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Two Men Cited for Illegally Taken Alligator in St. Landry Parish

Release Date: 05/04/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two men for alleged alligator hunting violations on the evening of May 2.

Agents cited Todd Rivoire Jr., 20, of Youngsville, and Colt Cahanin, 22, of Breaux Bridge, for taking an alligator during a closed season and intentional concealment of illegally taken wildlife.

Investigating an anonymous tip, agents suspected that Rivoire and Cahanin possessed an alligator taken near Henderson.  Agents were able to make contact with the two men at the residence of Rivoire’s father in Breaux Bridge where agents found a deceased 8-foot alligator hidden in the woods.

The open season for this area generally opens the first Wednesday of September and runs for 30 days.

Taking an alligator during a closed season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Intentional concealment of illegally taken wildlife brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case are Senior Agent Allan Marbury and Sgt. Cliff Ortis.

Two Men Arrested for Shrimping Violations

Release Date: 04/29/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested two men for alleged shrimping violations on April 27 in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents arrested Tracey L. Trahan, 37, of Houma, and Sterlin Billiot Jr., 22, of Dulac, for trawling during a closed shrimp season.  Lee was also cited for not having navigation lights.

Agents on patrol found the vessel with Trahan as the captain four miles inside state waters running without any navigation lights in Terrebonne Bay actively trawling for shrimp around 11:30 p.m.  After making contact with Trahan and Billiot Jr., agents found the men in possession of 663 pounds of shrimp.

Agents seized the shrimp and the two trawls.  The vessel was seized on a department seizure order.  The two men were also booked into the Terrebonne Parish Jail.

The shrimping season for state inside waters is scheduled to be set at the May Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting.

Trawling for shrimp during a closed season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Running a boat at night with no navigation lights carries a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Joseph Arnaud, Senior Agent Michael Williams and Senior Agent Thomas Wolf.

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

Two Men Arrested for Shrimping Violations

Release Date: 04/28/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested two men for alleged shrimping violations on April 27 in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents arrested Tracey L. Trahan, 37, of Houma, and Sterlin Billiot Jr., 22, of Dulac, for trawling during a closed shrimp season.  Lee was also cited for not having navigation lights.

Agents on patrol found the vessel with Lee as the captain four miles inside state waters running without any navigation lights in Terrebonne Bay actively trawling for shrimp around 11:30 p.m.  After making contact with Lee and Billiot Jr., agents found the men in possession of 663 pounds of shrimp.

Agents seized the shrimp and the two trawls.  The vessel was seized on a department seizure order.  The two men were also booked into the Terrebonne Parish Jail.

The shrimping season for state inside waters is scheduled to be set at the May Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting.

Trawling for shrimp during a closed season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Running a boat at night with no navigation lights carries a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Joseph Arnaud, Senior Agent Michael Williams and Senior Agent Thomas Wolf.

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

Five Men Cited for Red Snapper Violations in Federal Waters

Release Date: 04/27/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited five men for alleged red snapper fishing violations on April 24.

Agents cited Carman Johnson, 44, of Mobile, Ala., Ryan Bergeron, 19, of Houma, Randy Landry, 51, of Houma, Jordan Musso, 30, of Broussard, and Robert Musso, 51, of Youngsville, for possessing red snapper in federal waters during a closed federal red snapper season.  Agents also cited Johnson for over the limit of red snapper.

LDWF agents working a Joint Enforcement Agreement patrol found the five men in three separate vessels at least 15 miles off the coast of Louisiana.  Agents found Johnson in possession of eight red snapper, Bergeron and Landry with three red snapper between them, and Jordan and Robert Mousso also with three red snapper total.

The federal red snapper season in federal waters opens on June 1 in the Gulf of Mexico.  During the season, each fishermen is allowed two red snapper 16 inches or longer per day.

Possessing red snapper in federal waters during a closed federal season and over the limit of red snapper each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.  Johnson may also face up to $230 in civil restitution.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Joseph Arnaud and Sgt. Bryan Marie.

