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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries hosting Louisiana Fisheries Forward Summit in Houma

Release Date: 03/02/2015

(March 2, 2015)  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) together with their partners at Louisiana Sea Grant and LSU AgCenter are excited to present Fisheries Forward 2015, the third annual summit for Louisiana commercial fishermen and the seafood industry.

The free summit will be held on March 11 at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.  This year’s summit topics include; the future of Gulf seafood; information on LDWF programs, including the Louisiana Fisheries Forward program and crab industry professionalism program; and oyster fishery weights and measures.  This year’s hand-on demonstrations include a Coast Guard Helicopter rescue, proper turtle-excluder device installation and the new wing trawling system.

A fishermen’s input session will provide attendees the opportunity to interact with the program and provide live, anonymous feedback concerning fishery and seafood issues.  There will also be a trade show featuring organizations that provide products or services to those involved in the commercial fishing and seafood industry.

There is no charge to attend the summit and complimentary lunch will be provided to all attendees.   Advance registration is encouraged at LouisianaFisheries.com.  For more information about the summit email summit@lsu.edu.

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

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AGENDA FOR COMMISSION MEETING

Release Date: 03/02/2015

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, March 5, 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 February 5, 2015

3.  Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4.  To hear Enforcement Reports February 2015

5.  To hear a presentation on setting the timing on Waterfowl Hunting Regulations

6.  To hear a presentation on the use of Request for Proposals for allocating statutory dedicated funds for breeding waterfowl habitat

7.  To consider amending the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 General and Wildlife Management Areas Rules and Regulations – Vessel Restrictions on Biloxi WMA  

8.  To hear public comment updates on the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 Hunting Seasons Notice of Intent

9.  To consider a Declaration of Emergency establishing the Louisiana Fisheries Forward Program for the commercial crab industry

10.  To hear a presentation and consider a Resolution for the 2015 recreational Red Snapper season

11.  To consider a Declaration of Emergency to open a portion of the Public Oyster Seed Grounds

12.  To consider a resolution to confirm and reaffirm the selection and establishment of the Big Lake Wildlife Management Area

13.  Set July 2015 Meeting Date

14.   Receive Public Comments

15.  Adjournment

Live audio streaming of the March 2015 Commission meeting is available.

To listen live, please register for March 2015, LWF Monthly Commission Meeting on Mar 5, 2015 9:30 AM CST at: 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1239482021898184962

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Two Men Arrested for Oyster Violations and Drug Charges in St. Bernard Parish

Release Date: 02/27/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested two Chalmette men for alleged oyster harvesting and drug violations on Feb. 25 in St. Bernard Parish.

Agents arrested Oliver Rudesill Jr, 33, and Tracy Gallardo Jr., 23, for several oyster, boating safety and drug violations after a boating safety inspection.

After observing a large skiff come into the Reggio Marina with improper running lights, LDWF agents performed a boating safety inspection.  During the inspection, agents found 28 sacks of oysters and learned that Rudesill Jr. is on probation until May of 2016 because of prior oyster harvesting violations.  Agents also learned that Rudesill Jr. did not have a working Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) that was part of his probation.

Rudesill Jr. also did not fill out an oyster harvesters log sheet for that day’s harvest.  Additionally, the vessel did not have a valid commercial vessel license, was not equipped with a tarp as per Department of Health and Hospitals regulations and did not have a proper identification number visible from the air.  Agents also found the sacks of oysters were not properly tagged.  Rudesill Jr. also did not have the proper amount of personal flotation devices, a vessel registration, a working fire extinguisher or navigation lights.

During the interview process, agents found Gallardo in possession of oxycodone, suboxone and drug paraphernalia.

Agents seized and returned the 28 sacks of oysters to the water.  Both subjects were booked into the St. Bernard Parish Jail with the assistance of St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents.

Violating the VMS guidelines carries a fine of $400 to $950 and up to 120 days in jail.  Possession of untagged oysters and taking commercial fish without a vessel license each carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Violating sanitation code for not having a tarp and logbook violation each carries a $25 fine and 10 days in jail.

