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Successful Search and Rescue Mission Results in Finding Two Overdue Boaters

Release Date: 10/27/2012

Search and rescue authorities found two missing boaters alive on Grand Lake this morning, Oct. 27 after a 12 hour search.

Tyler Smith, 24, of Iota, and Gus Atkinson, 28, of Gueydan, were found by search and rescue personnel at 9 a.m. this morning at Cypress Island in the northern section of Grand Lake.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents were notified at 9 p.m. on Oct. 26 about two overdue boaters in the Grand Lake and Lake Arthur areas.  LDWF agents immediately coordinated a search effort throughout the night with the U.S. Coast Guard, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Smith and Atkinson launched their 14 foot aluminum flat bottom boat from the Hwy. 14 boat launch on Lake Arthur.  By 1:30 p.m. they were fishing at the “Catfish Locks” on Grand Lake.  At 5 p.m. family members notified the two fishermen of a storm kicking up in the area. 

The men started to make their way back to the Hwy. 14 launch, but ran into heavy winds and waves that swamped their boat.  They were able to walk their boat to the shore area and bail out the water and get back underway.  However, shortly thereafter the 25 horsepower motor quit working and they were unable to get it started again.  The men lost communications and decided to drag the boat to the shore area at Cypress Island and wait until help arrived.  Family members notified authorities at 9 p.m. who searched until they found them this morning at 9 a.m.

“These men did a lot of right things to survive this ordeal.  The most important thing they did was that they had a float plan by notifying family beforehand where they would be fishing and the family knew about what time they should be back,” said Capt. Robert Buatt, who coordinated the search.  “This float plan allowed the family to make a decision early on that they were missing and needed help.  The men also were able to get the boat to an area that was less turbulent and safe once they knew they were not going to make it back to the launch.”

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.

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

Additional Public Oyster Areas Set to Open October 29

Release Date: 10/25/2012

Oyster Area 10/29/12

Oct. 25, 2012 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) reminds the public the 2012/2013 oyster season on the majority of public oyster seed grounds is set to begin Monday, October 29, 2012.  The opening date of the oyster season was determined by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at its August 2012 meeting.   

Two public oyster areas, the Little Lake Public Oyster Seed Grounds and the Vermilion/East and West Cote Blanche/Atchafalaya Bay Public Oyster Seed Grounds, were previously opened on September 5, 2012 and commercial oyster harvest continues to be documented from those areas. 

The area of the public grounds east of the Mississippi River and south of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, are a “sacking only” area for the 2012/2013 season and no seed oyster harvest is allowed.

The oyster season in the west cove portion of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area (DHH harvest area 30) shall open at one-half hour before sunrise on Thursday, November 1, 2012.  The sack limit during this time period is set at 10 sacks per person, per vessel, per day.

The areas remaining closed for the 2012/2013 oyster season include the Public Oyster Seed Reservations in Bay Gardene and Sister Lake, the 2011 cultch plants in Mississippi Sound and California Bay within the coordinates listed below, and the 2012 cultch plants in Hackberry Bay, South Black Bay (Bay Crab), and Lake Fortuna within the coordinates listed below. 

 

Mississippi Sound (2011) – St. Bernard Parish

A.  30 degrees 07 minutes 17.56 seconds N

      89 degrees 27 minutes 52.39 seconds W

B.  30 degrees 07 minutes 26.94 seconds N

      89 degrees 27 minutes 36.20 seconds W

C.  30 degrees 07 minutes 07.11 seconds N

       89 degrees 26 minutes 45.48 seconds W

D.  30 degrees 06 minutes 40.93 seconds N

      89 degrees 27 minutes 14.09 seconds W

 

California Bay (2011) – Plaquemines Parish

A.  29 degrees 30 minutes 40.42 seconds N

      89 degrees 34 minutes 03.19 seconds W

B.  29 degrees 30 minutes 27.18 seconds N

      89 degrees 33 minutes 21.85 seconds W

C.  29 degrees 29 minutes 54.99 seconds N

      89 degrees 33 minutes 20.24 seconds W

D.  29 degrees 30 minutes 02.74 seconds N

      89 degrees 34 minutes 03.93 seconds W

 

