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Louisiana Men Cited Red Snapper and Amberjack Violations

Release Date: 07/31/2013

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited five Louisiana men for allegedly violating federal reef fish regulations on July 26 in the Gulf of Mexico.
 
Agents federally cited Chad Fonseck, 28, of Waggaman, Troy Coker, 37, of Ponchatoula, Kirby Plaisance, 24, of Ama, Daryl Robert, 43, of Gretna, and Troy Melancon, 45, of Ama, for possessing red snapper during a closed season, over limit of red snapper, failing to keep fish intact, over limit of greater amberjack and possessing greater amberjack during a closed season.
 
Agents on a Joint Enforcement Agreement patrol in federal waters in the Gulf were finishing a boating safety check on another vessel when they observed a double rigger shrimp vessel throwing a red snapper back into the water.  Upon approaching the vessel, agents noticed subjects on the deck of the vessel either fishing or helping others fish recreationally.
 
Upon inspection of the vessel, agents found an ice chest filled with 104 red snapper fillets and 20 greater amberjack fillets.  The men did not possess a commercial permit that is needed to harvest and sell reef fish under federal quotas and in excess of the bag limits.
 
The recreational red snapper and greater amberjack seasons are currently closed in federal waters.  During an open season, the five men would have been allowed a total of 10 red snapper and five greater amberjack.  The filets the five men were in possession of represents 52 red snapper and 10 greater amberjack.
 
The five men will face fines and civil restitution charges through federal court if convicted.
 
Agents participating in the case are Lt. Joseph Arnaud, Sgt. Louis Burnett, Agent Jake Jarden and Agent Michael Marques.
 
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.
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Louisiana Shrimp Task Force to Meet Next Week in Houma

Release Date: 07/31/2013

July 31, 2013 – The Louisiana Shrimp Task Force will meet next Tuesday, August 6, at 10:00 a.m.  in Houma in the Terrebonne Parish Council Meeting Room, located on the Second Floor Government Towers at 8026 Main Street, Houma, LA.

The agenda is as follows:

I.  Roll Call and introduction of guests

II.  Approval of March 14, 2013 Minutes and August 6, 2013 Agenda

III.  Treasury Report

  1. Budget Report – Rene LeBreton
  2. Potential Funding to Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board from Shrimp Task Force         

IV.    Old Business

      A. Update on serviceable crab trap law – LDWF Enforcement Representative

      B. Laws regarding setting of seasons – LDWF Representative

      C. Management Opportunities, Skimmer Legislation –Clint Guidry

V.   New Business

  1. Louisiana Hypoxia Working Group- Doug Daigle/Clint Guidry
  2. Discussion on Top Markets for Shrimp
  3. Task Force Vacancies – Marty Bourgeois
  4. Update on Artificial Reef Fund- Jason Froeba
  5. LWSCP Enforcement- Jason Froeba
  6. Steering Committee for LDWF Continuing Education Program-Jason Froeba
  7. Boards and Commissions Meeting Requirements – Ashley Roth
  8. NOAA TED Testing and Observer Programs - Marty Bourgeois
  9. Legislative Update – LDWF Representative
    1. HB 142 – Crab trap mesh size
    2. HB 426 – Composition of the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission
    3. SB 167 – Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board
  10. Seafood Processor Survey Results- Jack Isaacs

VI.    Public Comment

VII.  Set Next Meeting

VIII.  Adjourn  

The Louisiana Shrimp Task Force was created by Act 606 of the Louisiana Legislature to study and monitor the shrimp industry and to make recommendations to the state.

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.

This meeting is open to the public.

For more information please contact Ashley Roth at aroth@wlf.la.gov or (228)342-0659.

 

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Investigation Underway for Vandalism of LDWF Property on Atchafalaya Delta WMA

Release Date: 07/29/2013

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division and the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office are investigating two acts of vandalism that occurred on the Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area (WMA).

An LDWF bulldozer and utility vehicle (UTV) were first noticed missing on July 24 on the Big Island portion of Atchafalaya Delta WMA.  LDWF staff found the missing equipment later that evening on Big Island.  The bulldozer was buried in mud and water up to the floorboard.  The UTV was found stuck in a ditch.

