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AGENDA FOR COMMISSION MEETING

Release Date: 07/31/2015

 

AGENDA

LOUISIANA WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES COMMISSION

BATON ROUGE, LA

August 6, 2015

9:30 AM

  1. Roll Call

 

  1. Approval of Minutes of July 2, 2015 and July 23, 2015

 

  1. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

 

  1. To Recognize the Tchefuncte River Foundation River Clean-Up

 

  1. To Hear Enforcement Reports July 2015

 

  1. To Consider a Notice of Intent for Regulations on Saline Lake Game and Fish Preserve and Northwest Louisiana Game and Fish Preserve

 

  1. To Hear a Presentation on Preliminary Results from the 2015 Survey of Louisiana Waterfowl Hunters

 

  1. To Consider a Declaration of Emergency to set the 2015-16 Regular Season Waterfowl Hunting Regulations

 

  1. Set December 2015 Meeting Date

 

  1. Receive Public Comments

 

  1. Adjournment

 

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Recreational Harvest of Greater Amberjack and Gray Triggerfish to Re-open

Release Date: 07/30/2015

(July 30, 2015) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2015 recreational fishing season for greater amberjack and gray triggerfish will reopen in state waters on Saturday, August 1.
 
The minimum size limit for greater amberjack continues to be 30 inches fork length, which is expected to continue through the end of the recreational fishing season. There is a one fish per person daily bag limit. The captain or crew of a vessel operating as a charter vessel or headboat may not retain a bag limit.
 
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will also open federal waters for recreational amberjack fishing August 1.
 
The minimum size limit for gray triggerfish is 14 inches minimum fork length, with a daily bag limit of two fish.
 
Anglers are reminded a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit is required for all anglers possessing tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers and snappers, hinds, cobia, wahoo and dolphin, except for anglers under 16 years of age or fishing on a paid-for-hire trip where the captain holds a permit. The permit is available at no cost to the public.  Anglers wishing to obtain or renew a permit can register at https://rolp.wlf.la.gov.
 
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 Jason Adriance at 504.284.2032 or jadriance@wlf.la.gov.  For press inquiries contact Ashley Wethey at (504) 286-8733 or awethey@wlf.la.gov.

Louisiana's Young Archers Win Again at NASP World Tournament

Release Date: 07/29/2015

Nathan Delill  of Buckeye High School and Anna Robbins of Benton Middle School receive their awards at the NASP World Tournament
  Emma Bunch of Benton Elementary shot a 292 and was named NASP World Champion in the girls elementary school division.
 The Benton Elementary and Benton Middle archery teams gather together after both were crowned as 2015 NASP World Champio

Louisiana Archers Win Again at NASP World Tournament
 
On Saturday, July 25 the 2015 National Archery in the Schools (NASP) World Tournament crowned its champions and a good chunk of the hardware headed back to Louisiana.
 
Teams and individuals from five Louisiana schools participated in the NASP World Tournament July 22-25 in Nashville, TN. 
 
The tournament consisted of 4,871 individuals from the United States, South Africa, Namibia, United Kingdom, and Canada. Three Louisiana archers found the podium in the individual category and two schools brought home top honors.
 
Emma Bunch, a 5th grader from Benton Elementary was crowned as the 2015 NASP World Champion in the girls, elementary school division.  Bunch shot an amazing 292, just 8 points from perfection and beat out 669 other elementary schools females to take home top honors.
 
Nathan Delill, an 8th grader from Buckeye High School, was awarded 3rd place in the middle school boys division. Delill was tied for 2nd place after the standard bulls eye competition that led to a shoot-off round in front of an anxious crowd. After the first round of the shoot-off, Delill was still tied and brought the competition to a one-arrow shot.
 
Each archer was given one arrow to shoot from 15 meters, with the arrow closest to the center taking the prize.  Both archers buried their shots dead center in the ten-ring target with the competitor’s arrow barely edging Delill’s shot. Delill hung a 294 just 6 points from perfect, and the best score ever shot by a Louisiana NASP archer in competition.
 
Anna Robins, a 6th grader from Benton Middle School was awarded 4th place in the middle school girls division.  Anna shot a 289 and out-shot 956 other female middle school archers, many of them 7th and 8th graders.
 
Benton Elementary returned to Louisiana as the NASP World Champion in the elementary division, for the second year in a row.  
 
Benton Middle School was also crowned the NASP World Champions for the middle school division, the first ever middle school for Louisiana.
 
Last year, Benton was the first elementary in Louisiana to ever win a NASP World Tournament. Many of the team’s shooters from last year’s elementary team were part of this year’s middle school team.
 
Students from Haughton Middle School and Northwood High School also attended the 2015 NASP World Tournament and represented Louisiana proudly. 
 
