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Louisiana Safe Boating Week Set For May 18-24

Release Date: 05/16/2019

The state of Louisiana has issued a proclamation that recognizes May 18-24 as “Safe Boating Week” in Louisiana, which 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.  LDWF regulations also 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 www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating.

Alcohol use is one of the leading causes of boating crash incidents and fatalities on the water.  Alcohol consumption impairs a boater's judgment, balance, vision and reaction time.  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.

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 www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating/courses.  Since the safe boating course’s inception in 2003, over 110,000 boaters have been certified in Louisiana.

In 2018, Louisiana reported 20 boating fatalities.  So far, in 2019 Louisiana has reported five fatalities.

LEEC eNews: Nominate Your Everyday Hero, Celebrate Endangered Species Day, and More!

LEEC News

Louisiana Coastal Fellowship Program 

May 16, 2019 is the final day for prospective fellows to apply for the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission's Louisiana Coastal Fellowship Program. Sponsored by the Greater New Orleans Foundation and open to 7th – 12th grade teachers in the Greater New Orleans Area*, this four-workshop series will inform participants about Louisiana’s coastal and wetland issues and how to develop related science phenomena for the classroom. Participants will also learn how to perform field experiences and build-out phenomena into instructional sequences for students.

Teachers will use information and data gained in workshops to develop phenomena based on Louisiana Students Standards for Science for their classrooms. Phenomena development and classroom implementation will be supported through a mentoring and evaluation program that includes fellows along with pedagogical and content experts working together to ensure exemplary programming for your classroom. Finalized phenomena and resources will be published on the Louisiana Science Phenomena Website. The resources on the website will serve as a foundation for instructional sequences in coastal and wetland issues for all of Louisiana’s educators.
 
 
* The Greater New Orleans Area includes Assumption, Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, and Washington parishes.

Environmental News

Orleans Parish Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Saturday, May 11th from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at 2829 Elysian Fields Avenue

It is the ONLY day to properly dispose of pesticides, garden chemicals, muriatic acid, oil-based paint and stains, paint thinner and varnish, grout, oil, gasoline, aerosols, household cleaners, flammable liquids, pool shock and more!  See the full list of accepted items at https://nola.gov/sanitation/documents/san-household-hazardous-waste-flyer/.

Upcoming Events

LUMCON Summer Camps

The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium has extended the application deadline for their 2019 Field Marine Science (FMS) camp to May 25, 2019. FMS camp will take place July 14-20 at the DeFelice Marine Center in Cocodrie, Louisiana, giving students the opportunity to gain real-world experience conducting field research in the coastal marshes of south Louisiana.
 
Participants of this research-based camp will learn about Louisiana’s marine resources and how to conduct and report their own research results. As campers, students will have full access to research vessels, research equipment, laboratories, and scientists located at the DeFelice Marine Center. Participants of this camp will become part of a scientific community that is trying to assess the state of our changing coastal systems. FMS is designed for students grades 9th-12th who have a desire to learn more about how to effectively conduct field research and communicate their results to diverse audiences. This week-long residential camp is ideal for any student that is serious about pursuing a career in marine or environmental science and would like to gain research experience before entering college. 
 
For more information or to download an application, visit https://lumcon.edu/k-12/ or email Murt Conover mconover@lumcon.edu or Aaron Bacala at abacala@lumcon.edu
 
LUMCON is also still accepting applications for their LEAD summer camp.  More information is also available at https://lumcon.edu/k-12/.
 

Keep Louisiana Beautiful State Conference

The Keep Louisiana Beautiful annual state conference and Everyday Hero Awards Banquet will take place on September 25-26 in Baton Rouge. All those interested in working towards a greener, cleaner, more beautiful Louisiana are invited to attend. Industry experts, civic officials, and anti-litter advocates from across the state will gather to present and share best practices that encourage environmental stewardship in practical ways that attendees can bring back to their own communities. 
 
Visit KLB's site for more information and to register.
 

KLB Everyday Hero Nominations

Each year, Keep Louisiana Beautiful seeks nominations to honor those that go the extra mile to keep our communities clean, beautiful, and litter-free. Nominations are available in eight categories. Anyone can nominate someone for an award, and you may nominate as many people as you'd like. The deadline for nominations is August 30, 2019.
 
