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LDWF Agents Arrest Golden Meadow Man on Drug Charges

Release Date: 08/04/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Golden Meadow man for alleged drug violations on July 31 in Lafourche Parish.

Agents arrested Nick A. Collins, 42, for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm while in possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Agents booked Collins into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Facility.

Agents boarded Collins’ oyster vessel to perform a commercial fishing compliance check.  Agents observed a firearm located within the cabin of the vessel where Collins was operating the vessel.  After checking with dispatch and learning of a previous felony conviction, agents got permission to search the vessel for any further contraband.

While searching the vessel agents located an additional firearm along with a metal container containing suspected marijuana, several hand rolled cigarettes containing suspected marijuana, two grinders, one mini scale, scissors, and several plastic bags under the mattress where Collins slept.  After speaking with agents, Collins admitted that all contraband on the vessel was his.

Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute brings up to a $50,000 fine and between five and 30 years of prison.  Possession of a firearm while in possession of marijuana carries up to a $10,000 fine and between five and 10 years of prison.  Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon brings a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years of prison.  Possession of drug paraphernalia carries up to a $1,000 fine and one year of jail.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Ezekiel Talbert Jr. and Agent Lucas Hidalgo.

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

Aug. 12-14 Public Meetings to Provide Update on Black Bear Research

Release Date: 08/04/2014

Aug. 4, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the University of Tennessee (UT) will hold public meetings from Aug. 12 through 14 in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Ferriday and Tallulah. The results of a recently completed University of Tennessee PhD project will be presented.
 
Meeting times and locations are as follows:
 
Aug. 12 at 10 a.m.    LDWF HQ LA Room                        2000 Quail Dr., Baton Rouge
 
Aug. 12 at 6 p.m.      USFWS Building                             646 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette
 
Aug. 13 at 6 p.m.      Concordia Community Center      26356 Hwy 15, Ferriday
 
Aug. 14 at 6 p.m.      Tallulah Community Center          800 Beech St, Tallulah
 
PhD candidate Jared Laufenberg will present his project results entitled “Population dynamics and genetic structure of the Louisiana black bears in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley of Louisiana.”  Before delisting can occur, bear subpopulations in Tensas and Atchafalaya river basins have to be sustainable with a corridor to connect those two sustainable subpopulations.  This research addresses those questions.  
 
Following the presentation, there will be a question and answer period to allow for general discussion about bears in Louisiana and living with bears.  For more information, contact Maria Davidson at 337-948-0255 or mdavidson@wlf.la.gov.
 
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.
 

 

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Louisiana Fisheries Forward Educational and Training Program Unveiled

Release Date: 08/04/2014

A partnership between Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Louisiana Sea Grant College Program aims to further raise the bar on the quality and sustainability of Louisiana seafood.
 
August 04, 2014 - Louisiana Fisheries Forward (LFF) is a voluntary educational program for members of the commercial seafood community.  A collaboration of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and Louisiana Sea Grant College Program at LSU (Sea Grant), LFF was established with the goal of improving the economic success of Louisiana’s commercial fishing industry.
 
LFF provides a structured mechanism to develop and deliver, over a three-year period, relevant and timely information to the seafood industry.  Content is presented via the Internet, using training videos and fact sheets, and directly to communities with hands-on workshops, training days and demonstration projects that showcase new technology and best practice methods.
 
“Louisiana Fisheries Forward is about establishing a method to communicate important information to our commercial seafood community,” said Robert Barham, secretary, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.  “This communication will help our fishermen, dealers and processors stay abreast of global trends, new equipment, handling practices, technology and rapidly evolving regulations.  This program will help our seasoned veterans as well as newcomers to the industry improve their already high-quality Louisiana seafood, and help them take their product to the next level.”
 
Robert Twilley, Ph.D., executive director of Louisiana Sea Grant College Program, concurs, “Louisiana is the second largest seafood-producing state in the U.S., yet the commerce and culture of our industry is at risk.  We believe the time is here for a fisheries renaissance, as more and more consumers look for locally sourced and sustainably managed seafood.  Louisiana is already well positioned to meet that demand.  Working together, we can enhance product quality, promote innovative business practices, and reduce our environmental footprint to ensure the continued success of commercial fishing.”
 
Though officially unveiled today, Louisiana Fisheries Forward initiatives are already in motion.  LFF enhances the current outreach programs of Sea Grant, including the two-day Fisheries Summit in Houma and Dock Days along the coast.  Working with LDWF and seafood industry leaders, these training days present a wider range of diverse and challenging topics and reach a greater number of people. 
 
Four, 30- to 45-minute training videos are in production, that address:

  • How to be a commercial fisherman
  • How to be a seafood dealer/processor
  • Seafood business finance and management
  • How to be a crab fisherman

 
Another six videos are planned over the next two-and-a-half years.  Fact sheets, available online, will complement the videos with more detailed, time-sensitive information.  Three demonstration projects, over the course of three years, will study gear efficiency and product quality; research findings will be presented at training and industry events.
 
