LDWF News Release

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. Issues $5,200 in Rewards

Release Date: 05/24/2013

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. (LOGT), a Louisiana wildlife crime-stoppers program, awarded $5,200 to diligent citizens statewide at their quarterly meeting on May 18 in Woodworth.

Louisiana Department Wildlife Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement LOGT Coordinator Lt. Will Roberts provided LOGT members with information on the 11 cases and a recommendation for reward amounts.

“We depend on Operation Game Thief and these public tips to help break a lot of cases that might have otherwise gone unsolved,” Roberts said.

The cases reviewed and awarded money to the public for their assistance consisted mostly of turkey, deer and alligator cases.

Anyone wishing to report wildlife or fisheries violations should anonymously call LDWF’s 24-hour toll free Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or utilize LDWF's new tip411 program.  To use the tip411 program, tipsters can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone and Android apps from the iTunes or Google Play store free of charge.  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.  CitizenObserver, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text so that LDWF cannot identify the sender.

LOGT was instituted in 1984 and provides cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of violators of fish and wildlife regulations.  Funds are raised through private donations, court directed contributions and through contributions from cooperative endeavor agreements with organizations such as the National Wild Turkey Federation and Quality Deer Management Association.

To make a donation to the LOGT that can be used for cash rewards, please contact Lt. Will Roberts at wroberts@wlf.la.gov.

LOGT meets quarterly throughout the year to review cases and dispense rewards.

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

Satisfy Your Springtime Speckled Trout Fever by Starting Your Holiday Weekend Off Right With a Day on the Water

Release Date: 05/23/2013

The Louisiana Saltwater Series, presented by Shimano and Power Pro, hosts Speckled Trout Tournament on Lake Pontchartrain.

(May 22, 2013) – When it comes to double-digit speckled trout, it’s not uncommon that one of the first places that comes to mind is Lake Pontchartrain.  The lake stands out as one of the state’s primary estuaries and is the largest inland body of water, potentially holding the next state record speck.  Perhaps the next record fish will be landed on Saturday, May 25 at the annual Louisiana Saltwater Series Speckled Trout Tournament, held at the Mandeville Public Boat Launch and Wharf.

The competition is two-fold and differs from standard LASS tournaments because it will also be part of the Department’s acoustic telemetry tagging project on the lake. The tournament follows a week-long spring tagging event, where LDWF and LSU staff will surgically implant acoustic tags in speckled trout provided by volunteer anglers before releasing them back into Lake Pontchartrain.  Some of the fish brought in to the scales at the tournament will be used as part of this program.

Participating teams in the Louisiana Saltwater Series Trout Tournament may consist of up to a total of four anglers, with only two adult anglers (16 years of age and older).  In addition to 100 percent payout, we are pleased to announce we will be offering additional prize money provided by our sponsors.

Teams are also allowed to bring in extra fish in addition to their weigh fish to be entered into drawings for special prizes, with the number of entries determined by the number of extra fish to be brought in to be tagged.  Extra raffle entries can also be earned for each Louisiana Marine Sport Fish Tagging Program data card presented.

Online registration at $150 per team is now open for the speckled trout tournament on www.lasaltwaterseries.com.  Online registration will remain open until Thursday, May 23, but interested anglers will still have the opportunity to register onsite for $200 per team.  Scales open at 8 a.m. and will remain open through 2 p.m.

Tournament sponsors include Shimano, PowerPro, Daybrook Fisheries, Plaquemines Parish, Mercury Marine, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Standard Mapping, Faux Pas Prints, Marsh & Bayou, Swamp Swatter, Frabill, Stick It Anchor Pins and YETI Coolers.  A special thanks also goes out to the city of Mandeville for all of their support and assistance. 

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



LDWF Schedules Drawdown for Wham Brake Impoundment on Russell Sage WMA

Release Date: 05/23/2013

May 23, 2013 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has scheduled a drawdown for the recently acquired Wham Brake Impoundment, a part of Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area, near Monroe, La., beginning on June 1, 2013. The impoundment is approximately 4,900 acres and will be managed for waterfowl habitat and associated recreational use. 
The management focus of this impoundment will be development of waterfowl habitat and improvements to aid recreational use associated with the waterfowl resources on this portion of the WMA.  The current condition of multiple water control structures must be evaluated to insure that local managers have the appropriate ability to manipulate the water levels in a manner necessary to grow the annual natural vegetation associated with attracting and maintaining wintering waterfowl populations on the impoundment.
LDWF has already identified some maintenance needs on Wham Brake which need varying degrees of redevelopment work.  During the drawdown this year, survey work will be accomplished to evaluate the existing structures and potential for sub-impoundment development to improve native vegetation management ability.  A gradual reflooding of the impoundment should begin prior to the special September teal season on the WMA.
Wham Brake users are cautioned to exercise extreme caution when boating in the area due to the high prevalence of submerged objects throughout the impoundment. 
For more information, contact Jerald Owens, LDWF Biologist Manager at (318) 343-4044 or jowens@wlf.la.gov


