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Agents Cite Captain of Cargo Ship for Red Snapper Violations

Release Date: 06/25/2019

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Philippines man for alleged recreational fishing violations on June 20 in St. John Parish.

Agents cited Alberto Abad Defeo Jr., 47, for possessing over the limit and undersized red snapper, and fishing without non-resident basic and saltwater fishing licenses.

Agents received a tip from Customs and Border Protection Agriculture Specialists that an ocean going cargo ship was docked at the Port of South Louisiana in Reserve with possible illegal fish on board.

Agents were able to board and inspect the cargo ship and found 143 red snapper in the ship’s freezer, refrigerators and galley.  After further inspection, agents determined that 90 of the red snapper on board were also undersized.

Agents interviewed Defeo Jr., who was the captain, and he told them the fish were caught while the ship was anchored about six miles out of southwest pass in the Gulf of Mexico.  Agents explained to Defeo Jr. that there is a daily limit of two red snapper per licensed fisherman and there is a 16 inch minimum size limit.  Defeo Jr. didn’t possess any fishing licenses and agreed to take all of the citations.

Possessing undersized and over the limit of red snapper, and fishing without non-resident basic and saltwater fishing licenses each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.

Defeo Jr. may also face civil restitution for the replacement value of the illegally taken fish.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Monthly Meeting Set for July 1

Release Date: 06/24/2019

June 24, 2019 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission’s next meeting will be held Monday (July 1) at 9:30 a.m. at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.
 
The meeting will be held Monday (July 1) instead of the normal first Thursday of the month because the Fourth of July holiday falls on that Thursday.
 
The following agenda items will be discussed:
 
 
 
AGENDA
Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission
July 1, 2019 – 9:30 a.m.
Baton Rouge, LA
 
1. Call to Order
 
2. Pledge of Allegiance
 
3. Roll Call
 
4. Adoption of June 6, 2019 Commission Meeting Minutes
 
5. Approval of July 1, 2019 Agenda
 
6. Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege
 
7. Enforcement Report, June 2019 – Major Edward Skena, Enforcement Division
 
8. Receive and Consider an Amendment to the Dredge Fill Material Program Notice of Intent Regarding Dredging Across the Center Line of Certain Water Bottoms of the State – Kyle Balkum, Biologist Director
 
9. Receive and Consider a Declaration of Emergency to Modify the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Resident Game Hunting Season Regulations to Exempt Natural Deer Urine that have been Tested and Certified from the Prohibition on the Use of Deer Urine as an Attractant while Taking, Hunting or Scouting Wildlife – Kenny Ribbeck, Wildlife Division Administrator
 
10. Receive an Annual Report from Ducks Unlimited and Delta Waterfowl on the Waterfowl Breeding Grounds – Larry Reynolds, Waterfowl Biologist
 
11. Receive a Report and Consider Resolution on the Impacts of Floodwaters on the Fishery Resources and Fisheries of Louisiana – Patrick Banks, Assistant Secretary
 
12. Receive an Update on the 2019 Recreational Red Snapper Season – Jason Adriance, Finfish Biologist
 
13. Receive a Summary Presentation on the June 2019 Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council Meeting – Chris Schieble, Biologist Manager
 
14. Receive and Consider a Notice of Intent Establishing Closures of Certain Waters Associated with the 2020 Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program – Peyton Cagle, Crustacean Biologist
 
15. Set November 2019 Commission Meeting Date
 
16. Receive Public Comments
 
17. Adjournment
 
A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via Gotowebinar.com. To attend a live broadcast of the July 2019 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting, please register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/22921918378598157.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
 

Authorities Searching for Missing Boater in Lake Salvador

Release Date: 06/24/2019

Search and rescue crews are currently searching for a missing boater in Lake Salvador in Jefferson Parish.

Search crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, U.S. Coast Guard and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office are looking for a 22 year old male.

The missing male was out boating on Lake Salvador when he entered the water and didn’t resurface around 5:45 p.m. on June 23.  According to witnesses, he had a personal flotation device when he was in the boat, but it came off when he entered the water.

Search crews immediately began looking for him and searched until midnight.  They resumed their search at first daylight this morning, June 24.

LDWF enforcement agents will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.

Agents Cite Two Men for Illegal Possession of Saltwater Fish

Release Date: 06/13/2019

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two men for alleged saltwater fishing violations on June 12 in Lafourche Parish.

Agents cited Jimmy L. Brown, 51, of Mobile, Ala., and Eric J. Breaux, 32, of New Iberia, for taking red snapper during a closed season, taking over the limit of red snapper, failing to keep saltwater fish intact and failing to possess a recreational offshore landing permit (ROLP).

Brown was also cited for not possessing non-resident basic and saltwater fishing licenses.  Breaux was also cited for possessing shark during a closed season.

Agents received a tip about an oil supply boat that possessed fish illegally.  They were able to stop the vessel in Belle Pass and make contact with Brown and Breaux.

Agents found Brown in possession of 90 pounds of red snapper filets, 9.9 pounds of Spanish mackerel filets and 6.5 pounds of cobia chunks.  Agents found Breaux in possession of 16 pounds of red snapper filets and 7.1 pounds of blacktip shark filets.

Failing to keep saltwater fish intact brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Taking over the limit of red snapper and taking red snapper during a closed season each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.  Failing to possess nonresident basic and saltwater fishing licenses, and possessing shark during a closed season each brings up to a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.  Failing to possess an ROLP carries up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

Brown may also face civil restitution totaling up to $400 for the replacement value of the illegally possessed fish.  Breaux may also face civil restitution totaling up to $68 for the replacement value of the illegally possessed fish.

