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L.D.W.F. News Release

AGENDA FOR COMMISSION MEETING

Release Date: 05/30/2014

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, June 5, 2014, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA

 

The following items will be discussed:

  1. Roll Call
     
  2. Approval of Minutes of May 1, 2014
     
  3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege
     
  4. To Hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports May 2014
     
  5. To Consider a Declaration of Emergency on Setting the 2014-2015 Deer Hunting Season on Private Lands for Honorably Discharged Veterans
     
  6. To Consider a Resolution  of the Inclusion of Additional Acreage to the Peason Ridge WMA
     
  7. To Consider a Resolution of the Inclusion of Additional Acreage to the Dewey Wills and Little River WMA
     
  8. To Hear Final Public Comments on the Film and Entertainment Industry Animal Permits Notice of Intent
     
  9. To Consider a Declaration of Emergency on Fisheries Closures Due to the BP Oil Spill
     
  10. To Hear a General Overview of the Upcoming 2014 Dove Season Rules and Regulations
     
  11. To Have a Discussion on What Effects Changes to the Current Management Regulations will have on Red Drum and Spotted Sea Trout Stocks
     
  12. To Hear a Report on the LDWF Aquatic Plant Control Program
     
  13. Set October 2014 Meeting Date
     
  14. Receive Public Comments
     
  15. Adjournment

 

LDWF Enforcing Scenic River Regulations on the Comite River

Release Date: 05/30/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents have written 18 citations since May 21 on the Comite River in East Baton Rouge Parish for alleged violations of Scenic River Regulations.

The new rules governing the Louisiana’s Natural and Scenic Rivers System were approved last fall and became effective on March 20, 2014.

The new rules prohibit the use of a motor vehicle or other wheeled or tracked vehicle on a designated system stream, except for permitted uses and direct crossings by immediately adjacent landowners, lessees, and persons who have written permission from the landowner for non-commercial activities that do not significantly degrade the ecological integrity of the stream.

On May 21 LDWF agents cited a 17-year-old Zachary man for violating the scenic river rules when he was found operating a Jeep in the Comite River south of Zachary near Dyer Rd.  Agents also issued possession of marijuana citations to two people and possession of alcohol citations to the 17-year-old Zachary man and one other minor during the stop.

On May 24 agents issued 17 citations to 17 subjects from Zachary, Slaughter, Baton Rouge, Baker, Clinton and Greenwell Springs for violating the scenic river rules when they were found riding All-Terrain Vehicles in the Comite River south of Zachary off of Tucker Rd.

Violators of the scenic river rules face up to $950 in fines and up to 120 days of jail time.

The Louisiana Scenic Rivers Act of 1970 provides LDWF the authority to regulate those activities that may directly and significantly degrade the ecological integrity of a natural and scenic river. The Louisiana Legislature created the Louisiana Natural and Scenic Rivers System for the purpose of preserving, protecting, developing, reclaiming, and enhancing the wilderness qualities, scenic beauties, and ecological regimes of certain free-flowing Louisiana streams. Today, there are approximately 3,000 miles of designated Natural and Scenic Rivers in the state.

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

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

Release Date: 05/30/2014

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting. The public is invited to attend.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 1 p.m.

UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210, New Orleans

AGENDA

I.  Roll Call and introduction of guests

II.  Approval of April 8 minutes and June 3 agenda

III.  Treasury Report

       A. Oyster Tag Sales

       B. LOTF Financial Report

IV.   Committee Reports

       A.  Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee – (Buddy Pausina)

       B.  Enforcement   - (Sammy Martin)

       C.  Legislative - (Jakov Jurisic)

       D.  Research – (Patrick Banks)

       E.  Coastal Restoration – (Dan Coulon)

       F.  Marketing – (Ashley Roth)

       G.  Health – (Lance Broussard)

       H.  Sustainability- (LDWF)

       I. Professionalism- (LDWF)

V.   Old Business

  1. BP Oil Spill Remediation
       1. Claims Process
       2. Public Reef Remediation
       3. Oyster Lease Remediation

     B.   Survey Fee letter- LDWF                      

  1. New Business
    1. John Veazey- USFDA Shellfish Specialist
    2. 2014 Stock Assessment Workshop- Tom Soniat
    3. Washington D.C. – Louisiana Alive- Al Sunseri
  1. Public Comment
  2. Set Next Meeting
  3. Adjourn

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.

