Aug. 5, 2015 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is informing WMA users that Sandy Bayou Road and Muddy Bayou Road on Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) are open to all traffic. Unsafe conditions created from backwater flooding have been repaired.
Alligator Bayou Road is still closed and a portion of upper Hunt Road remains closed at this time.
Dewey W. Wills 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 .
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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents working Terrebonne Parish cited nine men for alleged closed season shrimping last week.
While on patrol around 2:30 a.m. on July 31 agents found three shrimp boats using skimmer nets during the closed season.
Agents cited Jeremy Bourg Jr., 19, of Chauvin, and John N. Bourg, 48, of Houma, for using skimmer nets during a closed season and seized 1,782 pounds of shrimp. Adrian J. Lovell, 30, of Houma, and Rich J. Verrett, 49, of Houma, were cited for using skimmer nets during a closed season and 200 pounds of shrimp. Agents also cited Shawn M. Parfait, 40, of Houma, and Kent J. Guidroz, Jr., 33, of Dulac, for using skimmer nets during a closed season and seized 36 pounds of shrimp.
On Aug. 1 at 1:30 a.m. agents cited Roy C. Marris Jr., 57, of Westwego, Glenn A. Barrett, 22, of Gretna, and David J Jeblonski, 25, of Marrero, for using skimmer nets during a closed season and seized 614 pounds of shrimp. Marris was also cited for failing to have running lights.
Using skimmers during a closed shrimp season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Failing to have running lights brings up to a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.
Agents participating in the cases are Lt. Joseph Arnaud, Sgt. Thomas DeWitt, Sgt. Todd Laviolette, Senior Agent Norman Deroche, Senior Agent Stephen Rhodes, Senior Agent Lucas Hidalgo and Senior Agent Ryan Breaux.
Using skimmers during a closed shrimp season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. In addition to any and all other penalties, for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer, and butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction. During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer, or butterfly net, only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible to LDWF. The court shall also sentence the violator to perform 40 hours of community service.
(July 31, 2015) – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced a shrimp refrigeration cost-share program for eligible industry members. This program will accept applications beginning Aug. 31, 2015 at 10 a.m. and offers eligible shrimp vessel owners, docks, and processing facilities the opportunity to qualify for 50 percent of any authorized refrigeration equipment costs, up to $30,000.
Participants who qualify may purchase and install advanced refrigeration equipment onboard their vessels or at their facility in efforts to produce high-quality seafood products. This announcement marks the latest endeavor by LDWF to support the seafood industry with equipment upgrades.
Applicants are not eligible if they have received funding for a prior assistance grant within the last four years.
Applications for the shrimp refrigeration cost-share program will be accepted at the following link http://www.wlf.la.gov/SRGP2015 beginning at 10 a.m. on Aug. 31, 2015. Applicants must complete a separate application for each LDWF license and each business physical location. Applicants must submit quotes for equipment that they intend to purchase and quotes must be dated within the last six months to be eligible. Applicants with completed applications will be awarded funding in order by date of application submitted. If applicants have questions about the program or need language assistance they can contact LDWF at 225-765-3980 or toll-free 855-262-1764.
Successful applicants will receive an equipment approval email notifying them when to purchase the eligible equipment and will be given a deadline to submit receipts for the purchased equipment.
All equipment will be evaluated as a complete system to ensure it will meet refrigeration needs of the vessel or facility. Only new equipment will be eligible for reimbursement provided it meets program requirements, previously purchased equipment will not be eligible. New equipment to be installed must be approved prior to purchase. All equipment must be purchased and installed by a certified license installer and cost of installation and labor must be customary and reasonable.
Final approval of funds disbursement may be subject to an inspection. Some examples of equipment that are eligible for this program are: Seawater chilling systems, ice makers—small flake/slush only no cube ice makers, freezers, generators—tied to a refrigeration system, cooler/freezer boxes and associated insulations, brine freezers, plate freezers, other freezer types, combined commercial refrigeration units, condensers and coils of split refrigeration systems, refrigeration supplies, electrical supplies—tied to a refrigeration system and other equipment and supplies that can be verifiably associated with shrimp refrigeration.
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.
(July 30, 2015) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2015 recreational fishing season for greater amberjack and gray triggerfish will reopen in state waters on Saturday, August 1.
The minimum size limit for greater amberjack continues to be 30 inches fork length, which is expected to continue through the end of the recreational fishing season. There is a one fish per person daily bag limit. The captain or crew of a vessel operating as a charter vessel or headboat may not retain a bag limit.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will also open federal waters for recreational amberjack fishing August 1.
The minimum size limit for gray triggerfish is 14 inches minimum fork length, with a daily bag limit of two fish.
Anglers are reminded a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit is required for all anglers possessing tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers and snappers, hinds, cobia, wahoo and dolphin, except for anglers under 16 years of age or fishing on a paid-for-hire trip where the captain holds a permit. The permit is available at no cost to the public. Anglers wishing to obtain or renew a permit can register at https://rolp.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 Archers Win Again at NASP World Tournament
On Saturday, July 25 the 2015 National Archery in the Schools (NASP) World Tournament crowned its champions and a good chunk of the hardware headed back to Louisiana.
Teams and individuals from five Louisiana schools participated in the NASP World Tournament July 22-25 in Nashville, TN.
The tournament consisted of 4,871 individuals from the United States, South Africa, Namibia, United Kingdom, and Canada. Three Louisiana archers found the podium in the individual category and two schools brought home top honors.
