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Cast Netters Cited On Rockefeller Refuge for Shrimping Violations

Release Date: 10/10/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited several recreational shrimpers on the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Vermilion and Cameron parishes over the past several days.

Extra patrols were coordinated near Rollover and Joseph’s Harbor in response to complaints of cast netters violating refuge regulations and selling some of the catch.

On Sept. 30 agents cited Philip K. Breaux, 62, of Youngsville for selling shrimp that he caught from the refuge.

On Oct. 5 agents cited Justin R. Choate, 42, of Pecan Island, and Jonathan Goudeaux, 54, of Lafayette, were each cited for taking over the limit of shrimp.

Agents cited Rodney L. Broussard, 62, and Brenda L. Broussard, 54, both from Henderson, Nicholas J. Touchet, 37, of Abbeville, Barrett Beraud, 38, of Maurice, and Jason S. Royston, 45, of Lafayette, for entering the refuge before legal sunrise on Oct. 6.  Also on Oct. 6, agents cited Steven D. Johnson, 39, and Gerald J. Constantin, 66, both from Rayne, and Bernard J. Constantin, 64, of Crowley, for taking over the limit of shrimp.

On Oct. 8 agents cited Woodrow J. Goodly, 64, of Lafayette, and Philip R. Duos, 50 of Crowley, for taking over the limit of shrimp.

Agents seized a total of 228.5 pounds of shrimp in connection with the over limit violations and donated them to a local charity.

Cast netters are not allowed on the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge before legal sunrise and are allowed 25 pounds of shrimp per day during an inside open shrimp season.  The shrimp can only be used for personal consumption or bait for sport fishing.

Selling fish caught recreationally brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  In addition, a person shall forfeit his fishing license, and he shall not be issued a recreational license of any type and shall be barred from participating in any type of recreational fishing for a period of one year from the date of conviction.

Taking over the limit of shrimp or entering the refuge before legal sunrise carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.

Body of Alexandria Man Recovered from Lake Buhlow

Release Date: 10/06/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents are investigating a fatal single vessel boating incident that took place in Rapides Parish on Oct. 5.

Agents are investigating the death of Philip Brandt III, 62, of Alexandria, after he was found in Lake Buhlow next to a red kayak.

Boaters in the area located the body of Brandt around 4:30 p.m. and called for help.  Brandt was pronounced dead on the scene and his body was turned over to the Rapides Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.

A red kayak and a paddle belonging to Brandt were found about 100 yards from his body.  His body was found without a personal flotation device.

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. Issued $2,900 in Rewards At Meeting

Release Date: 10/06/2017

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. (LOGT), a Louisiana wildlife crime-stoppers program, awarded $2,900 to diligent citizens statewide at their quarterly meeting on Oct. 5 in Woodworth.

The LOGT board reviewed six cases that included public tips from informants.  A total of 20 subjects were apprehended and a total of 28 offenses were written in regards to the reviewed cases.

The cases reviewed and awarded money to the public for their assistance consisted of two alligator cases, a whooping crane case, a deer case, a dove baiting case and a migratory waterfowl case.

Anyone wishing to report wildlife or fisheries violations should anonymously call LDWF’s 24-hour toll free Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or utilize LDWF's tip411 program.  To use the tip411 program, tipsters can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone and Android apps.

LOGT was instituted in 1984 and provides cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of violators of fish and wildlife regulations.  Funds are raised through private donations, court directed contributions and through contributions from cooperative endeavor agreements with organizations such as the National Wild Turkey Federation and Quality Deer Management Association.

To make a donation to the LOGT that can be used for cash rewards, please contact Lt. Will Roberts at wroberts@wlf.la.gov.

LSSS Workshops

On behalf of the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Department of Education, Gordon A. Cain Center for STEM Literacy, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and Keep Louisiana Beautiful, thank you for participating in the Louisiana Student Standards for Science Workshops for Non-formal Environmental Educators.