Leaders at LDWF and Sea Grant are confident that the Louisiana Fisheries Forward program will help those in the seafood business thrive in a constantly changing marketplace.
 
“Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Louisiana Sea Grant have a successful, 45-year history of developing targeted educational programs for the seafood industry,” said Twilley.  “This partnership marshals the strength of community-embedded marine extension agents with the subject matter expertise of university scientists and fisheries resource managers.  Together, these experts pinpoint timely and challenging issues facing our industry and more importantly, offer options and solutions that overcome those issues.”
 
Barham believes that offering our seafood community the knowledge to compete in the marketplace is the key. 
 
“To be successful, our harvesters, docks and processors need the proper knowledge to compete in the marketplace, we have an opportunity to help provide this to our industry.  We have already begun a successful branding initiative of Louisiana Wild Certified Seafood; Louisiana Fisheries Forward is an extension of that effort—helping our seafood industry increase consumer confidence and receive a premium price for their catch.”
 
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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 press inquiries, contact Ashley Roth at aroth@wlf.la.gov or 504-286-4162
 
Since its establishment in 1968, Louisiana Sea Grant (www.laseagrant.org) has worked to promote stewardship of the state’s coastal resources through a combination of research, education and outreach programs critical to the cultural, economic and environmental health of Louisiana’s coastal zone. Louisiana Sea Grant, based at Louisiana State University, is part of the National Sea Grant College Program, a network of 33 university-based programs in each of the U.S. coastal and Great Lakes states and Puerto Rico.
 
 

 

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Louisiana Inshore Shrimp Season Remains Closed

Release Date: 08/01/2014

August 1, 2014 – Yesterday, officials with Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries annouced the re-opening of certain state inshore and Gulf of Mexico waters that were previously closed due to oiling from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
 
Although these waters will re-open ½ hour before sunrise on Monday, August 4, 2014, state rules, regulations and seasons for individual saltwater species are still effective within these areas. The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will meet August 7 to consider opening dates for the fall inshore shrimp season.
 
Shrimp harvesting remains closed in state inside waters except the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double–rig line in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2. and in the portion of Mississippi Sound as follows:
 

  • that portion of Mississippi Sound beginning at a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 09 minutes 39.6 seconds north latitude and -89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude due south to a point at 30 degrees 05 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and -89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence southeasterly to a point on the western shore of Three-Mile Pass at 30 degrees 03 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and -89 degrees 22 minutes 23.0 seconds west longitude; thence northeasterly to a point on Isle Au Pitre at 30 degrees 09 minutes 20.5 seconds north latitude and -89 degrees 11 minutes 15.5 seconds west longitude, which is a point on the double–rig line.

 
For a map that details the areas currently open to shrimp harvesting 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, contact Ashley Roth at 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov

All Target Ranges on Sherburne Wildlife Management Area Now Open

Release Date: 08/01/2014

 
August 1, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced today that installation of baffles on the rifle range at the Sherburne Wildlife Management Area (WMA) has been completed and the range is now open. 
 
Installation of the baffles was the final phase of the rifle range improvements that also involved the replacement of the overhead cover which was damaged by the opening of the Morganza Spillway. Installation of the baffles will improve range safety by ensuring that projectiles are contained within the range. 
 
All ranges on the Sherburne WMA are now open including two shotgun ranges, a handgun range, rifle range and archery range.
 
All range users are reminded that they are required to obtain and complete a self-clearing permit at the range. In addition, users 16 to 60 years of age must have a valid Louisiana hunting license, fishing license or Wild Louisiana Stamp in their possession while on the range. 
 
Sherburne WMA is located within the Morganza Floodway portion of the Atchafalaya Basin, between the Atchafalaya River and the East Protection Levee, in Pointe Coupee, St. Martin and Iberville Parishes.  The WMA is accessible from U.S. Hwy. 190 and I-10.
 
For additional information on shooting ranges on state wildlife management areas, visit www.wlf.la.gov/hunting/shooting-ranges, or contact Daniel Hurdle at 225-765-2920 or dhurdle@wlf.la.gov .
 

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Louisiana Shrimp Task Force to Meet on August 6 in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 08/01/2014

Shrimp Task Force Meeting

Mark Abraham, Chairman

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

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 1:30 p.m.

LDWF Headquarters, Louisiana Room

2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge

 

AGENDA

I.      Roll Call and introduction of guests

II.    Approval of April 3 minutes and August 6 agenda

 III.   Treasury Report

           A.    Budget Report – LDWF

IV.    Old Business

           A.   Management sub-committee meeting report

           B.     Gulf -wide Seafood Certification- LDWF

VI.   New Business

         A.      Louisiana Fisheries Forward Program - LDWF

         B.      2014 Fall inshore shrimp season - Lance Nacio

        C.       Recent changes to skimmer net regulations and Tow Time educational outreach efforts - Lance Nacio

         D.      Prosecution of Shrimping violations

         E.       Texas Commercial Shrimping Licenses- Clint Guidry

         F.       Act 294-LWFC authority to amend the inside/outside shrimp line - Clint Guidry

        G.      Washington, D.C.- Clint Guidry

VII.    Public Comment

 VIII.  Set Next Meeting

 IX.     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/3421954324156564737

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.