To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8411920719636324610

For press inquiries please contact Ashley Roth, 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov

To sign up for LDWF Alerts sent as text messages and emails directly to your mobile device click  here.

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.

Holiday Weekend Draws Crowds to LDWF Family Fish Fest

Release Date: 05/28/2014

(Beard family from Opelousas, LA; Catch & Count winners)
(Mia and Kira Stevens, Crab Grab winners)

(May 28, 2014) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Family Fish Fest at Campo’s Marina in Shell Beach on Saturday was a huge success, and event winners took home loads of prizes.
 
Launched earlier this year, Family Fish Fest events are designed to increase youth and family involvement in fishing and fisheries conservation.  Each event includes fishing opportunities with live redfish and speckled trout tagging at all saltwater locations.  The public is encouraged to bring out their entire family for what promises to be an exciting day of fishing, hands-on activities, educational exhibits and great prize giveaways. 
 
Saturday’s event included a mobile touch tank, fish identification, knot tying lessons, cast net lessons, minnow races, casting tutorials, LDWF mascot Robbie the Redfish and arts and crafts.
 
Winners include Little Angler Redfish first place, Maddie Schieble; second place, Michael Schieble; Little Angler Speckled Trout first place, Rachel Riley Natal; second place, Benjamin Babin;  Junior Angler Redfish first place, Cole White; Team Wham Slam first place, Donnie Natal; Team Catch-N-Count first place, Shane Beard; Team Crab Grab first place, Kira Stevens.  Those who brought in extra live redfish and trout to be tagged by the Department as part of the Louisiana Cooperative Marine Fish Tagging Program were also entered into a raffle for additional prizes.
 
Our next Family Fish Fest is scheduled for June 7 at Myrtle Grove Marina in Myrtle Grove from 6 a.m. to noon.  Entry for the event is $10 per participant and includes a t-shirt and lunch.  The first 50 youth registrants will receive a complimentary rod and reel courtesy of Pure Fishing, and the first 100 youth registrants will receive a fishing goodie bag.  Youth will compete for prizes in multiple categories and are also eligible for several raffles simply by participating.  Register for this event at www.wlf.la.gov/familyfishfest.
 
Saturday’s sponsors included CCA Louisiana, Coca Cola Bottling Company, Pure Fishing, Coon Neck Wildlife and Art Gallery, Dufrene Building Materials, Faux Pas Prints, Home Depot, Marsh and Bayou Outfitters and Emprint Moran Printing.
 
LDWF Family Fish Fest is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.  The LWFF was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fisheries resources. 
 
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.la.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
For more information on LDWF Family Fish Fests, contact Danica Williams at dwilliams@wlf.la.gov or (504) 628-7282.  For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.

Multiple Fishermen Cited For Commercial Fishing in BP Closure Zone in Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 05/28/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited numerous fishermen on May 26 for allegedly fishing in the BP oil spill emergency commercial fishing closure zone.

Agents cited Kenneth Dupre, 47, Don Allen, 55, Bobbie Slocum, 53, all of Gretna, Lawrence Folse Jr., 62, of Bridge City, Carl Hingle, 50, of Chalmette, Patrick Terrebonne, 39, of Lafitte, Michael A. Duhom, 27, of Marrero, and Manton A. Terrebonne, 57, of Lafitte for engaging in commercial shrimping activity in the area of Bay Jimmy located in Plaquemines parish.

The area in question was closed to all commercial fishing in 2010 as a result of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill.

Agents seized and returned the shrimp taken to the water since they were considered a public health risk to the consuming public.

Violating the emergency fishing closure carries a up to a $750 fine and 60 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case are Sgts. Adam Young, Kris Bourgeois, Villere Reggio, and Austin Arteaga.

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

Boating Incident in Avoyelles Parish Leads to Fatality and DWI

Release Date: 05/27/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents are investigating a single vessel incident that claimed the life of a Mansura man on May 25 in Avoyelles Parish.

About 6:30 p.m., LDWF agents were notified of a boating incident and a missing boater on the Little River near Marksville.  Agents were able to locate the body of David Crocket, 48, around 8 p.m. and turned him over to the Avoyelles Parish Coroner’s Office.