Award recipients will be recognized at KLB's Everyday Heroes Awards Banquet in Baton Rouge on September 25th.
 
Visit KLB's site to find out more and submit nominations.
 

Party for the Planet: Endangered Species Day 

May 18, 2019 from 11a.m. - 3 p.m. at Audubon Zoo
 
Endangered Species Day at Audubon Zoo offers guests the opportunity to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species while enjoying animal care chats and interactive activities from Audubon animal care staff, educators, and conservation partners. Guests can take a conservation journey with Animal Quest and visit the Entergy table to learn how to earn an Endangered Species lion badge! This event is included in Zoo admission and complimentary for Audubon Members.
 
Audubon Zoo will be collecting old cell phones to recycle for their “Gorillas on the Line” conservation effort. Recycling old mobile phones helps protect gorillas by reducing the demand for coltan, a mineral found in phones and other small electronics that is mined from gorilla habitats in Africa.
 
Find out more about this and other Party for the Planet events at https://audubonnatureinstitute.org/party-for-the-planet

 


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Three Mississippi Men Cited for Oyster Violations in St. Bernard Parish

Release Date: 05/09/2019

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited three Mississippi men for alleged oyster violations on May 9 in St. Bernard Parish.

Agents cited Delton H Wells, 60, of Liberty, Miss., Raymond A. Johnston, 57, of Summit, Miss., and Gasper S. Penton, 50, of Bay St. Louis, Miss., for failing to have working Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) while using an out of state landing permit.

Agents were on patrol when they found three vessels actively dredging for oysters with two of them in Karako Bay and the other in Fishing Smack Bay.  Agents made contact with the subjects on board the vessels and found they were from Mississippi and were dredging for oysters in Louisiana using an out of state landing permit without working VMS systems.

Regulations state that you must have a properly working VMS system while using an out of state landing permit to fish for oysters.

Agents seized a total of 407 mini sacks of oysters from the three vessels and returned them to the water.

Failing to have a working VMS with an out of state landing permit brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

LEEC eNews Bulletin: 2019 Art & Language Arts Contest Winners Announced

The LEEC Student Environmental Awareness Art and Language Arts Contest is an annual event open to Louisiana K-12 students ages 5-18. Students are invited to submit visual or written work centered around the theme. The 2019 contest featured the theme "Taking Environmental Action: What's Great About Your Part of the State?"
 
See the winners of this year's contest below. All winners will receive prize money from the Louisiana Environmental Education Association and their works will be featured in the LEEC's 2020 Studen Visual and Language Arts Calendar.
 
Art Category
 

Place

Name

School

Parish

Title of Work

Teacher or Administrator

 

Group 1 Ages 5-7

1

Brynlee Trexler

Word of God Academy

Caddo

The Bayou at Night

Linda Sikes

2

Chris Zhang

Wildwood Elementary

East Baton Rouge

Recycle, Rebuild

Tramaine Moten

3

Elijah Berney

Word of God Academy

Caddo

I Love Louisiana

Linda Sikes

 

Group 2 Ages 8-10

1

Hollier Sutherlin

Isidore Newman

Orleans

Snowy Egrets of Avery Island

Jennifer Williams

2

Kara Jones

Word of God Academy

Caddo

The Pelican

Linda Sikes

3

Colin  Farnsworth

Isidore Newman

Orleans

Rescue in the Bayou

Jennifer Williams

 

Group 3 Ages 11-13

1

Veda Devireddy

Glasgow Middle

East Baton Rouge

Untitled

Geeta Dave

2

Arisha Sultana

A.E. Phillips Laboratory

Lincoln

Rock Island Greenway

Crystal Pye

3

Joanne Yi

Homeschool

East Baton Rouge

Return to Nature

Christina Yi

 

Group 4 Ages 14-18

1

Kate Duplantis

Bayou Blue Middle

Lafourche

Bayou Cleanup

Andre Adams

2

Kasandra Peterson

Ruston Jr. High

Lincoln

Peachy Clean

Crystal Pye

3

Andrew Childs

Glasgow Middle

East Baton Rouge

Untitled

Geeta Dave

 

Language Arts Category

Place

Name

School

Parish

Title of Work

Teacher or Administrator

 

