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L.D.W.F. Agents Issue Four Citations for Closed Season Shrimping

Release Date: 05/02/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited four Louisiana men for allegedly shrimping during a closed season in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents cited Rodney Hereford Jr., 28, and Mark Farrell, 41, both of Slidell, and Lenny Serpas Jr., 52, and Aaron Serpas, 19, both of Meraux, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season.

Agents responded to reports of illegal shrimping in Plaquemines Parish on the morning of April 29 and observed the vessel occupied by Hereford and Farrell engaging in skimming operations in Black Bay near Belle Island.  Agents seized and returned 60 pounds of shrimp to the water.

In the early evening hours on April 30, agents again responded to reports of illegal shrimping in Plaquemines Parish.  Agents observed the vessel occupied by the Serpas engaged in skimming operations in Black Bay near Iron Banks.  Agents seized and returned 40 pounds of shrimp to the water.

Using skimmers in a closed season brings up to a $950 fine, up to 120 days in jail, or both plus courts costs.

In addition to any other penalties, 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 by LDWF.

Agents participating in the cases were Senior Agents Brett Nabors and Mike Garrity.

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

Golden Meadow Resident Cited For Shrimping Violations

Release Date: 04/29/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Golden Meadow resident on April 28 for an alleged closed season shrimp violation in Lafourche Parish.

Agents cited Toney Morgan Dardar, 51, for using skimmers during a closed season and improper running lights.

In the pre dawn hours, agents responded to reports of illegal shrimping in lower Lafourche Parish.  Agents observed the vessel occupied by Dardar engaged in skimming near the protection levee by Tidewater.  At the time, the vessel was observed without the required running lights.

Agents returned 100 pounds of shrimp to the water and seized the two skimmer nets and vessel.

The penalty for using skimmers in a closed season is a fine up to $950, up to 120 days in jail, or both plus courts costs.  In addition to any other penalties, 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 by LDWF.

The penalty for improper running lights is a fine of $50 or imprisonment for up to 15 days, or both plus court cost.

Agents participating in the case were Sgts. Bryan Marie and Richard Purvis.

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

Agenda Set for May Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting

Release Date: 04/28/2011

April 28, 2011 - The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2011, in the Louisiana Room at the Wildlife and Fisheries Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

The following items will be discussed:

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Minutes of April 7, 2011
  3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege
  4. To consider Declaration of Emergency and Notice of Intent on Opening of Sabine Lake to Commercial Oyster Harvest
  5. To hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/April
  6. To consider Resolution on Free Fishing Weekend
  7. To consider 2011-2013 Hunting Seasons and 2011-2012 WMA Season: Consideration of Conditionally Adopted Amendments to Notice of Intent and Consideration of Amended Notice of Intent
  8. To consider General and WMA Hunting Rules and Regulations: Consideration of Conditionally Adopted Amendments to Notice of Intent and Consideration of Amended Notice of Intent
  9. To consider Deer Management Assistance Program: Consideration of Conditionally Adopted Amendments to Notice of Intent and Consideration of Amended Notice of Intent
  10. To consider Declaration of Emergency on Setting the Opening Dates of the 2011 Spring Inshore Shrimp Season
  11. To consider Declaration of Emergency and Notice of Intent on Fisheries Closures due to Oil Spill
  12. Set September 2011 Meeting Date
  13. Receive Public Comments
  14. Adjournment

L.D.W.F. Makes Available Revised Wildlife and Fish Values for Public Comment

Release Date: 04/28/2011

April 28, 2011 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) adopted a notice of intent this month to approve changes to the values assigned to fish and wildlife in Louisiana, and to modify the list of threatened and endangered species.  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) recommended the revised values, which are used to determine fines for individuals who illegally take fish and wildlife.

The list of threatened and endangered species will be amended to match the current federal listing of threatened or endangered species that are in Louisiana.  Key changes were the removal of the brown pelican and the bald eagle, and the addition of the red wolf.

