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Price Lake Road on Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge to Close Temporarily for Bridge Construction

Release Date: 10/04/2011

Oct. 4, 2011-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is advising all visitors to Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge that Price Lake Road, a primary access point for public outdoor recreation on the western end of the refuge, will be closed Oct. 10 for approximately two weeks.

This road closure is necessary due to construction of a bridge across Price Lake Canal to provide access to a well location for permitted oil and gas exploration by Chevron. Construction activities will temporarily block vehicular access to fishing, crabbing and shrimping areas along the road.

The refuge, in coastal Cameron and Vermilion parishes, has a strong mineral management program that minimizes impacts associated with development and is compatible with wildlife and fisheries management activities on the refuge. Revenue derived from oil and gas activities is used to manage the property.  

All other canals and public access areas on the refuge will offer alternative entry points for public access from official sunrise to sunset. Other areas available for public access include the East End Boat Launch/Joseph Harbor Canal and East End Locks Rd., both located just over three miles east of the refuge headquarters building, as well as Rollover Landing which features a private boat ramp with launch fee along the eastern boundary near Pecan Island. 

For more information about Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, contact Tom Hess at 337-491-2593 or thess@wlf.la.gov.

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/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

SPECIAL eNEWS ANNOUNCEMENT: Environmental Education Symposium – Call for Presenters…Call for Exhibitors!

Call for Presenters…Call for Exhibitors!

On March 9-10, 2012, the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and the Louisiana Environmental Education Association will host the 15th Annual Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium – “Our Environment…Our Future” at the Lafayette Crowne Plaza in Lafayette, Louisiana. The theme for this upcoming conference will be “The Year of Outdoor Teaching!”

Exhibitors: Our target audience will include classroom teachers, pre-service teachers, business and industry representatives, non-profit organizations, state and local officials, legislators, and non-formal educators. Emphasis this year will be placed on engaging teachers and students in outdoor learning experiences! Postmark deadline for exhibitor registrations is January 10, 2012! Please see attached registration form and informational flyer below.

Presenters: Do you have a hands-on workshop, lesson activities, or exemplary program that you would like to share with environmental educators? Particularly one that incorporates the outdoor learning experience?! Consider presenting at the upcoming 2012 Environmental Education Symposium! Help teachers by giving them the tools necessary to conduct quality environmental lessons! Also, teachers love presentations made by fellow teachers so if you are a classroom teacher with an innovative lesson, please consider using the symposium as a way to ultimately reach a larger audience of students! Postmark deadline for presenter proposals is January 10, 2012! Please see attached proposal form and informational flyer below.

For more information: Venise Ortego, EE Coordinator at 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov, www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec, or Juliet Raffray, EE Assistant Coordinator at 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov.

 

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/


Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec

Governor Jindal Announces Addition of 29,630 Acres to Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 09/30/2011

Maurepas Swamp WMA Sept. 2011

Sept. 30, 2011 -- Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced the availability of 29,630 new acres to the Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area (WMA) for hunting and other outdoor activities.

Governor Jindal said, “With this newly acquired land,hunters and fisherman in Southeast Louisiana will now have access to more than 100,000 acres to hunt, fish and enjoy Louisiana’s natural treasures, which are easily accessible from our major metropolitan areas.  The addition of tens of thousands of acres of hunting grounds is great news for our hunters who are gearing up for the start of big and small game hunting season on October 1st.”

A partnership with the Conservation Fund for 29,630 acres between the eastern and western tracts of the WMA will increase the combined total acreage of public recreation lands to more than 100,000 acres located within Ascension, Livingston, St. James and St. John parishes.

“We continue to look for opportunities to expand public outdoor recreation options through the wildlife management program,” said Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham. “We encourage hunters to utilize these new public hunting grounds during the 2011-12 season.”

The new acreage includes flooded cypress tupelo swamp. Prominent plant species include bulltongue, cattails, submerged aquatics, red maple, and limited oak species consisting mostly of live oak, striped (nuttall) oak, and water oak.

The perimeter boundary of the new acreage is being marked with LDWF signage to alert the public.

The primary access into the area is by boat but there are several portions that can be accessed by foot. Major highways crossing through the area are Interstate 10, Interstate 55, US 61, and LA 641. Major waterways in the area include the Blind River, Dutch Bayou, Mississippi Bayou, Petite Amite and the Reserve Flood Relief Canal. WMA users can acquire the self clearing permits required to enter the area from nine kiosks located throughout the WMA.

Game hunted within the WMA includes whitetail deer, squirrels, rabbits, waterfowl and raccoons. Freshwater fish, such as largemouth bass, perch, and crappie are favorites of anglers within the WMA. Trapping for alligators and nutria is allowed each year with proper permitting.

