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Four Cited for Offshore Fishing Violations

Release Date: 05/21/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited five men for alleged fishing violations on May 15.

At 4:30 p.m., agents boarded the offshore supply vessel, M/V Tristian Janice, that was tied to an offshore platform.  Agents found Terry L. Bell, 42, of Livingston, and Zachary J. Thomas, 30, Houston, Texas fishing from the vessel and where fish had been cleaned on the rear deck.

After further investigation, agents found that Bell caught four red snapper and Thomas one red snapper.  Bell and Thomas were both cited for possession of red snapper during a closed season.  Bell was also cited for over the limit of red snapper.

At 5:45 p.m., agents boarded the F/V Arc Angel, a commercial shrimping vessel.  Upon inspection of commercial licenses and permits, agents found that the vessel did not have the required federal shrimping permit to commercially shrimp in federal waters.  Agents cited Raymond A. Herrera, 48, of Grand Bay, Ala., for not possessing a federal shrimping permit.

At 6:42 p.m., agents boarded the F/V Manana, a commercial shrimping vessel.  Agents found the captain, John C. Aleman, 51, Laguna Vista, Texas, on board and in possession of six red snapper.  All of the red snapper on board measured less than the minimum size of 16 inches.  Agents cited Aleman for possession of undersized red snapper during a closed season.

The recreational season for red snapper opens June 1, 2012 during which time the limit is two per person.

Taking red snapper during a closed season, taking over the limit of red snapper and taking undersized red snapper each carries a fine up to $350 and up to 60 days in jail.  Violating federal shrimping regulations carries a civil fine determined by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

LDWF maintains a Joint Enforcement Agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s NMFS for assistance in patrolling federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  All three vessels boarded were approximately 50 miles offshore in federal waters.

Agents participating in these cases were Lt. Robert Buatt, Sgt. David Sanford, and Senior Agents Anthony Verret and Beau Robertson.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or

Three Men Cited for Red Snapper Violations

Release Date: 05/18/2012


Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited three men for fishing violations on May 16 in federal waters.

LDWF Strike Force agents cited Vergice Bergeron, 41, of Cutoff, Chester Ellingson, 52, of Morgan City, and Jimmy Pitre, 32, of Galliano for possession of red snapper during a closed season, over limit of red snapper and failing to keep saltwater fish intact.

Agents seized 42 red snapper fillets that weighed approximately 21 pounds.  The civil restitution value of 21 red snappers totals $602.49.

Red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico waters opens on June 1 with a two fish per person per day limit.

While on a Joint Enforcement Agreement (JEA) patrol 40 miles into the Gulf of Mexico, agents observed an oil supply boat tied to a stationary rig.  Upon approaching the rig, agents observed several rods and reels on the deck of the vessel. Upon further investigation, agents discovered fillets of red snapper.

Taking red snapper during a closed season carries a fine up to $350 and up to 60 days in jail.  Taking over the limit of red snapper and failing to keep saltwater finfish intact brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.
Agents participating in the case were Lt. Joseph Arnaud and Senior Agents Nick Guillory and Doug Danna.

LDWF maintains a JEA with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fishery Service for assistance in patrolling federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or

WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Webinars/Workshops, Grants, Job Openings, Resources, Lagniappe

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana.


Alliance to Hold Annual Meeting in Texas
GOMA's annual "All Hands" meeting is set for June 19-21, 2012, at the Omni Bayfront & Marina Hotel in Corpus Christi, Texas. Leaders from the five Gulf States, Mexico, Federal and State agencies, and coastal organizations will be present to discuss current and upcoming strategies for a resilient future for the Gulf of Mexico. A strong emphasis will be on Gulf restoration. Plenary sessions are planned for Tuesday and Wednesday (June 19-20), while PIT meetings will be held Thursday (June 21).  For more information, visit the 2012 All Hands Meeting event website.
Attendees should register their attendance at the event link found at  
Hotel group rates and reservation information is also available at The deadline for the hotel guest room group rate is May 18, 2012

Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference CALL FOR PROPOSALS 
The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) will be hosting an Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference in January 2013 in New Orleans. A Call for Proposals is currently out for those interested in presenting at the conference and is available online at GoMRI Conference Call for Proposals.

