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Shrimp Task Force Marketing Subcommittee to Meet Tomorrow

Release Date: 04/09/2012

April 9, 2012 – Tomorrow, at 10:30 a.m. the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Marketing Subcommittee will meet in New Orleans at the UNO Advanced Technology Building in Suite 210.  The subcommittee is expected to discuss shrimp marketing/advertising initiatives with staff members of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board. 

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 Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225)610-2363.

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Body of Missing Man Found in Barataria Bay

Release Date: 04/06/2012

 

Search and rescue teams located the deceased body of a missing person in Jefferson Parish in Barataria Bay today, April 6.

Louis Adams, 64, of Barataria, was found by two fishermen early this morning.  The two fishermen then directed Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) agents and Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office (JPSO) deputies to the location of the body.  LDWF agents and JPSO deputies recovered the body at 7:30 a.m. and turned it over to the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office.

According to his wife, on April 4 Adams left for work at Nunez Seafood in Barataria in his pirogue, which he used almost every day to get to and from work across the bayou from their house.  After hearing that her husband didn’t make it to work, Adams’ wife contacted authorities around noon.

Adams’ body was found less than a half mile from where authorities believe his pirogue went under.  Search crews recovered his pirogue on April 5 using LDWF’s sidescan sonar.

LDWF is the lead investigative agency to determine the cause of this boating incident.  Investigators believe that heavy rain, winds and current were contributing factors to the incident.

The U.S. Coast Guard, Jefferson Parish Fire Department and the Lafitte Fire Department also participated in the search.

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

Greater Amberjack Commercial Season to Close

Release Date: 04/05/2012

 

April 5, 2012 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2012 commercial fishing season for greater amberjack will remain closed in state waters following the annual closed season (March 1 to June 1) until January 1, 2013 at 12:01 a.m., when it is scheduled to re-open. 

Following a review of current landings, data indicates the 2012 quota of 237,000 pounds has been met.  Louisiana commercial landings of greater amberjack average 100,000 pounds annually.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that federal waters will also remain closed to commercial amberjack fishing for the remainder of 2012. 

Greater amberjack are found throughout the Gulf of Mexico as well as in the temperate and tropical Atlantic Ocean.  Greater amberjack usually live in nearshore waters out to 300 feet deep.  This species is often found near offshore platforms, wrecks and artificial reefs.  Greater amberjack can reach sizes of 6 feet in length and weights of 120 pounds in the Gulf of Mexico. 

For more information contact Jason Adriance at 504.284.2032 or jadriance@wlf.la.gov.  For press inquiries contact Laura Deslatte at 225.610.2363 or ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov.  

Commission Approves Action to Modify Reef Fish Rules

Release Date: 04/05/2012

 

April 5, 2012 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission considered actions today to amend rules for the harvest of reef fish, specifically the recreational seasons, bag limits and commercial size limits for grouper. 

Following the commission’s action to move forward with the proposed changes, there will be a public comment period through July 5, 2012.

The proposed changes include:

  • Change recreational bag limits for shallow and deep water groupers (red hind, rock hind, speckled hind, black grouper, misty grouper, red grouper, snowy grouper, yellowedge grouper, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper, Warsaw grouper, gag grouper and scamp) from an aggregate bag limit of five fish with no more than five gag grouper and two red grouper to an aggregate bag limit of four fish per day with no more than two gag grouper or four red grouper. 
  • The commercial size limit for gag grouper would be reduced from 24 inches total length to 22 inches total length.  This size limit change is intended to reduce regulatory discard mortality in the commercial sector. 
  • Establish a closed season for the recreational harvest of gag grouper from November 1 through May 31 (of the following year), and a closed season for the recreational harvest of greater amberjack from June 1 through July 31, of each year. 
  • Change the closed season for recreational harvest of black, red, yellowfin and yellowmouth groupers as well as rock hind, red hind and scamp to February 1 through March 31, of each year.  Currently only black and red grouper are closed from February 15 through March 14.
  • Change the definition of crew size on a vessel, when operating commercially, which holds a Federal Charterboat/Headboat Reef Fish Permit and a Federal Commercial Reef Fish Permit, to be no more than four persons, including the operator and crew.  