All the schools that attended the NASP World Tournament are members of the Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) program which teaches NASP to students as part of their in-school curriculum.  All schools in the State of Louisiana are eligible to have the ALAS program.  The ALAS program is facilitated and funded by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to recognize all student archers from Louisiana who attended the 2015 NASP World Tournament. 
 
If interested in finding out more information about the ALAS program and how you can get it started in your school contact ALAS State Coordinator – Robert Stroede at: rstroede@wlf.la.gov or (318)484-2276

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LDWF news release contact List to be updated

Release Date: 07/29/2015

(July 29, 2015) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like for anyone who wants to continue receiving our news releases to signup at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/signup
 
On September 1st, LDWF will purge our existing email database and only use the email contacts who have signed up at the new website above. 
 
Media and individuals with LDWF interests are encouraged to signup to stay informed of our important news. 
 
Additionally, individuals have the opportunity to signup for specific categories of information that are tailored to their interests.  Commercial and recreational fishermen also have the ability to signup for text as well as email alerts that are tailored to their selections.
 
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, contact Rene LeBreton at rlebreton@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8745
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Temporary Road Closure on Pearl River Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 07/29/2015

(July 29, 2015) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is announcing a temporary road closure on Oil Well Road located on Pearl River Wildlife Management Area beginning today, Wednesday, July 29 for repair work. 
 
Vehicular traffic will resume once repairs are complete.
 
Pearl River WMA is located in southeastern St. Tammany Parish, approximately six miles east of Slidell and one mile east of Pearl River.  For more information about this WMA, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2789.
 
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.la.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
For more information regarding this closure, contact Christian Winslow at (985) 543-4777 cwinslow@wlf.la.gov.
 
 
For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8733.

Agents Cited Two Men for Stolen Alligator Eggs

Release Date: 07/27/2015

 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents cited two men for taking alligator eggs without a valid egg collection permit.
 
Agents cited Paul A. Canik, 47, of Grand Chenier and Christopher M. Trahan, 24, of Lake Charles for illegal possession of alligator eggs and not abiding by rules and regulations on a refuge.
 
On July 16, agents stopped the pair as they were exiting the marsh in an airboat and flatboat. At the time, Canik explained the eggs were taken from areas he was permitted to collect eggs from. Upon further investigation, the agents were able to determine the nest sites where the eggs had been removed. These locations were not part of the area Canik had been permitted to collect from.
 
On July 21, agents cited Canik and Trahan and seized 523 alligator eggs, a 18’ aluminum boat and a 14’ airboat. The eggs were sold at market value for a total of $10,460.
 
First offense for taking unpermitted alligator eggs carries a $400 to $900 fine and up to 120 days in jail.
 
Agents involved in this case were: Sargent David Sanford, Senior Agents Derek Logan, Jason Stagg, and Anthony Verret. 
 
For more information, contact Gabe Giffin at 225-765-3966 or ggiffin@wlf.la.gov

Two Louisiana Men Sentenced for Illegal Hunting Activity

Release Date: 07/24/2015

Two Louisiana men were sentenced in the Avoyelles 12th Judicial District Court on June 18 for illegal hunting activity.

Judge William Bennett sentenced Barry R. Laiche II, 19, of Marksville, and Travis P. Maddox, 28, of Alexandria, for their involvement in the illegal hunting activity.

For illegally killing a black bear, Laiche was sentenced to 120 days in the Avoyelles Parish Jail with credit for time served and suspended.  He was also placed on two years of probation, which prohibits him from being on any state wildlife management area.  He also has to pay $5,000 in restitution to the state for the replacement value of the bear, a $100 fine, $100 for cost of prosecution, $100 to the Indigent Defender Board and $250 court costs.

For illegally taking deer, Maddox was sentenced to 120 days in the Avoyelles Parish Jail, which was suspended.  He was also placed on two years of probation, which consists of a $50 per month fee.  He also has to pay $2,000 in restitution to the state for the replacement value of the deer, a $500 fine and $250 in court costs.

Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Gaspard prosecuted the case.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested Laiche and Maddox in October 2013 for several deer violations that had taken place on the Grand Lake Rod and Gun Club in Avoyelles Parish.  The incident consisted of five deer that were illegally taken.

In October 2013, a bear was discovered killed within the vicinity of the Grand Lake Rod and Gun Club.  After an extensive investigation, Laiche and Maddox were arrested for taking the bear during the closed season in early 2014.

Laiche was also sentenced for failing to comply with deer harvest record requirements, hunting deer using illegal methods, taking deer on D Management Assistance Program lands without permission, taking illegal deer during the open season and possession of illegally taken deer.  For these charges he received a total of 330 days in the Avoyelles Parish Jail which was suspended.  He was also ordered to pay $500 in restitution to the state for the replacement value of the deer, a $500 fine, $250 to the Indigent Defender Board, $250 for cost of prosecution and $50 per month while on probation.

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

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18 Men Cited for Illegal Shrimp Harvesting Since April

Release Date: 07/24/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents working St. Mary, Terrebonne and LaFourche parishes have made nine closed season shrimping cases and seized over 6,500 pounds of illegally taken shrimp since April.