To view the full notice of intent, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items. Public comment will be accepted at the LWFC monthly meetings on May 5 and June 2. Comments will also be accepted by mail to LDWF headquarters in Baton Rouge through June 2, 2010. Mailed comments should be directed to:

David Lavergne
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
P.O. Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov. 

Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Meeting Canceled

Release Date: 04/27/2011

 

April 27, 2011The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 27 at 1 p.m. has been canceled.  The public will be notified when the meeting is rescheduled. 

 

Contact Ashley Roth, Ashley@Louisianaseafood.com or 504-286-8735.

LDWF Announces More Fishing Openings

Release Date: 04/26/2011

Map of Openings 4/26/11

Over 99.4 percent of state waters now open for fishing

April 26, 2011 - Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in coordination with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, ordered an emergency reopening of recreational and commercial fishing in portions of state inside and outside waters within the Barataria Basin that were previously closed due to impacts from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill last year.  These areas were opened previously to only recreational and charter boat angling. 

“By working so closely with our state and federal partners we can continue to ensure consumers of Louisiana seafood that it is safe,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.  “Today we are one step closer to resuming normal fishing practices.”

Secretary Barham ordered this opening following the completion of comprehensive testing, after which the FDA advised that shrimp, crab and finfish tissue samples tested from these previously closed areas are safe for consumption.

Recreational and commercial fishing reopens immediately today in certain portions of state inside waters adjacent to Grand Terre Island, Four Bayou Pass and the Barataria Waterway.

This reopening does not include the harvest of species closed by season, including shrimp and certain finfish. 

Furthermore, this opening does not include the commercial harvest of oysters, as this activity is regulated by Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, please contact Laura Deslatte at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov or (225) 610-2363.

 

Louisiana Saltwater Series Fishing Tournament Heads West to Lake Charles

Release Date: 04/26/2011

April 26, 2011 - The Louisiana Saltwater Series Fishing Tournament, hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, continues to its next scheduled tournament site on April 30, 2011, in Lake Charles, La., at Calcasieu Point Landing.  The series is dedicated to catch-and-release saltwater angling through a series of agency-sponsored fishing tournaments.

The series was developed by LDWF in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation to promote conservation of Louisiana’s saltwater sport fish resources and targets one of Louisiana’s most valuable sport fish, redfish.  

The grassroots-based tournament provides anglers with the opportunity to give back to the resource.  Contestants vie for cash prizes and test their skill while enjoying the thrill of the competitive sport. 

Each series includes two-man teams with a $200 entry fee for each event. For teams consisting of three members, only two of the members may be 16 or older.  The tournament is a 100 percent payout series.

This year, a youth division was established to introduce young anglers to the sport of fishing, and to teach the catch-and-release approach to conservation. Participants under 16 years of age will compete against one another in a separate category for trophy catch; all youth anglers will be recognized. 
 

The 2011 series is comprised of six fishing events and a championship. Tournament locations are scheduled across the coast.  The 2011 tournament schedule is as follows: 

  • April 2 Lafitte, Seaway Marina;
  • April 30 Lake Calcasieu, Calcasieu Point Landing;
  • May 14 Venice, Venice Marina;
  • June 18 Delacroix, Sweetwater Marina;
  • July 23 Slidell, Dockside Bait and Tackle/The Dock;
  • August 20 Port Fourchon, Moran’s Marina; and
  • Championship October 7 and 8 Empire, The Delta Marina.
     

Online registration for the tournament will close on Thursday, April 28 at noon, but those interested in participating can register at Calcasieu Point Landing from 5 to 6 a.m., the morning of the event.  Only cash or checks will be accepted for payment of registration fees the morning of the event.

For complete information, including rules, regulations and entry forms go to www.lasaltwaterseries.com. 

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.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov (225) 765-5113.
 

Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Meeting Scheduled for April 27

Release Date: 04/26/2011

April 26, 2011 – The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board will meet Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 1 pm at the UNO Advanced Technology Center located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive in Suite 210, in New Orleans.

