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Vernon Parish Man Arrested For Over Limit Of Deer

Release Date: 12/05/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Pitkin man on Nov. 13 for alleged wildlife violations on the Kisatchie National Forest (KNF) in Vernon Parish.

Agents arrested Joseph K. Baggett, 45, for three counts of taking illegal deer during open season, three counts of possession of an illegally taken deer during open season, three counts of taking over limit of deer, failing to wear a hunter's orange cap and intentional littering.  Baggett was booked into the Vernon Parish Jail.

LDWF Enforcement Division Senior Agent Russell Brack began investigating Baggett after receiving a complaint from a concerned citizen on the morning of Nov. 12.

Brack made contact with Baggett and found that he had a six-point buck in his possession.  Brack also found that Baggett did not have a hunter’s orange cap in addition to his vest as required on public lands.  Baggett denied shooting at any antlerless deer at this time and he was cited and released for failing to wear a hunter's orange cap.

After further investigation, Brack and other LDWF agents were able to locate three dead doe deer located close to a deer stand that contained belongings with Baggett’s name.  Agents also found litter under the deer stand.  Agents again questioned Baggett on Nov. 13 about the three doe deer.  Baggett then admitted to agents to shooting several times at antlerless deer.  Agents seized a .243 Browning rifle for evidence.

Each count of taking an illegal deer during open season results in a fine between $500 and $750 and 15 to 30 days of jail.  Each count of possession of an illegally taken deer during open season brings a fine between $400 and $950 and up to 120 days in jail.  Each count of taking over limit of deer carries a fine between $250 and $500 and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing two wear the required hunter's orange cap brings a fine of $100 to $350 and up to 60 days in jail.  Intentional littering carries a fine of $250 and eight hours of community service in a litter abatement program.

Baggett is also responsible for paying civil restitution in the amount of $4,873.83 to LDWF for the illegally killed deer.

Lt. Bill Tyree and Sgt. Curt Belton assisted in the case.

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

Crab Task Force Meeting

Release Date: 12/02/2011

The Louisiana Crab Task Force will meet on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. in the Louisiana Room of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Building in Baton Rouge. 

The Crab Task Force is an industry group comprised of fishermen, soft crab shedders, and dealers and processors, as well as state and university representatives.  The task force, established by Act No. 57 of the 2001 regular legislative session, advises the LDWF and the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission on matters pertaining to the management and development of the Louisiana crab industry. 

Agenda items will include:  Winter 2012 Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program, MSC Certification, LA Seafood Marketing and Promotion Board efforts to promote LA Seafood, LA Wild Caught Seafood Certification Program, and Status of H-2B Labor Legislation.  Additionally, there will be a presentation by Dr. Jack Isaacs, LDWF Socio-Economist, on “Selected Trends in Blue Crab Harvesting, Processing, and Imports.”

EDITORS:  For more information, contact Carl Britt at 985-882-0027 or cbritt@wlf.la.gov.

 

CORRECTION: Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board to Meet in New Orleans

Release Date: 12/01/2011

December 1, 2011 – The next meeting of the Louisiana  Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board will be held on WEDNESDAY, December 7 at  1 p.m. at their office located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive in Suite 310.

The agenda is as follows:

I. Call to order

II. Adoption of Agenda

III. Reading and approval of minutes from September 28, 2011

IV. Presentation by John Fallon from Audubon Aquarium Institute

V. Board outreach and educational presentation by Jennifer Schaye and Daryl  Purpera with the State Auditor’s Office.

VI. Reports

   A. Executive Director’s Report

   B. Treasurer’s Report

   C. Finance Committee Report

   D. Sponsorship and Marketing Committee Report

VII. Old Business

    A. Brussels overview

    B. Policy and Procedure Workshop

        a. Marketing Committee’s  proposed protocol

     C. By laws

     D.Officer Election Protocol

VIII. New Business

     A. Hiring of Assistant Executive Director

     B. Officer Elections

IX. Set Next Meeting

X. Adjourn

This meeting is open to the public.

For more information please contact Ashley Roth at (504)286-8735 or ashley@louisianaseafood.com

Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board to Meet in New Orleans

Release Date: 12/01/2011

December 1, 2011 – The next meeting of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board will be held on Tuesday, December 7 at 1 p.m. at their office located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive in Suite 310.

The agenda is as follows:

I. Call to order

II. Adoption of Agenda

III. Reading and approval of minutes from September 28, 2011

IV. Presentation by John Fallon from Audubon Aquarium Institute

V. Board outreach and educational presentation by Jennifer Schaye and Daryl Purpera with the State Auditor’s Office.

VI. Reports

   A. Executive Director’s Report

   B. Treasurer’s Report

   C. Finance Committee Report

   D. Sponsorship and Marketing Committee Report

VII. Old Business

    A. Brussels overview

    B. Policy and Procedure Workshop

        a. Marketing Committee’s proposed protocol

     C. By laws

     D.Officer Election Protocol

VIII. New Business

     A. Hiring of Assistant Executive Director

     B. Officer Elections

IX. Set Next Meeting

X. Adjourn

This meeting is open to the public.

For more information please contact Ashley Roth at (504)286-8735 or ashley@louisianaseafood.com

 

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Takes Action to Close a Portion of Louisiana Offshore Territorial Waters to Shrimping

Release Date: 12/01/2011

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Takes Action to Close a Portion of Louisiana Offshore Territorial Waters to Shrimping

December 1, 2011 – At today’s meeting, The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission announced a shrimping closure in a portion of Louisiana offshore territorial (outside) waters on Tuesday, December 20 at sunset.  The action, which characteristically takes place at this time of year, is designed to protect small white shrimp and provide the opportunity for these populations to grow to larger, more marketable sizes.   