Group 1 Ages 5-7

1

Sonny Howard

South Highlands Elementary

Caddo

The Beautiful Red River

Anita Vailes

2

Cameron Poole

Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic

Lafayette

My First Trip to the Swamp

Morgan Deshotels

3

Brayson Spinner

Bains Elementary

West Feliciana

My Backyard

Marjorie Dubea

 

Group 2 Ages 8-10

1

Shuyan Klein-Helmkamp

Isidore Newman

Orleans

A Trip to the Green Project

Jennifer Williams

2

Stella Volz

Isidore Newman

Orleans

To Kill a Water Hyacinth

Jennifer Williams

3

Ren Guidry

Isidore Newman

Orleans

Bayou Christmas

Jennifer Williams

 

Group 3 Ages 11-13

1

Landry Brouillette

Homeschool

West Feliciana

St. Francisville

Sonya Brouilette

2

Braden Brown

St. Margaret Catholic School

Calcasieu

Bayou Poetry

Devon Melville

3

Arjun Desai

Caddo Parish Middle Magnet

Caddo

The Good Ol' Red River

Sarah Knick

 

Group 4 Ages 14-18

1

Andrew Hightower

Saint Paul's School

St. Tammany

Lake Pontchartrain Beach Sweep

Ray Bulliard

2

Ethan Viator

Saint Paul's School

St. Tammany

The River Runs Through It

Ray Bulliard

3

William Ditta

Saint Paul's School

St. Tammany

Don't Let It Slip Away

Ray Bulliard

For more information, contact Thomas Gresham at tgresham@wlf.la.gov.


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Gov. Edwards Appoints Dusty J. Guidry to Wildlife and Fisheries Commission

Release Date: 05/01/2019

Dusty J. Guidry

May 1, 2019 - Dusty J. Guidry, Director of Pretrial Services for the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s office, has been appointed to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Commission by Gov. John Bel Edwards. Guidry, who will serve as an at-large member of the commission until April 30, 2025, replaces Bart Yakupzack of Lake Charles.
 
Guidry, a lifelong Louisiana resident who lives in Lafayette, will make his first appearance on the commission during Thursday’s (May 2) meeting in Baton Rouge at 1 p.m.
 
“I consider it a great honor and privilege to continue serving the people of the state of Louisiana,’’ Guidry said. “I am blessed to have parents who exposed me to our state’s natural resources and instilled in me a passion and appreciation for wildlife.’’
 
Guidry has two children, Isabella and Cruz. The Scott native holds a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
 
Guidry serves on the Cajundome Commission and is a member of several boards. He is a member of Ducks Unlimited, the Coastal Conservation Association and the Louisiana Wildlife Federation.
 
“I aim to assist the commission in the ongoing coastal restoration and conservation efforts,’’ Guidry said. “Doing so will aid in keeping the natural resources of this state viable and in better shape for generations to come.’’
 
 

113 Boaters Certified During "Boating Education Lagniappe Day"

Release Date: 04/30/2019

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) certified 113 boaters statewide after their ninth annual "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" on April 27.

Boating Education Lagniappe Day was at eight locations across the state and consisted of the National Association of State 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:

Webster Parish
LDWF Region 1 Office
9961 Hwy. 80
Minden, LA 71055
Sponsors include Coca-Cola of Minden, Red River Waterway Commission, Bass Pro Shop of Bossier City, and the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Ouachita Parish
Academy Sports and Outdoors
111 Constitution Dr.
West Monroe, LA 71292
Sponsors include Academy Sports and Outdoors and Johnny’s Pizza House.

Rapides Parish
Woodworth Education Center
661 Robinson Bridge Rd.
Woodworth, LA 71485
Sponsors include the Louisiana Wildlife Agent’s Association (LWAA)

Lafayette Parish
LDWF Lafayette Office
200 Dulles Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70506
Sponsors include Deano’s Pizza of Lafayette

Beauregard Parish
Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Center
412 Boliver Bishop Dr.
Deridder, LA 70634
Sponsors include Beauregard Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited and Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

Lafourche Parish
St. John Volunteer Fire Department
2072 St. Mary St.
Thibodaux, LA 70301
Sponsors include Renovations Hardware of Galliano and LWAA

Tangipahoa Parish
Manchac Fire Department
30221 Hwy. 51
Akers, LA 70421
Sponsors include the Manchac Fire Department

St. Tammany Parish
St. Tammany Parish Recreation District #7
67835 Hwy. 41
Pearl River, LA 70452
Sponsors include the St. Tammany Parish Recreations District #7

Patterson Man Sentenced for Crabbing Violations

Release Date: 04/30/2019

A Patterson man pleaded guilty to crabbing violations in the 16th Judicial District in St. Mary Parish.

