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LWF Commission Sets King Mackerel Season

Release Date: 01/08/2015

(Jan. 8, 2015) - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission announced today that the 2015 commercial king mackerel season will open July 1.  Once the season opens, it will remain open until the quota is met or projected to be met.
 
King mackerel is a significant commercial fishery in Louisiana.  From 2000 through 2013, Louisiana landed on average an amount equal to approximately 75 percent of the allotted western Gulf of Mexico quota.  In 2013, approximately 731,000 pounds were landed in Louisiana.  A significant amount of the king mackerel landed in Louisiana is shipped to markets in the northeastern U.S.
 
Currently, the 2014-2015 commercial king mackerel season is closed as the established quota has been harvested.
 
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 Jason Adriance, 504-284-2032 or jadriance@wlf.louisiana.gov.  For press release inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey, awethey@wlf.la.gov or 504-286-8733. 

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

Release Date: 01/07/2015

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. The meeting will convene at 9:30 a.m. in Suite 200 of the University of New Orleans’ Advanced Technology Center located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans. 
 
Agenda items for the meeting of the Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board are as follows:

1. Roll Call of Board Members

2. Approval of Minutes from December 9, 2014 Meeting

3. Hearing of New Renewal Permit Appeals
          a. Baron Navarro

4. Update on Recommendation Made at December 9, 2014 Meeting

5. Receive Public Comments

6. Set next meeting date

7. Adjournment

This Board was established by Act 922 of the 2008 Regular Legislative Session for the purpose of hearing appeals of vessel permit denials by LDWF. Act 922 requires that anyone commercially harvesting oysters on the public oyster seed grounds and reservations, except those in Calcasieu Lake and Sabine Lake, must do so from a vessel holding a public oyster seed ground vessel permit issued by LDWF.
 
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.
 
For more information, please contact Ty Lindsey at 225-765-2387 or tlindsey@wlf.la.gov. 
 

 

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Louisiana Oyster Task Force Coastal Restoration Committee to Meet January 13 in New Orleans

Release Date: 01/07/2015

 Louisiana Oyster Task Force Coastal Restoration Committee Meeting
Dan Coulon, Chairman

Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 10:30 a.m.
UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, suite 210, New Orleans

Agenda

 

I. Roll call and introduction of guests

II. Discussion of Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion

III. Public Comment

IV. 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/3862647384204827906

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

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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.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 

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Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet January 13 in New Orleans

Release Date: 01/07/2015

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting
John Tesvich, Chairman

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 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 December 9, 2014 and December 18, 2014 meeting minutes and January 13 agenda

III.  Treasury Report

         A. Oyster Tag Sales

         B. LOTF Financial Report

IV. Committee Reports

         A. Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee (Buddy Pausina)
             a. Adoption of November 13 Committee Report
             b. Vessel Management Project- Tom Soniat
             c. Innovation program using oysters as coastal restoration- Zach Lea

         B. Enforcement (Lt. Colonel 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

          A. BP Oil Spill Remediation

VI. New Business

         A. The role of hatcheries in oyster restoration- John Supan

         B. Report on weights and measures from Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and Louisiana Department of Agriculture- Al Sunseri

         C. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries landing data submitted to National Marine Fisheries Service- Al Sunseri

         D. Make recommendation to designate and set aside certain water bottoms as Inshore Recreational Reef Sites-LDWF

         E. Officer Elections

 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/6138087797398809346

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

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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.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

 

 

 

Sunset Man Arrested for Illegal Night Hunting Activities

Release Date: 01/06/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Sunset man for alleged hunting violations on Jan. 3 in St. Landry Parish.

LDWF agents arrested Allen W. Moreau, 40, for hunting from a public road, hunting from a moving vehicle and hunting deer during illegal hours and booked him into the St. Landry Parish Jail.

Agents setup surveillance in an area known as Swayze Lake near Palmetto after receiving complaints from area hunters about night hunting.  Agents observed Moreau shooting a deer with a .243 rifle on Swayze Lake Road from his vehicle around 8:15 p.m.  Agents were able to make contact and arrest Moreau shortly after he shot the deer.

Hunting from a public road brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting from a moving vehicle carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Moreau could also face a $1,624 civil restitution charge for the replacement value of the deer.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Ryan Faul, Sgt. Nick Guillory and Senior Agent Brandon Fontenot.

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

LDWF Announces Annual Caney Creek Reservoir Public Meeting

Release Date: 01/06/2015

(Jan. 6, 2015) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold a public hearing on Caney Creek Reservoir issues, including an overview of aquatic vegetation issues and the results of recent fish population sampling.

LDWF established a comprehensive management plan for Caney Creek Reservoir in 2006, which provides annual public hearings to update the public on ongoing projects, fisheries management issues and aquatic vegetation management.

Who:  LDWF biologists
What:  Public meeting on Caney Creek Reservoir
When:  Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at 7 p.m.
Where:  Jimmie Davis State Park Conference Center
              1209 State Park Rd.
              Chatham, LA 71226

The meeting is open to the public, and all persons interested in the conservation and management of the fisheries resources and aquatic habitats in Caney Creek Reservoir are encouraged to attend.

