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Body of Cameron Man Recovered from Calcasieu River

Release Date: 10/05/2015

Search and rescue crews recovered the body of a Cameron man this morning, Oct. 5, in the East Pass of the Calcasieu River in Cameron Parish.

Search crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Coast Guard began searching for Ronald B. Moore, 44, on Oct. 2 around 4 p.m.

Moore’s body was recovered around 9 a.m. on Oct. 5 near the town of Cameron.

According to witnesses they heard a noise and saw Moore floating in the water while his 16 foot aluminum vessel was circling around him.  The witnesses saw Moore bob up and down a few times and before disappearing.  The witnesses were able to call for help.

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

It is unknown at this time what caused Moore to be ejected from the vessel.

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

2016 Environmental Education State Symposium Call for Presenters

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission is seeking presenters for the 2016 Louisiana Environmental Education State Symposium, scheduled for February 19-20, 2015 at the Baton Rouge Marriott, 5500 Hilton Ave., Baton Rouge. The symposium is an annual event aimed at providing formal and non-formal environmental educators from Louisiana and the surrounding region with up-to-date environmental education information and techniques.
 
The theme for this year's symposium is "Exploring the Natural World." Presenters are encouraged to follow the conference theme, but it is not strictly necessary.  Visit the symposium website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/louisiana-environmental-education-symposium.
 
Presenters will conduct 50-minute sessions featuring exemplary programs, hands-on workshops, or lesson demonstrations. Educators who wish to present a session at the 2015 Environmental Education State Symposium, please visit our online proposal form at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/2016-environmental-education-state-symposium-presenter-proposal-form.
 
For more information, contact Thomas Gresham at tgresham@wlf.la.gov.

World Champions Honored at Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting

Release Date: 10/02/2015

World Champions Honored at Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting

On Thursday, Oct. 1 the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries recognized Louisiana student archers who participated in the 2015 National Archers in the School Program (NASP) World Archery Tournament in Nashville, Tenn. in July.

This year’s NASP World Tournament proved to be the largest ever held with nearly 5,000 student archers competing from five countries including the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, South Africa, and Namibia.  Of those 5,000 students, 64 came from Louisiana and proudly represented not only their school but the entire state of Louisiana.

Benton Middle School, of Benton, La., were crowned as World Champions in the Middle School Division.   Benton Middle School also finished 3rd in the 2015 NASP National Tournament held in May in Kentucky.  Benton Elementary, who placed 4th at nationals this year and were last year’s World Champions, brought home their second World Championship becoming Louisiana’s first ever back-to-back World Champions.

Along with the world titles achieved by these teams, three individuals from Louisiana brought home World Championship titles as well.

Anna Robins of Benton Middle School finished 4th in the World in the middle school girls division.

Nathan Delill of Buckeye High School finished 3rd in the World in the middle school boys division.

Emma Bunch of Benton Elementary became Louisiana’s first-ever individual World Champion Archer placing 1st in the elementary school girls division.

In addition to being recognized at the LDWF commission meeting, these students received team and individual awards from the department recognizing their achievements.

The Archery in Louisiana Schools Program is a member of the National Archery in the Schools Program, which teaches international target archery to students in grades 4-12.  All students who attend school where the ALAS/NASP curriculum is taught become eligible to compete in State, National and World tournaments.   For more information regarding ALAS and how you can get a program started at your school contact the ALAS State Coordinator – Robert Stroede at rstroede@wlf.la.gov or (318)484-2276.

Two Oyster Harvesters Charged For Taking Polluted Oysters

Release Date: 09/30/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two oyster fishermen for alleged oyster violations in Terrebonne Parish on Sept. 30.

Agents cited Grant J. Leboeuf, 30, and Travis J. Dardar, 30, both from Montegut, for taking oysters from an unapproved polluted area.

LDWF agents were on patrol in the morning when they observed a vessel in a marsh area near Bayou Jean Lacroux actively dredging for oysters.  The area was closed by Department of Health and Hospitals due to pollution.

Agents stopped the vessel and found the two men in possession of one sack of oysters.  Agent seized the vessel, oyster dredges and returned the oysters to the water.

Taking oysters from a polluted area brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  The men could also be sentenced to serve 40 hours community service and required to only harvest oysters from a vessel that is equipped with a vessel monitoring system.

Agents participating in this case are Sgt. Bryan Marie and Lt. Joe Arnaud.

