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Louisiana Women in the Wild Test Fishing Skills in Grand Isle

Release Date: 07/19/2012

LA Women in the Wild Grand Isle fishing weekend -  June 2012.
LA Women in the Wild Grand Isle fishing weekend -  June 2012.
LA Women in the Wild Grand Isle fishing weekend -  June 2012.
LA Women in the Wild Grand Isle fishing weekend -  June 2012.
LA Women in the Wild Grand Isle fishing weekend -  June 2012.
LA Women in the Wild Grand Isle fishing weekend -  June 2012.

July 19, 2012  -- Participants in the 2nd Annual Louisiana Women in the Wild Program were able to test their fishing skills during two June weekend trips to Grand Isle presented by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF’s) and Cabela’s.

Thirty ladies, chosen by lottery drawing, experienced a variety of saltwater fishing activities on the weekends of June 8 and 29 under the direction of LDWF’s Education Section and Fisheries Extension Office.  Each participant had previously attended the Fishing Basics Workshop at Cabela’s Gonzales location on April 21.

The ladies began their weekend on Friday evening at LDWF’s Marine Research Lab on Grand Isle where they learned to rig and bait their own rod and reels and fish from the dock at the lab. 

On Saturday, they were taken on an inshore fishing excursion that provided the opportunity to catch fish, clean their own catch in preparation for cooking, and then grill or fry the fish.  Each group learned the significance of collecting data to be used for Louisiana’s sport fish resource management, getting hands-on fish tagging experience for the cooperative tagging program. Data gathering techniques included measuring each fish and collecting otoliths, which are ear bones used to age fish for stock assessment. The full day of activities also included a tour of the research lab and a flounder gigging trip late Saturday night. 

On Sunday morning, participants were given the choice of inshore boat fishing or surf fishing.  All who caught fish then cleaned their catch and packed for the trip home, each a more knowledgeable, independent fisherwoman.    

The Louisiana Women in the Wild Program teaches the basics of hunting and fishing to women who have not had the opportunity to learn the skills they need to confidently participate in those activities.  The program consists of a one-day workshop that covers the basic skills needed to hunt or fish.  The participants then have the opportunity to put their new skills to use on a hunting or fishing trip.  During the hunting or fishing trips, the participants are accompanied by an experienced LDWF staff member who serves as a guide and extends the learning experience into the field.

The next scheduled Louisiana Women in the Wild Workshop will feature “Hunting Basics” and is scheduled for Aug. 25, 2012 at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge. To register for the Aug. 25 workshop, contact Christine Pocorello at christine.pocorello@cabelas.com or visit http://www.cabelas.com/stores. For more information on the Louisiana Women in the Wild Program, contact Karen Crabtree at 318- 766-8144 or kedwards@wlf.la.gov.

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.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

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Two Franklin Parish Men Cited for Shocking Fish

Release Date: 07/19/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited two men for alleged fishing violations on July 2 on the Boeuf River.

Agents cited Tyler Gilmore, 22, of Fort Necessity, and Derek Guillot, 30, of Winnsboro, for taking game fish using illegal methods after they were found with a shocking device.

LDWF Sgt. Albert Tarver discovered Guillot and Gilmore in Boeuf River with a shocking device and 13 catfish.  The catfish were allegedly taken with the shocking device.

When Sgt. Tarver approached Gilmore and Guillot, he ordered them to not to throw the shocking device.  Guillot then threw the shocking device into the river and was also charged with obstruction of justice.

Taking game fish with illegal methods brings a fine between $400 and $950 and up to 120 days in jail.  Obstruction of justice carries up to a $10,000 fine and up to five years in jail.

Agents participating in the case included Sgt. Albert Tarver, Sgt. Larry May and Senior Agent Leya Grover.

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

Louisiana Shrimp Task Force to Meet Next Thursday in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 07/19/2012

(July 19, 2012) – The Louisiana Shrimp Task Force will meet next Thursday, July 26, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. in Baton Rouge at Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters in Baton Rouge in the Louisiana Room.

The agenda for Thursday’s meeting is as follows:

I.  Roll Call

II.  Management Subcommittee Report

III.  Sustainability Subcommittee Report

IV.  LSPMB Update, Ewell Smith, LSPMB

V.  Discussion of 2012 Legislation Affecting the Shrimp Industry, Cole Garrett, LDWF

VI.  NOAA Fisheries Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to Reduce Incidental Bycatch and Mortality of Sea Turtles and Proposed Rule to Withdraw Alternative Tow Time Restrictions and Require TEDs in all Skimmer Nets, Butterfly Nets and Pusher-Head Trawls Rigged for Fishing; and NOAA Fisheries Observer and TED Testing Programs

VII. Update on Louisiana Seafood Certification Program, Rene LeBreton, LDWF

VIII.  Update on Seafood Certification Artificial Reef Fund/Gear Program Discussion, Jason Froeba, LDWF

IX.  Artificial Reef Program and Proposed Legislation Concerning “Reefing in Place,” Doug Peters, LDWF

X.  Discussion of the 2012 Louisiana Coastal Master Plan in Relation to the Shrimp Industry

XI.  Public Comment

XII.  Other Business

XIII.  Set Next Meeting Date

XIV.  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.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

This meeting is open to the public.