EPA Environmental Education - Don't Fry Day Is May 25!
The Friday before Memorial Day is “Don’t Fry Day” (this year it's May 25), a national sun safety day to remind Americans to protect their skin this summer. Skin cancer remains the most common cancer in the U.S. despite being largely preventable, with one American dying from the disease every hour. EPA’s SunWise program,, offers simple actions to help everyone enjoy the great outdoors safely, plus a full range of educational materials for formal and informal educators to use in a variety of settings.
        Sun safety behavior is especially critical now since we will live under a compromised ozone layer until about 2065. Enjoy the outdoors but follow tips like these: Slip on a shirt; slop on sunscreen (a palm-full of broad spectrum SPF 15 or higher sunscreen to exposed skin about 15 minutes before heading outside and reapply every two hours); slap on a wide-brimmed hat; wrap on sunglasses; seek shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; and check the UV Index, now available as a free smartphone app.
        Visit EPA’s SunWise website and others listed below for educational resources to help your students/audience learn the importance of sun safety. Thank you for helping us educate Americans about how to enjoy the great outdoors safely!
EPA SunWise program:
Don’t Fry Day tools, media and resources, including a video PSA:
National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention:
Additional materials (media kit, school activities, graphics, coloring pages/stickers, posters, print PSAs):
State-specific skin cancer fact sheets:


The seedTALK Series: Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Northwest Louisiana (May 23)
TALK was created to inform and educate our community on the many great things that are happening with energy and sustainability in Shreveport, Bossier City and the surrounding area.
|| May’s seedTALK || Wednesday May 23rd, 11:30 a.m. at Cohab: 610 Commerce Street, Shreveport, LA 71101
$10 MONSOUR’s Pastalaya, mini muffalettas and beignet lunch payable at the event.
Be sure to register for our door prizes: Home Depot & Lowe's Gift Cards and other prizes to help you save energy!

Calling All Formal and Non-formal Educators! (June 10-15)
There are some last minute openings on the Intracoastal Waterway Wetlands Expedition June 10-15, 2012. They will travel along the Intracoastal exploring the coasts of Texas and Louisiana. Check out their video and photos! Cost: $100 + your own transport to Freeport, TX. EVERYTHING ELSE is covered for you on the vessel! Please email Suraida Nanez-James ASAP at for more information. 

Science Workshop for Teachers to Feature Resource Management (July 18)
The Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, Miss., will host a Natural Science Teacher Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 18 at its facility at 1815 Popps Ferry Road. The workshop is targeted toward 5th- to 8th-grade teachers along the Gulf Coast. Participants will receive free educational supplies for their classrooms, 0.8 Continuing Education Units, lesson plans and more. 
        Natural resource professionals from Mississippi State University, Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and DeSoto National Forest will educate teachers about local management issues used to protect coastal ecosystems. Teachers will specifically learn about forest ecology and management, watershed science, coastal ecology, wildlife conservation, habitat management and educational resources and curriculum development.
        Thisworkshop is sponsored by the Mississippi 4-H Program, paid for in part by the Toyota 4-H20 Program. To register, contact Chris Boyd, assistant extension professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture for Mississippi State University and ecology specialist with Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, at (228) 546-1025 or Early birds register free. A $10 late registration fee will be charged after June 15.

Rebuilding Our Economy, Restoring Our Environment (July 19)
How the Emerging Restoration Economy Offers New and Expanded Opportunities for Gulf Coast Businesses and Communities
This workshop, held at Nicholls State University in Thibodeaux, will convene leaders from industry, government and community organizations in Louisiana for a lively and insightful discussion of the ways that coastal restoration projects can benefit workers, industries and communities. Learn about the resources available to help businesses train and develop the workforce necessary for profitable engagement in the restoration economy. Hear about current coastal restoration projects along the Gulf Coast and the economic benefits they bring to everyone. Bring your valuable business perspective on how to promote green infrastructure projects, train workers and create jobs along Louisiana’s coast. Connect with the people who can help you tap into new opportunities: the funds, the training and the workers. More information, agenda and invitations coming soon. For More Information: Avalyn Taylor, The Nature Conservancy,, 503-341-8370


2012 Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award (Deadline: June 8)
The Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award is given annually to an outstanding middle or high school teacher who integrates environmental education across the curriculum and engages students in interdisciplinary solutions to environmental challenges. The award alternates between middle and high school teachers each year, and 2012 award will go to a high school teacher (grades 9-12). The 2012 award winner will receive $5,000, and two merit winners will receive $750 each.

