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Nine Men Cited for Illegally Harvesting Shrimp

Release Date: 08/04/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents working Terrebonne Parish cited nine men for alleged closed season shrimping last week.

While on patrol around 2:30 a.m. on July 31 agents found three shrimp boats using skimmer nets during the closed season.

Agents cited Jeremy Bourg Jr., 19, of Chauvin, and John N. Bourg, 48, of Houma, for using skimmer nets during a closed season and seized 1,782 pounds of shrimp.  Adrian J. Lovell, 30, of Houma, and Rich J. Verrett, 49, of Houma, were cited for using skimmer nets during a closed season and 200 pounds of shrimp.  Agents also cited Shawn M. Parfait, 40, of Houma, and Kent J. Guidroz, Jr., 33, of Dulac, for using skimmer nets during a closed season and seized 36 pounds of shrimp.

On Aug. 1 at 1:30 a.m. agents cited Roy C. Marris Jr., 57, of Westwego, Glenn A. Barrett, 22, of Gretna, and David J Jeblonski, 25, of Marrero, for using skimmer nets during a closed season and seized 614 pounds of shrimp.  Marris was also cited for failing to have running lights.

Using skimmers during a closed shrimp season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to have running lights brings up to a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

Agents participating in the cases are Lt. Joseph Arnaud, Sgt. Thomas DeWitt, Sgt. Todd Laviolette, Senior Agent Norman Deroche, Senior Agent Stephen Rhodes, Senior Agent Lucas Hidalgo and Senior Agent Ryan Breaux.

Using skimmers during a closed shrimp season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  In addition to any and all other penalties, for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer, and butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction.  During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer, or butterfly net, only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible to LDWF.  The court shall also sentence the violator to perform 40 hours of community service.

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

LEEC eNews: Agenda Set for August Meeting

Environmental Education Commission
Meeting Agenda
August 11, 2015
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries
Louisiana Room, Baton Rouge Office
1 PM

  1. Call to order
  2. Roll Call/Sign-in
  3. Introduction of new member Adell Brown, Jr. representing Southern University
  4. Minutes from last meeting
  5. Financial Report
  6. Coordinator’s Report
  7. Old Business
    1. State Environmental Literacy Plan update
    2. Watershed Webs grant update
    3. Environmental Awareness Art & Language Arts Contest
    4. Discovering Biodiversity Workshop
    5. Green Ribbon Schools program
    6. 2016 Symposium Committee break-out session
  8. New Business
    1. 2016 Art & Language Arts Contest & Biodiversity Workshop grant
    2. Nominating Committee appointments
  9. Announcements
  10. Upcoming Meeting Dates: November 17, 2015 (new date), February 19, 2016 (at Symposium), May 10, 2016, August 9, 2016
  11. Adjournment

LEEC eNews: LEEC Accepting Proposals for 2016 Environmental Education State Symposium Short Courses

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission is accepting proposals for day-long short courses to be held in conjunction with the 19th Annual Environmental Education State Symposium. This year’s conference will be held at the Baton Rouge Marriott, February 19-20, 2016.

All short courses will take place on Friday, February 19, 2016 in the Baton Rouge area. The theme for this conference will be “Exploring the Natural World.” It is not necessary for presenters to adhere to the theme, but short courses that complement the theme are encouraged.

The preferred method for submitting proposals is by web form at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/2016-environmental-education-symposium-short-course-presenter-form .

If you are unable to submit the form by web, you can download a Microsoft Word version here and send the completed Word form to vortego@wlf.la.gov, or print and mail to:
Venise Ortego
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
5652 Hwy 182.
Opelousas, LA 70570

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission has a mission to create a comprehensive and balanced environmental education initiative that will result in environmentally literate citizens who will effectively and constructively solve existing environmental problems, prevent new ones, and maintain a sustainable environment for future generations.

2016 Environmental Education Symposium Short Course Presenter Form

 

This form is for proposals for day-long short courses that will take place on Friday, February 19, 2016 in the greater Baton Rouge area.

A call for for proposals for hour-long concurrent sessions to be held Saturday, February 20, 2016 will be announced on October 1, 2015. Presenters are welcome to submit proposals for each.

The theme for this conference will be “Exploring the Natural World.” It is not necessary for you to adhere to the theme, but short courses that complement the theme are encouraged.

Proposals are due on or before Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

 

 

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The lead presenters (up to 2) will receive complementary admission to the EE Symposium. Lead presenters are expected to pay LEEA membership dues, however. Additional presenters must submit a conference registration form and pay conference registration fees.