Hackberry Bay (2012) – Lafourche Parish

A.  29 degrees 25 minutes 21.16 seconds N

      90 degrees 02 minutes 59.53 seconds W

B.  29 degrees 24 minutes 58.30 seconds N

      90 degrees 02 minutes 51.34 seconds W

C.  29 degrees 24 minutes 29.25 seconds N

      90 degrees 03 minutes 24.92 seconds W

D.  29 degrees 24 minutes 45.37 seconds N

      90 degrees 03 minutes 35.33 seconds W

 

Lake Fortuna (2012) – St. Bernard Parish

A.  29 degrees 39 minutes 08.04 seconds N

      89 degrees 30 minutes 28.93 seconds W

B.  29 degrees 38 minutes 33.31 seconds N

      89 degrees 29 minutes 15.45 seconds W

C.  29 degrees 38 minutes 10.57 seconds N

      89 degrees 29 minutes 40.71 seconds W

D.  29 degrees 39 minutes 04.41 seconds N

      89 degrees 30 minutes 32.61 seconds W

 

South Black Bay (2012) – Plaquemines Parish

A.  29 degrees 34 minutes 41.72 seconds N

      89 degrees 36 minutes 22.86 seconds W

B.  29 degrees 34 minutes 31.45 seconds N

      89 degrees 35 minutes 48.68 seconds W

C.  29 degrees 34 minutes 08.12 seconds N

      89 degrees 36 minutes 07.94 seconds W

D.  29 degrees 34 minutes 23.03 seconds N

      89 degrees 36 minutes 43.20 seconds W

 

In addition, the east side of Calcasieu Lake (Department of Health and Hospitals’ harvest area 29) and the Sabine Lake Public Oyster Area shall remain closed for the entire 2012/2013 oyster season.

Oyster harvesters are also reminded that in addition to normal licenses required for the harvest of oysters, special permits are also required to fish specific public oyster areas.  In Calcasieu Lake, all harvesters are required to hold a valid Calcasieu Lake Oyster Harvester Permit.  The Calcasieu Lake permit is free of charge and is available from the Baton Rouge office of LDWF.  Harvesters fishing all other public oyster areas are required to fish only from a commercial vessel which holds a valid Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit.  The application deadline for the Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit is December 31, 2012.

 

Delay on a Portion Public Seed Ground East of the Mississippi River to Protect Developing Oysters

While a majority of the public seed grounds are set to open, oyster season is delayed until further notice in a portion of the public oyster seed grounds east of the Mississippi River in an effort to protect recently-settled young oysters, called spat.  The oyster season was originally scheduled to open in this area on October 29, 2012.  The delay includes that area of the public oyster seed grounds east of the Mississippi River, south of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, and north of a line of latitude at 29 degrees 34 minutes 48.0 seconds north. 

The decision was made that the protection of the oyster spat is in the long-term best interest of oyster conservation in this area of the public oyster seed grounds as they represent the future oyster resource in an area where oyster stocks are at historic lows.

Public notice of any opening, delay, or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns.

See attached map detailing these opening, closures and delays. 

For more information please contact lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504) 430-2623

WEEKLY eNEWS: Contests, Events, Grants, Resources, Volunteer Opportunity, Webinars/Workshops

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

CONTESTS

Lexus Eco Challenge
The Lexus Eco Challenge is open to students in grades 6-12. Students submit an action plan on a specific environmental issue within a listed topic that affects their local community. The deadline for submission for the Land/Water Challenge is October 29, 2012; Air/Climate runs November 5-December 17, 2012; and the Final Challenge runs January 8-February 20, 2013. The website offers lesson plans, research links, and complete details. http://lexus.scholastic.com/

Marine Debris Prevention and Removal Grants (Deadline: November 1)
NOAA's Marine Debris Prevention and Removal Grants Program support locally-driven, community-based marine debris prevention and removal projects that benefit coastal habitat, waterways, and wildlife, including migratory fish. http://www.habitat.noaa.gov/funding/marinedebris.html

No Bird Left Behind (Deadline: November 1)
For the No Bird Left Behind Challenge, show how people can create habitat for birds or how birds find what they need even in the most unlikely places. Take a photo, create a 5 sculpture or other artwork, shoot video, or write a story or a poem about birds enjoying their habitat. http://www.birds.cornell.edu/celebration/challenge/no-bird-left-behind