For more information, please contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.govor (225) 765-2396.

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Winnsboro Woman Convicted of Migratory Game Bird Violations

Release Date: 07/19/2012

A joint investigation by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) led to a Winnsboro woman being found guilty of migratory game bird violations on July 16 in Federal Court in Monroe.

U.S. Magistrate Karen Hayes sentenced Donna J. Remides, 51, to a fine of $2,035, suspended her hunting rights for two years and placed her on supervised probation for two years.

Remides was cited on Sept. 4, 2010 on the opening day of dove season for placing bait to take migratory game birds (doves) and aiding and abetting others in taking migratory game birds illegally.

LDWF and USFWS agents observed Remides bait a field and then allow the field to be hunted for doves.

LDWF agents involved in the case were Lt. Scott Watson, Sgt. Joe Chandler, Sgt. Lee Tarver and Senior Agent John Hendrix.  USFWS Officers involved in the case were Refuge Officers John Tarver, Chris Hoag and Special Agent Kash Schreifer.

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

Louisiana Hunting Heritage Program Accepting Participants For 2012-13 Hunting Season

Release Date: 07/17/2012

July 17, 2012-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be launching its Louisiana Hunting Heritage Program (LHHP) with the 2012-13 hunting season.

The LHHP matches experienced hunters with persons who would like to learn how to hunt, but have no family member or friend with the necessary skills. Experienced hunters, registered through LHHP, serve as mentors to help new hunters, referred to as apprentices, with learning the skills necessary to become independent hunters.

Currently there are a few openings for apprentice hunters in north and west central Louisiana.  The only requirement for apprentice hunters is that they be 10 years of age or older.  Youth, young adults and even seniors who want to learn to hunt are eligible.

There is a need for experienced hunters willing to serve as mentors in southeast Louisiana, particularly in the New Orleans metro area.  The only requirements for mentors is that they be 18 years of age or older, pass a background check and are willing to pass along their hunting skills to a novice hunter.

LDWF will conduct background checks on all mentor applicants, pair apprentices with mentors and provide training and support to mentors. For more information on the LHHP, or for mentor/apprentice applications, visit the LDWF website at  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/louisiana-hunting-heritage-program  or contact John Sturgis at 225-763-5448 or jsturgis@wlf.la.gov, or Karen Crabtree at 318-766-8144 or kedwards@wlf.la.gov.

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Familiar Faces Reel in Win at the Louisiana Saltwater Series Tournament in Slidell

Release Date: 07/17/2012

Brothers Joe and John Barcelona took home first prize at this weekend’s LASS tournament with a two-fish total weight of 17.35 lb

(July 17, 2012) -This weekend’s top prize at the Louisiana Saltwater Series tournament in Slidell was claimed by the familiar team of brothers Joe and John Barcelona, taking home $2650 in prize money, bringing their 2012 grand total to nearly $6,000. 

“We see a lot of familiar faces at our tournaments,” said LASS Tournament Coordinator Danica Williams.  “If they didn’t love doing it, they wouldn’t come back.”

After a rough start Saturday morning due to motor troubles, the duo hit the jackpot.  “Joe caught three 8-pound fish in a row,” explained John Barcelona.  “I wanted to head back but Joe convinced me to try our other spot.  I was able to upgrade us by catching an 8.5-pound fish.  We headed back for our first early weigh-in ever.”

It was also a successful weekend for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in their efforts to increase the amount of conventional tags in game fish.  Through this partnership between tournament anglers and the Department, 109 redfish were tagged, bringing the 2012 tournament total to 646 redfish. 

The top finishing teams, taking home over $10,000 in cash and prizes, include: 2nd place, Nash Roberts and Luke Landry; 3rd place, Brandon Treadaway and Ryan Dolese; 4th place, Barnie White and Steve White; 5th place, Sean O’Connell and Joshua Romig; 6th place, Gary Wilson and Gus Wilson; 7th place, Dewey Holloway and Britt Ordes; 8th place, Jacob Leininger and Jeff Rogers; 9th place, Kris Robert and Benny Sanchez; and 10th place, Bryson Bratcher and Justin Hinote. 

Brendan Carter took home first place in the tournament’s youth division.

For redfish tournaments, teams may consist of one, two, three or four members.  For teams consisting of three or more members, only two of the members may be 16 or older.  There is a $200 entry fee per team for each event.  There is a 90 percent payout for the first six events with 10 percent retained for the championship. Payout is determined separately for each event based upon the total number of boats entered. 

The next redfish tournament is scheduled for Saturday, August 25 in Cocodrie at Boudreaux’s Marina.  For complete information, including rules, regulations and registration go to www.lasaltwaterseries.com.