The closure includes the following areas:

The portion of state outside waters, south of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line as described in LA R.S. 56:495, from the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at 92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude to 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.   This area lies within Terrebonne, St Mary, Iberia and Vermilion parishes.

All state outside waters east of the U.S. Coast Guard navigational light off the northwest shore of Caillou Boca as well as state outside waters west of Freshwater Bayou Canal will remain open to shrimping until further notice. 

Current regulations state that the possession count on saltwater white shrimp shall average no more than 100 (whole shrimp) count per pound except during the time period from October 15 through the third Monday in December when there shall be no count. 

Current sampling conducted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries indicates that average white shrimp size in this portion of state outside waters is slightly larger than 100 count per pound; however, historical data indicate that significant numbers of smaller size white shrimp occupying coastal lakes and bays migrate into these waters as temperatures drop with the onset of winter.  This action protects these small white shrimp and provides increased opportunity for growth to larger, more valuable sizes.

The shrimping industry is one of the most valuable commercial fisheries in Louisiana with over 8,700 licensed recreational and commercial shrimpers participating annually, according to a five-year estimate. 

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

 

Evangeline Parish Man Sentenced In Federal Court for Baited Field

Release Date: 12/01/2011

 

An Evangeline Parish man was sentenced on Nov. 29, 2011 in U.S. Court in Lafayette for migratory game bird violations.

U.S. District Judge Patrick Hanna sentenced Jody D. Fontenot, 42, of Ville Platte to pay a $550 fine, complete 50 hours of community service and one-year suspension of his hunting rights or until his 50 hours of community service was complete.  Fontenot pleaded guilty to hunting doves over a baited field and aiding and abetting others in taking doves over a baited field.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited Fontenot in September of 2011 after receiving a complaint about a baited field near Jean Pierre Road in Evangeline Parish.

Agents went to the field on Sept. 3, 2011 and located rice that was distributed throughout the field.  Agents went back to the baited field owned by Fontenot on Sept. 4 and found the field being hunted by three adults and six juveniles including Fontenot.

Fontenot was found to be responsible for the placement of the bait.  Agents seized a total of 32 doves in the case.

U.S. Assistant District Attorney Howard Parker prosecuted the case.  Agents involved in the case were Lt. Jesse Savoie, Sgt. Scott D. Fontenot, Sgt. Keith Aucoin and Senior Agent Danon Maricle.

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

Information on Louisiana Black Bear Recovery Efforts to be Presented at Dec. 9 Public Meeting

Release Date: 11/30/2011

Nov. 30, 2011-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will host a public meeting on Friday, Dec. 9 in Morganza to provide an update on Louisiana Black Bear recovery efforts and research.

The meeting will be held at the Point Coupee Communications Center, 7011 Mitchell Lane in Morganza and will begin at 6 p.m.

In addition, department personnel will provide landowners and hunting clubs with information regarding hunting in areas occupied by bears.  The Louisiana Black Bear was listed under the Endangered Species Act in 1992 as a threatened species.LDWF began a population dynamics study in 2006 and has results for the Tensas Parish and Pointe Coupee Parish subpopulations.

For more information, contact Maria Davidson at 337-948-0255 or mdavidson@wlf.la.gov.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. Visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

Know the Difference: White Bass and Hybrid Striper

Release Date: 11/29/2011

(Nov. 29, 2011) –Many anglers have a difficult time distinguishing the differences amongst the true bass family. Striped bass, white bass and yellow bass all have stripes and look fairly similar when they’re the same size. Many of Louisiana’s lakes also have a hybrid between a white bass and a striper, which shares characteristics of both species. 

The hybrid species was recently stocked in the Calcasieu River and is similar in appearance, size and behavior to the native white bass.  

Harvest regulations differ for each species, so anglers should have a clear understanding of the identification differences in the fish and harvest regulations.  Even with the best intentions, it is easy to go over the limit if the fish is improperly identified.   Louisiana regulations allow for the harvest of 50 white bass per day but only five hybrid stripers per day. 

The key identifying characteristics of the hybrid striper and white bass and how you can tell the difference between these two species of fish can be referenced on the attached chart. (click here)  Anglers who are unsure of which species they have caught can bring the fish to an LDWF district office for a positive identification. 

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 media inquiries contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-5113.

 

Amended Agenda For Commission Meeting

Release Date: 11/28/2011

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, December 1, 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 November 3, 2011

3.Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4. To hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/November

5. Presentation of Maritime Safety and Security Video

6. To hear presentation on Plan for Utilization of Projected Fund Balance in the Artificial Reef Program

7. To consider Notice of Intent to Establish a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

8.To consider Notice of Intent to Establish Reporting Requirements for Recreationally Harvested Yellowfin Tuna

9. To consider Declaration of Emergency to close Shrimping in Portions of State Outside Waters

10. Set April 2012 Meeting Date

11. Receive Public Comments

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

13. Adjournment

 

Louisiana Shrimp Task Force to Meet in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 11/22/2011

November 22, 2011 – On Tuesday, November 29, at 10:00 a.m., the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force will meet in Baton Rouge at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters in the Louisiana Room. 

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

I. Call to order

II. Roll Call

III. Discussion on TED regulations, Michael Barnett, NOAA

IV. Louisiana Wild Caught Seafood Certification Program Overview

V. Shrimp Management Update, Marty Bourgeois, LDWF

VI. Set next meeting

VII. Closing Remarks

VIII. Adjourn         

The Louisiana Shrimp Task Force was created by Act 606 of the Louisiana Legislature to study and monitor the shrimp industry and to make recommendations to the state.

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.

This meeting is open to the public.

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

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