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LDWF Postpones the Opening of the East Zone Alligator Harvest Season Due to TS Isaac

Release Date: 08/27/2012

 

Aug. 27, 2012 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is postponing the opening of the EAST ZONE 2012 Wild Alligator Harvest Season due to the impending landfall of Tropical Storm Isaac. The Aug. 29 opening in the East Zone has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 1.

 

At this time, the West Zone alligator season is still scheduled to open on Sept. 5., pending assessment of storm impacts and the progression of alligator harvest in the East Zone. For a zone map and complete list of parishes within the East and West zones go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/alligator-hunting .

 

All alligator hunters are urged to verify that their selected buyer will be open to buy harvested alligators, prior to beginning any harvest effort.   

 

For more information on alligator season, contact Noel Kinler at 337-373-0032 or nkinler@wlf.la.gov.

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Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Finance Committee Meeting Canceled

Release Date: 08/27/2012

(Aug. 27, 2012) - The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Finance Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, August 28, at 9 a.m. in New Orleans has been canceled based on recent storm predictions.  The public will be notified when the meeting is rescheduled. 

 

For more information, contact Ashley Roth, Ashley@Louisianaseafood.com or (504) 286-8735.

 

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LDWF Closes Elmer's Island Due to TS Isaac

Release Date: 08/26/2012

Aug. 26, 2012 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announces the temporary closing of Elmer's Island, located on the southwestern tip of Jefferson Parish. The National Weather Service in New Orleans has issued a hurricane watch for coastal areas of Louisiana. As a precautionary and preparedness  measure Elmer's Island will remain closed until further notice.

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 more information contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or 225-721-0489.

[CORRECTION] EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF SHRIMP SEASON IN PORTIONS OF INSIDE WATERS WITHIN LAFOURCHE AND TERREBONNE PARISHES

Release Date: 08/24/2012

Shrimp Closure map

[This announcement corrects information contained within an earlier news release.] 

August 24, 2012 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham, announced an emergency closure of the fall shrimp season in portions of inside waters within Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes beginning at 6:00 pm August 27 and ending at 6:00 pm September 10.

The closure includes state inside waters from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the channel red buoy westward to the eastern shore of Bayou Lafourche.

Recent biological samples taken by Office of Fisheries biologists in that portion of state inside waters to close indicate that large numbers of small sublegal size shrimp are present in these waters and the season is being temporarily closed to allow sufficient time for these shrimp to grow to marketable sizes. All remaining state inside waters shall remain open to shrimping.

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 more information, contact Martin Bourgeois at (985) 594-4130 or mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov. For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at (225) 765-2396 or awethey@wlf.la.gov.

 

Three Men Charged with Hunting Violations

Release Date: 08/24/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three men for alleged hunting violations on Aug. 16 in Red River Parish.

Agents cited Tyler Goodwin, 21, of Ringgold, David Beard, 20, of Coushatta, and Jordan Northcutt, 22, of Hall Summit for hunting from a public road, hunting from a moving vehicle, discharging a firearm from a public road and hunting wild game quadrupeds during illegal hours.

Agents received an Operation Game Thief complaint concerning these three men.  The landowner witnessed them shining a spotlight on his property.  LDWF agents responded and caught up with their vehicle as they turned into a residence.

Agents found the men in possession of a .223 and .22 rifle and a freshly harvested rabbit.

The penalty for each offense brings a fine between $250 and $500 and up to 90 days in jail.

If someone witnesses or has information concerning a violation, they should call Operation Game Thief's toll-free 24-hour phone line or use the department's tip411 program.  The toll free number is 1-800-442-2511.

To use the tip411 program, tipsters can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone app from the Apple iTunes store free of charge.  CitizenObserver, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text so that LDWF cannot identify the sender.  Texting or downloading the app enables the public to send anonymous tips to LDWF and lets LDWF respond back, creating a two-way anonymous “chat”.  Users of the app or texters can also send in photos to help support their claim and be used as evidence.