Below is a collection of links to documents and websites that you may find useful as you continue to develop relevant local phenomena to further the missions of your organizations and provide quality education resources for students and teachers around the state.

If you have any questions regarding these materials or requests for additional resources, please contact Thomas Gresham tgresham@wlf.la.gov.

OCTOBER LOUISIANA WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES COMMISSION TO MEET

Release Date: 10/02/2017

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, October 5, 2017, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA

 

The following items will be discussed:

1. Call to Order

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Roll Call

4. Adoption of September 7, 2017 Commission Meeting Minutes

5. Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

6. Enforcement Report September 2017 – Captain Edward Skena

7. Receive One Health presentation – Dr. Rusty Berry, DVM, Wildlife Veterinarian

8. Receive public outreach update for the cervid carcass import regulation – Johnathan Bordelon, Deer Program Manager

9. Presentation of proposed Sterlet aquaculture facility – Liz Knecht, Ledet’s Louisiana Seafood

10. Receive public comment on the NOI to add Sterlet Sturgeon as a Domesticated Aquatic Organism and Consider Proceeding with Final Rulemaking – Rob Bourgeois, Fisheries Biologist

11. Receive and consider a Notice of Intent to modify Blue Crab Harvest Regulations – Peyton Cagle, Fisheries Biologist

12. Receive and consider a Notice of Intent on the 2018 Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program – Peyton Cagle, Fisheries Biologist

13. Receive and consider a presentation on the 2017 recreational season for Red Snapper in state and Federal Waters and Consider a Declaration of Emergency to re-open state water recreational Red Snapper season – Jason Adriance, Fisheries Biologist

14. Set February 2018 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 this meeting via webinar visit: 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8685997109677369858 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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 the contact at the top of this announcement at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. 

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Agents Make Drug and Wildlife Violations Case on Atchafalaya Delta WMA

Release Date: 09/28/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested one Franklin man for alleged drug and wildlife violations and cited two other Franklin subjects for alleged wildlife violations on Sept. 26 in St. Mary Parish.

Agents arrested Eric L. Peltier, 38, for possession of methamphetamine, hydrocodone, Xanax, clonazepam, marijuana, possession of a firearm while in possession of illegal drugs, intentional concealment of illegally taken wildlife, hunting deer from a boat, hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light, hunting deer during a closed deer season, possessing a firearm while frogging at night, collecting reptiles/amphibians and fishing without a basic fishing license.

Agents also cited Leon P. Savoie, 39, and Shelly G. Lee, 38, for intentional concealment of illegally taken wildlife, hunting deer from a boat, hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light, hunting deer during a closed deer season, possessing a firearm while frogging at night, collecting reptiles/amphibians and fishing without a basic fishing license.

Agents were on patrol on the Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area (WMA) when they stopped a vessel around 11 a.m. to perform a boating safety and creel check.  During the check, agents found Peltier in possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.  Upon completion of the investigation, agents located several other types of suspected illegal narcotics belonging to Peltier including hydrocodone, Xanax and clonazepam.

Agents also learned that the three individuals had set out to go fishing with jug lines and to catch frogs without basic fishing licenses.

Agents further learned that while frogging after dark the subjects spotted a deer and shot it from their vessel with the assistance of an artificial light.  After shooting the deer, the subjects hid the deer in the front storage compartment of the vessel.

Agents seized a doe deer, an 18 foot vessel, 35 horsepower outboard motor, a 12 gauge shotgun, the illegal narcotics and a .22 caliber pistol.  Agents booked Peltier into the St. Mary Parish Jail.

Illegal possession of hydrocodone and methamphetamine each carries up to a $5,000 fine and five years in jail for each offense.  Illegal possession of Xanax and clonazepam each brings a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and up to five years in jail for each offense.  Possession of a firearm while in possession of illegal drugs carries up to a $10,000 fine and five to 10 years of prison.  Possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia each brings up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.