NIMHD Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Initiative in Reducing and Eliminating Health Disparities: Planning Phase (R24)
The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) has issued request for application RFA-MD-12-006 for its Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Initiative in Reducing and Eliminating Health Disparities: Planning Phase (R24). Applications are due June 27, 2012. Full announcement is posted at

Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! Grants (Deadline: September 30)
PLT awarded 26 GreenWorks! grants to schools and youth organizations in 19 states to help students complete environmental service-learning projects. These student-driven projects enable students to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to the real world. PLT's GreenWorks! program is open to any PLT-trained educator in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since 1992, PLT has distributed nearly $1 million to support more than 1,000 PLT GreenWorks! projects across the country. Application forms will be made available in the summer at


POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: Extension Associate (Youth Wetlands Education and Outreach Program) (Environmental Education)
This is a grant-funded, non-tenure track position. Funding must be available for any continuation of appointment. The Extension Associate will work full-time in the Louisiana State Agricultural Center (LSU AgCenter) Southwest Region to assist the State 4-H Office with implementation of the Youth Wetlands Education and Outreach Program and promote wetland conservation across the Southwest Region. The position will be stationed in the Vermilion Parish Extension Office and primary work will be focused in Vermilion, Lafayette, Iberia, and surrounding parishes.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May, 18, 2012 or until a suitable candidate is identified.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at by attaching cover letter with resume, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted, except that in lieu of attaching the letters of reference, they may be sent directly to: Ashley W. Mullens, Youth Wetlands Program Director, 4-H Youth Development, 176 Knapp Hall, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803, Fax: 225-578-7847,


Next Generation Science Standards Updates
The first draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) was released on May 11 and will be online for public comment until June 1. It is expected that the Next Generation Science Standards will have a profound influence on curriculum, assessment, and teacher professional development in the years ahead. Science educators, supervisors, administrators, and anyone interested in shaping the future of science education are strongly encouraged to read and thoroughly review the draft standards and provide comment back to Achieve on their dedicated website. NSTA has provided a 14-page, FREE, and easy-to-read booklet on organizing study groups to have focused discussions about the NGSS draft. The booklet includes sample questions, a facilitator guide, and more. Visit NSTA’s Next Generation Science Standards Forums in the NSTA Learning Center where you can share your thoughts with other teachers and ask questions about the standards. Forums are organized by grade level and topic to facilitate focused discussion about the standards. Access the vast variety of NSTA resources and materials on NGSS (including background information)—and don’t miss the FREE NSTA Reader’s Guide to A Framework for K–12 Science Education, Expanded Edition, an important companion to the Framework that will help science educators prepare for the standards. Sign up today for the comprehensive NSELA/NSTA Summer Leadership Institute, June 24–28, 2012, in Austin, Texas, where teachers and leaders will hear from key speakers and together explore the K–12 Framework and draft Next Generation Science Standards in depth, identify next steps for their schools and districts, determine what research is needed to support standards reform, and much more.


This month is “Wetlands Month.”
In celebration of our wetlands, CWPPRA is kicking off a new photo contest. Submit photos showing how you use Louisiana's coastal wetlands for recreation. Each month a winning photo will be selected and used as the CWPPRA Facebook Page cover at the top of the page. Like Us on Facebook to Participate. IMPORTANT: Before submitting photos, please read the "Photo Policy" tab. When submitting photos, you must acknowledge that you have read the terms outlined in the policy. All photos, whether selected as a winner or not, shall be stored in the CWPPRA Facebook Page Photo Library. Submit all photos to along with an acknowledgement agreeing to the Photo Policy Terms.

78 Schools Named U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools
The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools recognition program named 78 schools as the first-ever to receive this award for their comprehensive approach to creating green environments through reducing environmental impact, promoting health, and ensuring a high-quality environmental and outdoor education while providing students with the skills and sustainability concepts needed in the growing global economy.


Find out about wetland outreach activities including symposiums, conferences, meetings, educational opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and related support material at the Louisiana Unified Coastal Community Calendar at

Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124,
Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255,
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries –

Elmer’s Island Beach Sweep Rescheduled for June 2

Release Date: 05/17/2012

(May 17, 2012) – Volunteers will get another chance to clean away the trash on Elmer’s Island beach.  Heavy rains last weekend forced the event to be canceled. 