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

179 Boaters Certified During "Boating Education Lagniappe Day"

Release Date: 04/26/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) certified 179 boaters statewide after their sixth annual "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" on April 23.

Boating Education Lagniappe Day was at nine locations across the state and consisted of the National Association of Safe Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) boating education course, food and drinks, giveaways and door prizes all free of charge to the public.

The NASBLA safe boating certification is mandatory for anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 who wants to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.

The NASBLA approved 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.  Each student received that completed the course was issued a vessel operators certification card.

To register for a future boating education class please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating/courses and follow the links to register.

Below was the list of class locations for lagniappe day:

Bossier City
Academy Sports & Outdoors - Bossier City
2801 Beene Blvd.
Sponsor is Academy Sports & Outdoors of Bossier City

West Monroe
Academy Sports & Outdoors
111 Constitution Dr.
Sponsors include the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association (LWAA) and Academy Sports & Outdoors of West Monroe

Alexandria
Academy Sports & Outdoors
3205 South MacArthur Dr.
Sponsor is Academy Sports & Outdoors of Alexandria

Opelousas
St. Landry Lumber
207 North Railroad Ave.
Sponsors include Wal-Mart of Eunice, Raising Canes and LWAA

Deridder
Deridder First Baptist Church
2031 Hwy. 171
Sponsor is the Beauregard Parish Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited

Raceland
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Office Rifle Range
3451 Hwy. 182
Sponsors include the LWAA and Renovations Marine of Cut Off.

Amite
Tangipahoa Parish Library
204 NE Central Ave.
Sponsor is LWAA

Gonzales
Cabelas of Gonzales
2200 West Cabelas Parkway
Sponsors include Cabelas and Louisiana Waterway Safety

Madisonville
St. Tammany Parish Library Madisonville Branch
1123 Main Street
Sponsors include LWAA

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

Louisiana Environmental Education Commission Congratulates Green Ribbon Schools Honorees


Westdale Heights Academic Magnet Students Celebrate their Green Ribbon School Award at an assembly Friday, April 22.

 
Four Louisiana schools have been named  U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, including Westdale Heights Academic Magnet School in Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Magnet High School, Ben Franklin High School in New Orleans and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
 
The schools were nominated by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Education.
 
U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. and Managing Director of the White House Council of Environmental Quality Christy Goldfuss made the announcement in Washington on Friday (April 22).
 
Across the country, 47 schools, 15 districts and 11 postsecondary institutions were honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness and ensure effective sustainability education.
 
“I congratulate these schools, districts and postsecondary institutions for their commitment to sustainable facilities, health, and classroom practices,” King said. “The healthiest, most inspiring school facilities can and should be another tool to level the playing field, particularly for underserved students. These honorees are 21st century learning environments that encourage every student and teacher to perform at his or her best.”
 
The honorees were named from a pool of candidates nominated by 25 states, Washington, D.C., and the Department of Defense Department of Education Activity. The honorees include 41 public schools and six private schools. The schools serve various grade levels, including 27 elementary, 18 middle, and 14 high schools, with several schools having various K-12 configurations. Fifty-one percent of the 2016 honorees serve a disadvantaged student body. The postsecondary honorees include two community colleges and one work-college.
 
Baton Rouge High Principal Nanette McCann said, "Baton Rouge High Magnet High School is honored to be selected as a 2016 U. S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School.  Our entire faculty, staff, student body, administration and parents played a large part in this effort, but our environmental science teacher, Josetta LeBoeuf, made this happen through her dedication and hard work.  We want to give a special thanks to Aramark and Sandra Lizcano for their help in the project." 
 
"We are honored that the U.S. Department of Education chose UL Lafayette as one of 11 universities to be named a Green Ribbon School. From our founding president planting live oaks to all that we do today in the classroom, labs, research, community service and operational functions, the University remains committed to environmental sustainability and innovation," said University of Louisiana at Lafayette President Joseph Savoie.
 
