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Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting

Release Date: 02/05/2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 1:30 p.m.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

 

AGENDA

I. Roll Call and introduction of guests

II. Approval of meeting Agenda and  December 3, 2013 minutes

III. Financial Report-LDWF

IV. Old Business

    A.  Data Request- LDWF

    B. Derelict Crab Trap clean up

    C. 2014 legislation

    D. Marketing

    E. Sustainability

    F. Management

V. New Business

  1. Crab Strategic Plan- LDWF

VI. Public Comment

VII. Set Next Meeting

VIII. 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/5130825187738516226

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.

 

 

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

Release Date: 02/05/2014

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting. The public is invited to attend.

Monday, February 10, 2014, 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 January 7, 2014 minutes and February 10 agenda

III.  Treasury Report

    A.  Oyster Tag Sales

    B.  LOTF Financial Report

IV.  Committee Reports

   A.  Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee – (Buddy Pausina)- LDWF/DHH Report

   B.  Enforcement   - (Sammy Martin)

   C.  Legislative - (Jakov Jurisic)-  February 4 committee report

   D.  Research – (John Supan)

   E.  Coastal Restoration – (Dan Coulon)

   F.  Marketing – (Ashley Roth)- Worlds Largest Oyster Po-boy sponsorship

   G.  Health – (Lance Broussard)

   H. Sustainability- (LDWF)

V. Old Business

  A. BP Oil Spill Remediation

    1. Claims Process

     2. Public Reef Remediation

     3. Oyster Lease Remediation

VI. New Business

   A. ISSC meeting report

   B. Public oyster resource outlook- Al Sunseri

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/9096181987475279618

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.

Two Louisiana Men Arrested for Hunting Violations

Release Date: 02/05/2014

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) agent arrested two Louisiana men on Jan. 31 for alleged hunting violations on the Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).

The agents were patrolling the NWR when they observed Duell S. Moreland, 23, of Monterey, walking down a trail shining a headlight in a searching manner.  Upon approaching Moreland with the aid of night vision, the agents identified themselves as police officers and told Moreland to do not move.  Moreland then attempted to run away on foot before being caught from behind by the agents.

The agents identified Moreland and learned that he is awaiting trial for the illegal killing of a black bear in Concordia Parish.  Moreland was found wearing a head light on his forehead, carrying a loaded crossbow equipped with a night vision scope, a loaded .444 rifle, possession of marijuana and another person’s deer tags.

The agents then went back to a nearby camp on private property where Moreland originated his illegal hunt from and found Ronnie Mason, 43, of Jonesville.  After further investigation, agents revealed that Mason is a convicted felon who was also illegally in possession of a firearm at the camp.

The agents also found a freshly killed untagged doe near the camp with several propeller cuts on its body.  An investigation revealed that while travelling to the camp Mason intentionally ran over the deer in his boat that was attempting to swim across Bayou Cocodrie.

Moreland was booked into jail for hunting deer during illegal hours, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, second offense of illegal possession of marijuana, resisting an officer, possession of marijuana while in possession of a firearm, hunting deer using illegal methods, and using archery equipment with illegal sights.  Mason was booked into jail for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, hunting deer using illegal methods and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.

Moreland turned himself into the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 18, 2013, for his alleged role in the illegal killing of a Louisiana Black Bear.

Possessing a firearm while in possession of marijuana carries up to a $10,000 fine and five to 10 years in jail.  Possessing a firearm by a convicted felon brings a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years in jail.  Second offense possession of marijuana carries a $250 to $2,000 fine and up to five years in jail.  Resisting an officer carries up to a $500 fine and up to six months in jail.  Hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and using illegal sights each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting deer using illegal methods brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case are LDWF Sgt. Trey Mason and USFWS Agent Mark Cupit.

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

Agenda for Commission Meeting

Release Date: 02/05/2014

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, February 6, 2014, 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 January 9, 2014

3.         Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4.         To Hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports January

5.         To Consider an Amendment to the Deer Season Dates in Area 4

6.         To Consider a Resolution of Support for Sustainability Certification of Louisiana Blue Crab

7.         To Hear the Annual Stock Assessment Report for Striped Mullet

8.         Set June 2014 Meeting Date

9.         Receive Public Comments

10.       Adjournment

 

 

LDWF Urges Public to Update their Contact Information in Fishing License Database to Improve Data Collection

Release Date: 02/04/2014

(Feb. 4, 2014) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) continues to move forward with the Louisiana Recreational Creel Survey (LA Creel).  This new survey provides real-time data collection and the best data available to fishery managers.