According to witnesses and the operator of the boat, Marcus Logan Sr., 43, of Mansura, they were traveling west on Little River and swerved to avoid an object in the water when Crocket fell overboard.  Crocket went under the water and never surfaced.

Crocket was not wearing a personal flotation device when he entered the water.

After further investigation, agents determined that Logan Sr. was under the influence of alcohol while operating the vessel and arrested him for driving a vessel while intoxicated (DWI).  Agents also cited Logan Sr. for careless operation of a vessel.  Future charges may be pending.

DWI brings a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail and up to a year suspension of driver’s license and boating operation privileges.  Careless operation of a vessel carries up to a $300 fine and 30 days in jail.

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

Body of Baton Rouge Man Found in Amite River Diversion Canal

Release Date: 05/26/2014

Search and rescue teams found the body of a Baton Rouge man in the Amite River Diversion Canal about 2:45 a.m. on May 26 in Ascension Parish.

Matthew Green, 28, was found about 2:45 a.m. by search and rescue teams from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, the Gonzales Fire Department and the St. Amant Fire Department.

According to the survivor, Green was on a jet ski and the survivor was in a boat on the Amite River Diversion Canal when they decided to switch positions with each other about 7 p.m. on May 25.  When Green tried to board the vessel he apparently bumped the throttle and when the unmanned boat went into motion he lost his balance and was sent overboard into the water where the vessel then struck Green.

Search and rescue crews were notified immediately and searched until they found Green.

Green's body was turned over to the Ascension Parish Coroner's Office to determine a cause of death.  LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this fatal boating incident.

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

LDWF Reminds Harvesters of Upcoming Spring Shrimp Season

Release Date: 05/23/2014

LDWF Reminds Harvesters of Upcoming Spring Shrimp Season

May 22, 2014 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reminds shrimp harvesters of the upcoming spring season beginning next Monday, May 26 at 6 a.m.

 

The 2014 Spring Shrimp Season openings are as follows:

  1. Monday, May 26, 6 a.m. - The portion of state inside waters from the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River westward to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal, and the portion of state outside waters extending three nautical miles seaward from the shoreline from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the Channel red buoy line westward to the to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at -92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude.
  2. Monday, June 2, 6 a.m. - The portion of state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River to open at 6 a.m. June 2.  However, the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line are currently open to shrimping.
  3. Monday, June 2, 6 a.m. - The portion of state inside waters from the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line.

LDWF Enforcement Agents also take this opportunity to remind harvesters of the areas that remain closed to all commercial activity due to the BP oil spill.  For a map detailing the 2014 Spring Shrimp Season and the areas currently closed to commercial fishing click here.

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 press inquiries please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504)430-2623.

L.D.W.F. Announces 2014 Alligator Lottery Hunts

Release Date: 05/23/2014

May 23, 2014 -- In order to continue to provide alligator harvest opportunities, to the general public, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will select eligible alligator hunters through a lottery selection system on 5 Coastal & Nongame Resources (CNR) Division Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), 15 Wildlife Division WMAs, 1 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) property and 25 public lakes for the 2014 alligator harvest season.
 
The CNR Division WMAs include: Atchafalaya Delta WMA, St. Mary Parish; Pass A Loutre WMA, Plaquemines Parish; Pointe Aux Chenes WMA, Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes; Salvador/Timken WMAs, St. Charles Parish; and Lake Boeuf WMA, Lafourche Parish.
 
The Wildlife Division WMAs/USACOE property include: Big Lake WMA, Tensas Parish; Boeuf WMA, Caldwell Parish; Buckhorn WMA, Tensas Parish; Elm Hall WMA, Assumption Parish; Grassy Lake WMA, Avoyelles Parish; Joyce WMA, Tangipahoa Parish; Manchac WMA, St. John the Baptist Parish; Maurepas Swamp WMA, St. John the Baptist, St. James, Ascension, Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes; Sherburne WMA (state portion only), Pointe Coupee and St. Martin parishes; Spring Bayou WMA, Avoyelles Parish; Pearl River WMA, St. Tammany Parish; Richard K. Yancey WMA, Concordia Parish; Dewey  W. Wills WMA, LaSalle and Catahoula parishes; and Russell Sage WMA, Ouachita and Morehouse parishes.
 
The USACOE property includes Indian Bayou Area (USACOE), St. Landry and St. Martin parishes.
 