Agents cited Chaz Barrios, 26, of Venice, and Walter Heathcock, 31, of Covington, for using skimmer nets during a closed season on April 1.  Agents seized 2,228 pounds of shrimp and shrimp nets.

On May 15, agents cited Wade Lacoste, 46, of Theriot, for using skimmer nets during a closed season.  Agents seized 149 pounds of shrimp and shrimp nets.

Agents cited Charlie Billiot, 61, of Dulac, and Ernest Dion Jr., 30, of Dulac, for using skimmer nets during a closed season and seized 1,495 pounds of shrimp and shrimp nets on June2.

On June 21, agents cited Ha Nguyen, 41, of San Jose, Calif., and Lau Ho, 50, of Gretna, for using skimmer nets during a closed season.  Agents seized 1,100 pounds of shrimp and shrimp nets.

Agents cited Gilday Aucoin, 61, of Belle River, and Michael Edwards, 58, of Pierre Part, for using skimmer nets during a closed season and seized 50 pounds of shrimp and shrimp nets on June 27.

On July 14, agents cited Corey Joseph, 26, of Houma, Rodney Pellegrin Jr., 34, of Houma, and Cilombo Collins, 40, of Houma, for using skimmer nets during a closed season.  Agents seized 86 pounds of shrimp and shrimp nets.

Agents cited Aaron Tillman, 40, of Bay St. Louis, Miss., and Easton Rodrigue, 43, of Montegut, for using skimmer nets during a closed season and seized 1,078 pounds of shrimp and shrimp nets on July 15.

On July 17, agents cited Marquis Broussard, 39, of Montegut, and Bryce Broussard, 42, of Montegut, for using skimmer nets during a closed season.  Agents seized 193 pounds of shrimp and nets.

Agents cited Kelly Lebouef, 33, and Sheri Arceneaux, 39, both of Montegut, for using skimmer nets during a closed season and seized 286 pounds of shrimp and nets on July 21.

Using skimmers during a closed shrimp season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  In addition to any and all other penalties, for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer, and butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction.  During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer, or butterfly net, only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible to LDWF.  The court shall also sentence the violator to perform 40 hours of community service.

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

Three Texas Men Found Harvesting Oysters in Closed Area

Release Date: 07/24/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested three men for alleged oyster harvesting violations this morning, July 24, in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents arrested Israel Beiza-Lopez, 30, Jose L. Lopez, 26, and Pedro M. Cruz, 25, all of Dallas, Texas, for taking oysters during a closed season on the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation.

On the morning of July 24, LDWF agents were on patrol when they observed a vessel in the Sister Lake Seed Reservation actively dredging for oysters.

Agents stopped the vessel and found the three men in possession of 30 sacks of oysters.  Agents seized the vessel, oyster dredges, GPS device and returned the oysters to the water.  The men were booked into the Terrebonne Parish Jail.

The Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation is closed for the 2014/15 season.

Taking oysters during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

Agents participating in this care are Lt. Joseph Arnaud, Senior Agent Norman Deroche and Senior Agent Stephen Rhodes.

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

LDWF’s June License to Win! Sweepstakes Winners Announced

Release Date: 07/24/2015

 
(July 24, 2015) – As part of it’s first annual License to Win! promotion, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in partnership with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation awarded five lucky winners for its June saltwater license holder drawing.  Winners drawn on July 1 include Clarence Cobbs, Chad Hartman, James Odom, Stephen Smith and Martin Randall.
 
The winners were among thousands of names entered when they purchased a 2015-16 recreational saltwater fishing license.
 
The sweepstakes includes fives monthly prize winners of a YETI Tundra 45 ice chest, Shimano Curado G-Loomis Combo or gift cards from Academy Sports and Outdoors, Texaco and Whole Foods Market.
 
The License to Win! sweepstakes encourages anglers to provide accurate contact information to participate in a survey (LA Creel) that helps LDWF manage their fishery.  LA Creel is the data-gathering survey that allows LDWF biologists to manage our fisheries at localized levels across the state.  The success of LA Creel will not only allow the Department to better manage fisheries, but will ultimately maximize the amount of fishing opportunities for Louisiana anglers. 
 
This promotion has just begun, so visit your nearest license vendor or go online (www.wildlifelicense.com) to purchase your recreational saltwater license to be eligible for next month’s drawing.  The department will continue to select five winners each month, and one lucky angler will take home the grand prize, a 22 foot bay boat, trailer and motor donated by Venice Marina, Mercury Outboards and Mike Gerald’s Trailer Depot.
 
Rules, photos of our winners and additional information can be found at http://www.fishla.org/license-win-sweepstakes/
 
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.la.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF. To signup for recreational fishing text alerts go to www.fishla.org/text-alert-sign-up
 
For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.

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