The cleanup, hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in conjunction with Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, has been rescheduled for 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 2.

The annual beach sweep is made possible by numerous partnerships including the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and The Nature Conservancy and through the sponsorship of Barefoot Wines. 

Anyone can participate – individuals, families, schools, youth groups, civic and conservation clubs or businesses.  Lunch and all necessary supplies will be provided.

Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required.  To register, contact Joe Dantin at (985) 449-4715.

Elmer’s Island Refuge is a barrier island located in Jefferson Parish southwest of Grand Isle, bordered by LA 1 and the Gulf of Mexico.  The island is well known for excellent fishing opportunities for many popular species such as speckled trout, white trout, flounder, redfish, kingfish, black drum, croaker, Spanish mackerel and many other species that frequent the state's coastal beaches and passes. It also provides non-consumptive outdoor opportunities to observe wading, shore and seabirds as well as coastal marine life.

The Louisiana 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.govon Facebook at follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

BTNEP is one of 28 National Estuary Programs throughout the United States and its territories.  The National Estuary Program was established by Congress through section 320 of the Clean Water Act or 1987.  The Barataria-Terrebonne estuarine complex became a National Estuary in 1990.

For press inquiries, please contact Ashley Wethey at (225) 721-0489 or

Louisiana Safe Boating Week Set For May 19-25

Release Date: 05/17/2012

Louisiana is once again participating in the national "Safe Boating Week" that is scheduled for May 19-25 and 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.

"Personal flotation devices are made to be worn and not sit in a vessel storage compartment.  Even if you consider yourself to be a strong swimmer, we (LDWF) still encourage everyone on a boat to wear a personal flotation device whenever the boat is in motion," said LDWF Boating Safety Officer Capt. Rachel Zechenelly.  “A personal flotation device on a boat should be treated the same as a seatbelt in a car, because they are both easy to use and are proven to save lives."

LDWF boating incident statistics indicate that 19 out of the 36 boating fatalities in 2011 were drownings that could have been prevented if the person was wearing a PFD.  LDWF regulations 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

Agents issued 108 DWIs on the water last year to operators of vessels.  Alcohol consumption impairs a boater's judgment, balance, vision and reaction time.  Alcohol also increases fatigue and susceptibility to hypothermia.  Intensifying the effects of alcohol are sun, wind, noise, vibration and movement, which are all common to boating activities.

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.  Also, each offense of operating a vehicle or vessel while intoxicated counts toward the total number of DWI crimes whether they happened on the water or road.

In Louisiana a DWI can be issued to anyone operating a moving vessel or vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.  First offense DWI on the water or on the road carries a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.  Second offense DWI brings a $750 to $1,000 fine and between 30 days and six months in jail.  Third offense DWI carries a $5,000 fine and between one and five years in jail.  Again, every DWI offense is also subject to a suspension of driving a vehicle and operating a boat privileges.

"One of the best parts of our job is to see people utilize Louisiana's waterways for recreation in accordance to the boating safety regulations and return home safely to loved ones.  However, the worst part of our job is to search for deceased bodies and notify family members of their loss," said LDWF Lt. Col. Jeff Mayne, the State Boating Law Administrator.  "The two ways to make boating safe, fun and a memorable experience is to have a sober operator and to have everyone wear a personal flotation device when the vessel is underway."

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

*Media - To schedule a boating safety ride along for a story, please contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or


Louisiana Shrimpers Encouraged to Report Asian Tiger Prawn Catches

Release Date: 05/16/2012


May 16, 2012 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is aware of and constantly monitoring the appearance of an increased number of Asian tiger prawns, a non-native species, in Louisiana waters.  LDWF officials are asking local shrimp harvesters to report catches of tiger prawns to the Department. 

While there is little known at this time about the impacts of tiger prawns on indigenous Louisiana shrimp, these reports are key in helping LDWF biologists monitor the distribution and relative abundance of these prawns and in determining the possible presence of spawning populations. 

To report catches of Asian tiger prawns please contact Robert Bourgeois at or (225) 765-0765 or Marty Bourgeois at or (225) 765-2401 with the date, location and size of capture. Pictures are encouraged.  Tiger prawns are easily identifiable by their large size, dark body color and white banding found along the head and between segments of the tail.  LDWF officials ask that harvesters retain the tiger prawns by freezing and contact the biologist listed above.

