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L.D.W.F. News Release

Louisiana Youth Can Register Now For 2011 Hunter of the Year Awards

Release Date: 01/31/2012

Jan. 31, 2012-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) are encouraging hunters 15 years of age or younger to enter the 2011 Youth Hunter of the Year competition. 

The contest requires youth hunters to submit a story about their hunting experience along with photographs of the hunt.  LDWF and LOWA will then select a male and female youth hunter of the year based upon the stories and photos that are received. 

Visit the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.state.la.us/hunting/youth-hunter-registry-programfor information on the Youth Hunter Registry Program and the2011 Youth Hunter of the Year Contest.

Youth hunters who participated in any hunting activity during the 2011-12 hunting season are encouraged to participate.  This is not a big buck or turkey contest. The program is about youths enjoying a hunting experience, with or without success, and keeping the hunting tradition alive in Louisiana. The deadline to enter the 2011 Youth Hunter of the Year Contest is June 30, 2012.

The two winners will be recognized at the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Conference this summer.  Winners will receive a plaque in recognition of their achievement and a gift certificate from Bowie Outfitters in Baton Rouge.

Additionally, all participants who register their 2011-12 hunting experiences with the Youth Hunter Registry Program will be eligible to win a gift certificate from Bowie Outfitters (winner to be selected by a random drawing).

For more information, contact Scott Durham at 225-765-2351 or sdurham@wlf.la.govor David Moreland at 225-978-6552 or helfinroots@hotmail.com.

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.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

 

LDWF Agents Make Arrest on Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge

Release Date: 01/31/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested a Texas man for allegedly driving while intoxicated (DWI) and numerous wildlife management area violations on the Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson Parish on Jan. 24.

Agents arrested Matthew M. John, 21, of Bullard, Texas, who is temporarily living in Rayne, for second offense DWI, failing to take a breathalyzer test twice within five years, possessing an illegal firearm, possessing a firearm and glass bottles on Elmer’s Island and simple littering.  John was booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center.

While on patrol, Agents found John’s truck stuck on the beach.  During their attempt to assist John with his truck, agents noticed that John was under the influence of alcohol.  Agents then administered a field sobriety test to John, which he allegedly failed.  John refused to take a breathalyzer test.

Agents impounded John’s truck and seized his shotgun, which failed to have a minimum barrel length of 18 inches required under law.  John also allegedly confessed to throwing beer bottles on the beach that were nearby his truck.

It is illegal to possess any firearm or glass bottles while on the Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge.  John was also charged for a DWI in November of 2011 in which he refused to take a breathalyzer test.

Second offense DWI carries a fine up to $1,000 and six months in jail.  Failing to take a second breathalyzer test within five years brings a $300 to $1,000 fine and between 10 days and six months in jail.

Possession of an illegal firearm brings up to a $10,000 fine and up to 10 years in jail.

Possession of a firearm on Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge carries a fine between $100 and $350 and up to 60 days in jail.  Possession of glass bottles on Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge carries a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.  Simple littering brings a fine up to $75 or up to eight hours of community service in a litter abatement program.

Agents participating in the case were Senior Agents Douglas Danna and Cody Soileau.

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

Fall Shrimp Season to Close in Zone 1

Release Date: 01/30/2012

La. inshore and offshore waters closed to shrimping effective 2/2/12 at official sunset.

 

Jan. 30, 2012  –Today, Secretary Robert Barham of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced the fall shrimp season will close in the remaining portion of Shrimp Management Zone 1, excluding the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur sounds, at official sunset on February 2, 2012. 

The Department took action in December to extend the fall shrimp season in these waters, but current sampling conducted by LDWF fisheries biologists indicates that average white shrimp size in these waters is smaller than 100 count per pound.  This action protects these small, white shrimp and provides increased opportunity for growth to larger, more valuable sizes.  It also protects juvenile brown shrimp which begin to recruit into these waters in early spring. 