Port Barre Man Cited For Hunting Deer During a Closed Season

Release Date: 06/12/2019

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Port Barre man for alleged deer hunting violations on May 31 in St. Landry Parish.

Agents cited Chaz E. Guillory, 27, with two counts of hunting deer during a closed season, two counts of hunting deer during illegal hours and two counts of violating outlaw quadruped night hunting regulations.

Agents received information about a night hunting incident that occurred on May 30 in a field near Lebeau.  Agents started an investigation and learned that Guillory killed an antlerless deer around 10 p.m. on May 30 with a rifle.  During the investigation, agents also discovered that Chaz harvested an antlered deer on May 28 at night.

Hunting deer during a closed season and hunting deer during illegal hours each brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.  Violating outlaw quadruped regulations carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

Guillory may also face civil restitution totaling $3,249 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.

Plaquemines Parish Man Arrested on Deer Violations

Release Date: 06/11/2019

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a Buras man on June 6 for deer hunting violations in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents arrested Blake J. Rigby, 25, for hunting without a bow license, failing to comply with deer harvest record requirements, intentional concealment of illegal wildlife and violating interstate commerce regulations.

In October of 2018, LDWF agents received a complaint about Rigby taking a deer off the Delta National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).  Agents made contact with Rigby and he admitted to taking the deer with a bow without having a bow license and without reporting the deer.  Rigby also told agents that the illegally taken deer was in Alabama at a taxidermist.

LDWF agents obtained an arrest warrant for Rigby on these charges and he turned himself in on June 6.

Intentional concealment of illegal fish or wildlife and violating the interstate commerce regulations each carries a $900 to $950 and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer reporting requirements brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting without a bow license carries a up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

Rigby may also face civil restitution totaling $1,624 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.

Des Allemands Man Cited for Crabbing Violations in Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 06/10/2019

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Des Allemands man for alleged commercial fishing violations in Port Sulphur located in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents cited Ryk A. Frickey, 42, for illegal possession of undersized crabs and immature female crabs.

Agents stopped Frickey on the Mississippi River with twelve crates of crabs estimated to be 1,200 pounds.  Agents inspected the crabs and found four crates containing over 20 percent of undersized crabs and all 12 crates containing up to 22 percent of immature female crabs.

Possession of over 20 percent of undersized crabs carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Any person convicted of violating the provisions of this law shall, in addition to any other penalties imposed, have his crab trap gear license suspended for six months and shall not engage in any activity requiring a crab trap gear license during the period in which he is prohibited from applying for a new license.

Possessing immature female crabs carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

Agents seized and returned all 12 crates of crab to the water.

Search and Rescue Crews Locate Missing Man in St. Tammany Parish

Release Date: 06/03/2019

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office (STPSO) deputies performed a successful search and rescue on May 30 in St. Tammany Parish.

LDWF agents and STPSO deputies were called around 3:30 p.m. about a missing man lost on or near the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area.

Agents and deputies responded to the scene and learned that two men were riding an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on a trail on the WMA in order to access some private property that was just purchased.  After the ATV couldn’t get any further because the brush was too thick, the property owner decided to leave the ATV and the other man behind and try to access his property on foot around 11 a.m.

The agents and deputies began searching for the missing 65-year-old Lacombe man around 4 p.m.  After a few hours, the rescuers and the missing man were able to hear each other in the distance.

The agents and deputies with the help of a K-9 unit were able to reach the man around 8:15 p.m.  When the rescuers found the man he was dehydrated and tired and they were only able to walk in 20 to 50 yards segments before taking a break.

The rescuers were able to get the missing man back to Oil Field Road around midnight where Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel were waiting to offer assistance.  The man was checked by EMS personnel and released.

LDWF Agents Investigating Fatal Boating Incident in Tangipahoa Parish

Release Date: 06/02/2019

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents are investigating a fatal boating incident that occurred in Tangipahoa Parish on June 1.

The body of Freddie Richardson, 51, of Baton Rouge, was recovered from the Tickfaw River around 6 p.m.

According to the operator, Richardson was a passenger in a 19-foot fiberglass boat when they went over a wake causing their vessel to violently turn to the right.  Richardson was ejected into the water without wearing a personal flotation device.

His body was turned over to the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.  LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this fatal boating incident.

LDWF, the Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Livingston Parish Fire Department participated in the search.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting to Meet June 6

Release Date: 05/31/2019

The next regular Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

 

The following agenda items will be discussed:

 

 

1. Call to Order

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Roll Call

4. Adoption of May 2, 2019 Commission Meeting Minutes

5. Approval of June 6, 2019 Agenda

6. Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

7. Resolution to Consider and Honor the late Allan Ensminger’s Life and Meritorious Career with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries – Chad Courville, Commissioner

8. Enforcement Report, May 2019 – Major Edward Skena, Enforcement Division

9. Receive an Update on the 2019 Regular Legislative Session and Related Commission Resolutions – Cole Garrett, General Counse

10. Receive an Update on the Potential Opening of the Morganza Spillway and Consider Declaration of Emergency to Close Sherburne WMA to All Use – Tommy Tuma, Habitat Stewardship Branch Director

11. Receive an Update to the Blue Crab Stock Assessment and Consider Amendments to the 2019 Crab Season – Peyton Cagle, Crustacean Biologist

12. Receive a Report on the Louisiana’s Seafood Future (LSF) Project – Patrick Banks, Assistant Secretary

13. Set October 2019 Commission Meeting Date

14. Receive Public Comments

15. Adjournment

A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via Gotowebinar.com. To attend a live broadcast of the January 2019 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting, please register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4531880565133716236.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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.la.gov. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at   http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to   rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours in advance.

 

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