IGES Art Contest (Deadline: November 5)
The World’s a Place of Living Things is the 17th annual art contest held by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies. The contest is open to students in grades 2-4, who investigate biodiversity and draw a picture showing what they learned. http://strategies.org/education/student-contests/art-contest/2012-the-worlds-a-place-living-things/

National Public Lands Day Photo Contest (Deadline: November 10)
Submit your photos depicting volunteers participating at a National Public Lands Day site to the Volunteers in Action Photo Contest. http://www.publiclandsday.org/resources/contest/photo-contest

Environmental Education Regional Grants (Deadline: November 21)
The purpose of the EPA's Environmental Education Regional Grant Program is to increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment. http://epa.gov/education/pdf/solNotice2012.htm

FFA Contest: Help your community and your chapter!
Are you an FFA advisor that would like to earn money for your chapter and provide a meaningful education opportunity at the same time? Click here to learn more.

 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

LPBF Lighthouse Site Manager Position Opening (Deadline: November 12)
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation has a full time position for Lighthouse Site Manager currently open. Details can be found at: http://saveourlake.org/PDF-documents/Temporary/Lighthouse-Manager.pdf. We have also placed the link on our homepage www.saveourlake.orgunder "Whats Happening". The deadline for applications is November 12th.

 

EVENTS

Screening of the Academy Award Nominated Documentary 'Sun Come Up'
Catholic Charities Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, Nicholls State University, and the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program are pleased to participate in an important national climate change education event.The Catholic Coalition on Climate Change (www.catholicclimatecovenant.org) is sponsoring a nationwide screening of the Academy Award-nominated film Sun Come Up. The film depicts some of the world’s first “forced climate migrants,” inhabitants of the Carteret Islands just north of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. After the film, there will be a facilitated discussion about the film and action steps that viewers can take to respond to the unfolding climate perspective. This is a view of what we are seeing in South Louisiana with sea level rise, subsidence and erosion.
WHEN: November 1, 2012 6 pm
WHERE: Peltier Auditorium, Nicholls State University
CONTACT: Robert Gorman CCHT, 876-0490; Dr. Allyse Ferrara NSU, 448-4736; Kerry St. Pé BTNEP, 447-0868
 

GRANTS

American Honda Foundation Grants (Deadline: November 1)
The American Honda Foundation makes grants to K–12 schools, colleges, universities, trade schools, and others for programs that benefit youth and scientific education, and programs pertaining to academic or curriculum development that emphasize innovative educational methods and techniques. Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis, with the next deadline for application November 1, 2012. http://corporate.honda.com/america/philanthropy.aspx?id=ahf

Connecting Math to Other Subjects Grants for High School Teachers (Deadline: November 9)
This grant funds the creation of high school classroom materials or lessons connecting mathematics to other fields. See the website for eligibility and details. http://www.nctm.org/resources/content.aspx?id=1328

Earthzine Call for Papers (Deadline: December 1)
Earthzine.org is soliciting articles for its 2012 fourth quarterly theme on environmental awareness. Earthzine seeks contributions addressing theory and practices related to 3 creating and expanding awareness of the Earth’s environment. http://www.earthzine.org/2012/08/01/call-for-papers-environmental-awareness/

Environmental Education Regional Grants (Deadline: November 21)
The purpose of the EPA's Environmental Education Regional Grant Program is to increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment. http://epa.gov/education/pdf/solNotice2012.htm

EPA Announces the FY 2013 Environmental Justice Small Grants Program Request for Applications
EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice has released a Request for Applications (RFA) announcing the availability of funds for the Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program for fiscal year 2013 (FY13). The EJSG Program provides funding to eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and public health issues within affected communities. This year’s Small Grants Program solicitation will emphasize supporting the critical role of community-based and grassroots organizations in helping communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. For more information, visit EPA’s Environmental Justicewebpage. For additional questions, contact Sheritta Woodruffwoodruff.sheritta@epa.govor (202) 564-1771.