Effective with this closure, shrimping will only be allowed in:

  • The open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line in R.S.56:495.1.(A)2, and
  • State outside waters seaward of the inside/outside shrimp line east of the U.S. Coast Guard navigational light off the northwest shore of Caillou Boca at 29 degrees 03 minutes 10 seconds north latitude and 90 degrees 50 minutes 27 seconds west longitude, and
  • State outside waters seaward of the inside/outside shrimp line west of Freshwater Bayou Canal at 92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude

A map of those waters which will remain open to shrimping is available on the LDWF website.  Click here.

The shrimping industry is the most valuable commercial fishery in Louisiana, averaging over 8,700 licensed recreational and commercial shrimpers annually over the past five years. 

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.

For more information, please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225) 610-2363.

LDWF Announces Closure of Oyster Season on All Public Oyster Areas East of the Mississippi River

Release Date: 01/30/2012

 

Jan. 30, 2012 –Today, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham signed an order to close the oyster season on all public oyster areas east of the Mississippi River.  These closures are to take effect at one-half hour after sunset on Thursday, February 2, 2012.

The areas are being closed to protect the resource, based on current harvest pressure and estimated low oyster stock size. 

All other details, rules and regulations of the 2011/2012 oyster season as established by previous actions of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission and the LDWF Secretary remain in effect until further notice.

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.

For more information, please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.govor (225) 610-2363.

Agenda For Commission Meeting

Release Date: 01/30/2012

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, February 2, 2012, 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 January 5, 2012

3.  Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4.   To hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/January – Joey Broussard

5.  To receive and consider Notice of Intent on 2013 – 14 Hunting Season Dates  - Randy Myers

6.  To receive and consider Notice of Intent on General/WMA Hunting Regulations – Randy Myers

7.  To receive presentation of Current and Upcoming Inshore Reef Projects – David Cresson, CCA

8.To receive presentation of Annual Stock Assessment Report for Striped Mullet – Harry Blanchet

9. To consider Notice of Intent to Establish a Commercial Netting season on False River Lake – Rachel Walley

10. Set June 2012 Meeting Date

11. Receive Public Comments

12.  Executive Session to Discuss Prospective Litigation relative to return of Artificial Reef Fund Monies

13. Adjournment

 

 

Missing Body of Baton Rouge Man found on Bogue Chitto River

Release Date: 01/28/2012

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents found the body of a missing man on the Bogue Chitto River in St. Tammany Parish this morning, Jan. 28.

Agents recovered the body of William Holloway, 63, at 8 a.m. from the river around a mile in a half downriver from where they found his capsized vessel on Dec. 28, 2011.  Campers near the Bogue Chitto River alerted LDWF agents of Holloway’s body in the river this morning.  Search teams found his wife, Kathy Holloway, 61, on Jan. 12 about a quarter of a mile from the capsized vessel.

LDWF agents along with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office (STSO) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) have searched for the couple since Dec. 28 when a passing boater on the Bogue Chitto found a capsized vessel at 10 a.m.  The last known contact the Holloways had was at 3 p.m. on Dec. 27.  The Holloways were camping on the Bogue Chitto NWR.

The 14-foot aluminum flat bottom boat was found about a mile from the boat launch at Lock No. 3 Road on the Pearl River Navigational Canal.  LDWF retrieved the boat and is investigating the cause of this boating incident.

Search crews deployed sonar technology to search the water, helicopters to search the surrounding land and banks, dragging equipment and search dogs.

Kathy and William’s bodies have been turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office for autopsy to determine official causes of death.

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

LDWF Announces 2012 Commercial Season For Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks

Release Date: 01/26/2012

January 26, 2012 – Today the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2012 commercial season for Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks will open in Louisiana waters on February 15.  

In the spring, the commercial and recreational seasons for the harvest of all sharks in Louisiana waters will close from 12:01 a.m. April 1, 2012 until 12:01 p.m. July 1, 2012, due to an existing fixed closure to protect shark pupping.  