 

 

Louisiana Oyster Task Force to meet on August 5 in New Orleans

Release Date: 08/01/2014

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 1 p.m.

UNO Advanced Technology Center, suite 210, New Orleans

 

Agenda

I. Roll call and introduction of guests

II. Approval of June 3 meeting minutes and August 5 agenda

III. Treasury Report

A.     Oyster Tag Sales

B.     LOTF Financial Report

IV. Presentation by Adam and Tommy Waller- The Oyster Bed LLC

V.Committee Reports

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

B.     Enforcement (Major 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)

VI. Old Business

A.     BP Oil Spill Remediation

B.     Landings and Severance Tax Request-LDWF

C.     Oyster Lease Renewals- Marc Maniscalco

D.    Congressional Staff Visit- LSPMB

VII.  New Business

A.      Save Louisiana Coalition- George Ricks

B.      Parliamentary Training- LDWF

C.      Preliminary Stock Assessment Data and Season Recommendations-LDWF

VIII.Public Comment

IX.Set Next Meeting

X.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/4371847708053970177

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Enforcement Committee to meet on August 5 in New Orleans

Release Date: 08/01/2014

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Enforcement Committee to Meet

10 a.m., Tuesday, August 5, 2014

UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210, New Orleans 70122

 

AGENDA

 

I.  Call to Order

II.  Discussion on increase of theft on oyster leases

III. 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.

Those interested in listening in to the meeting via Webinar or telephone register at  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4416045876572638466

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 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.

LDWF Announces Reopening of Certain Recreational and Commercial Fishing Waters Effective One-Half Hour Before Sunrise on Monday, August 4, 2014

Release Date: 07/31/2014

 
BATON ROUGE – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the reopening of certain state inshore and Gulf of Mexico waters that were previously closed due to oiling from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Waters will be open ½ hour before sunrise on Monday, August 4, 2014.
 
LDWF is re-opening these areas to commercial fishing pursuant to agreements by state and federal officials for re-opening waters closed as a result of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. These areas will also be re-opened to all recreational fishing.
 
The waters to re-open are as follows:
 

  • A portion of the upper Barataria Basin centered near Bay Jimmy and Bay Batiste with the exception of a 100-yard shoreline buffer from any shoreline
  • All waters within the Birdsfoot Delta of the Mississippi River
  • Areas surrounding the Grand Terre Islands with the exception of an area one quarter mile seaward from the Gulf-facing shoreline
  • The area seaward between Elmer’s Island and Fourchon Beaches with the exception of a one-quarter mile area seaward from the Gulf-facing shoreline.

 
LDWF will continue monitoring conditions to determine whether additional waters can be re-opened or whether additional closures are warranted.   Reports of oil, tarballs or tar mats should be reported to the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802 and the La. State Police at 1-877-925-6595.
 
State rules, regulations and seasons for individual saltwater species are still effective within these areas.  To view current regulations click here:  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/regulations
 
 To view maps detailing these modifications and the latest updates on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill please visit:  www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill
 
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, contact Rene LeBreton at rlebreton@wlf.la.gov or 504-286-8745.
 
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Joey Broussard Named New LDWF Enforcement Division Colonel

Release Date: 07/29/2014

Col. Joey Broussard

July 29, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced today that Joseph “Joey” Broussard, a native of Pointe Coupee Parish, has been promoted and will serve as the Enforcement Division’s new colonel.

“Joey’s wide ranging experience within the division will serve him well in his new leadership role and he has earned this opportunity to serve as chief in the years ahead,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.

Col. Broussard, 55, of Port Barre, will serve in the highest ranking position in the Enforcement Division.  He graduated from the LDWF cadet academy in 1991, receiving his POST certification from LSU, and has been an agent for 23 and a half years. Col. Broussard replaces the recently retired Jeff Mayne, who served the department for 23 years, completing his last year of service as colonel.

“I’m honored to accept the highest rank you can achieve within the Enforcement Division,” said Col. Broussard.  “I’m also excited to lead the division in to the future as we continue to adapt to new tasks as well as maintain our main responsibility in protecting and conserving the state’s natural resources.”

Serving as director of training from 1996-2008, Col. Broussard has also represented the Enforcement Division on the Mississippi Flyway Law Enforcement Committee. He received the statewide Agent of the Year award in 1994 and also the Outstanding Officer award from the Southeastern Association of Game and Fish Commissioners in 1994. He was selected for the LDWF Chief’s Award in 2008-2009.

In 2011, Col. Broussard was promoted to lieutenant colonel, overseeing field operations and search and rescue under former Chief Winton Vidrine. He most recently served as chief of staff under Col. Mayne.

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

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