 

RESOURCES

Database of the Maritime Traffic in the Caribbean
The Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Information and Training Center for the Wider Caribbean has developed a GIS-based database of maritime traffic in the wider Caribbean Region. It provides a visualization of the aggregated routes and the traffic density, along with additional features. Note that the access to the tool is secure; see the website for details. http://www.cep.unep.org/news/rac-rempeitc-launches-its-new-gis-based-database-of-the-maritime-traffic

Digital Storytelling
The Digital Storytelling initiative at Ohio State University define digital storytelling as a short (3-5 minute) movie which uses images, voice, and music to tell a story. The website offers examples such as The Joy of Research, Outside the Glass, and more. The Resources area includes information for those who would like to create their own digital stories with links to copyright-free audio and video sources, along with low-cost or free images. http://digitalstory.osu.edu/stories/community/

Educationlist
This website is an environmental and conservation education catalog. Users can create profiles about programs, events, job postings, grant listings, and more. The website is meant to act as a catalog for EE and CE resources. It can be used to market services and programs to key audiences, and offers a networking and coordination platform. http://www.educationalist.net/content/catalog-ee-and-ce-resources

Exploring Paleoclimatology in the Classroom
This guide provides instructions for educators on how to access and use coral radioisotope data for classroom activities. The data from the World Data Center for Paleoclimatology cover a 271 year period. Educational topics include methods for reconstructing temperature records; the South Pacific Gyre and EL Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO); and the relevance of decadal variations in sea surface temperature. http://serc.carleton.edu/usingdata/datasheets/Paleoclimatology_Rarotonga.html

Seafloor Explorer
The public is invited to help identify objects they see in images of the seafloor through the interactive website, Seafloor Explorer. The website is a collaboration between oceanographers studying seafloor habitats, web programmers, and social scientists. Visitors are asked to describe if they note any organisms; provide basic measurements; and more. Check this out - identification can be harder than you think. http://www.seafloorexplorer.org/

Check Out Tox Town: A Great Resource for Educating Children About Chemicals
Interactive website called "Tox Town," created by the National Library of Medicine to introduce middle school, high school, and college students to toxic chemicals in their everyday environment. Tox Town helps students and teachers learn about environmental health concerns and toxic chemicals pictured in imaginary Cities, Farms, Towns, the US Border Regions, Ports, and the US Southwest. Read more about it here!

New App Lets Users Check Health of Waterways Anywhere in the U.S.
EPA has launched a new app and website to help people find information on the condition of thousands of lakes, rivers and streams across the United States from their smart phone, tablet or desktop computer. Available at http://www.epa.gov/mywaterway, the How's My Waterway app and website uses GPS technology or a user-entered zip code or city name to provide information about the quality of local water bodies. The release of the app and website helps mark the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, which Congress enacted on October 18, 1972, giving citizens a special role in caring for the nation's water resources. Forty years later, EPA is providing citizens with a technology-based tool to expand that stewardship. Click here for the press release.  Click here to read a blog from EPA scientist Doug Norton.

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

Volunteers Needed to Assist with a Coastal Forest Restoration Project in Mandeville, LA
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) and the St. Tammany Parish Government are looking for volunteers to participate in a two day coastal forest tree restoration project on Thursday November 1 and Friday November 2,9:00 a.m. to no later than 4:00 p.m., Tammany Hills Pond in Mandeville. Volunteers can register for one or both days. This project will create wildlife habitat, and provide a natural scenic area for the public by planting native trees and wetland vegetation in retention ponds as part of the St. Tammany Parish’s coastal forest reforestation efforts. All planting equipment (gloves, shovels, etc.), lunch, and refreshments will be provided. Volunteers will be planting 500 cypress trees and wrapping the trees with protectors to shield them from predators. Volunteers need to be prepared to get muddy. This is a strenuous and dirty activity, so physical fitness is required. Please register online at www.crcl.orgor call the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana at 1-(888)-LACOAST for more information. 

 

WEBINARS/WORKSHOPS

Fall Science Seminar: Marsh Dweller
Tuesday, October 30, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) and the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) invite you to attend their Fall Science Seminar. See attached flyer for more information.

HURRIPLAN: Hurricane Resilient Community Planning and Building Design
OCTOBER 25-26, 2012, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Mobile, Alabama
OCTOBER 31 - NOVEMBER 1, 2012, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, BILOXI, MS
• Introduction to Hurricane Science
• Design Strategies Against Wind, Water and Debris
• Infrastructure Failure
• Current and Suggested Zoning and Building Codes
• FEMA Guidelines, Best Practices and Lessons Learned
See attached flyers for more information.