During the open season, commercial harvest of Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks and Pelagic Sharks are regulated by the existing federal and state rules regarding trip limits, allowable species and requirements for permits and landings.

The Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Shark group is composed of the great hammerhead, scalloped hammerhead, smooth hammerhead, nurse shark, blacktip shark, bull shark, lemon shark, silky shark, spinner shark and tiger shark.  While sandbar shark are a member of the Large Coastal Shark group, only specifically designated federally permitted vessels may take sandbar shark while operating under conditions of that permit. 

Commercial fishing for Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks remains open in Louisiana waters currently and will remain open until the federal quota is met.  The Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Shark group is composed of bonnethead shark, Atlantic sharpnose shark, blacknose shark and finetooth.  Last year the commercial fishing season for Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks remained open for all of 2011, as the quota was not met.

There is no allowable harvest at any time for all Prohibited Species.  Shark species falling in the category include Basking shark, white shark, bigeye sand tiger, sand tiger, whale shark, smalltooth sawfish, largetooth sawfish, Atlantic angel shark, Caribbean sharpnose shark, smalltail shark, bignose shark, Caribbean reef shark, dusky shark, Galapagos shark, narrowtooth shark, night shark, bigeye sixgill shark, bigeye thresher shark, longfin mako, sevengill shark and sixgill shark.

For more information contact Jason Adriance at (504)284-2032 or jadriance@wlf.louisiana.gov. For press inquiries contact Laura Wooderson at (225)610-2363 or lwooderson@wlf.la.gov

 

Grassy Lake W.M.A. Bridge Closed

Release Date: 01/25/2012

Jan. 25, 2012-- The Fools Bay Bridge on Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Avoyelles Parish has been closed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) due to safety concerns.

Deteriorating bank conditions have resulted in damage to the pilings that support the western approach to the bridge. The bridge will be closed until necessary repairs are completed.

There is no alternative vehicle route at this time to the east side of Fools Bay. Attempts will be made to install a low water crossing on Fools Bay. However, recent and forecasted rainfall may delay installation of the crossing. Updates on the status of the bridge repair will be provided as progress is made.

For more information, contact LDWF Opelousas field office at 337-948-0255 or Johnathan Bordelon at jbordelon@wlf.la.gov.

2012 Dates Announced For White Lake Facilities Use By Groups Conducting Non-Consumptive Activities

Release Date: 01/24/2012

Jan. 24, 2011-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has designated selected dates between Feb. 7 and May 31, 2012 for public use of facilities at the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA).

White Lake WCA is located south of Gueydan in Vermilion Parish. LDWF owns and manages lodge facilities and 71,000 acres of wetlands and marsh land. The lodge facilities, accessible only by water, will be available for day-use or overnight use at rental rates that vary based on level of services required by the group using the site. Boat transportation to and from the site will be provided as part of the day use and overnight use access for 2012 group use dates.

The facilities and landscape are ideal for birding groups, nature photographers, environmental or wetland ecology students, or small business retreats. LDWF can provide site staff for guided boat tours and biologists for lectures on the ecosystem within the conservation area, which now includes an experimental population of whooping cranes.

White Lake WCA and the surrounding Mermentau River Basin provide abundant habitat for a variety of avian and aquatic species. The property will seasonally have migrant passerine birds, shorebirds, wading birds, rails, gallinules, and the common moorhen. Hawks and owls are also common. Coastal terns and gulls use habitat contained on White Lake at times. Several large breeding rookeries of waders are present on the property. Access dates and fees for 2012 are as follows:

SCHEDULE FOR NON-CONSUMPTIVE ACTIVITIES AT WHITE LAKE WCA

Site use may be scheduled Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between Feb. 7 - May 31, 2012.

Site use will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis pending facility and staff availability, which will only accommodate 1 group per day/week.