LDWF is using the agency’s saltwater fishing license database to conduct email and phone based surveys to supplement data collected through LA Creel dockside surveys.  “We highly encourage anglers to verify the accuracy of their contact information in our fishing license database, specifically their phone number and email address”, explains Robert Barham, Secretary of LDWF.  “It’s a matter of pride that should be shared by all Louisiana anglers that we are stepping out on our own and providing Louisiana’s recreational anglers with the best information available for responsibly managing our fisheries.   The best way that anglers can help in this regard is by going online and updating their contact information.”

Verifying and updating your contact information is quick and simple to do:

Desktop Computer:

  1.   On our website, www.wlf.la.gov/licenses, click on “Purchase your license online”

  2.   Select “Purchase Hunting/Fishing Licenses”

  3.   Click “Start Here”

  4.   Log in with your driver’s license number, LDWF number, social security number or alternated ID

  5.   Enter your mailing address, phone number and email address (even though this field is optional)

  6.   Click the “Update Address/Personal Information Only” button.

  7.   Click “Continue”

Mobile Device:

  1.  On our website, www.wlf.la.gov/licenses, click on “Purchase your license online.”

  2.  Click on “License Sales”

  3.  Choose an identification type (drivers license number, LDWF number, social security number or an alternate ID)

  4.  Enter appropriate ID number, date of birth, first name and last name, then click “Continue”

  5.  Choose if you are a resident of Louisiana (Yes or No)

  6.  Complete Address, City, State and Zip under the “Edit Customer Information” Box

  7.  Enter mobile number and choose mobile carrier

  8.  Edit the email address shown or Add an email address to the “Email” field

  9.  Click the ‘Update Information’ button and click continue

Please take a few minutes and update your contact information today.

LDWF is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources.  For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov, and 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 (504) 286-8733.

 

 

Agents Arrest Sulphur Man for Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 01/31/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Sulphur man on Jan. 29 for alleged deer hunting violations in Sulphur.

Agents arrested, Chris G. Clark, 51, for hunting from a moving vehicle, hunting deer from a public road, hunting or taking deer during a closed season, discharging a firearm from public road and three counts of contributing to the delinquency of minors.  Clark was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center.

Agents also cited two minors for hunting from a moving vehicle, hunting deer from a public road, hunting or taking deer during a closed season and discharging a firearm from a public road.

LDWF agents received a complaint from the Calcasieu Parish Sherriff’s Office about a deer that was shot off of Ellis Moss Road in Sulphur.  Agents went to the scene and learned from an eye witness who was able to get the license plate number and a detailed description of the vehicle that was used in the illegal shooting of a deer.

The license plate information led agents to a residence in Sulphur.  Upon further investigation, agents learned that Clark drove the vehicle along with three minors to the location where deer were in a field off the road.  Clark equipped one of the minors with a .243 rifle and one with a 30-06 rifle.

After further investigation, agents learned that Clark and the three minors pulled up to the field where Clark then instructed two of the minors to open the door and fire simultaneously at a deer.  After both minors fired multiple shots killing the deer, they observed a vehicle approaching them from behind.  Clark and the three minors then left the scene and did not return.

Agents seized the .243 and 30-06 rifles and a 12 gauge shotgun.

Contributing to the delinquency of a minor carries up to a $500 fine and up to six months in jail for each offense.  Hunting or taking deer during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a moving vehicle brings a $250 to $500 and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting deer from a public road carries a $100 to $350 and up to 60 days in jail.  Discharging a firearm from a public road carries a $50 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Stuart Guillory, Senior Agent Sean Moreau and Senior Agent Chuck Talbert.

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

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Legislative Committee to Meet

Release Date: 01/31/2014

1 p.m., Tuesday, February 4, 2014

UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210, New Orleans 70122

AGENDA

I.  Call to Order

II.  Consideration of Oyster Task Force bills for the 2014 legislative session.

III. 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.

Those interested in listening in to the meeting via Webinar or telephone register at

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5419036872125878529

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.