The equipment was vandalized between July 19 when it was last seen by LDWF staff and July 24 when it was noticed missing.

LDWF is offering up to a $1,000 reward for anybody that volunteers information that leads to an arrest and conviction in this case.  Anyone with tips or leads can call LDWF’s Operation Game Thief’s (OGT) toll free hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or text LDWF OGT by texting LADWF and their tip to 847411.  Tipsters can also download the LADWF Tips iPhone and Android apps from iTunes and Google Play stores free of charge.

The total damage done to the equipment and the costs associated with retrieving both pieces of equipment are unknown at this time.

The Big Island portion of the Atchafalaya Delta WMA is only accessible by vessel.

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

Aug. 5-6 Public Meetings to Provide Update on Black Bear Research

Release Date: 07/26/2013

July 26, 2013 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the University of Tennessee (UT) will hold public meetings in Morganza on Monday, Aug. 5 at 6:30 p.m. and in Franklin on Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 6:30 p.m. to present information about black bear population research.

The Aug. 5 meeting will be held at the Pointe Coupee Communication Center, 7011 Mitchell Lane, Morganza and the Aug. 6 meeting is scheduled for the Franklin courthouse in the St. Mary Parish Council meeting room at 500 Main Street, Franklin. 

UT graduate students will present an update on the recently completed population research, including population estimates and density of bears in the area.  The future goals of LDWF bear management and the necessary steps to reach those goals will be discussed.

Following the presentation there will be a question and answer period to allow for general discussion about bears in Louisiana and living with bears.  There will also be examples of various bear deterrent devices on display. For more information contact:  Maria Davidson at 337-948-0255 or mdavidson@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.

 

Leads Needed for Missing Buoys off Independence Island Reef

Release Date: 07/25/2013

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division is requesting any leads regarding missing mooring buoys on Independence Island Reef.

Six mooring buoys, which were part of a 2011 restoration project, went missing in late June from the popular fishing spot located about 3 miles northeast of Grand Isle.  The buoys are provided to allow fisherman with an identifiable marker of the famed fishing spot.

Anyone with tips or leads can call LDWF’s Operation Game Thief’s (OGT) toll free hotline 1-800-442-2511 or text the LDWF OGT by texting LADWF and their tip to 847411.  Tipsters can also download the LADWF Tips iPhone and Android apps from iTunes and Google Play stores free of charge.

Removing buoys brings up a $250 to $500 fine and 90 days in jail.

Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) and LDWF completed construction in 2011 on Independence Island Reef, which is believed to be the largest limestone inshore artificial reef project ever in Louisiana.

Nearly 8,000 tons of limestone were dropped from barges onto four acres where Independence Island was once located.  At the time of the project completion, the total site acreage was more than 50 acres.

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

Lake Charles Residents Can Expect a Decline in Giant Salvinia Growth on Calcasieu River

Release Date: 07/25/2013

(July 25, 2013) – Lake Charles residents can expect to see some relief in the presence of giant salvinia on the Calcasieu River thanks to environmental factors in combination with Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ control efforts.

Increased salinities on the Calcasieu River are taking a toll on giant salvinia growth on the water body.  A wetter than usual spring caused a decrease in salinity levels, creating an environment more conducive for plant growth.  However, conditions are returning to normal, and a recent boat assessment revealed that most of the plants below the saltwater barrier are dead or dying.  Allowing salinity to kill the salvinia proves to be the most cost-effective method in achieving maximum control of the plant.  With that in mind, the Department is focusing their control efforts on the upper end of the river.

Areas above the saltwater barrier, including the West Fork, have also shown signs of minimal growth, with only scattered plants observed at some locations.  Weevils were heavily stocked in these areas through the Department’s weevil stocking program.  Weevil damage was observed in these areas and adjacent public waters.  This evidence of weevil activity on the plant is encouraging for future control.

LDWF will continue to monitor the plant, particularly in places with lower salinities, and herbicide treatments will be made on public waterways as needed to maintain control of the plant throughout the year. 

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, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-2396.