In a separate action, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission also took measures to create an emergency rule that modifies the aggregate bag limit for groupers from five fish to four fish per person, per day with no more than one speckled hind and one Warsaw grouper per vessel and not more than four red grouper and two gag grouper per person per day.  

Previously, the limit on gag grouper was the same as the aggregate grouper limit.

The emergency rule also establishes a gag grouper season from June 1 through October 31. 

The gag grouper season is currently closed.

Interested persons may submit comments relative to the proposed Rule to: Jason Adriance, Fisheries Division, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA  70898‑9000, or via e-mail to:  jadriance@wlf.la.gov prior to Thursday, July 5, 2012.

For more information please contact Laura Wooderson at (225) 610.2363 or lwooderson@wlf.la.gov. 

LDWF Enforcement Agents Receive DWI and Litter Enforcement Awards

Release Date: 04/05/2012

Col. Winton Vidrine (left) presenting the LDWF “DWI Agent of the Year” award to Sgt. Toby Miller.
KLB’s Leigh Harris (left) and Col. Vidrine (right) present“Litter Enforcement Officer of the Year” awards to SA Cammack.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents received litter and driving or operating a boat while intoxicated (DWI) enforcement awards at the April 5 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting held in Baton Rouge.

Senior Agent Byron Cammack, 42, of Pineville, accepted the 7th annual KLB "Litter Enforcement Officer of the Year" award from KLB Executive Director Leigh Harris.  Cammack also received the LDWF “Litter Enforcement Officer of the Year” award.  Sgt. Toby Miller, 33, of Kentwood, took home the LDWF Enforcement Division “DWI Agent of the Year” award from LDWF Chief of Enforcement Col. Winton Vidrine for emphasizing DWI enforcement on the water and land.

“These awards confirm another job well done by our Enforcement Division and agents in helping to keep our woods and waterways clean and safe at the same time,” said Col. Vidrine.  “In addition to protecting the state’s resources such as fish and game, our agents are well trained in DWI and litter detection and enforcement.”

Miller is a 12 year veteran of the Enforcement Division who works out of the LDWF Region 7 Office in Baton Rouge and is assigned to patrol the St. Helena Parish area.

Cammack is a seven-year veteran of the Enforcement Division who works out of the LDWF Region 3 Office in Pineville and is assigned to patrol the Rapides Parish area.  This is the third time he has won the KLB award for litter enforcement.

"This department is one of our best partners in litter prevention and enforcement," said Harris.  "With law enforcement agencies like LDWF, people now believe they can get ticketed for littering.  These littering tickets are a big reason in how we are going to change behaviors and attitudes towards littering in this state becoming unacceptable."

LDWF agents issued 186 DWI citations in 2011 statewide for those impaired operators of both vessels and vehicles.  In Louisiana, a DWI can be issued to anyone operating a moving vessel or vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.  First offense DWI on the water or on the road carries a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.  Second offense DWI brings a $750 to $1,000 fine and between 30 days and six months in jail.  Third offense DWI carries a $5,000 fine and between one and five years in jail.

LDWF agents issued 904 citations for simple, intentional and gross littering during 2011.  The penalties for littering violations are fines between $75 and $1,000 and up to eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program.

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

 

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LDWF Agents Arrest St. James Man for Illegally Purchasing and Selling Fish and Game

Release Date: 04/03/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested a St. James man for alleged multiple wildlife and fishery violations on April 3.

After executing a search warrant of his residence, agents arrested Roy Folse, 66, for the illegal purchase and selling of game fish and wildlife among other charges and booked him into the St. James Parish Prison.

LDWF undercover agents have investigated Folse since 2007 when they first sold him two red snapper.  Over the course of the investigation, undercover agents sold and purchased game fish and wildlife from Folse or witnessed Folse selling or purchasing game fish and wildlife in St. James, Ascension, Iberville and St. John parishes.

