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L.D.W.F. News Release

Bluewing Teal Featured Species in 2015 Duck Stamp Contest

Release Date: 06/09/2014

June 9, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has announced the rules and timeframe for the 2015 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp, or Louisiana Duck Stamp competition.

Blue-winged teal will be the featured species in this year’s competition. Bluewings are the earliest migrants in the fall and some of the last migrants through Louisiana in the spring.  Over the past 5 years, blue-winged teal have been the second most abundant species in the bags of Louisiana waterfowl hunters. Blue-winged teal also graced the first Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation stamp back in 1989.

“Hunters anticipate their arrival in time for the September teal season, and enough bluewings stick around to become an important part of the regular duck season as well,” said LDWF Waterfowl Study Leader Larry Reynolds.

During the past five years of open Duck Stamp contests, artists could submit paintings of a species of their choice, except for previous winners. This rule generated outstanding participation and high-quality entrants, and winners including Tony Bernard’s white-fronted geese on the 2014 stamp.

Artists are reminded of the requirement for associated habitat in each entry since the primary objective of this program is to provide revenue to create, enhance, and maintain habitat for waterfowl and associated wetland wildlife. The habitat component is one of the five judging criteria. 

To enter, an artist must submit an original, unpublished work of art, along with a signed and notarized artist's agreement and a $50 entry fee.  Entries should be addressed to:

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Attn: Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Program 
2000 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Entries will be accepted from Monday, October 13 through Tuesday, October 21, 2014 with the contest to be held in the Louisiana Room at the LDWF Headquarters building starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.  The public is invited to attend.

Please visit this link to obtain the 2015 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp competition artist agreement and see the full list of rules:

http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/2015-louisiana-duck-stamp-contest

The Louisiana Legislature authorized the Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp program in 1988.  The program was created to generate revenues for conservation and enhancement of waterfowl populations and habitats in Louisiana.  During the last 23 years, over $11 million has been generated for wetland conservation with approximately $5 million spent on land acquisition.  In addition, revenues have supported wetland development projects on Wildlife Management Areas and the Louisiana Waterfowl Project, a cooperative endeavor between LDWF, Ducks Unlimited, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to provide habitat for waterfowl and other wetland birds on private lands.

Judging for the art competition will be based on the following criteria:

1. Accuracy of form, size, proportion, color and posture.
2. Level and accuracy of detail in all aspects of the waterfowl.
3. Appropriateness, accuracy and detail in depiction of the habitat.
4. Attractiveness and creativity in composition, subject, background and lighting.
5. Suitability for reproduction as stamps and prints.

A panel of judges with experience in waterfowl biology and/or artistic method will select the winning design. The competition is open to all artists 18 years of age and older.  Employees of LDWF and members of their immediate families are ineligible.

For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at 225-765-0456 or lreynolds@wlf.la.gov.

 

Abbeville Men Arrested for Falsely Claiming Reimbursement Money

Release Date: 06/06/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested two Louisiana fishermen on June 5 for allegedly trying to falsely claim reimbursement money from LDWF.

Agents arrested Christopher T. Cao, 46, and Tam V. Nguyen, 52, both of Abbeville, for injuring public records and filing false public documents.

According to the arrest warrants, both men filed a Shrimp Refrigeration Cost-Share Program Application with LDWF in an attempt to receive 50 percent monetary reimbursement for equipment upgrades on their shrimping vessels.  Participants in this program may purchase and install advanced refrigeration equipment onboard their vessels in order to produce high-quality seafood products.

According to the arrest warrant, Cao recreated and altered a purchase receipt for a $12,340 generator.  Further investigation revealed that the generator was not installed on the vessel and was originally purchased for a different vessel.  He attempted to collect $6,170 from LDWF.

Nguyen also altered a purchase receipt for a $12,340 generator which was purchased for a different vessel.  He altered an additional $7,991 worth of purchase receipts for various equipment and supplies, which were purchased for other vessels as well.  Further investigation revealed that the vessel had existing generators, but they did not correlate with any of the paperwork.  He attempted to collect $10,165.50 from LDWF.

Both subjects were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail.

Injuring public records and filing false public documents each carry up to a $5,000 fine and five years in jail for each offense.

Senior Agent Michael Marques, of the Southern Strikeforce, is assigned to the case.

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

Commission Resolution Adds Acreage to WMAs

Release Date: 06/05/2014

June 5, 2014 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission today adopted a resolution that adds acreage to Dewey Wills and Little River Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs).
 