Bald eagles nest in and around the area along with many other species of birds. Bird watching, sightseeing and boating are additional activities that can be enjoyed on the WMA.

For more information, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma or contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Agent Found Dead in West Feliciana Parish

Release Date: 09/30/2011

 

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent was found dead this morning, Sept. 30, in West Feliciana Parish.

The body of Sgt. Paul Stuckey, 47, of Zachary, was found by local fishermen at the old ferry landing near the banks of the Mississippi River just outside of St. Francisville at daybreak. 

West Feliciana Sheriff's Office (WFSO) deputies were the first on the scene and found Sgt. Stuckey with a shotgun wound to his chest next to his patrol vehicle.  The WFSO notified LDWF at 7 a.m.

"Our hearts go out to the Sgt. Stuckey family and his extended family of fellow agents will be there to help them through this tough time," said Col. Winton Vidrine, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division.

According to LDWF dispatch, Sgt. Stuckey's last known communication with the department was at 2:15 a.m. identifying that he was responding to a night hunting complaint.

Sgt. Stuckey had been with the LDWF Enforcement Division for 18 years.  The cause of his death is currently under investigation.  His body was turned over to the West Feliciana Coroners Office.

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

LDWF Launches tip411 and iPhone App

Release Date: 09/29/2011

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is now offering a new way to anonymously report outdoor related violations to Enforcement Division agents.  LDWF's tip411 program is a part of their Operation Game Thief program, which may offer a cash reward for information leading to arrests or convictions. 

To use the tip411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone app from the Apple iTunes store free of charge.  CitizenObserver, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text so that LDWF cannot identify the sender. 

Texting or downloading the app enables the public to send anonymous tips to LDWF and lets LDWF respond back, creating a two-way anonymous “chat”.  Users of the app or texters can also send in photos to help support their claim and be used as evidence.

"We’re proud to make this technology available to our citizens free of charge.  This tip411 program will help our citizens play an active role in helping us enforce current conservation rules and regulations," said LDWF Col. Winton Vidrine, head of the Enforcement Division.  "This program will engage younger folks in the process and it will save our agency time and resources.“

LDWF will monitor the tip411 program for incoming tips 24 hours a day.

LDWF also offers their Operation Game Thief 24 hour toll free hotline.  Citizens can anonymously report tips by calling 1-800-442-2511 24 hours a day.

CitizenObserver was founded in 2000 and provides web based alerting tools to law enforcement, education and public safety agencies in over 40 states.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Agenda For Commission Meeting

Release Date: 09/28/2011

September 28, 2011-The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, October 6, 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 September 1, 2011

3.  Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4.  To hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/September

5.  To consider 2012 Turkey Hunting Areas, Seasons and Bag Limits: Consideration of Conditionally Adopted Amendments to Notice of Intent and   Consideration of Amended Notice of Intent

6.  To consider General and WMA Turkey Hunting Regulations: Consideration of Conditionally Adopted Amendments to Notice of Intent and Consideration of   Amended Notice of Intent

7.  To consider Declaration of Emergency on Fisheries Closures due to Oil Spill

8.  Set February 2012 Meeting Date

9.  Receive Public Comments

10.  Adjournment

 

 

WEEKLY eNEWS: Upcoming Events, Contest, Resources, and In The News

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana


UPCOMING EVENTS
Audubon Aquarium WETMAAP Teacher Workshop (October 22)
Learn how USGS maps and aerial photos can enhance your classroom teaching about our coastline at the Audubon Aquarium WETMAAP Teacher Workshop on October 22 from 9 am-noon. Jessie Kastler, of the University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Lab, will show you how to use these materials as well as GPS devices to explore the coastal habitats of the Gulf of Mexico and the changes that have impacted this area over the past few decades. This workshop is ideal for middle-school teachers, but is also appropriate for all formal and informal educators. WETMAAP also includes opportunities to incorporate science, geography and math standards in your classroom lessons about the Gulf. For more information, visit: http://www.auduboninstitute.org/educators/workshops/wetmaap-workshop or download the registration form below.