No vessel registration, failing to display proper numbers on a vessel, failing to comply with PFD requirements, no fire extinguisher and improper running lights each brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

Possession of oxycodone and suboxone each carries up to a $5,000 fine and five years in jail.  Possession of drug paraphernalia carries up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Michael Garrity, Senior Agents Jason Gernados and Brett Nabors and Agent Blaine Wagner.

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

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Derelict Crab Trap Clean-up Removes More Than 400 Abandoned Crab Traps from Louisiana Waters

Release Date: 02/26/2015

(February 26, 2015)  On February 21 more than 50 volunteers and seven boats gathered at Johnson’s Bayou boat launch in Cameron Parish for the annual Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Derelict Crab Trap Rodeo.   Volunteers, LDWF staff, and members of the commercial fishing industry assisted in retrieving more than 400 abandoned crab traps.

This year’s crab trap cleanup was jointly conducted by LDWF and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and focused on border waters within Sabine Lake and adjacent natural bayous.

LDWF initiated the volunteer-based Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program in 2004 to address removal of derelict and abandoned crab traps.  The program is funded in part by the sale of Louisiana commercial and recreational crab fishing licenses. Since the program began volunteers have assisted in removing nearly 25,000 traps. Removal of these traps is imperative since they increase ghost-fishing mortality of blue crabs and other species captured incidentally, interfere with other commercial fishing gear types, create navigational hazards, and reduce visual appeal of the environment. 

Boat captain, Raymond Little, received a Target gift card for retrieving the most crab traps during the event, and volunteers received free hats, t-shirts, and lunch along with a number of door prizes provided by generous supporters. The Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana donated the volunteer raffle prize, a Costa stainless steel cooler.  

LDWF would like to thank the following organizations for their generous donations and contributions for the event and their commitment to conserve Louisiana’s marine resources; Coastal Conservation Association-Louisiana; Audubon Nature Institute; Coca-Cola Bottling Company; Krispy Kreme Donuts; Target; Lake Charles Tackle; Cajun Tackle and Raising Canes. Thanks especially to volunteers from Audubon Nature Institute, LSU Ag Center, Louisiana Sea Grant and the Girl Scouts.

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.

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

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L.D.W.F. Public Meetings in North and Central Louisiana Rescheduled for March

Release Date: 02/26/2015

Feb. 26, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has rescheduled three public meetings that were cancelled this week due to inclement weather.  The rescheduled meetings include:
 
March 2 -  6 p.m., LDWF Outdoor Education Center, 661 Robinson Bridge Rd., Woodworth
March 4 - 6 p.m., Caldwell Parish Courthouse, 201 Main Street, Columbia
March 10 - 6 p.m., Ruston Civic Center, 401 North Trenton Street, Ruston
 
The meetings are being held to gather comments on the proposed 2015-17 resident game hunting season dates, wildlife management areas (WMA) general rules and regulation changes, and 2016 turkey season and turkey hunting areas.

Public comment will be taken on all items currently under consideration as notices of intent by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission through April 2. To view the full notices of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items .

Public comment will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings from now through April 2 or may be submitted directly to Steve Smith, LDWF Wildlife Division, PO Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

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Monroe Man Cited for Cutting Down Trees on Ouachita WMA

Release Date: 02/25/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Ouachita Parish resident for alleged Wildlife Management Area (WMA) violations on the Ouachita WMA.

Agents cited John Johnson, 63, of Monroe, for criminal damage to state property, intentional littering, hunting deer out of season and leaving a deer stand in a hunting position.

Agents observed Johnson returning from a deer hunt on Jan. 31 on the Ouachita WMA, which was closed for deer hunting for the youth waterfowl hunt.  Agents observed Johnson discard plastic bottles on the ground and leave his deer stand in a hunting position from a few days prior.

Upon further investigation, Johnson admitted to agents that he cut 14 trees down along with 79 limbs in various sizes and diameters to clear a shooting lane.  Agents cited him for criminal damage to state property on Feb. 15.