EPA Announces the FY 2013 Environmental Justice Small Grants Program Request for Applications
EPA is pleased to announce the release of Voluntary Guidelines for States: Development and Implementation of a School Environmental Health Program. These voluntary guidelines recommend six steps states can take to build or enhance a school environmental health program. The guidelines also include a model K-12 school environmental health program as a resource that states can customize and share with schools and school districts to help them establish, or enhance an existing, school environmental health program. They can be found at http://www.epa.gov/schools/ehguidelines/index.html. To complement the guidelines release, OCHP will host a webinar in November 7, 2012, 2:00 PM–3:00 PM Eastern: Integrated School Health Tools for Districts

PicturePost Webinar (October 30)
Lifelines for High School Climate Change Education, a project for high school teachers, is holding a webinar that will cover PicturePost, October 30, 2012. PicturePost is a part of the Digital Earth Watch network that supports environmental monitoring by citizens, students, and community organizations through digital photography and satellite imagery. Learn how teachers and students can contribute using digital images in a growing archive aimed at measuring environmental change. While on the website, check out archived webinars from the Lifelines series. https://sites.google.com/a/globalsystemsscience.org/courses-lifelines/presentations-mtgs

Ocean Lecture and Educators’ Night – New Jersey and Online
Rutgers University's Institute of Marine & Coastal Sciences in New Brunswick, New Jersey will host an event every other month for teachers interested in teaching about ocean literacy and bringing current research into their classrooms. Each meeting will include a Rutgers University scientist presenting on their research along with a question-and-answer period. The final hour will be spent reviewing curriculum developed to align with both the research presented that evening and New Jersey Science Standards. Background materials, lesson plans, and the presentation will all be posted online. The event will be broadcast over the Internet for those unable to attend in person. Please register for each session. http://coseenow.net/mare/opportunities-resources/ocean-lecture-educators-night/

OneNOAA Science Seminars: November 2012
Tentative title: NOAA Data Management Activities
November 01, 2012, 12:00-13:00 Eastern Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAA SSMC-34th Floor, Room 4817 (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910)
Speaker(s): Jeff de La Beaujardiere, PhD(NOAA Data Management Architect, NESDIS/OSD/TPIO)
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAANational Oceanographic Data Center

Going Beyond Jargon and Elevator Speeches: Strategies for Communicating Science to the Public
November 01, 2012, 11:00-12:00 Pacific Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science CenterAuditorium (2725 Montlake Blvd. E., Seattle, WA 98112-2097; Directions
Speaker(s): Dana Vukajlovich (Pacific Science Center)
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAA2012 Fall Quarter NWFSC Weekly Monster Seminar JAM series

FishSET: A Spatial Economics Toolbox to Better Incorporate Fisher Behavior into Fisheries Management
November 07, 2012, 12:00-13:00 Eastern Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAA SSMC-34th Floor, Room 4817 (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910)
Speaker(s): Alan Haynie(NOAA economist, Alaska Fisheries Science Center)
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAANODCand NOAA Fisheries Office of Science & Technology

Planning for Restoration Using the Habitat Priority Planner and Spatial AnalysisWebinar
November 07, 2012, 15:00-16:00 Eastern Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
Speaker(s): Lauren Long(Coastal Conservation Specialist, I.M. Systems Group at NOAA Coastal Services Center)
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAACoastal Services Center, Digital Coast Webinar Series

Phytoplankton Communities in a Changing World: New Techniques to Quantify Functional Diversity from Metagenomes
November 08, 2012, 11:00-12:00 Pacific Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science CenterAuditorium (2725 Montlake Blvd. E., Seattle, WA 98112-2097; Directions)
Speaker(s): Robin Kodner (Western Washington University)
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAA2012 Fall Quarter NWFSC Weekly Monster Seminar JAM series

CMIP5 Projections
November 13, 2012, 13:00 - 14:00 Eastern Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAA SSMC-312th Floor Fishbowl (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910). Remote attendance is encouraged.
Rym Msadek, NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory; Paul Dirmeyer, Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies; Speaker(s): Kristopher Karnauskas, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAAOAR CPO Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections program monthly seminar series

North-American Land Data Assimilation System (NLDAS): How Well Can We Monitor U.S. Drought?
November 13, 2012, 12:00 - 13:00 Eastern Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction Conference Center (5830 University Research Court, College Park, MD 20740)
Speaker(s): Youlong Xia(NCEP/NWS/EMC)
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAANCEP/EMC

