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LDWF Agents Cite Four Men for Crabbing Violations

Release Date: 08/30/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited four men for alleged commercial crabbing violations during the last week of August.

Agents arrested Ephie Dupre, 53, of Morgan City, for theft of crabs and using crab traps without required markings on Aug. 22 in St. Mary Parish.  Agents seized 94 blue crabs and returned them to the water.  Agents booked Dupre into the St. Mary Parish Jail.

On Aug. 23, agents arrested Gerald Brecheen, 63, of Morgan City, for theft of crab traps, theft of crabs, and using crab traps without required markings in St. Mary Parish.  Agents seized six crab traps and about six dozen blue crabs, which were returned to the water.  Agents booked Brecheen into the St. Mary Parish Jail.

Agents cited Matthew Giroir, 41, of Morgan City, for theft of crab traps and seized one crab trap on Aug. 24 in St. Martin Parish.

On Aug 29 in St. Mary Parish, agents cited John McCloy Jr., 73, of Patterson, for theft of crabs, selling to consumers without a fresh products license, failing to maintain records, and failing to complete trip ticket information.

Using crab traps without the required markings, theft of crab traps and theft of crab each brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.  Selling to consumers without a fresh products license, failing to complete trip tickets and failing to maintain records each carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.  

AMENDED: September 2018 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 08/29/2018

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LAThe following items will be discussed:

 

1. Call to Order

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Roll Call

4. Adoption of August 2, 2018 Commission Meeting Minutes

5. Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

6. Enforcement Report August 2018 – Captain Edward Skena

7. Present the NASBLA’s Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award to Sgt. Austin Arteaga – Major Rachel Zechenelly, Enforcement

8. Receive an Update on Required Age to Purchase Commercial Licenses – Michelle Rayburn, Director of Licensing

9. Recognize the LDWF’s Initial Chronic Wasting Disease Response Team – Jack Montoucet, Secretary

10. Receive a Presentation on the LDWF’s Chronic Wasting Disease 2018-2019 Hunting Season Surveillance Plans – Johnathan Bordelon, Wildlife Biologist

11. Receive a Presentation on the Migratory Waterfowl Status for the 2018-2019 Fall Season – Larry Reynolds, Wildlife Biologist

12. Consider Commission’s Response to Proposed Legislation in U.S. Congress Affecting Waterfowl Season and Limit Establishments; Senate Bill 2942 and HR 6013 – Larry Reynolds, Wildlife Biologist

13. Receive an Update on Feral Hog Matters – Dr. Jim LaCour, Wildlife Veterinarian

14. Receive and Consider a Resolution to Add Property through Donation to Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area – Alvin F. Landry, Attorney

15. Receive and Consider Resolutions to Add Properties through Acquisition/Donation to Joyce Wildlife Management Area – Alvin F. Landry, Attorney

16. Receive an Update on the August 2018 Gulf Council Meeting – Chris Schieble, Fisheries Biologist

17. Receive and Consider a Resolution and Notice of Intent to Modify Rules on Mature and Immature Female Blue Crab Harvest – Peyton Cagle, Fisheries Biologist

18. Receive an Update on Recreational Red Snapper Landings – Fisheries Biologist

19. Set January 2019 Commission Meeting Date

20. Receive Public Comments

21. Adjournment

 

A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via Gotowebinar.com.  To attend this meeting via webinar visit: 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/425777474869151745

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to the contact at the top of this announcement at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. 

Cameron Man Cited for Shrimping Violations

Release Date: 08/24/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited a Cameron man for alleged commercial fishing violations on Aug. 23 in Cameron Parish.

Agents cited Clarence Dyson III, 44, of Cameron, for using skimmer nets during a closed season, and taking shrimp without a commercial fishing, vessel and gear licenses.

Agents observed Dyson in the western end of West Cove actively fishing his skimmer nets.  Agents seized 462 pounds of shrimp and two skimmer nets.

Using skimmers during a closed shrimp season carries up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail.  Taking shrimp without a commercial license, a vessel license, and gear license each carry up to a $500 fine and 90 days in jail for each offense.

In addition for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer, or 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 violator may also have to perform 40 hours of community service.

St. Bernard Parish Man Sentenced for Oyster Violations

Release Date: 08/24/2018

A St. Bernard man pleaded guilty to multiple commercial fishing violations on Aug. 16 in St. Bernard Parish.

The honorable Judge Jeanne N. Juneau, of the 34th Judicial District, of St. Bernard Parish, ordered Nicholas D. Russel, 21, of St. Bernard, to pay $2,600 in fines and forfeit the seized dredge used in the illegal activity to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).

Russel also had his oyster harvester license revoked for one year and can only be on a vessel fishing for oysters that is equipped with a Vessel Monitoring System for a period of one year.

LDWF enforcement agents cited Russel on March 5, 2018 for failing to have written permission to harvest oysters on Lake Coquille and unlawfully taking oysters off a private lease.  Agents also cited Russell taking oysters from unleased state water bottoms in Blind Pisana Bayou on April 20, 2018.

Agents Cite Two Men for Alligator Violations

Release Date: 08/23/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two men for alleged alligator violations on Aug. 19 in St. Martin Parish.

