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Shrimp Season In Portion Of Louisiana Offshore Territorial Waters To Open April 22

Release Date: 04/16/2015

April 16, 2015 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the shrimp season in the portion of state outside waters extending a distance of three nautical miles, seaward of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line, from the northwest shore of Caillou Boca at -90 degrees 50 minutes 27 seconds west longitude westward to the eastern shore of the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the channel red buoy line, will reopen to shrimping at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22. This area lies seaward of Terrebonne Parish.

According to the most recent trawl samples taken by LDWF biologists, small white shrimp which previously occupied these waters since December have reached marketable sizes and the closure is no longer necessary. Significant numbers of smaller size white shrimp still remain in State Outside Waters west of the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at -92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude, and these waters will remain closed to shrimping until further notice.

The opening dates for the 2015 spring inshore shrimp season will be considered by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at their May 7 meeting.

Click here for a map detailing this opening.

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, contact Martin Bourgeois (985) 594-4130 or  mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov. For press inquiries, contact Ashley Roth at aroth@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286 -4162.

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LDWF Announces Closures on Elmer’s Island for Beach & Dune Restoration

Release Date: 04/15/2015

(April 15, 2015) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced a two-phase closure on Elmer’s Island for the Caminada Headland Beach and Dune Restoration Project.
 
Phase one includes closure of the Elmer’s Island access road on Thursday, April 16 and Friday, April 17.
 
During phase two of the project, the west side of Elmer’s Island will close, but the east side and access road will remain open.  This closure will go into effect Monday, April 20.
 
Construction for this critical habitat restoration project will begin on or near May 1.  Visitors to the refuge are asked to yield to construction vehicles and equipment when traveling and parking along the access road.
 
The Caminada headland is located south and east of Port Fourchon in Lafourche Parish and is a 14-mile long undeveloped beach that stretches from West Belle Pass on the west to Caminada Pass on the east.  To view a map of the area closure, click here.
 
The Caminada Headland Beach and Dune Restoration Project is managed by the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.  The goal of the project is to restore and protect shoreline habitats across the Caminada headland through the direct placement of approximately 5.4 million cubic yards of sandy material from Ship Shoal, an offshore borrow source.  A total of 489 acres of beach and dune habitat will be restored. 
 
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) 721-0489.
 
 

Shrimp Task Force Marketing Subcommittee Meeting

Release Date: 04/10/2015

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

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 ,10 a.m.
Terrebonne Council Meeting Room,
8026 Main Street, Houma

AGENDA

I. Roll Call and introduction of guests

II. New Business

  A. Certified Premium Shrimp Program

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. The public is invited to attend. To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4089978012395160578

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.

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Nine Subjects Cited for Oyster Violations in Terrebonne Parish

Release Date: 04/10/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited nine subjects in Terrebonne Parish for alleged oyster violations on April 8.

Agents patrolling in Hell Hole Bayou spotted several vessels and crewmembers harvesting oysters in an unapproved area.

Agents made contact with the occupants and cited Jolio C. Garcia, 30, Omar Ever Aviles Gomez, 28, Daniel M. Sanchez, 21, Francisco Arnulfo Ruiz Maradiaga, 34, all from Houma; Hermilo G. Luria, 25, Mario G. Lara, 37, Carlos T. Gonzaga, 30, Francisco A. Tenoria, 30, all from Gray; and Eduardo L. Alejo, 27, from Theriot, for harvesting oysters from an unapproved polluted area and unlawfully taking oysters off a private lease without written permission.

The agents seized the dredges and returned 115 sacks of oysters to the water.  Agents also seized the vessels on a department seizure order.

Taking oysters from an unapproved polluted area brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking oysters from a private lease without permission carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  The men could also have their oyster harvester licenses revoked by the department for up to one year.  The violators could also be sentenced to perform 40 hours of community service and only be allowed to harvest oysters from a vessel with a vessel monitoring device for up to one year.

The agents participating in the case are Sgt. Bryan Marie and agent Richard Bean.

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

Road Access Update for Dewey W. Wills WMA

Release Date: 04/10/2015

April 10, 2015 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is informing WMA users that Sandy Bayou Rd., Muddy Bayou Rd., and Taylor Bayou Rd. on Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area have been reopened to vehicle traffic.  The roads had been closed due to flood conditions.

The WMA is located in the southern portion of LaSalle and Catahoula parishes in central Louisiana, approximately 20 miles northeast of Alexandria.

For more information on the WMA, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2753 or contact Cliff Dailey at 318-487-5885 or adailey@wlf.la.gov.

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Westwego Man Arrested for Crab Trap Theft

Release Date: 04/09/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Westwego man on April 8 for allegedly using stolen crab traps.

Agents received a tip in mid-March about a man stealing crab traps on Lake Salvador in Lafourche Parish.  On March 20, while patrolling the area LDWF agents observed Kurt Frickey, 29, utilizing stolen crab traps and possessing untagged crab traps.

During the subsequent investigation, agents found Frickey utilizing 206 stolen crab traps that were stolen from 25 different crab fishermen.

Agents obtained an arrest warrant in Lafourche Parish and were able to apprehend Frickey and book him into the Lafourche Parish jail for felony theft.