State of the Climate through October 2012Webinar
November 15, 2012, 11:00 - 12:00 Eastern Time Zone (times may vary) [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
Speaker(s): NOAA climate and weather experts
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAANCDC Monthly Climate Updates

Toxic Harmful Algal Blooms in a Warmer, More Acidic Future Ocean
November 15, 2012, 11:00-12:00 Pacific Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science CenterAuditorium (2725 Montlake Blvd. E., Seattle, WA 98112-2097; Directions)
Speaker(s): David Hutchins (University of Southern California)
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAA2012 Fall Quarter NWFSC Weekly Monster Seminar JAM series

Mussel Attachment on Wave-Swept Shores: an Ecomaterials Perspective
November 29, 2012, 11:00-12:00 Pacific Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science CenterAuditorium (2725 Montlake Blvd. E., Seattle, WA 98112-2097; Directions)
Speaker(s): Emily Carrington (University of Washington)
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAA2012 Fall Quarter NWFSC Weekly Monster Seminar JAM series

OneNOAA Science Seminars: December 2012
Tracking HAB Toxins: Advances in Underwater Robotic Sensors
December 05, 2012, 11:00-12:00 Eastern Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAASSMC-4Room 8150 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910)
Speaker(s): Dr. Gregory Doucette(NCCOS/Center for Coastal Environmental Health & Biomolecular Research)
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAANOS Science Seminar Series and the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science

Building with Proteins: Nanotechnology the Way Nature Intended It
December 06, 2012, 11:00-12:00 Pacific Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science CenterAuditorium (2725 Montlake Blvd. E., Seattle, WA 98112-2097; Directions)
Speaker(s): Dr. François Baneyx (Chemical Engineering, University of Washington)
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAA2012 Fall Quarter NWFSC Weekly Monster Seminar JAM series

Model Development and Analysis
December 11, 2012, 13:00 - 14:00 Eastern Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAA SSMC-312th Floor Fishbowl (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910). Remote attendance is encouraged.
Speaker(s): Tom Hamill, NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory; Shaoqing Zhang, NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory; Joao Teixeira, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Ning Zeng, University of Maryland
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAAOAR CPO Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections program monthly seminar series

Tentative title: The Global Ocean Observing System
December 12, 2012, 12:00 - 13:00 Eastern Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAA SSMC-34th Floor, Room 4817 (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910)
Speaker(s): Dr. David Legler(Chief Climate Observation Division, NOAA Climate Program Office)
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor:NOAANational Oceanographic Data Center

 

Find out about wetland outreach activities including symposiums, conferences, meetings, educational opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and related support material at the Louisiana Unified Coastal Community Calendar at http://lacoast.gov/calendar/


Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) – www.wlf.la.gov/eec
Venise Ortego, Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov

Migratory Game Bird Violations Lead to Five Guilty Pleas and Fines

Release Date: 10/24/2012

Oct. 24, 2012 -- Two Vermilion Parish men pled guilty in the U.S. Western District Court of Louisiana in Lafayette on Oct. 17 for migratory game bird violations.

Ryan Frederick, 23, of Kaplan, and Dustin Fontenot, 23, of Abbeville pled guilty to taking over the daily bag limit of white-fronted geese, hunting geese with an electronic calling device and for failing to maintain custody of their birds in the field.

Judge Patrick Hanna ordered Frederick and Fontenot to each pay a total of $2,155 in fines and fees and placed them on two years of probation, which includes no hunting of any migratory game birds.

In connection with this case, Zayne Greene, 23, Robert Russo, 21, and Drew Laborde, 21, all from Abbeville, pled guilty outside of court at an earlier date to hunting geese with an electronic calling device and failing to maintain custody of their birds in the field. These three men each paid $1,770 in fines and fees.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents observed Frederick and Fontenot on an afternoon hunt north of Kaplan on Jan. 12, 2012.  When agents attempted to make contact with Frederick and Fontenot, the two threw geese into a nearby canal to hide them.  Agents recovered 17 white-fronted geese and five snow geese from the canal and an electronic calling device used during the hunt after making contact with Frederick and Fontenot.

After further investigation, agents learned that Greene, Russo and Laborde participated in the hunt earlier in the afternoon in which the electronic calling device was used.  Greene, Russo and Laborde also left harvested birds in the field.

Senior Agents Justin Sonnier and Lonnie Campbell investigated this case, which was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brett L. Grayson.