The agenda for Wednesday's meeting is as follows:

  1. Call to order
  2. Roll call
  3. Approval of minutes from February 16, 2011
  4. Reports
    1. Executive Directors Report
      1. Boston Seafood Show
      2. Oil Spill Anniversary Events (Seafood Summit, ACF, etc.)
    2. Treasurer’s Report 
  5. New Business
    1. Brussels
    2. Shrimp Task Force Update
    3. RFP Sub Committee Recommendations
  6. Set Next Meeting
  7. Adjourn
     

This meeting is open to the public.

For more information contact Ashley Roth at aroth@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8735
 

Boating Education Lagniappe Day

Date: 
Sat, 05/14/2011

 

LDWF will be hosting the first ever "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" on May 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at eight different locations across the state.  Click on the link for registration and location information.

Boating Education Lagniappe Day

1st Annual "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" Slated for May 14

Release Date: 04/21/2011

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be hosting the first ever "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" on May 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at eight different locations across the state.

During Boating Education Lagniappe Day, LDWF will provide instructors for the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) boating education course, NASBLA boating education certification, food and drinks, giveaways and door prizes all free of charge to the public.

Interested participants must register by visiting www.wlf.louisiana.gov/lagniappeday and calling the contact number listed for the chosen class.  LDWF urges the public to register quickly as most places have limited spaces available and registration is on a first come first serve basis.

"We want to make this an annual celebration of boating safety in the state as boating season kicks into high gear," said LDWF Lt. Col. Jeff Mayne, the State's Boating Law Administrator.  "Boating Education Lagniappe Day is the perfect opportunity for those in need of a boating education certification and those that want to learn about boating safety.  We want to make the day fun and educational at the same time and everything will be offered completely free."

Anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 must complete a NASBLA approved boating education course and carry proof of completion to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.

The 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.  Completion of the course will result in the student being issued a vessel operators certification card.

Studies have shown that states with a mandatory boating education program have fewer boating incidents that result in fatalities than states that have no boating education program.  States with a boating education program for more than 20 years had 3.67 fatalities per 100,000 registered boats, and states with no boating education program had 6.61 fatalities per 100,000 boats.

LDWF initiated the state's boating education program in 2003 and has certified over 40,000 boaters during that time.

"Boating education has been a proven method to reduce fatalities on the water over time," said Capt. Rachel Zechenelly, LDWF's Boating Safety Coordinator.  "Since more and more of the boating public will fall into the mandatory age for certification, we will eventually reach a point where everyone that wants to boat in this state will have their boating education certificate making the waterways more enjoyable and safer."

Sponsors for the Boating Education Lagniappe Day are the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Walmart, Cabela's, Holiday Inn and Songy's Sporting Goods of Houma.

Below is the list of class locations known at this time and the registration contact information:

Bossier City
Academy Sports and Outdoors
2801 Beane Dr.
Bossier City, LA 71111
Call the Minden Office at 318-371-3049 to register.

West Monroe
Academy Sports and Outdoors
111 Constitution Dr.
West Monroe, LA 71292
Call the Monroe Office at 318-362-3102 to register.

Alexandria
Academy Sports and Outdoors
3205 S. MacArthur Dr.
Alexandria, LA 71301
Call the Pineville Office at 318-487-5634 to register.

Eunice
Walmart
1538 Hwy. 190
Eunice, LA 70535
Call the Opelousas Office at 337-948-0257 to register.

Lake Charles
Lake Charles Civic Center
900 Lakeshore Dr.
Lake Charles, LA 70602
Call the Lake Charles Office at 337-491-2580 or 337-491-2588 to register.
Free door prizes to first 100 students to call and register.

Houma
Holiday Inn
1800 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Houma, LA 70360
Call the Thibodaux Office at 985-447-0821 to register.

Gonzales
Cabela's
Cabela's Parkway
Gonzales, LA 70737
Call the Baton Rouge Office at 225-765-2999 to register.

Chalmette
St. Bernard Parish Government Complex
8201 W. Judge Perez
Chalmette, LA 70043
Call the New Orleans Office at 504-284-2023 to register.

For more information on regulations or boating safety, please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating.  For more information on boating education courses, please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating/courses.

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

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