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Two Men Caught Shrimping In Closed Area

Release Date: 03/20/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two men for alleged illegal shrimping on March 17 in Iberia Parish.

Agents cited Hoang D. Nguyen, 55, of Katy, Texas, and Nile L. Franklin, 52, of Gretna, for taking shrimp in state waters during a closed season.

Agents observed the two men onboard a vessel actively trawling for shrimp inside state waters southeast of Marsh Island Refuge.  Agents boarded the vessel and found harvested shrimp on board as well as shrimp in the trawls.

Agents returned the shrimp from the trawls back to the water.  Agents also seized 3,409 pounds of sacked shrimp onboard, which were subsequently sold at the dock.

Shrimping 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.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Jesse Savoie, Sgt. Justin Sonnier, Sgt. David Sanford, and Senior Agent Nathan Vanya.

Friends of the Louisiana Whooping Crane Newsletter

Dear Friend of the Louisiana Whooping Cranes,



Please find the link below to the first quarterly newsletter for 2017. As always, we appreciate your continued support of our efforts to restore this important species to its historic Louisiana habitat.

One More Day to Submit LEEC Grant Applications

March 17, 2017 is the final day to submit applications for LEEC grants. Applications will be accepted via electronic submission only. See links to guidelines and applications for each category below.

 

Educator Grants - Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact Louisiana students - Those eligible: Accredited K-12 Louisiana schools - Maximum award: $1,000 for 1 teacher or $2,000 for a team

Guidelines: http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2017-2018-LEEC-Educator-Grant-Guidelines

Application:http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2017-2018-LEEC-Educator-Grant-Application

 

Professional Development Grants - Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact preservice and/or in-service educators in Louisiana - Those eligible: Louisiana education, state, or environmental agencies, colleges, universities, or 501(C)(3) nonprofit organizations - Maximum award: $2,500 – 

Guidelines: http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2017-2018-LEEC-Professional-Development-Grant-Guidelines

Application: http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2017-2018-LEEC-Professional-Development-Grant-Application

 

University Research Grants - Post-graduate research with a focus on environmental issues - Those eligible: Students attending Louisiana colleges or universities and who are working toward a Masters, Ph.D., or conducting Ph.D. research are eligible to apply on behalf of their school - Maximum award: $1,200 – 

Guidelines: http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2017-2018-LEEC-University-Research-Grant-Guidelines

Application: http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2017-2018-LEEC-University-Research-Grant-Application

 

Green Schools Grants - Supports projects designed to reduce a school’s environmental impact, reduce health disparities that can aggravate achievement gaps, and engage students in hands-on learning. Proposals to be considered are those that align with pillars found in the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Program: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/green-schools-pillars-and-elements - Those eligible: Accredited K-12 Louisiana schools - Maximum award: $5,000 - 

Guidelines: http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2017-2018-LEEC-Green-Schools-Grant-Guidelines

Application: http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2017-2018-LEEC-Green-Schools-Grant-Application

 

For more information on these grants or the 2017 Environmental Education State Symposium, visit our website at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec. Or contact: Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries vortego@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Participating in “Spring Aboard” Boating Safety Campaign

Release Date: 03/15/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) are encouraging boaters to enroll in a boating education course prior to the kickoff of the boating season.

LDWF will be participating in the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) Spring Aboard-Take a Boating Education Course campaign by providing seven free boating education courses across the state from March 19-25.

Developed by NASBLA, and produced under a grant administered by the U.S. Coast Guard, the annual Spring Aboard campaign informs and motivates boaters to prepare for the boating season by providing information on how to enroll in a boating knowledge or skills based education course.  The campaign emphasizes enrollment in courses verified as meeting the national boating knowledge or skill standard.

“We are excited to be a part of the Spring Aboard initiative and are always looking for ways to get the public involved in one of our free safe boating courses,” said Lt. Col. Sammy Martin, Louisiana’s state boating law administrator.  “We feel that safe boating course offers something for any skill level on the water and encourage everyone that boats to take one.”

Boating education courses are mandatory for anyone in Louisiana born after Jan. 1, 1984 who operates a motorboat over 10 horsepower.  To register for an LDWF boating education course please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating/courses.

LDWF implemented Louisiana’s safe boating education program in 2003 and since that time have certified over 99,000 boaters.

U.S. Coast Guard statistics indicate that of the accidents where the level of operator education was known, 80 percent of boating deaths occurred on boats where the boat operator had never received boating education instruction.

LEEC eNews Bulletin: Watershed Webs Summer Workshop Announced

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St. Bernard Parish Men Pleaded Guilty to Oyster Violations

Release Date: 03/13/2017

On March 9, 2017 three St. Bernard Parish fishermen pled guilty to commercial oyster fishing violations.

Tyler Campo, 24, of St. Bernard, Brian Cocchiara, 24, of Chalmette, and Nathan Molinary, 20, of Violet, pled guilty to one count each of unlawfully taking oysters from unleased state water bottoms and taking oysters during illegal hours.

Judge Kim Jones ordered the men to pay a fine of $800 each and serve 120 days in jail suspended.  The men can also only harvest oysters from a vessel that is equipped with a vessel monitoring system that is accessible to Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) agents.  The oyster dredge that was seized was also forfeited to the state.

LDWF agents initially cited the men on Aug. 9, 2016 when they observed the men dredging for oysters in an area where they did not have permission and one hour before legal harvest was set to begin.

Prosecuting the case were members of District Attorney Perry Nicosia’s office.  Case agents were Lt. Adam Young and Sgt. Jason Gernados.

LEEC eNews: Art and Language Arts Contest, Grants Deadline and More!

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LDWF Agents Arrest Man Wanted for Sex Trafficking

Release Date: 02/27/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents arrested a fugitive out of Orleans Parish on Feb. 26 in St. Bernard Parish.

Agents cited Jean Luc Williams, 26, of New Orleans, for failing to have a boat registration onboard and for failing to complete the boating education requirements.

Agents were on patrol in St. Bernard Parish when they observed the subject fishing alone in his vessel along Violet Canal.  Agents conducted a boating safety compliance inspection and found that Williams did not possess a boat registration and did not complete the required boating education course.

After running a background check on Williams, agents were able to determine that Williams had an active warrant out for his arrest in Orleans Parish since October of 2016.  He was wanted for trafficking of children for sexual purposes.

Agents placed Williams under arrest and transported him to the St. Bernard Parish Jail.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Ed Ridgel III and Senior Agent Michael Marques Jr.

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