History of incidence in Gulf of Mexico

It is unknown when and how tiger prawns were first introduced into the Gulf of Mexico.  In 1988, a portion of a population of reared tiger prawns escaped from a facility on the east coast.  Approximately 1,000 adults were later recaptured as far south as Cape Canaveral, Florida. In September 2006, a single adult male was captured by a commercial shrimp fisherman in Mississippi Sound near Dauphin Island, Alabama and reports from Alabama and Mississippi have been increasing ever since.

LDWF first documented the occurrence of Asian tiger prawns in Louisiana in August 2007, when a single specimen was taken by a commercial shrimp fisherman in Vermilion Bay.  Prior to the 2011 fall inshore shrimp season, reported captures in Louisiana waters numbered fewer than 25 with none taken any farther westward than Vermilion Bay.  However, since the fall season began, reported captures have dramatically increased with approximately 80 new reports received.  One fisherman alone reported catching as many as 13 individuals over a three-day shrimping trip in Lake Pontchartrain.  A Dulac shrimp dock has reported fishermen capturing in excess of 100 tiger prawns following the 2011 fall season opening.  Most recently, there have also been incident reports west of Vermilion Bay. 

About the species

Asian tiger prawns are native to the Indo-Pacific rim and are both harvested in the wild and extensively farmed in a number of countries.

Tiger prawns belong to the same family (Penaeidae) as our native brown, white and pink shrimp but are non-indigenous to our waters. The life history of tiger prawns is also similar to that of brown and white shrimp with spawning and mating occurring in nearshore oceanic waters. One notable difference in tiger prawns and Louisiana shrimp is size as the research suggests tiger prawns may reach a maximum length of 14 inches and weigh as much as 23 ounces.

At this time, there is no evidence that tiger prawns feed on native Louisiana shrimp.  Any potential impacts over competition for food and resources remain unknown.  Tiger prawns as well as our native brown and white shrimp adopt different diets as they grow and mature and may become more predatory as body size increases.

For press inquiries contact Laura Wooderson at or (504) 430-2623.

St. Amant Man Arrested for DWI Following Collision With LDWF Patrol Boat

Release Date: 05/15/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested a St. Amant man for allegedly driving or operating a personal watercraft while intoxicated (DWI) on May 11.

Agents arrested Gary Miller, 43, for third offense DWI, reckless operation of a vessel and operating a watercraft while under a driver’s license suspension.

According to witnesses, on May 6 at about 7:40 p.m. Miller was travelling downstream at a high rate of speed on the Amite River near French Settlement when he collided with an LDWF patrol vessel.

Miller required medical treatment and was released later that same night.  The LDWF agent, Sgt. Randy Lanoux, suffered no injuries.  Miller’s personal watercraft was badly damaged, while the patrol boat suffered minor damage.

On May 11, after LDWF agents received the results of Miller’s blood test that allegedly showed him over the legal alcohol limit, a warrant was obtained for his arrest.

Third offense DWI brings up to a $2,000 and one to five years in jail.  Reckless operation of a vessel carries up to a $200 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Operating a watercraft while under suspension brings an additional one year suspension of his driving privileges.

Agents participating in the investigation were Lt. Will Roberts, Sgt. Todd Lewis, Sgt. Dennis Bueche, Senior Agent Clay Marquez and Senior Agent Hal Bridges.

For further information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or

229 Boaters Certified During "Boating Education Lagniappe Day"

Release Date: 05/15/2012

229 Boaters Certified During "Boating Education Lagniappe Day"

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) certified 229 boaters statewide after their second "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" on May 12.

Boating Education Lagniappe Day ran from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at eight 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.

"We are extremely pleased with the turnout as more than 200 boaters will now be safer when boating on Louisiana waterways," said LDWF Lt. Col. Jeff Mayne, the State's Boating Law Administrator.  "We wanted to make this day full of fun and still be educational at the same time and I feel we accomplished both goals."

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.

Sponsors for each location provided a free lunch, door prizes and giveaways such as sports bags, cups, fishing line, water bottles and sunscreen.