Dewey Wills WMA’s new 265 acres have been added through a cooperative management agreement with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE). That addition increases Dewey Wills to 63,901 total acres that also includes land owned by LDWF and the LaSalle Parish School Board. Dewey Wills includes portions of LaSalle, Rapides and Catahoula Parishes.
 
Little River WMA in Grant, LaSalle and Rapides Parishes will add 1,109 acres through a separate USACOE cooperative agreement and the WMA will contain 5,951 total acres.
 
The Commission’s resolution procedure is part of the formal regulatory process that must be followed in the establishment of WMAs. LDWF manages over 1.5 million acres of public land for outdoor recreation use. For more information on the state WMA program, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma .
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or 318-487-5885, or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

LDWF Reminds Charter Captains about Federal Reef Fish Permit Requirements

Release Date: 06/05/2014

June 4, 2014 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to clarify the permit requirements for charter boat captains fishing for reef fish in state and federal waters. 
 
Any vessel being operated as a charter or headboat and landing reef fish in Louisiana is required to have a valid federal charter vessel / headboat reef fish permit, regardless of where these fish were caught (state or federal waters).  This permit must have been issued to the vessel and must be on board the vessel and in immediate possession.  Additionally, a valid Louisiana charter boat license shall be in the possession of the captain.   
 
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 Rene LeBreton at rlebreton@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8745.

Two Men Arrested for Illegal Charter Violations in Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 06/04/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested two Kenner men for allegedly running illegal offshore guide services in Venice.

Agents arrested Mitchell Rodgers, 22, on May 30 and Michael C. Mayronne Jr., 29, on June 2.  The men surrendered themselves to authorities for failing to comply with charter boat regulations, failing to carry liability insurance, and for violating reef fish, pelagic species and highly migratory species regulations.

The arrests were made while conducting investigations into illegal charter services under a Joint Enforcement Agreement with the National Marine Fisheries Service.

During the investigation, agents learned that both men were linked to the same online offshore charter service and both men were unlicensed and uninsured.  Neither of the men possessed the required United States Coast Guard Licenses, liability insurance for charter operations, or National Marine Fisheries Service permits for reef fish, pelagic and highly migratory species.

Failing to comply with charter boat regulations and failing to carry liability insurance for businesses each carries a maximum fine of $950 or up to 120 days in jail and forfeiture of anything seized for each offense.  Violation of commission rules and regulations for reef, pelagic and highly migratory species carries up to a $350 fine or up to 60 days in jail plus court costs for each offense.

Agents participating the in the case are Sgts. Adam Young and Villere Reggio, and Senior Agent Brett Nabors.

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

AGENDA FOR COMMISSION MEETING

Release Date: 06/03/2014

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, June 5, 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 May 1, 2014
     
  3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege
     
  4. To Hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports May 2014
     
  5. Presentation of Citizens Meritorious Service Awards
     
  6. To Consider a Declaration of Emergency on Setting the 2014-2015 Deer Hunting     Season on Private Lands for Honorably Discharged Veterans 
     
  7. To Consider a Resolution  of the Inclusion of Additional Acreage to the Peason Ridge WMA
     
  8. To Consider a Resolution of the Inclusion of Additional Acreage to the Dewey Wills and Little River WMA
     
  9. To Consider a Declaration of Emergency on Fisheries Closures Due to the BP Oil Spill
     
  10. To Hear a General Overview of the Upcoming 2014 Dove Season Rules and Regulations
     
  11. To Have a Discussion on What Effects Changes to the Current Management Regulations will have on Red Drum and Spotted Sea Trout Stocks
     
  12. To Hear a Report on the LDWF Aquatic Plant Control Program
     
  13. To Consider a Notice of Intent to Increase the Possession Limit for Saltwater Finfish Landed at Port Eads and Transported to Land
     
  14. Set October 2014 Meeting Date
     
  15. Receive Public Comments
     
  16. Adjournment 

 

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting

Release Date: 06/03/2014

Thursday, June 5, 2014

LDWF Headquarters

2000 Quail Drive

Baton Rouge, LA 70898

 

AGENDA

I.  Roll Call and introduction of guests

II.  Approval of April 22 minutes and June 5 agenda

III.  Financial Report-LDWF

IV.  Old Business

   A.  Stock Assessment request- LDWF

   B.  2014 legislation update

   C.  Professionalism Framework (HB1160)

V.  Public Comment

VI.  Set Next Meeting

VII.  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/8073854978976366850

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 Student Archers Compete at Nationals

Release Date: 06/02/2014

Louisiana Student Archers Compete at Nationals
Louisiana Student Archers Compete at Nationals
Louisiana Student Archers Compete at Nationals

June 2, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to congratulate all the Louisiana student archers who competed at the 2014 NASP National Tournament held May 8-11 in Louisville, Kentucky.