Arrangements for site use must be made 2 weeks in advance to allow for staff scheduling.

FEE SCHEDULE FOR WHITE LAKE WCA FACILITY USE

Day Use (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

$300 - Includes one-day use of Lodge for meetings with no food or drink or additional services provided by LDWF. (For up to 15 people.)

$300 + $10/person - Includes one-day use of Lodge for meetings with coffee, cold drinks and bottled water provided. (For up to 15 people.)

$300 + $20/person - Includes one-day use of Lodge for meetings coffee, cold drinks, bottled water and lunch provided. Lunch provided (for up to 15 people) will consist of a sandwich tray and chips or something similar. It will not include a hot lunch.

Exemptions from day-use Lodge rental fee: State agencies, local and federal agencies, and universities conducting research, or educational activities, conducted in cooperation with LDWF. Costs for beverages or lunch may apply ($10/person for drinks, $20/person for drinks and lunch).

Overnight Use (arrive 2-4 p.m. day 1; depart 1 p.m. day 2)

$400 + $25/person/night --Includes overnight stay at Lodge with only linens provided.(For up to 12 people.)

$400 + $35/person/night -- Includes overnight stay at Lodge with coffee, cold drinks, bottled water and linens provided.  (For up to 12 people.)

$900 + $35/person/night -- Includes overnight stay at Lodge with coffee, cold drinks, bottled water, meals (breakfast, lunch and supper) and linens provided. (For up to 12 people.)

Exemptions from overnight Lodge rental fee: State agencies, local and federal agencies, and universities conducting research, or educational activities, conducted in cooperation with LDWF. Costs for beverages or lunch may apply ($10/person for drinks, $20/person for drinks and lunch).

SkeetRange(optional activity for groups using site for scheduled events)

$10/person/25 clay pigeons.

$15/person/25 clay pigeons, 25 shotgun shells provided.

Exemptions: Any persons using the skeet range at LDWF-sponsored events.

Boat Tours (optional activity for groups using site for scheduled events)

$10/person/ride.  Limited to authorized function attendees.

Exemptions: Any state, local or federal agency working in cooperation with the LDWF on cooperative initiatives or universities/conservation organizations working with LDWF on cooperative research projects, or educational activities conducted in cooperation with LDWF.

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 more information on White Lake WCA facility use, visit the LDWF Web site at

http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/white-lake-wetlands-non-consumptive-use, call 337-536-9400, e-mail Wayne Sweeney at wsweeney@wlf.la.gov or Carrie Salyers at csalyers@wlf.la.gov.

 

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White Lake Fishing Lottery Applications Available

Release Date: 01/24/2012

Jan. 24, 2012-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is now accepting applications for a lottery drawing for fishing permit access to the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) between March 15 and Aug. 15, 2012.

A total of 100 permits will be issued following the lottery drawing and winning applicants will be notified of their opportunity to purchase a permit for $40.  White Lake WCA is located south of Gueydan in Vermilion Parish.

The area open for fishing will be limited to the Florence Canal and Oil Field Location canals off of the Florence Canal.  There will be no fishing in any of the WCA’s marsh areas or in the main camp canal or other areas that are marked "NO FISHING."  Successful applicants will be provided a map of the fishing area.  Boats used by permitees will be limited to the use of motors with 40 horsepower or less.  Additional rules and regulations are outlined in an attachment to the application.

Each completed application must include a non-refundable administrative fee of $5 in the form of a check or money order made payable to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.  Only one application per person will be accepted, and submitting more than one application will be considered grounds for disqualification.  Completed applications must be received by LDWF by close of business on Feb. 23, 2012.

Applications may be mailed to: Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attention: White Lake Fishing, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898.  They may also be turned in to Room 422at the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building, located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.  Persons interested in obtaining an application may call the department at 225-765-2812 or download a copy from the department’s Web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/white-lake-wetlands-conservations-area .

For more informationon White Lake WCA, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400 or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov.

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