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LDWF Dedicates Flagpole in Honor of Former Cadet

Release Date: 05/30/2018

Byron Dore 1983-2008
LDWF Dedicates Flagpole in Honor of Former Cadet
LDWF Dedicates Flagpole in Honor of Former Cadet
LDWF Dedicates Flagpole in Honor of Former Cadet

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division dedicated a flagpole in memoriam of a former LDWF cadet at the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Training Academy today, May 30 in Baton Rouge.

The flagpole is being dedicated in memory of Byron Dore who was a part of the 23rd LDWF Academy Class when he passed away at the age of 24 in 2008.  The Dore Family, the McIlhenny Company and the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association donated the money to erect the flagpole.

“Future cadets will be reminded of Byron when they use this flagpole every day during their training to raise and lower the American and Louisiana flags,” said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet.  “I’d like to thank the Dore family, the McIlhenny Company and the Wildlife Agents Association for donating the funds necessary to make this happen and to let Byron’s memory live on at the academy.”

Dore was about halfway through his LDWF training to become an agent when he drowned in Iberia Parish on his weekend off from training.

“By all accounts Byron was well on his way to a successful enforcement career with the department before his life ended tragically,” said Col. Sammy Martin, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division.  “From listening to those that knew him personally, his classmates and his training officers he had a love for the outdoors and a strong work ethic.  Those two characteristics usually make good wildlife agents.”

The Byron Dore Memorial Flag Pole is planted in front of the new Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Law Enforcement Training and Emergency Response Complex at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center off North Flannery Road in Baton Rouge.

The LDWF Training Academy is mostly used for the six-month cadet academy as well as in-service training for veteran agents.  At the academy, cadets train to enforce the state's recreational boating laws, the state and federal wildlife and fisheries laws, and general law enforcement work on the state's many wildlife management areas.  The academy also covers general law enforcement training required for all state law enforcement officers.

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Louisiana Environmental Education State Symposium Survey

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Your feedback is vital! It is very important to us that we gather as many responses as possible so that we can consider the opinions of every type of educator from every part of the state, so do please take a minute or so to respond at http://tiny.cc/EEsymposiumsurvey. Your participation will be deeply appreciated.

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Three Subjects Cited For Illegally Dredging For Oysters in Terrebonne Parish

Release Date: 05/21/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited three men for alleged oyster violations in Terrebonne Parish on May 21.

Agents cited the captain, Dillon Verdin, 26, of Bourg, and his two deck hands, Matthew Price, 23, of Houma, and Wayne Lafollette, 26, of Chauvin for taking oysters from an unapproved polluted area and taking oysters during illegal hours.  Verdin was also cited for failing to be in possession of a commercial license, failing to display number on vessel, operating a vessel with improper running lights, failing to comply with personal flotation device (PFD) requirements, and violating sanitation code requirements.

Agents on patrol near Cutoff Canal observed a vessel actively dredging for oysters around 5 a.m. with no running lights.  Agents made contact with the men in the vessel and found they were in possession of 15 sacks of oysters.  Agents also found that the men were dredging for the oysters in a polluted area.

Agents seized the 15 sacks of oysters and returned them to the water.  Agents also seized one oyster scraper in connection with the violations.  The vessel and motor were seized on department seizure order and subject to forfeiture upon conviction.

Taking oysters from an unapproved polluted area carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking oysters illegal hours brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to have a commercial license in possession carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Failure to display proper number on vessel, improper running lights, and failure to comply with PFD requirement each carry up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.  Violating sanitation code requirements carries up to a $25 fine and 10 days in jail.

LDWF Investigating Fatal Boating Incident in Vermilion Parish

Release Date: 05/21/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents are investigating a fatal boating incident that occurred on May 19 in Vermilion Parish.

LDWF agents recovered the body of Arnold "Pete" Lege, 67, of Mouton Cove, around 5:40 p.m. from the Intracoastal Waterway at Intracoastal City on May 19.  His body was turned over the Vermilion Parish Corner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.

A good Samaritan found Lege’s unmanned 18 foot vessel around 7 a.m. on May 19 and alerted authorities.  LDWF was assisted by the Vermilion, Calcasieu, and Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Offices in the search for Lege’s body.