Sponsors for the Boating Education Lagniappe Day are the Louisiana Wildlife Agents
Association, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Wal-Mart, Cabela's, Holiday Inn, St. Landry Lumber Company, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, Austin’s Outdoor of Opelousas, Coca-Cola of Lake Charles, Songy's Sporting Goods of Houma, and Lake Charles Tackle.

For more information on boating regulations and safety, please visit  For more information on boating education courses, please visit

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.

LDWF initiated the state's boating education program in 2003 and has certified over 48,000 boaters during that time.

Below is the list of the class locations from this past weekend:

Bossier City
Academy Sports and Outdoors
2801 Beene Blvd.
Bossier City, LA

West Monroe
Academy Sports and Outdoors
111 Constitution Dr.
West Monroe, LA 71292

Academy Sports and Outdoors
3205 S. MacArthur Dr.
Alexandria, LA 71301

St. Landry Lumber Company
207 North Railroad Ave.
Opelousas, LA 70570

Lake Charles
Lake Charles Civic Center
900 Lakeshore Dr.
Lake Charles, LA 70602

Larose Civic Center
307 East 5th St
Larose, LA 70373

2200 W. Cabela's Parkway
Gonzales, LA 70737

Academy Sports and Outdoors
1000 West Esplanade Blvd.
Kenner, LA 70065

For more information, contact Adam Einck at or 225-765-2465.

LDWF to Hold Summer Day Camps in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 05/11/2012


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is sponsoring two summer day camps for children 12 to 16 years old at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge this summer.

The camps will be held from June 25-29 and again from July 23-27.  Each camp is completely free of charge and will allow participants to receive their official boater and hunter education certifications.

LDWF will also 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.

"Last year’s first ever summer camp proved so successful that we wanted to do two this year.  These camps provide a lot of time for learning classroom material that the children then get a chance to utilize with hands on activities immediately outside later that same day,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.  “For a week, parents have the chance to let their kids become sportsmen and women in a safe, supervised environment.”

The Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation are providing a daily lunch free of charge for the five-day summer camps.  Cabela's in Gonzales also donated rod and reel combo sets for each child that they can take home at the end of the camp.

The camps are open to 25 children per camp who have not completed a boater or hunter education certificate.

To register for the camps, parents must fill out the online application located at by May 25.  Parents must fill out a separate application for each child they wish to register and may only register their child for one of the camps.

Since the main goal of these camps is to introduce and teach kids about the outdoors, LDWF will choose the 25 kids for each camp based on the child’s lack of experience with fishing, boating and hunting.  LDWF will notify parents by either email or phone if their child has been selected for the camps.

“We want to teach children how much fun and exciting it can be by spending time outside enjoying all that Louisiana has to offer,” said Secretary Barham.  “These camps also get the kids out of the house away from their video games and computers for a week during their summer break.  They will catch some fish, paddle canoes and shoot skeet and for some this might be their first time ever doing any of these activities.”

Parents with children that have been selected for either camp, must drop off their child at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center located at 4142 North Flannery Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70814 between 7 and 8 a.m., and then pick their child up between 4 and 5 p.m. each day.  Attendance every day of the week is mandatory in order to receive the boating and hunting education certifications.

The boating education course is mandatory for anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 and proof of completion of the course is necessary 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.

The hunter education course is mandatory for anyone born on or after Sept. 1, 1969, who plans on purchasing a hunting license.  The hunter education curriculum includes sections on ethics and responsibility, wildlife management, firearms and ammunition, safety in the field, wildlife identification and wildlife conservation.  The major objectives of the hunter education programs are to reduce the number of hunting accidents, improve the image of hunting through ethical and responsible conduct and promote the shooting sports.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at or 225-765-2465.

Bridge Construction on Pointe-aux-Chenes W.M.A. Requires Closing Access to Eastern Water Control Structure on Montegut Management Unit

Release Date: 05/09/2012

May 9, 2012 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is advising the public that bridge construction across the eastern water control structure on the Montegut Management Unit has closed that structure to public access on Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The closure is due to public safety concerns as construction vehicles and equipment work on the structure during the project.

Bridge construction is expected to be completed in September. LDWF staff has posted the restricted area around the construction site on the WMA. The Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District is coordinating the construction.

Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA is located Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes, southeast of Houma.

For more information on Pointe-aux -Chenes WMA, visit the LDWF website at or call 985-594-5494.


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