The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission’s Green Schools Program offers educational and funding opportunities to help reduce schools’ environmental impacts and health disparities that can provoke achievement gaps. It also engages students in hands-on learning. Instruction and activities complement state curriculum with a solid foundation in science, technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM) subjects while teaching civic skills and opening doors to green career pathways. Find more information at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/green-schools.
 
Louisiana’s nominations were submitted by Brian Gautreau, Green Schools Coordinator at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. He can be reached at 225-765-2800 or bgautreau@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Participating in Spring Aboard Safe Boating Program

Release Date: 04/22/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) are participating in the National Association of Safe Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) Spring Aboard program by hosting its sixth annual "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" on April 23 at nine different locations across the state.

During the week of April 17-23, NASBLA encourages boaters to Spring Aboard by enrolling in a boating education course.  Developed by NASBLA, and produced under a grant administered by the U.S. Coast Guard, the annual Spring Aboard campaign is open to participation by all states, territories, boating education organizations, instructors, and course providers.

During Boating Education Lagniappe Day, LDWF will provide instructors for the NASBLA boating education course, NASBLA boating education certification, food and drinks, giveaways and door prizes all free of charge to the public.

Registration for the Lagniappe Day classes are online and 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 23 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:

Bossier City
Academy Sports & Outdoors - Bossier City
2801 Beene Blvd.
Sponsor is Academy Sports & Outdoors of Bossier City

West Monroe
Academy Sports & Outdoors
111 Constitution Dr.
Sponsors include the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association (LWAA) and Academy Sports & Outdoors of West Monroe

Alexandria
Academy Sports & Outdoors
3205 South MacArthur Dr.
Sponsor is Academy Sports & Outdoors of Alexandria

Opelousas
St. Landry Lumber
207 North Railroad Ave.
Sponsors include Wal-Mart of Eunice, Raising Canes and LWAA

Deridder
Deridder First Baptist Church
2031 Hwy. 171
Sponsor is the Beauregard Parish Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited

Raceland
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Office Rifle Range
3451 Hwy. 182
Sponsors include the LWAA and Renovations Marine of Cut Off.

Amite
Tangipahoa Parish Library
204 NE Central Ave.
Sponsor is LWAA

Gonzales
Cabelas of Gonzales
2200 West Cabelas Parkway
Sponsors include Cabelas and Louisiana Waterway Safety

Madisonville
St. Tammany Parish Library Madisonville Branch
1123 Main Street
Sponsors include LWAA

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

LDWF to Hold Summer Day Camps in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 04/15/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) are sponsoring two summer day camps at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge this summer.

The camps will be held from June 6-10 and again from July 18-22 and are completely free of charge.

The June 6-10 “Conservationist Camp” will be for 25 kids 11 to 13 years old and will take place from 8 a.m. to noon every day.  The Conservationist Camp will teach kids the basics of the outdoor with hands on activities and safety instructions.  The kids that make it thru this 1/2 day camp will then be guaranteed to be selected for the “Sportsmen Camp” next year.

The July 18-22 “Sportsmen Camp” is for the 25 kids that completed last year’s “Conservation Camp” and will also take place from 8 a.m. to noon every day.  The Sportsmen Camp is a more advanced camp and will build upon the outdoor skills learned at the Conservation Camp the year before.

Snacks and drinks will be provided at each camp.  Parents must be able to drop their child off between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. and pick up their child between noon and 12:30 p.m. every day.

At the Conservation Camp the children will receive their own rod and reel combo donated by Cabela’s of Gonzales.  The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation will provide support for the camps.  Two children could also win a lifetime hunting and fishing license at the June camp provided by the CCA of Louisiana.

To register for the Conservation Camp, parents must fill out the online application by May 6.  Parents must fill out a separate application for each child they wish to register.  The online registration form is located at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/summerdaycamp.

LDWF will inform the parents whether or not their child was selected by May 13 for the Conservation Camp.  Attendance every day of the week is mandatory for both camps.

During the camps LDWF will offer a fish identification class, fishing and canoeing in the ponds at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center, skeet shooting, and other outdoor related classes and activities.  The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission will also assist with the camps and provide workshops on non-consumptive educational programs.

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

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