Cutting down trees on a WMA is criminal damage to state property and carries a fine up to $10,000 and up to 10 years in jail.  Johnson may also face a civil restitution charge for the replacement value of the trees.

Hunting deer out of season and leaving a deer stand in a hunting position on a WMA each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Intentional littering brings a $250 fine and eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program.

Agents involved with the case are Lt. Lane Kincaid, Lt. Thomas Risser, Sgt. Scott Bullitt and Agent Joshua Harris.

LDWF is still investigating and seeking leads for information about who cut down trees on the Spring Bayou WMA in Avoyelles Parish.  LDWF has found up to 100 trees cut down on the Spring Bayou WMA since early December of 2014.

LDWF has secured up to $1,000 in reward money each from the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, Spring Bayou Restoration Team and Louisiana’s Operation Game Thief.  The reward now totals up to $3,000 to anyone with information that leads to the arrest in this case.  Anyone with information regarding the cut down trees on the Spring Bayou WMA should call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or use LDWF’s tip411 program.

To use the tip 411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the “LADWF Tips” iPhone and Android app from the Apple App Store or Google Play free of charge.

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

L.D.W.F. Public Meetings in Ruston and Columbia Cancelled Due to Inclement Weather

Release Date: 02/24/2015

 Feb. 24, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) public meetings scheduled for 6 p.m. today in Ruston and 6 p.m. Wednesday in Columbia have been cancelled due to inclement weather.  The meetings will be rescheduled at later dates.
 
LDWF public meetings around the state are provided to present changes and gather comments on the proposed 2015-17 resident game hunting season dates, wildlife management areas (WMA) general rules and regulation changes, and the 2016 turkey season and turkey hunting areas.
 
The full notices of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes are available at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items .

Public comment on proposed changes is being accepted at Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission monthly meetings from now through April 2 or may be submitted directly to Steve Smith, LDWF Wildlife Division, PO Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ssmith@wlf.la.gov . Monthly Commission meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at LDWF headquarters, 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.

For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

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2015 Archery in Louisiana Schools State Tournament Set for March 7

Release Date: 02/24/2015

2015 Archery in Louisiana Schools State Tournament Set for March 7
2015 Archery in Louisiana Schools State Tournament Set for March 7
2015 Archery in Louisiana Schools State Tournament Set for March 7

Feb. 24, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Archery in Louisiana Schools Program (ALAS), a member of the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP), will host the 2015 ALAS State Tournament on Saturday, March 7 in Alexandria.
 
The event is open to the public and will be held at the LSU AgCenter Storm Shelter, 8125 Hwy. 71. Admission is $3 for adults, and anyone 18 years of age and under is admitted free. The first flight of competitors will begin at 8 a.m. and the last flight will begin at 5:20 p.m. An awards ceremony will be held following the final flight at approximately 6:45 p.m.
 
LDWF needs volunteers to assist with the tournament as lane officials. Anyone 18 years of age and over can volunteer and volunteers receive a state tournament t-shirt and lunch on the day of the competition. Those interested in volunteering are asked to call 318-484-2276 or send an email to rstroede@wlf.la.gov.
 
Eight hundred of the top student archers in Louisiana will compete for the opportunity to qualify for the NASP National Tournament, as well as the opportunity to win individual and team awards. The state tournament qualifiers were among over 1,000 students who competed at this year’s two ALAS Regional Qualifying Tournaments.
 
Archers at the state tournament compete for the top spots in each school level from elementary through high school.  Trophies, prize bows and scholarships are also awarded.  This year, thanks to sponsors including the Central Louisiana Quality Deer Management Association, the Louisiana Archery and Sports Center, and the National Archery in the Schools Program, $7,500.00 in scholarships will be presented.
 