John McCloy Jr., 73, pleaded guilty to destroy legal crab traps or removing contents, failing to complete trip ticket information and selling to consumers without a fresh products license.

The Honorable Suzanne de Mahey sentenced McCloy on April 24 to pay $900 in fines and suspended his commercial fishing license for two years.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement division agents cited McCloy Jr. for theft of crabs, selling to consumers without a fresh products license, and failing to complete trip ticket information on Aug. 29, 2018, in St. Mary Parish.

Agents Cite Two Men for Oyster Violations in Sister Lake

Release Date: 04/29/2019

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two men for alleged oyster violations in Terrebonne Parish on April 25.

Agents cited Larenzo Lara Aguilar, 35, of Houma, and Miguel Rojas, 46, of San Leon, Texas, for taking oysters during a closed season on the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation, harvesting oysters during illegal hours, and using an illegal dredge.  Aguilar was also cited for violating logbook requirements and improper running lights.

Agents were on patrol in the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation around 5:45 a.m. when they observed a vessel with no running lights actively dredging for oysters.

Agents stopped the vessel and found Aguilar and Rojas on board with 20 sacks of oysters.  Agents seized the oysters and returned them to the seed reservation.  Agents also seized the vessel and two dredges on a department seizure order.

The Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation is closed for the entire 2018-19 oyster season.

Taking oysters during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking oysters during illegal hours carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Using an illegal dredge carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Operating a vessel at night without running lights brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.  Violating logbook requirements brings up to a $25 fine.

Agents Cite Four Subjects for Shrimping Violations in Lake Pelto

Release Date: 04/25/2019

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited four subjects for alleged shrimping violations on April 21 in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents cited Dwayne Trosclair, 50, of Larose, Ernest J. Dion Jr., 33, of Dulac, Larry A. Dion, 58, of Dulac, and Kendy L. Chauvin, 38, of Houma, for using skimmer nets during a closed season.  Trosclair was also cited for improper boat numbers.

Agents received a tip that a boat was using skimmer nets to actively shrimp an area in Lake Pelto that is currently closed to shrimping.  Agents setup surveillance and observed a vessel captained by Trosclair using skimmer nets to actively shrimp in this area.

Agents seized the vessel and skimmer nets on a department seizure order and returned 30 pounds of shrimp back to the water.

Using skimmers during a closed shrimp season carries up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail.  In addition for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer, or 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 violator may also have to perform 40 hours of community service.
Operating a vessel with improper boat numbers brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to Meet May 2, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Release Date: 04/25/2019

The next regular Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, 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 April 3, 2019 Commission Meeting Minutes

5. Approval of May 2, 2019 Agenda

6. Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

   a.  Introduction of Newly Appointed Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Member

7. Enforcement Report, April 2019 – Major Edward Skena, Enforcement Division

8. Receive Final Summary of Public Comments and Consider Adoption of the Notice of Intent and Previously Adopted Amendments for Wild Quadrupeds and Wild Bird Rules and Regulations, including Cervid Carcass Importation Ban Rules and Regulations, General and Wildlife Management Area Hunting Rules and Regulations, General and WMA Turkey Hunting Regulations, Along with Resident Game Hunting Season Date Adjustments for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021, and Migratory Bird Season Adjustments for 2019-2020 – Tommy Tuma, Habitat Stewardship Branch Director

9. Receive and Consider Declaration of Emergency to Set the Opening Date for the 2019 Spring Inshore Shrimp Season – Peyton Cagle, Crustacean Biologist

10. Receive a Summary Presentation on the April 2019 Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council Meeting – Chris Schieble, Biologist Manager

11. Recognition of Department Employees that Worked on LA Creel – Jack Montoucet, Secretary

12. Angler Attitudes Toward Red Snapper Management: Fishery Importance, Catch Reporting and Agency Perceptions – Dr. Steve Midway, Louisiana State University

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

14. Set September 2019 Commission Meeting Date

15. Receive Public Comments

16. 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/5552891459935452674 

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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