 

 

 

Agenda for Commission Meeting

Release Date: 01/31/2014

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, February 6, 2014, 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 January 9, 2014

3.         Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4.         To Hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports January

5.         To Consider an Amendment to the Deer Season Dates in Area 4

6.         To Consider a Declaration of Emergency for 2014-2015 Recreational Reef Fish Seasons

7.         To Consider a Resolution of Support for Sustainability Certification of Louisiana Blue Crab

8.         To Hear the Annual Stock Assessment Report for Striped Mullet

9.         Set June 2014 Meeting Date

10.       Receive Public Comments

11.       Adjournment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guatemalan Man Cited For Deer and Alligator Violations

Release Date: 01/27/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Guatemalan man for alleged deer and alligator violations on Jan. 26 in Jefferson Parish.

Agents cited Julio Cesar Agu Marroquin, 30, who resides in Metairie, but is a legal resident of Guatemala, for hunting deer using illegal methods, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, obtaining a hunting license fraudulently, hunting without a non-resident license, hunting without a non-resident big game license, failing to comply with hunter education requirements, and illegal possession of alligator parts or skins during a closed season.

LDWF agents received a complaint about a man who was skinning a deer in his side yard of an apartment complex in Metairie.  The complainant stated that the man had alligator skins as well.

Agents arrived at the address and observed the subject in possession of a freshly killed untagged deer that he admitted to killing that morning with a 30-30 rifle in Orleans Parish.  That area is currently only open to bow or primitive firearms.

The subject proceeded to show the agents his resident basic and big game licenses that he purchased with a fake state identification card.

Possession of alligator parts and skins carries a fine of $400 to $950 or 120 days in jail.  Taking deer using illegal methods and obtaining hunting licenses fraudulently both bring fines of $250 to $500 or 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging harvest requirements carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Hunting without non-resident basic and big game hunting licenses and failing to comply with hunter safety education requirements each bring a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

Civil restitution for the replacement value of the deer and alligator in the amount of $2,000 could also be assessed for this case.

The agents seized the subjects 30-30 Winchester Rifle, the subjects fraudulently obtained licenses, the deer and the alligator skin and parts.

Agents involved in the case are Lt. Scot Keller, Sgts. Tim Fox, Kris Bourgeois and Jeff Boyd.

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

LDWF Agents Arrest Marrero Man for Illegal Fish Sales

Release Date: 01/27/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents concluded an extensive investigation into the illegal sale of spotted sea trout and red drum on Jan. 24, 2014.

Agents arrested Joseph Morris III, 30, of Marrero, for alleged commercial fishing violations after undercover LDWF Agents purchased spotted sea trout and red drum from Morris’ residence in Jefferson Parish.

Agents also secured an arrest warrant from Plaquemines Parish after Morris again sold spotted sea trout and red drum to undercover agents and he also took agents on chartered fishing trips without the required charter boat license.

Commercial fisherman selling without a fresh products license, failing to maintain records, and taking commercial fish without a vessel license each carries a max penalty of $500 and up to 90 days in jail plus court costs for each count.  Selling game fish illegally and possessing red drum commercially carries a max penalty of up to $500 and jail up to 30 days, license revocation, and forfeiture of anything seized for each count. Failing to comply with charter boat regulation and selling spotted sea trout without a permit, selling spotted sea trout without a rod and reel license, and taking or selling undersized spotted sea trout carries a max penalty of up to $950 or up to 120 days in jail or both plus court cost and forfeiture of anything seized for each offense.

He is also facing a total of $8,329.68 in civil restitution for the illegally taken and possessed fish.

Agents also placed a seizure order on two vessels and one vehicle that were used for these alleged offenses and are property of the State of Louisiana until this case is adjudicated in Plaquemines and Jefferson parishes.

Morris also had six outstanding warrants for his arrest in Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes.

Lead agents participating in the case are LDWF’s Special Investigations Unit, and Sgt. Adam Young.  Assisting agents were Sgts. Villere Reggio, Kris Bourgeois, and Jeff Boyd with the assistance of Deputy Chad LaFrance with the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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

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