According to the offense report, undercover agents sold Folse over 1,800 crappie and 84 bowfin.  Undercover agents also witnessed Folse purchase 130 pounds of deer sausage and three deer hindquarters and sell over 1,000 crappie, 74 bowfin and two deer hindquarters.

Future charges are also pending against Folse and his associates from which he bought or sold game fish and wildlife.

Agents charged Folse with 55 citations for crimes committed between March of 2010 to January of 2012 in the following parishes:

In St. James Parish: 13 counts of purchasing game fish; 12 counts of selling game fish; one count of selling fish without a wholesale/retail license; one count of transporting fish without the required license; one count of failing to maintain records; one count of taking commercial fish without a commercial license; one count of taking game fish illegally; and one count of taking commercial fish without a gear license.

In Iberville Parish: four counts of purchasing deer meat; two counts of selling deer meat; two counts of transporting fish without the required license; two counts of buying fish without a wholesale/retail license; and two counts of failing to maintain records.

In Ascension Parish: two counts of buying fish without a wholesale/retail license; two counts of failing to maintain records; two counts of transporting fish without the required license; one count of selling deer meat; and one count of selling game fish.

In St. John Parish: one count of buying fish without a wholesale/retail license; one count of maintaining records; and one count of transporting fish without the required license.

Selling and purchasing game fish brings a $350 to $500 fine and 30 days in jail for the first offense.  Second offense carries a $500 to $1,000 fine and 60 days in jail.  For each subsequent offense, Folse faces up to a $1,000 to $2,000 fine and 90 days in jail.

Selling and purchasing deer meat brings a $500 to $750 fine and up to 30 days in jail for the first offense.  For all subsequent offenses, Folse faces a $750 to $1,000 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

Taking game fish illegally brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 180 days in jail.

Selling fish without a wholesale/retail license, failing to maintain records, transporting fish without the required license, taking commercial fish without a commercial license or gear license each bring a fine between $250 and $500 and up to 90 days in jail.  A second offense carries a $500 to $800 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  All subsequent offenses bring a $750 to $1,000 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

LDWF strike force agents participating in the case were Lt. Joe Arnaud, Sgt. Davis Madere, Sgt. Todd Laviolette, Senior Agent William Boyd, Senior Agent Doug Danna, Agent Jake Darden and undercover agents.

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

Louisiana Saltwater Series Sets Records at Its First Tournament of 2012

Release Date: 04/02/2012

Brothers Gary and Gus Wilson, sponsored by Shearwater, Mercury, Minn Kota and Humminbird, took home first place on Sat

(April 2, 2012) -A record number of anglers threw their hats into the ring at this weekend’s first installment of the Louisiana Saltwater Series in Empire, La.  Fifty-nine teams turned out and tried to hook the big one, and six youths competed for prizes in their own division.

A whopping 158 redfish were tagged and released on Saturday, more than any past LASS tournament.  The results of the tagging will aid conservation efforts for redfish in the future, helping to ensure healthy populations and a successful recreational fishing industry.

Brothers Gus and Gary Wilson of Gretna, La., took home the top prize, with a two fish total weight of 16.84 pounds, earning them $3,000.   “We scouted Delacroix on Friday and found one pocket holding good fish,” said winner Gary Wilson.  “Saturday morning we went straight to the pocket, and the fish hadn’t moved.  We caught three fish out of the school and were done by 8:30 a.m.”

Visit www.lasaltwaterseries.comfor more information including event photographs and a complete listing of results, and be sure to mark your calendars for our next tournament on April 28 at Calcasieu Point Landing. 

Each redfish tournament includes two-man teams with a $200 entry fee for each event.  Up to two anglers under 16 are allowed to participate per team.  The tournament is a 100 percent payout series. 

Online registration is available at www.lasaltwaterseries.com.  A $20 fee for all onsite tournament registrants will be incurred per team.   Only cash and checks will be accepted for onsite registrants. 