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.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

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

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Sherburne WMA’s South Farm to Host Wood Stork and Wading Bird Event on Saturday, July 21

Release Date: 07/11/2012

July 11, 2012 -- A Wood Stork and Wading Bird Event will be held on Saturday, July 21, within the South Farm area of the Sherburne Wildlife Management Area Complex.  The South Farm area is located in Iberville Parish and accessible via I-10.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are hosting this seasonal event from 7 a.m. to noon. Wood storks and other wading and shore birds are readily visible at this time due to the management provided by Wildlife Division staff.  A number of large moist soil impoundments are flooded in the fall to provide habitat for water birds, especially shorebirds and waterfowl. Aside from seed bearing herbaceous plants, the developed habitat contains an abundance of small fish and crawfish, ideal food sources for wading birds.

The South Farm impoundments are drawn down in mid-summer to enhance the growth of wetland plants for wintering waterfowl. The drawdown  period is extended  almost a month at times due to the size of the impoundments and the management strategy which is focused on providing mud flats and very shallow water with concentrated prey for shorebirds (sandpipers) and wading birds (egrets, herons, spoonbills, storks and ibis).

The wood stork is the only stork native to North America. These large wading birds, which can grow to 4 feet tall with a 66-inch wingspan, are an indicator of the condition of our nation’s wetlands. As wetlands disappeared, wood stork numbers also diminished. Although many of these birds are from Mexico, the water management units at the South Farm are becoming more critical habitat for the species survival.

With only a few thousand of these birds left in the wild, this event provides an excellent   opportunity for bird watchers, photographers and anyone who enjoys wildlife. The South Farm habitat also attracts alligators, white-tailed deer and many other species of birds. Individuals and professionals will be on hand to discuss the management of the area and provide wildlife identification assistance.

Participants are advised to arrive early for improved wood stork viewing opportunities.

Driving directions to the South Farm: Take I-10 to the Ramah exit (Exit 135); drive north to the first road on the left, then turn right by the market on Mimms Street; cross the bridge and turn right on the lower Atchafalaya Levee Road, a gravel road. Drive approximately one mile or until you see the “South Farm” sign, cross over the levee and enter the parking lot. Event coordinators will be there to provide additional information.

There are no fees associated with this program but participants are reminded that anyone between the ages of 16 and 60 is required to have either a valid Louisiana Hunting or Fishing License, or a Wild Louisiana Stamp to visit an LDWF Wildlife Management Area.  These can be purchased at any license vendor selling LDWF hunting or fishing licenses, on-line at http://www.wlf.la.govor by phone at 1-888-765-2602.

For more information about the South Farm birding event, call the LDWF Wildlife Division Opelousas Field Office at 337-948-0255.

 

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Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Committee Meeting and Board Meeting canceled.

Release Date: 07/10/2012

July 10, 2012 - The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Finance and Marketing Committee Meeting and Board Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, July 11 have been canceled.

The rescheduled meeting date will be announced when it becomes available.

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.

For more information please contact Ashley Roth at Ashley@louisianaseafood.com or (504) 286-8735.
 

Shrimping in Portions of the Pontchartrain Basin to Close Saturday, July 14

Release Date: 07/10/2012

Spring Closure Map

(July 10, 2012) – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2012 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 a.m. on Saturday, July 14 in the remainder of state inside waters east of the Mississippi River except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line.

Effective with this closure, all state inside waters are closed to shrimping except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds.  All state outside waters also remain open to shrimping; however, certain areas are still closed to commercial fishing and certain recreational fishing activities due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Maps of the areas that remain closed to recreational and commercial fishing are posted to the LDWF website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill.

Data collected in recent weeks by LDWF biologists indicates increased quantity, distribution and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp within these waters. The decision to close these areas was made in an effort to protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes.

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.

White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area 2012 Teal Season Lottery Announced

Release Date: 07/10/2012

July 10, 2012 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for the 2012 lottery teal hunts on the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish.

Available dates include Saturday, Sept. 15; Sunday, Sept. 16; Tuesday, Sept. 18; Thursday, Sept. 20; Saturday, Sept. 22; Sunday, Sept. 23; Wednesday, Sept. 26; Saturday, Sept. 29; and Sunday, Sept. 30.

Persons 18 years of age or older can apply and only one application per hunter will be accepted. Applications are available on the LDWF Web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts or by writing to the LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attention: White Lake WCA Teal Season Lottery Hunts, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898.

Completed applications must be received by close of business on Aug. 15, 2012. A $5 non-refundable administration fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to the La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries must accompany each application.

Each applicant who is selected will be allowed to bring one additional hunter as a guest. All hunters must have appropriate licenses, including a basic hunting license (or Louisiana Sportsman's Paradise license), a Louisiana duck license, federal duck stamp and HIP permit.

Successful applicants will be notified by mail and required to submit an additional check or money order for $250 per hunt party. Applications are non-transferrable.

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.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information on White Lake WCA teal season lottery hunts, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400 or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov.

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