Larose, LA – 5:00pm Open House; 5:30pm Meeting
            AUG 10   Ward 7 Community Center, 5006 La. 56, Chauvin, LA – 6:00pm Open House; 7:00pm Meeting
            AUG 11   Morgan City Auditorium, 728 Myrtle St., Morgan City, LA– 5:00pm Open House; 5:30pm Meeting
            AUG 23   Abbeville Branch, Vermilion Parish Library, 405 E Saint Victor St., Abbeville, LA – 5:00pm Open House; 5:30pm Meeting
            AUG 24   Belle Chasse Auditorium, 8398 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, LA – 5:00pm Open House; 5:30pm Meeting
            AUG 30   Slidell Branch, St. Tammany Parish Public Library, 555 Robert Blvd., Slidell, LA – 5:00pm Open House; 5:30pm Meeting
            AUG 31   Lake Charles Civic Center, Contraband Room, 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA – 5:00pm Open House; 5:30pm Meeting
            SEP 1      Westbank Regional Public Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, LA – 5:00pm Open House; 5:30pm Meeting


RESOURCES

June 2011 LA Department of Wildlife & Fisheries Natural Areas Registry Newsletter is attached.

A Framework for K-12 Science Education
The framework completed by NRC will be available online at www.national-academies.org at 1:00 p.m. EDT on July 19.

Safe Boating Students Have Chance To Enter LSU Ticket Giveaway

Release Date: 07/12/2011

 

The Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association (LWAA) has purchased two Louisiana State University (LSU) football season tickets that will be raffled to students that attend selected safe boating classes.

The LWAA will randomly select six students who attend a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) safe boating course between July 13 and August 27.  Each of the six students selected will receive two tickets to one of LSU's home games this fall.

"This donation from the agents association was very generous and will help spur interest in our safe boating classes.  Anytime we can offer an incentive for people to take this very valuable class is a bonus as boating safety education is proven to save lives on the water," said LDWF Sec. Robert Barham.

Louisiana boaters born after Jan. 1, 1984 must complete a LDWF approved boating education course and carry proof of completion to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.  LDWF initiated the state's boating education program in 2003 and has certified over 40,000 boaters during that time.

Studies have shown that states with a mandatory boating education program have fewer boating incidents that result in fatalities than states that have no boating education program.  States with a boating education program for more than 20 years had 3.67 fatalities per 100,000 registered boats, and states with no boating education program had 6.61 fatalities per 100,000 boats.

"Not only will the student get their official safe boating certificate from the department, but they get the chance to see our LSU Tigers play in Tiger Stadium.  These tickets are very valuable as LSU is in a great position to make runs at both the SEC and National Championship and have Florida, Arkansas and the defending national champion in Auburn coming to Baton Rouge," said Barham.

For more information on the safe boating course, please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating.

LWAA is a non-profit corporation that fosters, protects and promotes the welfare and interest of all classified commissioned LDWF enforcement agents, active or retired.  For more information and donation opportunities for the LWAA, please visit www.lwaa.org.

LWAA supports and provides funding for the following: Fallen Officers of the LDWF Enforcement Division, Louisiana Law Enforcement Fallen Officers Fund, Louisiana Special Olympics Program, hunting and boating Safety, National Hunting and Fishing Day, Children's Hospital, American Heart Association, St. Jude's Hospital, Louisiana Lions Camp For Crippled Children, Muscular Dystrophy Association, American Cancer Society, Toys to Recovery, Louis Infant Crisis Center, Becoming an Outdoor Woman, Operation Game Thief and Camp Quality.

The following are the eligible LDWF safe boating classes for the LSU football ticket raffle:

Minden: July 13-14 (5 p.m. to 9 p.m. both nights) 318-371-3049

Opelousas: July 16 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m) 337-948-0259

Lake Charles: July 16 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 337-491-2580

Abbeville: July 17 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) 337-491-2580

Rhinehart: July 23 (class starts at 9 a.m.) 318-487-5634

Covington: July 23 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 225-765-2999

Henderson: July 23 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) 337-948-0259

Destrehan: July 23 (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 504-284-2023

Marksville: July 27-28 (6 p.m. to 9 p.m. both nights) 318-487-5634

Crowley: July 30 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 337-491-2580

Gonzales: July 30 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) 225-765-2999

Metairie: July 30 (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 504-284-2023

Abbeville: Aug. 3 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) 337-491-2580

Vacherie: Aug. 6 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) 225-562-2572

Ville Platte: Aug. 6 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) 337-948-0259

Opelousas: Aug. 13 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) 337-948-0259

Houma: Aug. 13 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) 985-447-0821

Monroe: Aug. 13 (9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) 318-343-2417

Metairie: Aug. 13 (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 504-284-2023

Ferriday: Aug. 20 (class starts at 9 a.m.) 318-487-5634

Pierre Part: Aug. 20 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) 985-447-0821

Lake Charles: Aug. 20 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 337-491-2580

Destrehan: Aug. 20 (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 504-284-2023

Alexandria: Aug. 24-25 (6 p.m. to 9 p.m. both nights) 318-487-5634

Minden: Aug. 27 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) 318-371-3049

New Iberia: Aug. 27 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) 337-948-0259

Convington: Aug. 27 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 225-765-2999

Gonzales: Aug. 27 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) 225-765-2999

Please call the number listed for the classes to register.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2465.

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