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

Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Marketing Committee Meeting

Release Date: 10/23/2012

 

Oct. 23, 2012 - Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board will hold its marketing committee meeting on October 24, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. at 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 310, New Orleans, La. The agenda is as follows.

 

I. Call to order

II. Financial Report
     A. FY14 Budget Discussion

III. Approval of minutes from August 20, 2012 meeting

IV. Old Business
     A. Update on sponsorships and partnerships
     B. EDRP Funds
            i. Nicholl’s State University partnership
            ii. K-12 Initiative
     C. Calendar Year 2013 Media Plan
     D. Seafood Marketing Campaign Continuity Plan
            i. The Food Group
            ii. Graham Group
            iii. GCR Consulting

V. New Business
     A. Nunez Community College proposal
     B. Louisiana Restaurant Association
            i. GASCO proposal
            ii. We Live to Eat Restaurant Week proposal
            iii. Education Foundation/ProStart proposal
     C. Friends of the Fishermen
            i. Gear Grant proposal
            ii. Education Outreach proposal
     D. Louisiana Office of Tourism proposal
     E. Louisiana Travel Promotion Association proposal
     F. Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation/Saltwater Series proposal
     G. Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce
     H. Louisiana Hospitality Foundation/Louisiana Seafood Festival
     I. St. Bernard Seafood & Farmers Market
     J. Acme Oyster Eating Challenge
     K. Bayou Classic proposal
     L. Café Reconcile
     M. 610 Stompers proposal
     N. Celebrity Golf Invitational proposal

VI. Public Comment

VII. Set Next Meeting

VIII. Adjourn
 

 

LDWF Agents Investigating Fatal Hunting Incident

Release Date: 10/19/2012

Oct. 19, 2012 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents are investigating a fatal hunting incident that took the life of a Lake Charles man in Allen Parish.

The Reeves Police Department received a report on Oct. 18 about a truck that had been parked on the side of Hwy. 190 near Rodeo Pen Road in Reeves for two to three days and notified the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office (APSO).

A sheriff’s office deputy found the truck and noticed a trail into the woods.  After walking the trail for approximately 100 yards, the deputy found the body of Donald C. Hodge Sr., 60, shortly after 5 p.m. on Oct. 18.

The APSO deputy found Hodge under a tree with a lock on type deer stand lying next to him with what appeared to be broken straps that would normally secure the stand to the tree.  Authorities did not find a safety harness attached to Hodge or the tree.

His body was turned over to the Allen Parish Coroner’s Office.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency and do not suspect foul play.

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

2012-13 Bonnet Carré Spillway Deer Hunting Season Rules & Regulations

Release Date: 10/17/2012

Oct. 17, 2012 -- Following Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) deer herd assessments made to determine the impacts of Hurricane Isaac on the deer population, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with the LDWF has revised the 2012-2013 Bonnet Carré Spillway hunting season rules and regulations.

LDWF’s population assessments showed that parishes impacted by Hurricane Isaac, which have historically lower deer productivity, required revised harvest rules for 2012-13 based on storm-related deer mortality including high fawn mortality.  The changes to deer season at the Bonnet Carré Spillway follow the revisions approved Oct. 4 by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission for the Maurepas Basin, which includes St. Charles Parish, and are as follows:

All hunting shall be still-hunting only, EXCEPT as otherwise specified.

Deer*: Archery and Shotgun (buckshot) only.
Archery: Oct. 1-15 bucks only; Oct. 16 – Feb. 15 either sex
Shotgun: Nov. 23-25 bucks only; Dec. 15-30 bucks only
Youth: Oct. 27-28 bucks only

Additional permit required and posted restrictions apply for all persons regardless of age.  Permits must be signed prior to hunting any game and must be carried at all times while in the field.  For permits or more information, see bulletin boards on-site, visit the project website at www.mvn.usace.army.mil/recreation (then click on Bonnet Carré Spillway), or contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Bonnet Carré Spillway Project Office at (985) 764-7484.

For additional information on revisions to Louisiana’s deer hunting season, please visit the LDWF’s website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/news/35981.

For more information, contact Randy Myers at 225-765-2359 or rmyers@wlf.la.gov.