Basics of the Basin Research Symposium (October 27-29)
Commemorating 10 Years of Research! Registration is open for the Basics of the Basin Conference. The meeting is October 27, 28 and 29th at Southeastern University of Louisiana in Hammond. Early registration and preliminary program is available online: http://www2.selu.edu/orgs/pbrp/BasicsoftheBasin2011.html
For site and registration inquiries contact: Contact Robert Moreau 985.549.5008 / rmoreau@selu.edu or Nick Norton 985.549.2923
For program questions contact: Theryn Henkel 812 219-4740 / therynhenkel@gmail.com or John A. Lopez, 504-421-7348 / johnlopez@pobox.com


CONTESTS
2012 Water Challenge (Deadline: September 30)
The 2012 Water Challenge is looking for innovative entrepreneurs. For the second year, The Greater New Orleans Foundation and The Idea Village want to discover and nurture up-and-coming businesses creating solutions for our water issues. A special area of focus this year is business ideas that address flooding. However, all water-related entrepreneurs are welcome to apply. Up to 8 finalists will be invited to participate in the Idea Village's IDEAxcelerator, a 6 month business development program mentored by a team of Executives-in-Residence. The finalists will also be eligible to participate in the 2012 Water Challenge day pitch competition during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week in March for a prize of up to $50,000 in seed capital for their business. The application process is open now at http://ideavillage.org and the deadline of September 30.

Samsung Leads STEM Education with a Million-Dollar Giveaway (Deadline: October 24)
Samsung has joined Change the Equation (CTEq) in its effort to answer President Obama’s call to improve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for every child in the United States. Samsung and its partners are addressing this critical education issue by asking teachers in public schools nationwide to submit a short application now through October 24, 2011, for a chance to participate in Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow national video contest. Fifty classrooms will be chosen to receive a Samsung camcorder and laptop, along with Adobe® Premiere® Elements and Photoshop® Elements software to create videos responding to the question: “How can science or math help improve the environment in your community?” Winning teachers and students will receive a variety of Samsung electronics, Microsoft and Adobe software, and DIRECTV educational programming valued at over $1 million. As part of Samsung’s Hope for Children initiative, this concerted effort will promote math and science education as a path to fostering sustainable innovation. To learn more about the contest or submit an application, visit Solve for Tomorrowhttps://pages.samsung.com/us/sft/home.htm


RESOURCES
Dolphin Tale in 3D is inspired by the amazing true story of a brave dolphin and the people who worked together to save her life. After being caught in a crab trap, Winter is rescued but loses her tail. A dedicated marine biologist, a brilliant prosthetic doctor, and a devoted young boy bring about a miracle: a prosthetic tail to help Winter swim again. Dolphin Tale in 3D is now playing in theaters and will inspire you! NWF has teamed up with the film to empower you to take action. Learn more about dolphins and find out how you can help protect them—and also help save ocean habitat.
Downloads!  Fun activities for kids to help dolphins, an Educator’s Guide, and more!
Adopt a Dolphin!  Want to help National Wildlife Federation protect dolphins and the places where they live? Throw a dolphin adoption party with your class, a club, or friends! Make it fun and come up with creative ways to help people care about dolphins.

North American Black Bears Website
Untamed Science is a site dedicated to making inspirational videos and content for the sciences. They have a diverse collection of working professionals, including a production team of award winning science-filmmakers, a camera talent team, and a collection of science content writers who are dedicated to helping expand the www.untamedscience.com outreach portals. The link below provides more information on the North American Black Bear for students and teachers: http://www.untamedscience.com/biodiversity/animals/chordates/mammals/carnivorans/bears/ursus/american-black-bear

Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Newsletter
GCOOS News and Updates for September 2011 is attached.
 

IN THE NEWS
Floating Islands to be installed at Isle de Jean Charles near Houma, LA
          The America's WETLAND Foundation, Coastal Conservation Association, Terrebonne Parish Coastal Management Office, Entergy, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Shell and some 200 volunteers from the corporate sponsors, local schools, youth groups and the Isle de Jean Charles community will be employing for the first time, "floating island" restoration in an attempt to build new land and protect remaining lands in the Isle de Jean Charles area near Houma.
          Using recycled plastics, each floating island is 5 x 8 feet and is planted with 50-60 plants. The islands will be towed and anchored next to existing land as a means of curtailing erosion through wave action. In addition, some islands will be placed away from existing land as an experiment to see if new land can be built in shallow waters. The plants in the island will grow root systems into the waterbottom, trap sediments and grow toward and tie into the disappearing marsh. If successful, the area will strengthen and flourish, serving as a model for sustainable land mass. During the three days, volunteers will plant about 1,500 linear feet of these floating island mats. This area has some of the worst coastal erosion in Louisiana, so if this experiment is as successful as anticipated by Martin Ecosystems of Baton Rouge, this demonstration project could launch a new weapon in the "multiple lines of offense" tactic in the war against coastal land loss.

 

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/


Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec
 

Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board

Release Date: 09/27/2011

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Meeting, the public is invited to attend.

Regular Meeting Agenda

September 28, 2011

1 p.m.

Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

I.  Call to order

II. Reading and approval of minutes

III. Reports

A.      Executive Director’s Report

B.      Treasurer’s Report

C.      Finance Committee Report

D.     Sponsorship Committee Report

  IV.  Old Business

A.      3-year Seafood Marketing Campaign

B.      National Seafood Marketing Coalition - Alan

C.      Brussels overview

D.     Development of Policy and Procedure Workshop

E.      By laws - Kim

 V.  New Business

A.      Officer election protocol – Kim

B.      Thomas Hymel of Louisiana Direct - Kim

VI. Set Next Meeting(s)

VII. Adjourn

 

 

Baton Rouge Man Arrested for Boating Violations

Release Date: 09/27/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Baton Rouge man on Sept. 26 for his alleged involvement in a boating crash incident on the Amite River Diversion Canal.

Agents arrested Jack Riffle, 41, on four counts of first-degree negligent injury, driving or operating a boat while intoxicated (DWI) and reckless operation of a moving vessel and booked him into the Livingston Parish Jail.  Riffle was the operator of a 19-foot vessel that struck and was lodged under a pier in the Diversion Canal in Livingston Parish on Aug. 27 that left all five occupants with moderate to serious injuries.

Passengers on the boat were Elizabeth Riffle, 44, wife of Jack Riffle, their 15-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son, and Chico Garcia, 29, all of Baton Rouge.

LDWF agents responded to a report of a boating crash incident at 7 p.m.  Agents immediately summoned emergency medical responders and began removing debris in order to access and provide basic first-aid to the injured until the advanced medical responders were able to arrive.

Jack Riffle submitted to a blood sample following the boating crash incident, which allegedly showed that he was over the .08 blood alcohol concentration legal limit.

First-degree negligent injury brings up to a $2,000 fine and up to five years in jail for each offense.  First offense DWI carries a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.  Reckless operation of a moving vessel brings up to a $200 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

Agents involved in the response and investigation were Sgt. Todd Lewis, Sgt. Randy Lanoux, Sgt. Ezekiel Talbert, Agent Terry Hicks and Agent Dale Wheat.

For more information contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Team Pale Horse Takes Home Top Prize in First Annual Louisiana Saltwater Series Yellowfin Tuna Fall Shootout

Release Date: 09/27/2011

Captain Kevin Beech, Jordan Ellis, Ryan Ducote, Josh Cain, Jody Bondurat, Jacob Gauthier, Hevitt Gauthier and Bronson Giroward.

(Sept. 27, 2011)- This year marked the first annual Yellowfin Tuna Fall Shootout, hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, as part of its Louisiana Saltwater Series.

The Louisiana Saltwater Series tournaments have helped to create awareness and increase participation in tag-and-release fishing by offering a competitive outlet for conservation-minded anglers and captains. 

The Department is committed to increasing the number of tagged yellowfin tuna in the Gulf of Mexico.  The new tuna tagging program will provide baseline information for the population models used to assess the health of the stock of this valuable fishery.

“There is no fishing experience like catching a yellowfin tuna,” said LDWF Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina.  “We wanted to combine this experience with some fun competition between anglers who understand and enjoy the fishery, but are also interested in supporting the Department in our conservation-based efforts.”

A total of six tags were deployed at this weekend’s tournament.  The tags will be used to provide information about their movements, migrations, stock structure, growth, population size, mortality, schooling behavior, and physiology. 

The tournament offered three competitive categories: a tagging division, chartered boat division and weighed fish division. 

The total number of tagged fish determined the winner of the tagging division, going to the charted boat Pale Horse, with a winning total of two tagged yellowfin.  Team members included Captain Kevin Beech, Jordan Ellis, Ryan Ducote, Josh Cain, Jody Bondurat, Jacob Gauthier, Hevitt Gauthier and Bronson Giroward.  Pale Horse also took swept the chartered boat division, earning them an overall cash prize of $8,000.

The boat Hooked Up showed up to the scales with a 145-pound yellowfin, earning them first prize in the weighed fish division.  Team members include Captain Dane Mitchell, Ryan Parham, Patrick Fitzmorris, John Lane and Jeff Barger.   The team took home an offshore tackle package valued at $3,000.

LDWF would like to thank its many partners and sponsors for making this tournament a great success, including Venice Marina, which served as host site for the tournament and provided food to all participating anglers. 

Information about the 2012 Louisiana Saltwater Series will soon be available at www.lasaltwaterseries.com.

If you are a recreational fishermen, please consider signing up for the Louisiana Cooperative Marine Sport Fish Tagging Program.   The program is open to all species, with some of the more common being redfish and speckled trout. Through this program, volunteer anglers provide information that is difficult, often impossible, and expensive to obtain by other means.   For additional information, interested anglers can contact fishtagging@ccalouisiana.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.

 

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