LDWF Announces 2014 Duck Stamp Contest

Release Date: 05/23/2013

May 23, 2013 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has announced the rules and timeframe for the 2014 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp, or Louisiana Duck Stamp competition.
“Since our competition returned to a featured waterfowl species selected by the artist for the 2010 stamp, the quality of the entries and eventual winner has been outstanding,” said Larry Reynolds, LDWF Waterfowl Study leader. “The pair of mallards that will grace the 2013 Louisiana Duck Stamp is another excellent example.”
Because of the high quality of the artwork submitted during the past four contests, LDWF is once again allowing artists to choose the species for this year's entries, except Northern pintails, Wood ducks, American wigeon, or Mallard.  This will be the final year of open contests.  Any species of waterfowl known to winter in Louisiana, EXCEPT Northern pintail, Wood duck, American wigeon or Mallard may be submitted to this year’s contest for the 2014 stamp.  Artists are reminded of the requirement for associated habitat.
“The primary objective of this program is to provide revenue to create, enhance, and maintain habitat for waterfowl and associated wetland wildlife,” said Reynolds. “So a habitat component is required in each entry and is one of the five judging criteria,” said Reynolds. 
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 14 through Tuesday, October 22, 2013 with the contest to be held in the Louisiana Room at the LDWF Headquarters building starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.  The public is invited to attend.
Please visit this link to obtain the 2014 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp competition artist agreement and see the full list of rules: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/2014-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 24 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 and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation 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.



Gretna Fishermen Ordered to Pay Over $60,000

Release Date: 05/23/2013

The Office of the General Counsel Enforcement Section within the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a civil monetary penalty in the amount of $62,500 to a Gretna fishing boat captain on May 14.

The civil monetary penalty stems from a joint investigation between the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and NOAA that resulted in Nam Nguyen, 52, captain of The Blue Fin, receiving citations for allegedly violating highly migratory species (HMS) regulations.

Nguyen and The Blue Fin were jointly charged to pay the $62,500 penalty for using pelagic longline gear for Atlantic HMS in federal waters with live bait and for possessing “J” hooks while possessing an HMS permit.

Agents received a complaint from NOAA Fisheries that the USCG discovered The Blue Fin fishing in federal waters with live bait while also using pelagic longline gear on March 18.  LDWF agents boarded the vessel when it returned to Dulac on March 19 and found J-hooks, pelagic longline gear and three places to hold live bait.

It is illegal to fish for HMS in the Gulf of Mexico with live bait and J-hooks when using pelagic longline gear.  Circle hooks and either artificial lures or dead bait can be used with a highly migratory species permit when using pelagic longline gear.

Agents seized 2,861 pounds of yellowfin tuna and a total of 623 pounds of swordfish, wahoo and escolar, pelagic longline gear and two buoys.

LDWF Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Louis Burnett, Senior Agents Dean Aucoin and Norman Deroche and Sgt. Ted Dewitt.  NOAA Fisheries Special Agent Steve Campbell and USCG Ensign Zack Bowman also assisted in the case.

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

Statue Honors Enforcement Agents Killed in the Line of Duty

Release Date: 05/21/2013

Statue Honors Enforcement Agents Killed in the Line of Duty

May 21, 2012 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) dedicated a statue today, May 21, in Baton Rouge to honor those Enforcement Division agents who have died in the line of duty.

The statue depicts an LDWF Enforcement Division agent in an honor guard uniform with his head bowed honoring fallen agents.  The statue sits on top of a granite pedestal that is engraved with the names of the seven LDWF agents that have been killed in the line of duty.

“Enforcement agents have a very dangerous job since they are often in remote areas by themselves without backup and sometimes at night.  The training the agents receive alleviates a lot of the dangers that the job brings, but there are still a lot of instances where agents put themselves in harm’s way,” said Col. Winton Vidrine, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division.  “This statue will memorialize those agents that lost their lives while upholding rules and regulations that protect Louisiana’s natural resources.”

The Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association (LWAA) purchased and donated the statue to LDWF where it will permanently stand at their headquarters building.

The following are the agents who are engraved on the pedestal and honored by the statue:

Sgt. Paul Stuckey, 47, was shot and killed when his shotgun accidentally discharged on Sept. 30, 2011.  Sgt. Stuckey was responding to reports of night hunting in West Feliciana Parish at the time of the accidental discharge.  Sgt. Stuckey was an 18 year veteran and is survived by his wife and three children.

Agent Jim Matkin, 30, was killed in an automobile accident while on-duty in Concordia Parish on March 2, 2005.  Agent Matkin was a six year veteran and was survived by his parents, two sisters and a step-son.

Capt. John Garlington, 53, drowned while investigating a report of illegal gill net fishing on the Mill Creek Reservoir in Bienville Parish on Feb. 10, 2000.  Capt. Garlington was responding to the report at approximately 3 a.m.  Capt. Garlington was a 14 year veteran.

Agent Leon Henderson, 36, was killed in an accident while en route to a reported drowning in Morehouse Parish.  Agent Henderson was transported to a local hospital where he died two weeks later on March 30, 1996.  Agent Henderson was a 15 year veteran and was survived by his wife and daughter.

Agent Ricky Dodge, 37, was killed when his all-terrain vehicle flipped over as he was responding to a call about a game violation on Jan. 21, 1992 in Avoyelles Parish.  Agent Dodge was survived by his wife, son and daughter.

Agent Kenneth Aycock, 35, drowned while on duty on July 6, 1991 in Morehouse Parish.  Agent Aycock was survived by his wife and two sons.

Agent Frank Fagot, 31, was shot and killed by a poacher he was attempting to arrest on Nov. 29, 1927.  Agent Fagot was survived by his wife and two children.

LDWF dates back to 1912 when it was constitutionally created as the Conservation Commission of Louisiana as a department of state government, making the Law Enforcement Division 101 years old.

LDWF and LWAA will hold a ceremony in the fall to honor those whom gave the ultimate sacrifice while performing their duties as LDWF enforcement agents.

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

L.D.W.F. Announces 2013 Alligator Lottery Hunts

Release Date: 05/21/2013

May 21, 2013 -- In order to continue to provide alligator harvest opportunities, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will select eligible alligator hunters through a lottery selection system on four Coastal & Nongame Resources (CNR) Division Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), 15 Wildlife Division WMAs, one U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) property and 24 public lakes for the 2013 alligator harvest season.
The CNR Division WMAs include: Atchafalaya Delta WMA, St. Mary Parish; Pass A Loutre WMA, Plaquemines Parish; Pointe Aux Chenes WMA, Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes; and Salvador/Timken WMAs, St. Charles Parish. 
The Wildlife Division WMAs/USACOE property include: Big Lake WMA, Tensas Parish; Boeuf WMA, Caldwell Parish; Buckhorn WMA, Tensas Parish; Elm Hall WMA, Assumption Parish; Grassy Lake WMA, Avoyelles Parish; Joyce WMA, Tangipahoa Parish; Manchac WMA, St. John the Baptist Parish; Maurepas Swamp WMA, St. John the Baptist, St. James, Ascension, Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes; Sherburne WMA (state portion only), Pointe Coupee and St. Martin parishes; Spring Bayou WMA, Avoyelles Parish; Pearl River WMA, St. Tammany Parish; Red River WMA, Concordia Parish; Three Rivers WMA, Concordia Parish; Dewey Wills WMA, LaSalle and Catahoula Parishes; Indian Bayou (USACOE), St. Landry and St. Martin parishes; and Russell Sage WMA, Ouachita and Morehouse parishes.
The public lakes include: Lake Bistineau, Webster, Bossier and Bienville parishes; Lake Wallace, Caddo Parish; Black/Cypress Lake, Bossier Parish; Cross Lake, Caddo Parish; Kepler Lake, Bienville Parish; Bayou Desiard North, Ouachita Parish; Caney Lake, Jackson Parish; Bayou Bartholomew, Ouachita and Morehouse parishes; Kincaid Lake, Rapides Parish; Indian Creek, Rapides Parish; Cotile Lake, Rapides Parish; Nantachie Lake, Grant Parish; Saline Lake, Winn Parish; Toledo Bend, Desoto and Sabine parishes; Lake Bruin, Tensas Parish; Lake Concordia, Concordia Parish; Lake St. John, Tensas Parish; Lake St. Joseph, Tensas Parish; Anacoco Lake, Vernon Parish; Caddo Lake, Caddo Parish; Black Lake, Natchitoches Parish; Bundicks Lake, Beauregard Parish; and Lake D’Arbonne, Union Parish.
Interested participants may print out an application from LDWF’s website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts or request an application by phone for CNR Division WMAs at 337-373-0032 or Wildlife Division WMAs and public lakes at 225-765-2346.
To assist applicants in selecting specific WMAs/public lakes, LDWF has posted the percentage of lottery alligator harvest applicants selected in 2012 by WMA or public lake on its website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/lottery-alligator-harvest-program.
Applications and non-refundable application fees ($5) must be submitted to the address indicated on corresponding applications and be postmarked by July 5, 2013.  Only one of the three available lottery alligator harvest applications (CNR Division WMA, Wildlife Division WMA or Wildlife Division Public Lakes) may be submitted per applicant.  Additional applications will result in voiding all applications of the applicant.
The lottery alligator harvests will be conducted between Aug. 28 and Oct. 3.  Exact harvest dates will vary by WMA/public lake and will be specified at the time selected hunters are notified.  Selected hunters may be assigned specific areas to conduct alligator harvest activities on certain WMAs/public lakes.
Applicants must be a legal Louisiana resident and 16 years of age or older.  All successful applicants will be required to purchase an alligator hunting license ($25).  Successful applicants for WMAs will be required to submit payments ($40) for each alligator tag allocated.
All applicants meeting the application requirements will be entered into a randomized computer drawing, which will take place by August, 2013.  Selected hunters will be notified by mail.
For more information concerning CNR Division WMAs, contact Lance Campbell at 337-373-0032 or ljcampbell@wlf.la.gov.  For more information concerning Wildlife Division WMAs or public lakes, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2346 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov.