 

 

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Agenda for Commission Meeting

Release Date: 07/24/2013

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, August 1, 2013, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Marine Lab located at 195 Ludwig Annex Room 253, Grand Isle, LA 70358

The following items will be discussed:

1.  Roll Call

2.  Approval of Minutes of July 2, 2013

3.  Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4.  To Hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/July

5.  To Consider a Declaration of Emergency for the 2013-2014 Waterfowl Season Dates

6.  To Consider a Notice of Intent to Repeal the Closure of Hunting in a portion of Orleans Parish

7.  To Consider a Declaration of Emergency to Repeal the Closure of Hunting in a portion of Orleans Parish

8.  To Consider a Notice of Intent on Tripletail Harvest Regulations

9.  To Consider a Notice of Intent to Modify the Rules of Recreational Offshore Landing Permits

10.  To Consider a Notice of Intent to Modify the Rules of Tuna Harvest Regulations

11.  To Consider a Notice of Intent to Modify the Rules of Reef Fish Harvest Regulations

12.  To Consider a Declaration of Emergency to set the 2013 Oyster Season on the Public Oyster Seed Ground

13.  To Receive Information and Consider a Declaration of Emergency on Setting the Opening Dates of the 2013 Fall Inshore Shrimp Season

14.  To Consider a Declaration of Emergency on Fisheries Closures due to the BP Oil Spill

15.  To Hear Final Public Comments on Notice of Intent to Amend Regulations Governing Yo-Yo Mechanical Fishing Devices

16.  Prize Winner Drawing for Participants that Participated in the 2013 Louisiana Waterfowl Survey

17. Set December 2013 Meeting Date

18.  Receive Public Comments

19.  Adjournment

 

 

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

Release Date: 07/24/2013

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. 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 May 23, 2013 Meeting
  3. Hearing of Deferred New Permit Appeals
    1. Brett Johnson
    2. Marty Melerine
    3. Vlaho Mjehovich
  4. Hearing of Deferred Renewal Permit Appeals
    1. Kerry Cosse
  5. Hearing of New Renewal Permit Appeals
    1. Danny Smith
  6. Update on Recommendations Made at May 23, 2013 Meeting
  7. Receive Public Comments
  8. Set next meeting date
  9. 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.

For more information, please contact Ty Lindsey at 225-765-2387 or tlindsey@wlf.la.gov

 

 

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Golden Meadow Man Dies from Injuries in Boating Incident

Release Date: 07/24/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents are investigating a fatal boating crash incident that occurred in Lafourche Parish this morning, July 24.

Richard Griffin Jr., 29, of Golden Meadow, was travelling north in Bayou Lafourche alone in his 16 foot vessel around 5:15 a.m. when he struck a piling.  Griffin Jr. sustained severe head trauma from his collision with the piling.

Griffin Jr. was taken to Lady of the Sea Hospital in Galliano and then transported to University Hospital in New Orleans where he was pronounced dead.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating crash incident.

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

Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet July 30

Release Date: 07/23/2013

Tuesday, July 30 , 1 PM
UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210, New Orleans
AGENDA

I.   Roll Call

II.  Approval of  May 23, 2013  MINUTES

III. Treasury Report
     A. Oyster Tag Sales
     B. LOTF Financial Report
         a. Accounting of Oyster Development Account from FY 2002
         b. Recommended budget spread for FY 2013

IV. Committee Reports
     A.  Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee – (Buddy Pausina)
     B.  Enforcement   - (Steve McManus)
     C.  Legislative - (Jakov Jurisic)
     D.  Research – (John Supan)
     E.  Coastal Restoration – (Dan Coulon)
     F.  Marketing –
     G.  Health – (Tenney Sibley)
     H. Sustainability-

V. Old Business
    A. ISSC Meeting in San Antonio- October 26-November 1
    B.  BP Oil Spill Remediation
         1. Claims Process
         2. Public Reef Remediation
         3. Oyster Lease Remediation               

VI. New Business
     A. Response letter sent to CPRA and state legislators     
     B. Spat report-Tom Soniat
     C. Preliminary Stock Assessment Data and season recommendations   

VII. Set Next Meeting

VIII. Adjourn

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