Agents cited Jeremy E. Kibble, 26, of Lafayette, and Daniel D. Norton, 31, of New Iberia, for taking an alligator without a license, taking an alligator during a closed season and intentional concealment of wildlife.

Agents on patrol near Catahoula observed two trucks parked off of Henderson Levee Road with Kibble and Norton nearby.  When agents approached the men they saw Kibble go to the woods to discard something.  Agents went to the woods and found a freshly cleaned alligator.

During questioning, Norton admitted to shooting the alligator after Kibble caught the alligator.  Both men were cleaning the alligator as agents arrived on the scene.

Intentional concealment of wildlife carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking an alligator during a closed season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking an alligator without a license carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

Request for Workshop and/or Tour Proposals

In 2019, the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission is bringing continuing education to you! Throughout the upcoming year, we’ll be focusing on environmental efforts going on in each part of the state, so in lieu of a single-location conference, we are staging workshops and/or tours in each of the major regions around Louisiana. The regional short courses will take place on Saturday, February 16, 2019.

Does your town or parish have a unique take on improving the environment? Do you have a program that teachers in your area would love to see? We are issuing a request for proposals from educators and organizations to present a 3, 4 or 7 hour workshop, tour or combo on your own home turf. Any location from small town to big city will be considered.

Find our request for proposals form below, or visit https://goo.gl/forms/UWzng9tQ5049xrMv1.

 

USFWS and LDWF partner to remove logjam in Pearl River at Pool’s Bluff

Release Date: 08/17/2018

On August 28 The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will begin deploying equipment to remove a logjam on the Pearl River just downstream from Pool’s Bluff.   Logs and other man-made debris have formed a blockage on the Pearl River in Mississippi at the Louisiana / Mississippi border near the town of Bogalusa, LA.

 

The Pearl River navigation canal will be closed at Pool’s Bluff boat launch from August 28 to October 1 to allow for a temporary equipment crossing.   Additionally, a small area of the Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge will be closed in the immediate vicinity of the construction work. We anticipate that all construction should be completed prior to the October 1 opening of hunting season.

 

“This project will not only reopen the river for migratory fish like threatened Gulf sturgeon but will also remove trash, plastic and marine debris from the ecosystem,” said Jack Montoucet, LDWF Secretary. Also, it will reduce extreme erosion of adjacent river banks that threaten to fill scarce deep-river habitat in the area. These areas provide essential low-temperature habitats where sturgeon can take refuge from heat of shallow waters in the summer months.

 

Boating on the river will also be safer. Boaters currently navigate the dangerous obstruction which blocks access to much of the 40,000 acres of public land on the Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge, as well as portions of the Old River Wildlife Management Area in Mississippi. "This is a great opportunity. It's nice when our work yields a positive impact on species like Gulf sturgeon and also improves public safety and access to our public lands", Glenn Constant, Project Leader US Fish and Wildlife Service.

 

The project is being conducted through the FWS National Fish Passage Program in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and with cooperation from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. Additional funding was awarded to the Southeastern Aquatic Resource Partnership (SARP) for this project through a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Debris Removal Program.    

 

This project is the culmination of many months of work between federal, state and local leaders. “It is very rewarding that the efforts of a two-state coalition led to the removal of this hazardous logjam,” says State Representative Malinda White.   “It has been a long process but worth all the hard work to restore this section of the river.   There are several challenges ahead for the Pearl. As we lean forward, we will continue to work as a coalition, across state lines, with a holistic approach to our tributaries, river basins, and coastal waterways. One affects the other like dominoes.”

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.wlf.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

Elmer’s Island airstrip improvements move closer to reality

Release Date: 08/16/2018

 Seated: Jack Montoucet, LDWF Secretary; David Camardelle, Grand Isle, LA Mayor Back Row: Arthur Bellanger, Kelly Besson, Rep. J

Today, Representative Gisclair, Mayor Camardelle of Grand Isle and others witnessed LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet sign an agreement for the Grand Isle Independent Levee District (GIILD) to operate and manage the Grand Isle Airport at Elmer’s Island. 

This agreement, between Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Grand Isle Independent Levee District (GIILD), would include the development of an aircraft hangar, an aircraft ramp and tie down, fuel tanks, fueling area as well as an area for a terminal building.   “We expect that this airstrip will allow for enhanced public use and recreational activities on the Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge,” stated Governor Edwards.

LDWF conducts inshore and offshore research projects that are vital to the assessment of our oyster and fishery resources in nearby Grand Isle, Louisiana. “In addition to increasing recreational access to the Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge and the Elmer’s Island Management Area, this airstrip will provide our agency easier access to our fisheries research lab and oyster hatchery,” said Jack Montoucet, LDWF Secretary.

This airstrip will improve access for out-of-state tourists to Louisiana’s only inhabited barrier island, Grand Isle.  “The Elmer’ Island Airstrip is an airstrip that historically serviced Grand Isle for many years. Now that the airstrip is public owned and locally operated, we have the opportunity to rebuild it into an airstrip that we can all be proud of,” said Mayor Camardelle. “The economic, recreational and public safety benefits associated with this airstrip are tremendous.”

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.To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

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