Intentional concealment of illegally taken wildlife, taking deer during a closed season and hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.  Possession of a firearm while frogging carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting deer from a boat carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Collecting frogs and fishing without a basic fishing license carries up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail for each offense.

The three subjects may also face civil restitution totaling $1,624 for the illegally taken deer.

LDWF Names New Chief of Enforcement Division

Release Date: 09/26/2017

Col. Martin
LDWF Sec. Jack Montoucet Tabs Col. Martin as New Chief of Enforcement

On Sept. 21, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), promoted Lt. Col. Sammy Martin to Colonel, which is the highest ranking position in the Enforcement Division.  Col. Martin takes over for the recently retired Col. Joseph “Joey” Broussard, who served the department for 27 years of which the last three years were as Colonel.

Col. Martin, 57, of Chauvin, has been an agent for 35 years.  Col. Martin has received numerous awards during his career including LDWF’s Outstanding Agent of the Year in 1992, three Meritorious Service Awards and the Chief’s Award in 2014.

“On Sept. 21, I selected Lt. Col. Sammy Martin to take over as head of the Enforcement Division. With more than 30 years of experience and dedication to LDWF, I am confident that Col. Martin will do a great job in enforcement’s top leadership position,” said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet.  “My decision was made after assessing interviews of candidates, consultation along with the direction I and Col. Martin envision for the future of the enforcement division.”

Col. Martin graduated from the Louisiana POST Training Academy in 1982.  As a field agent for 15 years he mainly patrolled Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes including Grand Isle.  In 1997 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant to serve as the district supervisor.  Achieving the rank of Captain in 2004, Col. Martin was tasked with managing the Region 6 Office in Thibodaux encompassing St. James, St John, Assumption, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes including Grand Isle.

Col. Martin was promoted to the rank of Major in 2009 and assigned to LDWF headquarters overseeing four of the enforcement division’s eight regions.  In 2014 he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and oversaw the enforcement division’s boating safety program serving as the states Boating Law Administrator, budget, search and rescue, training, emergency services, statewide strike force, maritime security, public information, quartermaster, communications and aviation sections among other duties.

“As I have risen through the ranks, I have been fortunate to perform a multitude of duties.  I have patrolled the gulf and inshore waters for commercial and recreational violations, performed search and rescue missions following hurricanes, checked hunters in the field, worked side by side with some of the best men and women in law enforcement, became a captain of a region, worked administrative positions at headquarters and now finally as colonel in charge of the entire division,” said Col. Martin.  “These experiences have given me a well-rounded perspective on what it means to be an enforcement agent and how I can effectively lead these agents as their colonel."

Des Allemands Man Found with Undersized and Over the Limit of Catfish

Release Date: 09/26/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Des Allemands man for alleged recreational catfish violations on Sept. 24.

Agents cited Kerry Fonseca, 48, for taking over the limit of catfish, possessing undersized catfish and for failing to display required navigation lights.

Agents observed Fonseca actively operating his vessel within Bayou Des Allemands around 7:45 p.m.  Agents immediately conducted a boating safety inspection as Fonseca failed to display proper navigation lights.

During inspection, agents identified a large crate of blue catfish within the vessel.  Fonseca had identified himself as a recreational fisherman and stated he recently fished trotlines to take catfish home to his family.

Agents found Fonseca in possession of 120 catfish of which 62 were under the 12 inch minimum length requirement.  The recreational limit for catfish is 100 fish per person, per day. In addition, recreational fishermen may possess undersized catfish not to exceed 25 fish. Agents seized the blue catfish and donated them to a local charity.

Possessing over the limit and undersized recreational catfish each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Improper or no running lights carries a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.  Fonseca may also be ordered to pay civil restitution for the replacement value of the fish totaling up to $100.

Agents participating in the case are Cpl. Kyle Wagner and Sr. Agent Chelsea Kling.

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