Emma Bunch, a 5th grader from Benton Elementary was crowned as the 2015 NASP World Champion in the girls, elementary school division. Bunch shot an amazing 292, just 8 points from perfection and beat out 669 other elementary schools females to take home top honors.
Nathan Delill, an 8th grader from Buckeye High School, was awarded 3rd place in the middle school boys division. Delill was tied for 2nd place after the standard bulls eye competition that led to a shoot-off round in front of an anxious crowd. After the first round of the shoot-off, Delill was still tied and brought the competition to a one-arrow shot.
Each archer was given one arrow to shoot from 15 meters, with the arrow closest to the center taking the prize. Both archers buried their shots dead center in the ten-ring target with the competitor’s arrow barely edging Delill’s shot. Delill hung a 294 just 6 points from perfect, and the best score ever shot by a Louisiana NASP archer in competition.
Anna Robins, a 6th grader from Benton Middle School was awarded 4th place in the middle school girls division. Anna shot a 289 and out-shot 956 other female middle school archers, many of them 7th and 8th graders.
Benton Elementary returned to Louisiana as the NASP World Champion in the elementary division, for the second year in a row.
Benton Middle School was also crowned the NASP World Champions for the middle school division, the first ever middle school for Louisiana.
Last year, Benton was the first elementary in Louisiana to ever win a NASP World Tournament. Many of the team’s shooters from last year’s elementary team were part of this year’s middle school team.
Students from Haughton Middle School and Northwood High School also attended the 2015 NASP World Tournament and represented Louisiana proudly.
All the schools that attended the NASP World Tournament are members of the Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) program which teaches NASP to students as part of their in-school curriculum. All schools in the State of Louisiana are eligible to have the ALAS program. The ALAS program is facilitated and funded by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to recognize all student archers from Louisiana who attended the 2015 NASP World Tournament.
If interested in finding out more information about the ALAS program and how you can get it started in your school contact ALAS State Coordinator – Robert Stroede at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (318)484-2276
(July 29, 2015) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like for anyone who wants to continue receiving our news releases to signup at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/signup
On September 1st, LDWF will purge our existing email database and only use the email contacts who have signed up at the new website above.
Media and individuals with LDWF interests are encouraged to signup to stay informed of our important news.
Additionally, individuals have the opportunity to signup for specific categories of information that are tailored to their interests. Commercial and recreational fishermen also have the ability to signup for text as well as email alerts that are tailored to their selections.
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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(July 29, 2015) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is announcing a temporary road closure on Oil Well Road located on Pearl River Wildlife Management Area beginning today, Wednesday, July 29 for repair work.
Vehicular traffic will resume once repairs are complete.
Pearl River WMA is located in southeastern St. Tammany Parish, approximately six miles east of Slidell and one mile east of Pearl River. For more information about this WMA, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2789.
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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents cited two men for taking alligator eggs without a valid egg collection permit.
Agents cited Paul A. Canik, 47, of Grand Chenier and Christopher M. Trahan, 24, of Lake Charles for illegal possession of alligator eggs and not abiding by rules and regulations on a refuge.
On July 16, agents stopped the pair as they were exiting the marsh in an airboat and flatboat. At the time, Canik explained the eggs were taken from areas he was permitted to collect eggs from. Upon further investigation, the agents were able to determine the nest sites where the eggs had been removed. These locations were not part of the area Canik had been permitted to collect from.
On July 21, agents cited Canik and Trahan and seized 523 alligator eggs, a 18’ aluminum boat and a 14’ airboat. The eggs were sold at market value for a total of $10,460.
First offense for taking unpermitted alligator eggs carries a $400 to $900 fine and up to 120 days in jail.
Agents involved in this case were: Sargent David Sanford, Senior Agents Derek Logan, Jason Stagg, and Anthony Verret.
Two Louisiana men were sentenced in the Avoyelles 12th Judicial District Court on June 18 for illegal hunting activity.
Judge William Bennett sentenced Barry R. Laiche II, 19, of Marksville, and Travis P. Maddox, 28, of Alexandria, for their involvement in the illegal hunting activity.
For illegally killing a black bear, Laiche was sentenced to 120 days in the Avoyelles Parish Jail with credit for time served and suspended. He was also placed on two years of probation, which prohibits him from being on any state wildlife management area. He also has to pay $5,000 in restitution to the state for the replacement value of the bear, a $100 fine, $100 for cost of prosecution, $100 to the Indigent Defender Board and $250 court costs.
For illegally taking deer, Maddox was sentenced to 120 days in the Avoyelles Parish Jail, which was suspended. He was also placed on two years of probation, which consists of a $50 per month fee. He also has to pay $2,000 in restitution to the state for the replacement value of the deer, a $500 fine and $250 in court costs.
Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Gaspard prosecuted the case.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested Laiche and Maddox in October 2013 for several deer violations that had taken place on the Grand Lake Rod and Gun Club in Avoyelles Parish. The incident consisted of five deer that were illegally taken.
In October 2013, a bear was discovered killed within the vicinity of the Grand Lake Rod and Gun Club. After an extensive investigation, Laiche and Maddox were arrested for taking the bear during the closed season in early 2014.
Laiche was also sentenced for failing to comply with deer harvest record requirements, hunting deer using illegal methods, taking deer on D Management Assistance Program lands without permission, taking illegal deer during the open season and possession of illegally taken deer. For these charges he received a total of 330 days in the Avoyelles Parish Jail which was suspended. He was also ordered to pay $500 in restitution to the state for the replacement value of the deer, a $500 fine, $250 to the Indigent Defender Board, $250 for cost of prosecution and $50 per month while on probation.