LDWF Hosting Kids Fishing Day Camp in June at Woodworth Outdoor Education Center

Release Date: 05/20/2013

May 20, 2013 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is hosting a Kids Fishing Day Camp for children 10 to 15 years of age at Woodworth Outdoor Education Center from June 10 to 13, 2013.
The Monday through Thursday day camp will provide activities from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the education center located at 661Robinson Bridge Road in Woodworth, south of Alexandria.  The camp is designed to create future, responsible anglers by providing campers with an appreciation for the sport of fishing and the basic skills needed to enjoy this outdoor recreation activity.
Campers will be supervised by LDWF education staff and volunteers during activities that will include  how to rig fishing equipment, fish identification, boating safety, cast netting, kayak fishing, how to clean the catch and much more.
Registration fees are $75.00 per child and the camp is limited to the first 20 participants registered. Lunch will be provided daily and each child will receive a rod/reel combo and stocked tackle box provided by the Association of Louisiana Bass Clubs.
For more information, or to obtain a registration form, contact Angela Capello at (318) 748-6914 or acapello@wlf.la.gov. Registration forms are also available via the LDWF website at 2013 Woodworth Fishing Camp registration form



Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

Release Date: 05/20/2013

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

Thursday, May 23 1:00 PM

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


I.  Roll Call

II.  Approval of  March 19, 2013  MINUTES

III. Treasury Report

      A. Oyster Tag Sales

      B. LOTF Financial Report

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.  BP Oil Spill Remediation

                        1.  Claims Process

                        2.  Public Reef Remediation

                        3.   Oyster Lease Remediation

                     B.  Out Da Bayou      

              VI.  New Business

                     A.  Tom Soniat-Dermo Study

                     B. GOIC/ISSC Meetings

             VII.  Set Next Meeting

             VIII.  Adjourn


Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

Release Date: 05/20/2013

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Thursday, May 23, 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.  Approval of Minutes from December 4, 2012 Meeting

2.  Hearing of Deferred Appeals

     a.  Mark Tayamen

3.  Hearing of New Permit Appeals

     a.  Brett Johnson

     b.  Marty Melerine

     c.  Vlaho Mjehovich

      d.  Raymond Nehlig

4.  Hearing of Renewal Permit Appeals

      a.  Catfish Lake Oyster Co., LLC

      b.  Kerry Cosse

5.  Set next meeting date

6.  Receive Public Comments

7.   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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