The state was represented by 115 archers from seven different Louisiana schools in this National Archery in the Schools Program event. All of these students participate in the Archery in Louisiana Schools program which teaches international target style archery to students in grades 4-12.

The top finisher from Louisiana was the team from Benton Elementary in Bossier Parish.  Benton Elementary students, along with their coach Perry Norcross, finished eighth in the nation and will be headed to the World Tournament in Madison, Wisconsin in July.

Benton Middle School had a strong performance as well, finishing 21st in the nation out of nearly 200 teams.  Benton Middle School student Abbie Rutledge was Louisiana’s best female shooter at Nationals with a score of 285, ranking her 31st in the nation in the middle school division and fourth among all 6th grade girls competing. Gabe Fradella from Benton High School was Louisiana’s top male shooter at Nationals with a score of 285.

Louisiana schools which were represented at Nationals:

Benton Elementary School - Bossier Parish

Phoenix Magnet Elementary - Rapides Parish

Benton Middle School - Bossier Parish

Haughton Middle School - Bossier Parish

Cope Middle School - Bossier Parish

Benton High School - Bossier Parish

Caddo Magnet High School - Caddo Parish

Full tournament results can be found at http://www.nasptournaments.org .

In order to participate at the NASP National Tournament teams and individuals had to qualify at the ALAS State Tournament held this past March. The Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) program is sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and is available to all schools in Louisiana.

For more information about the program, contact Robert Stroede at 318-484-2276 or rstroede@wlf.la.gov , or follow us on Facebook under ALAS-Archery in Louisiana Schools.

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*Images provided by schools.

PHOTO 1: Haughton Middle School archers at 2014 NASP National Tournament.

PHOTO 2: Benton Elementary School archers at 2014 NASP National Tournament.

PHOTO 3: Haughton Middle School archers prepare to compete at 2014 NASP National Tournament.

AGENDA FOR COMMISSION MEETING

Release Date: 06/02/2014

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, June 5, 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 May 1, 2014
     
  3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege
     
  4. To Hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports May 2014
     
  5. To Consider a Declaration of Emergency on Setting the 2014-2015 Deer Hunting Season on Private Lands for Honorably Discharged Veterans 
     
  6. To Consider a Resolution  of the Inclusion of Additional Acreage to the Peason Ridge WMA
     
  7. To Consider a Resolution of the Inclusion of Additional Acreage to the Dewey Wills and Little River WMA
     
  8. To Hear Final Public Comments on the Film and Entertainment Industry Animal Permits Notice of Intent
     
  9. To Consider a Declaration of Emergency on Fisheries Closures Due to the BP Oil Spill
     
  10. To Hear a General Overview of the Upcoming 2014 Dove Season Rules and Regulations
     
  11. To Have a Discussion on What Effects Changes to the Current Management Regulations will have on Red Drum and Spotted Sea Trout Stocks
     
  12. To Hear a Report on the LDWF Aquatic Plant Control Program
     
  13. To Consider a Notice of Intent to Increase the Possession Limit for Saltwater Finfish Landed at Port Eads and Transported to Land
     
  14. Set October 2014 Meeting Date
     
  15. Receive Public Comments
     
  16. Adjournment

 

Search Crews Recover Body from Lake Charles

Release Date: 06/01/2014

June 1, 2014 -- Search and rescue teams from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office (CPSO) recovered the body of a Lake Charles man at 2:25 a.m. this morning, June 1, from Lake Charles.

At 10:45 p.m. on May 31 search crews were notified about a man who fell overboard into Lake Charles and did not resurface.  The search teams arrived on scene and learned that George Dixon Jr., 45, of Lake Charles was onboard a 35 foot Cabin Cruiser when he fell overboard without a personal flotation device while the vessel was drifting.

LDWF agents and CPSO deputies with the use of side scan sonar located and recovered the body of Dixon and turned his body over to the Calcasieu Parish Coroner's  Office.

LDWF will be the leading investigating agency for this boating incident.

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

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