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/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

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

 

 

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LDWF Schedules Drawdown for Black Bayou Lake

Release Date: 04/02/2012

(Apr.2, 2012) -The water control structure on Black Bayou Lake in Caddo Parish will be opened on June 1, 2012 to conduct a lake drawdown.  The lake will be lowered at a rate of 3 to 4 inches per day until it reaches a target level of five feet below pool stage.  The control structure will be closed after a 90-day period to allow for refill.    

Sportsmen and property owners have endured severe problems with aquatic vegetation on Black Bayou Lake for several years.  Hydrilla remains the greatest concern, at times covering up to 90 percent of the lake. 

An integrated management plan has been developed to address the problem.  Other control measures will include herbicide applications during the drawdown period to treat stranded pockets of aquatic vegetation and introduction of triploid grass carp during the winter of 2012/13.

While the action will allow for shoreline maintenance, property owners are advised that timely action is necessary due to the abbreviated drawdown period. 

This action is a cooperative effort between the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Black Bayou Watershed Commission.  For further information regarding the drawdown, contact Evan Thames, at ethames@wlf.la.govor (318)371-5216.

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/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

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

 

 

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AGENDA FOR COMMISSION MEETING

Release Date: 03/29/2012

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, April 5, 2012, in the Louisiana Room at the Wildlife and Fisheries Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

The following items will be discussed:

    1.  Roll Call

    2.  Approval of Minutes of March 1, 2012

    3.  Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

    4.  To hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/March

    5.  Presentation of Award for Litter Enforcement Officer of the Year

    6.  To receive Public Comment on Notice of Intent on 2013 – 14 Hunting Season Dates

    7.  To receive Public Comment on Notice of Intent on General/WMA Hunting Regulations

    8.  To receive and consider a Notice of Intent on Snare Regulations in Trapping

    9.  Declaration of additional acreage to Dewey Wills WMA

  10.  To hear presentation on proposed Creel Limit Change in Lake Darbonne

  11.  To receive and consider a Notice of Intent for modifications to Reef Fish Harvest  Regulations   

  12.  To receive and consider a Declaration of Emergency for Grouper Regulations

  13.  Discussion of Red Snapper Stock in Gulf of Mexico

  14.  Set August 2012 Meeting Date

  15.   Receive Public Comments

  16.   Adjournment

 

Students Compete in 2012 National Archery in the Schools State Tournament

Release Date: 03/28/2012

March 28, 2012-- The 2012 National Archery in the Schools State Tournament, held March 17-18 at Louisiana College in Alexandria, featured students from seven competing schools.

Year five of the annual competition involved 278 students participating in the elementary, middle and high school divisions. This year’s top competitors included:

Elementary Division:

Team

1. Phoenix Magnet

2. Benton Elementary

3. Poland Elementary

Top Boy & Girl

Hunter Lambert, Ball Elementary

Jordan Farris, Benton Elementary

Middle School Division:

Team

1. Poland Junior High

2. Phoenix Magnet

Top Boy & Girl

Gabe Fradella, Benton Middle School

Erica Dauzart, Ball Middle School

High School Division:

Team

1. Caddo Magnet

2. C. E. Byrd

Top Boy & Girl

Kellan Hall, Caddo Magnet

Hanna Li, Caddo Magnet

The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) promotes international-style target archery as part of the physical education curriculum in grades 4-12.  The curriculum covers archery history, safety, technique, equipment, mental concentration, core strengthening physical fitness and self improvement. 

Teachers attend an eight-hour Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) training program conducted by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ education staff to learn to teach the two week, in-school curriculum.

Students use standardized equipment to shoot at targets placed before an arrow curtain in the school gymnasium.

Participating schools in this year’s tournament included Ball Elementary and Middle Schools, Benton Elementary and Middle Schools, C.E. Byrd High School, Caddo Magnet, Hayden R. Lawrence Elementary, Phoenix Elementary and Middle Schools and Poland Elementary and Middle Schools.

For more information contact John Sturgis at 225-763-5448 or jsturgis@wlf.la.gov.

             

  

 

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