Houma Man Charged with Deer Hunting Violations and Drug Possession

Release Date: 10/17/2012

Oct. 17, 2012 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Houma man for alleged deer hunting and drug violations on Oct. 11 in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents were on patrol in Terrebonne Parish when they made contact with Ryan Young, 34.  Agents found Young in possession of an untagged doe deer that he had harvested with his bow and arrow.  Young was hunting in Area 6, which had a bucks only season with bow and arrows until Oct. 16.

Agents also found Young in illegal possession of marijuana.

Young was charged with taking an illegal deer during the open season, failing to comply with deer tagging regulations and illegal possession of marijuana.

Taking an illegal deer during the open season brings a fine of $500 to $750 and 15 to 30 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging regulations carries a possible fine of $100 to $350 and up to 60 days in jail.  Illegal possession of marijuana brings a fine up to $500 and up to six months in jail.

In addition to the fines, Young faces civil restitution for the value of the illegally taken deer in the amount of $1624.61.

Agents involved in the case are Senior Agents Dean Aucoin and Stephen Rhodes.

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

LDWF Agents Arrest Fugitive in Terrebonne Parish

Release Date: 10/17/2012

Oct. 17, 2012 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Houma man for alleged oyster violations on Oct. 11 in Terrebonne Parish.

Danny T. Billiot Jr., 25, was dredging for oysters in Bay Long when agents boarded his vessel.  After performing a vessel and license inspection, agents found that Billiot did not possess a commercial license, displayed improper boat numbers, failed to comply with personal flotation device (PFD) requirements and without possession of a fire extinguisher.

After further investigation, agents learned that Billiot had outstanding warrants in Terrebonne Parish for past fishing violations.  Billiot was then arrested and booked into the Terrebonne Parish Jail.

On Oct. 12, Billiot pled guilty to the charges within the eight warrants.  From April of 2007 until August of 2012, Billiot was charged with two counts of taking oysters from unapproved areas, two counts of failing to comply with PFD requirements, taking commercial fish without a commercial gear license, violating recreational gear license requirements, failing to display valid certificate decal, improper boat numbers, and no boat registration certification, violating seed ground vessel permit regulations, failing to have commercial license in possession, unlawfully taking oysters off a private lease, failing to have written permission, failing to mark oyster lease while harvesting, failing to display proper number on vessel, angling without saltwater and basic fishing licenses, and taking or possessing undersized black drum.

Honorable Judge John Walker of the Terrebonne Parish Court sentenced Billiot on Oct. 12 to six months in parish jail with credit for time served, 18 months of supervised probation in which he cannot fish for oysters and must forfeit all commercial licenses, 24 months of unsupervised probation and a $400 fine.

The charges issued on Oct. 11 are still pending.  Failing to have commercial license in possession brings a fine between $250 and $500 and up to 90 days in jail.  Displaying improper boat numbers, failing to comply with PFD requirements and no fire extinguisher in possession each carry a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case are Lt. Joseph Arnaud, Senior Agent Ladd Turner and Agent Adam Tieben.

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

Waddill Education Center to Host Louisiana Duck Stamp Contest

Release Date: 10/16/2012

Oct. 16, 2012 -- The contest to decide the winning design for the 2013 Louisiana Duck Stamp will be held Wednesday, Oct. 24 at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Waddill Wildlife Refuge and Education Center.  The Waddill Wildlife Refuge and Education Center is located at 4142 N. Flannery Rd. in Baton Rouge.

Competing paintings will be on display starting at 9 a.m. in the Education Building and judging will begin at 10 a.m.  The contest is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.

The Louisiana Legislature authorized the Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp program in 1988 to generate revenues for conservation and enhancement of waterfowl populations and habitats in Louisiana.  During the last 22 years, over $10 million has been generated for wetland conservation with approximately $5 million spent on land acquisition.

In addition, revenues have supported wetland development projects on Wildlife Management Areas and the Louisiana Waterfowl Project, a cooperative endeavor between LDWF, Ducks Unlimited and the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service to provide habitat for waterfowl and other wetland birds on private lands.

The Louisiana Duck Stamp contest has traditionally attracted high-quality artwork from across the country as evidenced by the outstanding designs that have graced our annual Waterfowl Conservation stamps.

Judges include professional waterfowl biologists, artists, and art dealers with expertise in waterfowl morphology and habitat as well as artistic methods and style that combine to create a beautiful stamp.

For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at 225-765-0456 or lreynolds@wlf.la.gov.

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