The information is received by a Wildlife and Fisheries operator and immediately relayed to a wildlife agent who will investigate. If the information results in an arrest, the caller is eligible for a cash reward.

Since the program began, more than $280,000 in rewards has been paid. Information provided by OGT informants has resulted in the apprehension of more than 700 violators who were convicted on a multitude of state and federal charges.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Charles Dison and Senior Agent John Blalock.

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

2012-13 Dove Season Opening Day Shooting Hours Clarification

Release Date: 08/24/2012

Aug. 24, 2012 – Dove hunters are advised that the printed version of the 2012-13 Louisiana Hunting Regulations booklet contains an incorrect date referencing shooting hours for doves.

The shooting hours note on page 28 of the printed booklet indicates Sept. 3 is the exception to the standard “one-half hour before sunrise to sunset” dove hunting timeframe for approved dove hunting dates. That note should read: Mourning Dove: One-Half Hour before sunrise to sunset EXCEPT on Sept. 1, when shooting hours will be 12 p.m. (noon) to sunset. That correction has been made in the on-line version of the 2012-13 Louisiana Hunting Regulations booklet posted on the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/regulations. For more information about Louisiana’s dove hunting season, contact Jeff Duguay at 225-765-2353 or jduguay@wlf.la.gov .

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Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board

Release Date: 08/23/2012

Finance Committee

The following is the agenda for the Finance Committee of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Meeting, the public is invited to attend.

Regular Meeting Agenda

August 28, 2012 9 a.m.

Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 310, New Orleans, La. 70122

I.  Call to order

II.  Financial Report through 6/30/2012

  A  LAMP

III.  Natural Resource Commodity Marketing Board Funding Study

IV.  Set Next Meeting

V.  Adjourn

This meeting is being held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by La. R.S. 42:11, et seq.

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Poachers Busted by Tip from Operation Game Thief

Release Date: 08/23/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited five men on alleged poaching violations in St. Charles Parish on Aug. 18.

Agents received a complaint from their Operation Game Thief (OGT) program of individuals cleaning freshly harvested migratory game birds and rabbits in their back yard.  The agents responded quickly to the residence where they made contact with the alleged suspects still cleaning the game.

Agents cited Rico Hernandez, 45, of Bridge City, Yoan Hernandez-Casanova, 27, of Bridge City, Juan Munoz, 25, of Metairie, Miguel Farradas, 33, of Davie, Fla., and Yandry Almeida, 27, of Cutler Bay, Fla., for violating state migratory game bird regulations and possessing rabbits during a closed season.

The agents seized six whistling ducks and eight rabbits taken out of season. Agents also seized three guns which were in the possession of the suspects and believed to be used to illegally take the game.

State violations of migratory game bird regulations brings a fine between $400 and $950 and up to 120 days in jail.  Possession of rabbits during a closed season carries a fine between $250 and $500 and up to 90 days in jail.  If convicted, the men also face civil restitution in the amount of $413.34.

If someone witnesses or has information concerning a violation, they should call Operation Game Thief's toll-free 24-hour phone line or use the department's tip411 program.  The toll free number is 1-800-442-2511.

To use the tip411 program, tipsters can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone app from the Apple iTunes store free of charge.  CitizenObserver, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text so that LDWF cannot identify the sender.  Texting or downloading the app enables the public to send anonymous tips to LDWF and lets LDWF respond back, creating a two-way anonymous “chat”.  Users of the app or texters can also send in photos to help support their claim and be used as evidence.

The information is received by a Wildlife and Fisheries operator and immediately relayed to a wildlife agent who will investigate. If the information results in an arrest, the caller is eligible for a cash reward. 

Since the program began, more than $280,000 in rewards has been paid. Information provided by OGT informants has resulted in the apprehension of more than 700 violators who were convicted on a multitude of state and federal charges.

Agents participating in the case were Senior Agent Austin Arteaga, Sgt. Kris Bourgeois, and St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy James Grimaldi.

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

Whooping Crane Teacher Workshops Implemented with Chevron Grant Funding

Release Date: 08/23/2012

“Give a Whoop” participants received a life-size whooping crane poster for classroom display. Photo by Jason Cohen.