This year’s tournament will include the new NASP/IBO 3-D challenge where students will be able to try their hand at shooting 3-D animal targets with the same NASP equipment that they use to compete in the bull’s eye competition.  LDWF will have their mobile aquarium on site and the Treehouse Museum of Alexandria will be hosting their annual Kite Day on the grounds as well.  There will be exhibitors and vendors on site throughout the day providing food and beverages.
 
A special thank you to all sponsors of this year’s ALAS State Tournament including:  Central Louisiana Quality Deer Management Association, NASP, Louisiana Archery and Sports Center, Louisiana Branch of the National Wild Turkey Federation, GAEDA, Louisiana National Guard, Alexandria Pineville Visitors and Convention Bureau, Outlaws BBQ, H & E Equipment, Y-Not Stop, Morrell Targets, Cenla Signs, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the LSU AgCenter.
 
ALAS is a part of the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) that is designed to introduce students in grades 4-12 to international target style archery. As the name states, the program is designed to be taught as part of the in-school curriculum. Most commonly the program is integrated into the schools PE program and is taught within the school’s gymnasium. Once exposed to the program many schools develop after school programs and archery clubs. Students at schools that teach the ALAS curriculum are then eligible to compete in state, national, and even world tournaments.
 
The sport of archery is a great way to get students involved in not only a lifelong sport, but also in their school and into the outdoors. ALAS strives to inspire confidence through the focus and discipline that the sport of archery requires. The results speak for themselves. Nationwide over 13 million students have participated in the National Archery in the Schools program in its first 13 years. Just last year over 2.3 million students participated in NASP, more than participated in Little League.
 
For more information regarding the ALAS program: visit our Facebook page at ALAS-Archery in Louisiana Schools or contact program coordinator Robert Stroede at 318-484-2276 or rstroede@wlf.la.gov .

*Photos: ALAS Regional Qualifying Tournament photos provided by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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Father and Son Cited For Harvesting Polluted Oysters

Release Date: 02/23/2015

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent cited a father and son near Pointe-aux-Chenes in Terrebonne Parish for alleged oyster violations on Feb. 20.

After receiving a complaint, Sgt. Bryan Marie observed Kenneth J. Naquin Jr., 28, of Montegut, and Kenneth J. Naquin Sr., 55, of Chauvin, harvesting oysters from an unapproved area.

Sgt. Marie seized and returned five sacks of oysters to the water.  He also seized the dredge and vessel.

Taking oysters from an unapproved area brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail and forfeiture of anything seized in connection with the violation.  The father and son could also have their oyster harvesting licenses suspended for a year and serve 40 hours community service.

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

L.D.W.F. Public Meeting in Woodworth Cancelled Due to Inclement Weather

Release Date: 02/23/2015

Feb. 23, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) public meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. today at the Outdoor Education Center, 661 Robinson Bridge Road in Woodworth has been cancelled due to inclement weather. The Outdoor Education Center is south of Alexandria in Rapides Parish.

The full notices of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes, that were to have been discussed, are available at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items .

Public comment on proposed changes is being accepted at Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission monthly meetings from now through April 2 or may be submitted directly to Steve Smith, LDWF Wildlife Division, PO Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ssmith@wlf.la.gov . Monthly Commission meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at LDWF headquarters, 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.

The remaining six public meetings are still scheduled around the state to gather comments on the proposed 2015-17 resident game hunting season dates, wildlife management areas (WMA) general rules and regulation changes, and the 2016 turkey season and turkey hunting areas. The meetings still scheduled include:

Feb. 24 - 6:00 p.m., Ruston Civic Center, 401 North Trenton Street, Ruston

Feb. 24 - 6:30 p.m., LSU Ag Center, 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles

Feb. 24 - 6:30 p.m., Natchitoches Event Center, 750 Second Street, Natchitoches

Feb. 25 - 6:00 p.m., Caldwell Parish Courthouse, 201 Main Street, Columbia

Feb. 25 - 6:00 p.m., Opelousas Civic Center, 1638 Creswell Lane, Opelousas

Feb. 26 - 6:30 p.m., Slidell Municipal Auditorium, 2056 2nd Street, Slidell

For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

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