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Louisiana Green Schools Coordinator Job Opening: Lafayette Parish

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF)/Louisiana Environmental Education Commission  has recently undergone a Memorandum of Understanding with the Louisiana Department of Education regarding support and implementation of the Green Ribbon Schools initiative in Louisiana. As a result, LDWF/LEEC has agreed to implement a Green Schools grants program for Louisiana schools and is in the process of hiring for a part-time position to oversee, monitor, and otherwise support this initiative and the associated awards program.

If you are interested in applying for this part-time (approximately 22 hours per week) position, please follow this link to begin the Louisiana Department of Civil Service application process. The application window closes Saturday, August 1, 2015.

Examples of Work:

  • Develops, implements, and supports the Louisiana Green Ribbon Schools program and associated state awards recognition.
  • Implements a green schools grants program for Louisiana’s K-12 schools and universities, orchestrating the processes of reviewing, awarding, monitoring, and reporting progress.
  • Provides education and support to Louisiana teachers, schools, districts, and universities regarding green schools initiatives.  
  • Solicits for funding via grants and donations to support the green schools grants program.
  • Performs responsible duties related to the proper operation, administration, coordination, and management of records, grants, and contracts.
  • Interacts with top level state agency staff, legislators, federal agency personnel, non-profit organization representatives, the governor’s office, and the private sector to promote and develop cooperative Green Ribbon School initiatives.

 

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18 Men Cited for Illegal Shrimp Harvesting Since April

Release Date: 07/24/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents working St. Mary, Terrebonne and LaFourche parishes have made nine closed season shrimping cases and seized over 6,500 pounds of illegally taken shrimp since April.

Agents cited Chaz Barrios, 26, of Venice, and Walter Heathcock, 31, of Covington, for using skimmer nets during a closed season on April 1.  Agents seized 2,228 pounds of shrimp and shrimp nets.

On May 15, agents cited Wade Lacoste, 46, of Theriot, for using skimmer nets during a closed season.  Agents seized 149 pounds of shrimp and shrimp nets.

Agents cited Charlie Billiot, 61, of Dulac, and Ernest Dion Jr., 30, of Dulac, for using skimmer nets during a closed season and seized 1,495 pounds of shrimp and shrimp nets on June2.

On June 21, agents cited Ha Nguyen, 41, of San Jose, Calif., and Lau Ho, 50, of Gretna, for using skimmer nets during a closed season.  Agents seized 1,100 pounds of shrimp and shrimp nets.

Agents cited Gilday Aucoin, 61, of Belle River, and Michael Edwards, 58, of Pierre Part, for using skimmer nets during a closed season and seized 50 pounds of shrimp and shrimp nets on June 27.

On July 14, agents cited Corey Joseph, 26, of Houma, Rodney Pellegrin Jr., 34, of Houma, and Cilombo Collins, 40, of Houma, for using skimmer nets during a closed season.  Agents seized 86 pounds of shrimp and shrimp nets.

Agents cited Aaron Tillman, 40, of Bay St. Louis, Miss., and Easton Rodrigue, 43, of Montegut, for using skimmer nets during a closed season and seized 1,078 pounds of shrimp and shrimp nets on July 15.

On July 17, agents cited Marquis Broussard, 39, of Montegut, and Bryce Broussard, 42, of Montegut, for using skimmer nets during a closed season.  Agents seized 193 pounds of shrimp and nets.

Agents cited Kelly Lebouef, 33, and Sheri Arceneaux, 39, both of Montegut, for using skimmer nets during a closed season and seized 286 pounds of shrimp and nets on July 21.

Using skimmers during a closed shrimp season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  In addition to any and all other penalties, for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer, and butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction.  During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer, or butterfly net, only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible to LDWF.  The court shall also sentence the violator to perform 40 hours of community service.

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

Three Texas Men Found Harvesting Oysters in Closed Area

Release Date: 07/24/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested three men for alleged oyster harvesting violations this morning, July 24, in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents arrested Israel Beiza-Lopez, 30, Jose L. Lopez, 26, and Pedro M. Cruz, 25, all of Dallas, Texas, for taking oysters during a closed season on the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation.

On the morning of July 24, LDWF agents were on patrol when they observed a vessel in the Sister Lake Seed Reservation actively dredging for oysters.

Agents stopped the vessel and found the three men in possession of 30 sacks of oysters.  Agents seized the vessel, oyster dredges, GPS device and returned the oysters to the water.  The men were booked into the Terrebonne Parish Jail.

The Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation is closed for the 2014/15 season.

Taking oysters during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

Agents participating in this care are Lt. Joseph Arnaud, Senior Agent Norman Deroche and Senior Agent Stephen Rhodes.

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

LEEC eNews Bulletin: Save the Date - February 19-20, 2016

LEEC eNews Bulletin: Save the Date - February 19-20, 2016

Please find a link to the pdf version of our Save the Date flyer below.

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