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.la.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact Jeff Sibley at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066.  For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (504) 283-8733.

AMENDED - Agenda for January 2015 LWF Regular Commission Meeting

Release Date: 01/05/2015

 

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, January 8, 2015, 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 December 4, 2014

 3.  Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

 4.  To Hear Enforcement Reports December 2014

 5.  To Consider a Resolution to consolidate the Ouachita Wildlife Management Area (WMA) into the Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area (WMA)

 6.  To Consider a Declaration of Emergency to set the 2015-2016 Commercial King Mackerel Season

 7.  To Consider final approval of the Notice of Intent for the Catch and Cook program

 8.  To Consider a Notice of Intent  for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 General and WMA Hunting Seasons and Rules and Regulations

 9.  To Consider a Notice of Intent for Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) rule change

 10.  To Hear a status on the Big Exotic Cat Regulation and cases including Michael Sandlin et al v. LDWF et al, No. C608,050, Div. D, 19th JDC, Parish of East Baton Rouge and USZA et al v. LDWF et al, No. 632,770, Sec. 26, 19th JDC, Parish of East Baton Rouge, and Triche, et al. v. State of Louisiana, Docket No. 631535, Div. 23, 19th JDC.

 11.  Elect Chairman and Vice Chairman

 12.  Set May 2015 Meeting Date

 13.  Receive Public Comments

 14.  Adjournment

 

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Agenda for January 2015 LWF Regular Commission Meeting

Release Date: 12/31/2014

The next regular LWF Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, January 8, 2015, 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 December 4, 2014
 
3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege
 
4. To Hear Enforcement Reports December 2014
 
5. To Consider a Resolution to consolidate the Ouachita Wildlife Management Area (WMA) into the Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area (WMA)
 
6. To Consider a Declaration of Emergency to set the 2015-2016 Commercial King Mackerel Season
 
7. To Consider final approval of the Notice of Intent for the Catch and Cook program
 
8. To Consider a Notice of Intent  for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 General and WMA Hunting Seasons and Rules and Regulations
 
9. To Consider a Notice of Intent for Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) rule change
 
10. To Hear a status on the Big Exotic Cat Regulation and cases including Michael Sandlin et al v. LDWF et al, No. C608,050, Div. D, 19th JDC, Parish of East Baton Rouge and USZA et al v. LDWF et al, No. 632,770, Sec. 26, 19th JDC, Parish of East Baton Rouge, and Triche, et al. v. State of Louisiana, Docket No. 631535, Div. 23, 19th JDC.
 
11. Set May 2015 Meeting Date
 
12. Receive Public Comments
 
13. Adjournment
 
 
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Four Men Cited for Migratory Game Bird Violations

Release Date: 12/31/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited four Louisiana residents for alleged migratory game bird violations on Dec. 29 in Acadia Parish.

Agents cited August Guillory, 30, of Morse, Tyler Boone, 21, of Mermentau, Jason Myers, 35, of Morse,and Trevor Myers, 21, of Morse, with hunting across a public road, wanton waste and intentional concealment of wildlife.  Jason and Trevor Myers were also cited for hunting without a residence license.

On the evening of Dec. 29, agents received a complaint about shots being fired near a residential area in Morse.  Senior Agent Derek Logan responded to the scene and observed Boone and Guillory on an all-terrain vehicle in a field with four wounded light geese.

The men said they had left other birds and their licenses at their house. When the agent went with the men to retrieve their licenses there were five more light geese at the camp.

Upon further investigation, the Guillory and Boone admitted that Jason and Trevor Myers were hunting from across a subdivision road earlier in the evening.  Agent Logan and the men were able to retrieve an addition two birds from the field the men had been hunting.

Intentional concealment of wildlife evidence and wanton waste each brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting without a license brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.  Hunting across a public road brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

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

LDWF Cites Two Men for Operating Vessel with Suspended Driver’s License

Release Date: 12/31/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents made two alleged operating a vessel with a suspended driving license during the past month in Jefferson and Orleans Parish.

On Dec. 7 at 8:50 p.m. in Bayou Segnette agents cited Derrick J. Margiotta, 25, of Westwego for operating a vessel with a suspended driving license, no running lights, no possession of a mandatory boating safety education card, expired vessel registration, and failing to change ownership of the vessel to himself within 45 days of purchase.

On Nov. 24, agents cited Patrick C. Seiner, 23, of Baton Rouge, in Chef Menteur Pass for operating a vessel with a suspended driving license.

Both Seiner and Margiotta had their driving privileges suspended for previous Driving While Under the Influence (DWI) convictions.

Anyone cited for a DWI on the water or on the road will lose his or her driver's license and boating privileges for the specified time ordered by the judge in the case.  Also, each offense of operating a vehicle or vessel while intoxicated counts toward the total number of DWI crimes whether they happened on the water or road.

The LDWF Boating Safety Program teaches a mandatory boating safety education course for anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 who operates a vessel in excess of 10 horsepower.  For a schedule of courses, visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating.

Operating a vessel while under license suspension brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Operating a vessel at night with no running lights, no possession of the boating education card, expired vessel registration and failing to change ownership of the vessel each carry up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

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

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