Agents involved in the case are Lt. Joe Arnaud, Sgt. Bryan Marie and Senior Agent Dean Aucoin.

Felony theft brings up to a $3,000 fine and up to five years in jail.  Utilizing stolen crab traps and possessing untagged crab traps each carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to six months in jail.

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

LDWF to Hold Lake Bistineau Public Meetings

Release Date: 04/09/2015

(April 9, 2015) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will conduct several informational meetings concerning Lake Bistineau including recent updates and the opportunity for input and discussion.  These meetings are open to the public, and those interested in the status of Lake Bistineau are encouraged to attend.  Space is limited to 100 individuals per meeting.  Please keep this in mind when making plans to attend.   

Who:  LDWF Inland Fisheries staff
 
What:  Public information meeting on Lake Bistineau
 
When:  Monday, April 20 and Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.
 
Where:  Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Region 1 Office
 
                Jonathan Glasscock Memorial Classroom
 
                9961 Hwy. 80
 
                Minden, LA 71055
 
The current LDWF Lake Bistineau Management Plan can be viewed at:  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland
 
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.
 
For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.

L.W.F.C. Acknowledged for 50 Years of Support for Waterfowl Habitat Conservation

Release Date: 04/08/2015

L.W.F.C. Acknowledged for 50 Years of Support for Waterfowl Habitat Conservation

April 8, 2015 -- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) received a commemorative plaque at their April 2 meeting honoring 50 years of support for waterfowl breeding ground habitat conservation.
 
The recognition came from Ducks Unlimited at the North American Wildlife and Natural Resource Conference for financial support provided through the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ State Contributions to Canada Program.  Louisiana, along with Ohio and South Carolina received this distinction for participating in the program since 1965.
 
The Commission directs statutorily-dedicated state funds through the program to enhance and protect breeding waterfowl habitat in Canada, where many of Louisiana’s migrating and wintering ducks are produced. Previous recognition for this support was received in 2013 when contributions reached over $10 million toward this effort since inception.  Louisiana is one of only three states that have provided funding at this level. California and Illinois are the others.
 
The money directed by the Commission is matched by Ducks Unlimited and matched again by North American Wetland Conservation Act funding before it goes toward land purchase, conservation easements, wetland and grassland habitat restoration, and habitat management in the Canadian prairies to benefit nesting ducks. Unusually wet conditions along with this significant habitat investment have produced some of the highest duck populations on record.
 
For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at 225-765-0456 or Jimmy Anthony at 225-765-2806.
 
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*Photo caption -- (left to right) LWFC Vice Chairman Edward Swindell, Commissioner Bart Yakupzack, Commissioner Ronald Graham, LDWF Assistant Secretary Jimmy Anthony, Commission Chairman Pat Manuel, Commissioner Billy Broussard, Commissioner Chad Courville and Commissioner Dan Davis.
 

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Agents Make Drug Cases in Jefferson Parish

Release Date: 04/08/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents made three drug related cases from April 2 to 4 in Jefferson Parish.

On April 2, agents observed a group of three men on Elmer's Island Refuge with glass bottles where they are prohibited.  Agents found Dylan W. Melancon, 18, and Brett M. Rodrigue, 19, both of Golden Meadow, in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  Agents also discovered Jhy M. Allison, 21, of Golden Meadow in illegal possession of drug paraphernalia and also cited him for having glass bottles.

On April 3, agents observed a vehicle on Hwy. 1 in Grand Isle swerve several times over the center line.  During the traffic stop, agents found the driver, Jeremy K. Buckner, 36, of Leesville, in possession of 24 packs of synthetic marijuana.  He was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. The passenger, Michael L. Parrish, 39, of Leesville, was found to have an open alcoholic beverage.

On April 4, agents observed a man fishing on Elmer's Island Refuge.  Agents made contact with Andrew L. Smith, 28, of Avondale, and found him in illegal possession of marijuana.  Agents booked Smith into the Jefferson Parish Jail.

Illegal possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute is a felony and brings a 10 to 50 year jail sentence and up to $50,000 in fines.  Possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia each carries up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.  Possession of an open alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle carries a fine up to $100.  Having glass bottles on the Elmer’s Island Refuge brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Agents involved in the cases are Senior Agent Dale Wheat and Agent Lucas Hidalgo.

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

Louisiana Crab Task Force to Meet on Tuesday, April 14th

Release Date: 04/08/2015

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting
Pete Gerica, chairman
Tuesday, April 14,1:00 p.m.
UNO Advanced Technology Center
2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

 

AGENDA

  1. Roll Call and introduction of guests
  2. Approval of January 27 meeting minutes and April 14 agenda
  3. Financial Report
  4. Old Business
    1. Professionalism Program Update-LDWF
  5. New Business
    1. Discussion of crab management options-LDWF
    2. 2015 legislation update-LDWF
    3. Penalties for undersized crabs - Eddie Chagnard
    4. Maiden crabs- Eddie Chagnard
    5. Results from the L.D.W.F. Cooperative Research Survey: Selected Statistics for Respondents Who Targeted Crabs- Jack Isaacs
  6. Public Comment
  7. Set Next Meeting
  8. 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 join the meeting via webinar register at  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7068149292205155330

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.

 

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