The public lakes include: Lake Bistineau, Webster, Bossier and Bienville parishes; Lake Wallace, Caddo Parish; Black/Cypress Lake and Ivan Lake (Bodcau), Bossier Parish; Cross Lake, Caddo Parish; Kepler Lake, Bienville Parish; Bayou Desiard North, Ouachita Parish; Caney Lake, Jackson Parish; Bartholomew Lake, Ouachita and Morehouse parishes; Kincaid Lake, Rapides Parish; Indian Creek, Rapides Parish; Cotile Lake, Rapides Parish; Nantachie Lake, Grant Parish; Saline Lake, Winn Parish; Toledo Bend, Desoto and Sabine parishes; Lake Bruin, Tensas Parish; Lake Concordia, Concordia Parish; Lake St. John, Tensas Parish; Lake St. Joseph, Tensas Parish; Anacoco Lake and Vernon Lake, Vernon Parish; Caddo Lake, Caddo Parish; Black Lake, Natchitoches Parish; Bundicks Lake, Beauregard Parish; and Lake D’Arbonne, Union Parish.
 
Interested participants may print out an application from LDWF’s website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts or request an application by phone for CNR Division WMAs at 337-373-0032 or Wildlife Division WMAs and public lakes at 225-765-2346.
 
To assist applicants in selecting specific WMAs/public lakes, LDWF has posted the percentage of lottery alligator harvest applicants selected in 2013 by WMA or public lake on its website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/lottery-alligator-harvest-program.
 
Applications and non-refundable application fees ($5) must be submitted to the address indicated on corresponding applications and be postmarked by July 5th, 2014.  Only one of the three available lottery alligator harvest applications (CNR Division WMA, Wildlife Division WMA or Wildlife Division Public Lakes) may be submitted per applicant.  Additional applications will result in voiding all applications of the applicant.
 
The lottery alligator harvests will be conducted between Aug. 27 and Oct. 2.  Exact harvest dates will vary by WMA/public lake and will be specified at the time selected hunters are notified.  Selected hunters may be assigned specific areas to conduct alligator harvest activities on certain WMAs/public lakes.
 
Applicants must be a legal Louisiana resident and 16 years of age or older.  All successful applicants will be required to purchase an alligator hunting license ($25).  Successful applicants for WMAs will be required to submit payments ($40) for each alligator tag allocated.
 
All applicants meeting the application requirements will be entered into a randomized computer drawing, which will take place by August, 2014.  Selected hunters will be notified by mail.
 
For more information concerning CNR Division WMAs, contact Jeb Linscombe at 337-373-0032 or jlinscombe@wlf.la.gov  For more information concerning Wildlife Division WMAs or public lakes, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2346 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov.
 

Salvador/Timken WMA Nighttime Activity Season to Begin June 1

Release Date: 05/22/2014

May 22, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is reminding the public that an experimental nighttime activity season begins at 12 a.m. on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at the Salvador/Timken Wildlife Management Area (WMA).
 
Salvador/Timken WMA is located in St. Charles Parish, along the northwestern shore of Lake Salvador about 12 miles southwest of New Orleans.
 
The season will run through official sunrise on August 15, 2014 and provides for the nighttime harvest of frogs and recreational fishing with a rod and reel. There is a possession limit of 50 frogs per vessel while on the WMA, and a minimum size of 5 inches for bull frogs and 3 inches for pig frogs.
 
Self-clearing permits are required for each person engaged in any nighttime activity on the WMA. Self-clearing permits may be obtained at Pier 90 Marina, Bayou Gauche boat launch and Bayou Segnette boat launch, and Airboat Adventures in Lafitte, La. Permits may also be downloaded from LDWF’s website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/permit/self-clearing-permit.
 
Possession of firearms is prohibited on the WMA during this experimental nighttime season and all watercraft must have working running lights and the proper number of life jackets for passengers.
 
WMA users are reminded that it is illegal to harm or disturb alligators in any way. Only licensed alligator hunters can harvest alligators during the alligator season. Additionally, it is the public’s responsibility to know the WMA boundaries and refrain from trespassing on private property.
 
For more information on the experimental season at Salvador/Timken WMA, consult the 2014 Louisiana Recreational Fishing Regulations booklet (pages 50-51) available at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/regulations , or call Shane Granier at 504-284-5269.
 

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