LDWF is the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.  At this time it is unknown what caused Lege to enter the water.  His body was found without a personal flotation device.

Louisiana Safe Boating Week Set For May 19-25

Release Date: 05/18/2018

The state of Louisiana has issued a proclamation that recognizes May 19-25 as “Safe Boating Week” in Louisiana, which signifies the beginning of the spring and summer boating season.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will again be reminding all boaters to be safe, responsible and knowledgeable while on the water during this safe boating week.  Safe Boating Week is a time for all boaters to inspect their vessels to ensure that all required safety equipment is on board and that vessels are in good working condition.

LDWF Enforcement Division agents will be out in full force as always during the week to perform boating safety checks and driving or operating a vessel while intoxicated (DWI) patrols.

Each vessel should have enough personal flotation devices (PFD) on board for all occupants and a sober operator.  LDWF regulations also state that anyone 16 years of age and younger must wear a PFD while underway in vessels less than 26 foot long.  For more boating and PFD regulations, please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating.

Alcohol use is one of the leading causes of boating crash incidents and fatalities on the water.  Alcohol consumption impairs a boater's judgment, balance, vision and reaction time.  The penalties for DWI on the water are the same as on the road.  Anyone cited for a DWI on the water or on the road will lose his or her driver's license and boating privileges for the specified time ordered by the judge in the case.

LDWF also wants to remind anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 that they are required to successfully complete a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) boating education course to operate a motorboat over 10 horsepower.  LDWF offers these classes free of charge statewide.

For a list of courses, please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating/courses.  Since the safe boating course’s inception in 2003, over 110,000 boaters have been certified in Louisiana.

In 2017 Louisiana reported 19 boating fatalities.  So far in 2018 Louisiana has reported eight fatalities.

Agents Cite Two Subjects for Violating Calcasieu Lake Oyster Regulations

Release Date: 05/10/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two subjects for alleged oyster violations in Cameron Parish on May 7 during the extended oyster season.

Agents cited Ronald W. Gaspard, 61, and Joshua J. Lebouef, 39, both of Cameron, for violating Calcasieu Lake oyster regulations, taking oysters during illegal hours and taking undersized oysters from a natural reef.

Agents received complaints of subjects using a dredge in a tonging only area in West Cove Conditional Management Area.  Agents setup surveillance in the area and observed Gaspard and Lebouef take oysters during illegal hours and over the limit of oysters.  Agents also observed Gaspard and Lebouef take a dredge from their vessel and hide it in the marsh.

Agents made contact with the subjects and found them in possession of 14 sacks of oysters, of which 48 percent were undersized.  Gaspard and Lebouef admitted that seven sacks of oysters were caught during illegal hours and with the illegal dredge.

Agents seized the dredge and returned 14 sacks of oysters to the water.

Violating Calcasieu Lake oyster regulations and taking oysters during illegal hours, brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.  Taking undersized oysters from a natural reef brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

The offenders may also face forfeiting their permits to harvest oysters on Calcasieu Lake and be barred from obtaining permits for the remainder of the period for which it was issued plus one year, during which time the offenders will be barred from participating in any oyster harvesting activity on Calcasieu Lake.

Three Men Found with Over Two Times the Daily Limit of Red Drum

Release Date: 05/08/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited three men for alleged recreational fishing violations on May 6 in Jefferson Parish.

Agents cited Floyd W. Talley, 69, of Marrero, Adam H. Talley, 47, of Lafitte, and Carl J. Delery Jr., 58, of Kenner, for possession of over the limit and undersized red drum.

Agents were performing a boating safety and creel check when they found the men in possession of 35 red drum, of which 28 were undersized.  The subjects admitted to catching the fish that day.

The daily limit for red drum is five per person, with a minimum size limit of 16 inches. Agents seized the 35 red drum and donated them to a local charity.

Adam H. Talley was additionally cited for not having valid basic and saltwater fishing licenses.

Possession of over ten red drum brings a $400 to $900 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possession of undersized red drum carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Failing to possess basic fishing and saltwater fishing licenses each brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

The men may also face civil restitution for the replacement value of the illegally possessed fish totaling up to $926.45.

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