  Aug. 23, 2012  -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) recently held its first two whooping crane education “Give a Whoop” Workshops, as part of a grant provided by Chevron and facilitated by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation and the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC).  

The workshops were held at LDWF’s White Lake Wetland Conservation Area in Gueydan on Aug. 2 and 7. The first workshop was offered to environmental educators throughout the state and the second was held as part of an in-service professional development day for the life science teachers of Calcasieu Parish.  

Louisiana educators of middle and high school students learned about the complexities and challenges of the reintroduction program, received how-to demonstrations on the classroom lesson activities and engaged in field work related to habitat identification and using GPS units. Participants also visited the crane pens via a boat ride through the remote marsh area.  

Workshop participants received a handheld GPS unit for classroom use, the lesson series of nine engaging, GLE-aligned lessons covering topics such as taxonomy, bird reproduction, ecosystems, adaptation, endangered species and other related items.  

The next whooping crane workshop will be held at the Louisiana Association of Teachers and Mathematics and the Louisiana Science Teachers Association (LATM/LSTA) conference on Nov. 12 in Shreveport. Additional workshops will follow.  

Contact Venise Ortego at 337-948-0255 or vortego@wlf.la.gov for information about future workshops.  For more information on the re-introduction of whooping cranes to Louisiana, please visit www.wlf.la.gov; or contact Sara Zimorski at szimorski@wlf.la.gov or 337-536-7292. For photos, video footage and research documentation please visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/whooping-cranes.

L.D.W.F. Environmental Education Commission Announces 2012-13 EPA Region 6 School Sustainability Grants Program

Release Date: 08/23/2012

Aug. 23, 2012 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) has received an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant for $150,000 to assist educators, students and citizens in EPA Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) more fully appreciate the need to conserve our resources and understand that the choices we make today affect the world that we live in tomorrow. Two new funding opportunities and one workshop series will be made available with this EPA grant.

  The first funding opportunity, a School Sustainability Grants program, is currently accepting proposals. These grants are designed to encourage student learning via sustainability initiatives in K-12 schools. Proposals to be considered are those within a specific school campus that will engage students and result in a more sustainable facility. School administrators or fulltime classroom teachers affiliated with accredited public or non-public schools (K-12) in EPA Region 6 are eligible to apply on behalf of their school. Grant awards are not to exceed $5,000 and the grant application deadline is Oct. 1, 2012.  All applications will undergo an anonymous and competitive grant review process. For guidelines and additional information, go to http://www.cain.lsu.edu/node/68 .

Sustainability Initiative Project grants will be offered later in the year. They can be used to fund a variety of environmental initiatives including: volunteer opportunities, educator workshops, and other projects that have a fundamental EE component and clear sustainability message. Local education agencies, colleges, universities, state education or environmental agencies, or 501(C)(3) non-profit organizations will be eligible to apply for these mini-grants. 

Finally, Quantifying Debris, a workshop series for educators and their students, will be offered beginning in the summer of 2013 and will focus on the dynamics of marine debris. Teachers will participate in marine debris lessons and then travel to a stretch of beach where they will mark areas of concentrated debris via GPS units. They will pick up, sort, and weigh debris, determine recyclable content, develop statistics on trash types, infer sources of trash, etc. Attendees will receive up to 16 hours of professional development; they will also receive travel reimbursements and a classroom GPS unit. Teachers will return during the school year with their 6-12 grade students, who will participate in activities similar to those in the teacher workshop. Students will then design signage to be produced and displayed at marinas and boat launch facilities. These and other follow-up projects at school will encourage problem solving related to reducing trash in the environment.  

The grants program focus is changing longstanding practices which are commonly accepted within the community.  Sustainability initiatives, such as the ones to be funded with this grant, are designed to counteract the current trend to use, purchase, and waste at a rate that outpaces resource growth.  

For more information, contact Venise Ortego, LDWF Environmental Education Coordinator, ph. 337-948-0255 or vortego@wlf.la.gov.

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