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

Greenwell Springs Man Cited for Littering and Placing Bait on WMA

Release Date: 09/28/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) agents cited a Greenwell Springs man for alleged Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and littering violations in Pointe Coupee Parish on Sept. 26.

Agents cited Richard J. St. Pierre Jr., 18, for baiting deer and intentional littering on the Sherburne WMA.

Agents discovered deer corn and an empty 50 pound bag of corn on Aug. 1 on the Sherburne WMA.  Agents also documented the placing of bait on four other dates since Aug. 1 along with the empty corn bags and a fast food bag and cup.

On Sept. 26, agents observed Pierre Jr. in the act of placing bait and littering in the same location as previously documented.

Placing bait on a WMA brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Intentional littering carries up to a $500 fine and eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program as approved by the court.  

Sgt. Cliff Ortis and Senior Agent Russell Marbury are participating in the case.

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

Six Men Charged For Taking Polluted Oysters

Release Date: 09/22/2015

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent cited six men for alleged oyster violations in Terrebonne and LaFourche parishes.

On Sept. 18, LDWF Sgt. Bryan Marie cited Dustin M. Buquet, 18, Richardo Najera-Morales, 25, and Cline J. Ledet, 29, all from Chauvin, for taking oysters from an unapproved polluted area in Bay Antoine in Terrebonne Parish.

On Sept. 22, the agent cited Dillon J. Verdin, 23, from Cutoff, Alexei B. Vargas, 21, and Holden D. Verdin, 21, both from Houma, for taking oysters from an unapproved polluted area in Bayou Faleau in LaFourche Parish.

Both areas are closed by Department of Health and Hospitals due to pollution.

Both vessels were found with 15 sacks of oysters on board.  Sgt. Marie seized the vessels, oyster dredges and returned 30 sacks of oysters to the water.

Taking oysters from a polluted area brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  In addition, the men could be sentenced to serve 40 hours community service and be required to only harvest oysters from a vessel that is equipped with a vessel monitoring system.

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

Green Schools

What are Green Schools?

Schools, districts, and institutions of higher education that are making progress toward improving resource conservation and sustainability, promote the health of their students and faculty, and foster engagement between students and their environment exemplify the characteristics of a green school.

The Green School Pillars and Elements are used as a guide to develop green initiatives.  Exemplary Green Schools show characteristics of all pillars and elements.

 

Louisiana Green Schools Program

The LEEC is proud to offer teachers and schools educational resources and grants as part of its Green School Program. Participation in the program helps to reduce your school’s environmental impact, reduce health disparities that can aggravate achievement gaps, and engage students in hands-on learning. Instruction and activities complement your curriculum with a solid foundation in STEM subjects while teaching civic skills and opening doors to green career pathways.

 

Green Schools Grants Now Available

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

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-Green-Schools-Grant-Guidelines

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-Green-Schools-Grant-Application

Contact

Inquires may be directed to:

Brian Gautreau
Green Schools Coordinator
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
bgautreau@wlf.la.gov
 

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Three Men Cited For Tuna Violations in Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 09/10/2015

On Sept. 9, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) agents cited three men for alleged commercial tuna violations in Plaquemines Parish.

While on a Joint Enforcement Agreement (JEA) patrol in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service, LDWF agents made contact with James A. Gerakines, 41, and Charles Updegraff, 52, both of Chalmette, and Perry Menesses, 58, of St. Bernard.  The men were on the commercial fishing vessel “Jasmine” in the area of Tiger Pass located in Venice.

During a federal fish inspection the men were found to be in possession of numerous skipjack and yellowfin tuna.  After a lengthy investigation agents determined that Gerakines intended to sell the tuna upon return to Venice.

When the investigation was completed agents determined no federal commercial highly migratory species (HMS) permit was on board or issued for the vessel in question or captain and of the eight yellowfin tuna on board six were under the minimum size limit of 27 inches.

All three men were charged with failing to comply with taking or possessing tuna without the required commercial HMS permit and taking or possessing under sized yellowfin tuna.  Each of the two charges carries up to a $350 fine and 60 days in jail.

Additionally the men face civil restitution charges for the illegally taken tuna totaling $1,290.20.  Agents seized a total of 285 pounds of tuna and donated it to a local homeless shelter.

Agents participating in the case are Sgts. Adam Young and Villere Reggio.

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

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