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Body of Baton Rouge Man Recovered from Gulf of Mexico

Release Date: 05/05/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents found the deceased body of a missing boater in Plaquemines Parish this morning, May 5.

LDWF agents along with the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office and LDWF Wildlife Division staff found the body of Donald Tabb, 85, of Baton Rouge, around 10:30 a.m. near the Southwest Pass over 10 miles from where he was reported missing.

Tabb had been missing since May 2 when he was a part of a fatal boating incident near South Pass.  Tabb, John Frey, 86, of Magnolia, Texas, and a survivor from Baton Rouge were on a 27-foot vessel when they capsized around 7 a.m. on May 2 about a half mile from South Pass in the Gulf of Mexico.

The survivor was able to retrieve Frey and get him to shore where he was unresponsive and pronounced dead by a medical examiner on the scene.  Tabb went under the water and never resurfaced.

Frey and Tabb’s bodies were turned over the Plaquemines Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.  None of the men were wearing a personal flotation device at the time of the incident.  It is unknown at this time what caused the vessel to capsize.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Opens Online Portal for Civil Restitution Payments

Release Date: 05/04/2018

BATON ROUGE, La.--The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has expanded its method of collecting payments for civil restitution associated with violations. Violators can now pay their civil restitution online from anywhere at any time using major credit cards.

An online portal, developed in partnership with Louisiana Interactive, is now available for the convenience of those that need to pay civil restitution. The new technology will allow LDWF to collect civil restitution payments in a more efficient manner.

LDWF is committed to both, ensuring the state receives all restitution owed, and that the public has innovative and user-friendly tools to fulfill their monetary obligations.

In cases that involve civil restitution, LDWF will inform violators by mail of their responsibility to pay the civil restitution for the replacement value of the illegally taken wildlife, fish or damaged habitat.

The new secure portal is available here and can be accessed on any device. A link to this portal will also be available on LDWF’s homepage, www.wlf.la.gov.

“Louisianans are known for their love of our Sportsman’s Paradise,” said Secretary Jack Montoucet. “We are providing this convenient digital service to collect restitution that helps us maintain Louisiana’s wildlife for future generations.”

Capsized Boat Near South Pass Leads to Fatality and Missing Boater

Release Date: 05/02/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents are searching for a missing boater following a fatal boating incident in Plaquemines Parish.

LDWF agents along with the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Coast Guard responded to a capsized vessel this morning, May 2, in the Gulf of Mexico about half of a mile from South Pass.

According to the survivor, he and two other men were on a 27-foot vessel around 7 a.m. when it capsized ejecting all three men into the water.  The 60-year-old survivor from Baton Rouge was able to retrieve one of the men and get him to shore.

The man that the survivor retrieved was unresponsive once on shore and pronounced dead by a medical examiner on the scene.  The deceased was 86 years old from Magnolia, Texas.  His body was turned over to the Plaquemines Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.

The search and rescue crews are searching for the other missing boater in the area of the capsized vessel.  The missing boater is 85 years old from Baton Rouge.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.  None of the men were wearing a personal flotation device at the time of the incident.  It is unknown at this time what caused the vessel to capsize.

Texas Man Cited for Crabbing Violations

Release Date: 05/01/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife And Fisheries Enforcement Division cited a Texas man for alleged crabbing violations on April 27.

LDWF agents cited Thanh Van Nguyen, of Bridge City, Texas, for taking female crabs during a closed season and violating interstate commerce regulations.

LDWF agents along with Texas Parks and Wildlife agents are working jointly to detect Texas commercial fishermen coming into Louisiana waters and catching female crabs and then selling them in Texas.

There is currently a closure on the taking of female crabs in Louisiana waters for the commercial fishermen during the months of March and April.  There is no closure for the take of female crabs in Texas waters.  Agents also learned that Nguyen does not possess the required licenses for crabs in Texas because of past violations.

LDWF agents observed Nguyen running crab traps in Louisiana waters and then notified TPW agents about Nguyen trying to sell his catch at a seafood dock just off the Sabine River in Texas.

LDWF agents seized two crab crates containing 224 female crabs and returned the crabs to the water.

Violating interstate commerce regulations carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking female crabs during a closed brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Body of Missing Boater Recovered from the Tickfaw River

Release Date: 04/30/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement agents, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies and Livingston Parish Fire Department personnel found the deceased body of a missing boater on the Tickfaw River today, April 30.

The body of Daniel Jones, 42, of Holden, was recovered around 11:30 a.m. this morning on the Tickfaw River in Livingston Parish.

According to a female survivor, Jones was operating a 15-foot bateau with a surface drive motor near the Leisure Landing south of Springfield around 4 p.m. on April 29.  They were coming out of a turn in the river when they were both suddenly ejected into the water.  The female was able to swim to shore and Jones never resurfaced.  Neither occupant was wearing a personal flotation device.

Authorities were notified and arrived on scene and searched for Jones until late last night on April 29.  Authorities then started the search again at daybreak this morning.

Jones’ body was found near where he was reported missing and his body was turned over to the Livingston Parish Coroner’s Office.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this fatal boating incident.  It is unknown at this time what caused this fatal boating incident.

May 2018 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 04/30/2018

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, May 3, 2018, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA

 

The following items will be discussed:

1. Call to Order

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Roll Call

4. Adoption of April 5, 2018, Commission Meeting Minutes

5. Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

6. Enforcement Report April 2018 – Captain Edward Skena

7. Receive a Presentation on Louisiana Residents’, Landowners’, and Hunters’ Attitudes on Black Bears and Black Bear Management in Louisiana, Survey Results - Mark Duda, Executive Director of Responsive Management 

8. Receive a Final Report on Waterfowl Breeding Habitat Work conducted in Canada - Dave Kostersky, Manager of State Grants for Ducks Unlimited Canada

9. Receive a Report on LDWF Monitoring of Waterfowl Breeding Habitat Work completed by Ducks Unlimited in Canada – Larry Reynolds, Wildlife Biologist

10. Receive an Update on LDWF Activities in Response to the Discovery of CWD in Mississippi –Johnathan Bordelon, Wildlife Biologist

11. Receive a Final Summary on Public Comments to previously approved Notice of Intent for the General and Wildlife Management Area Rules and Regulations for the 2018-2019 Season, the Resident Game Hunting Season for the 2018-2020 Hunting Seasons, the General and Wildlife Management Area Rules and Regulations for the Turkey Season, the Turkey Hunting Areas, and Seasons, and Bag Limits for the 2019 Turkey Season, and the Migratory Bird Seasons, Regulations, and Bag Limits for the 2018-2019 Hunting Season – Tommy Tuma, Wildlife Biologist 

12. Consider the Adoption of previously approved Notice of Intent to Amend the General and Wildlife Management Area Rules and Regulations for the 2018-2019 Season, the Resident Game Hunting Season for the 2018-2020 Hunting Seasons, the General and Wildlife Management Area Rules and Regulations for the Turkey Season, the Turkey Hunting Areas, and Seasons, and Bag Limits for the 2019 Turkey Season, and the Migratory Bird Seasons, Regulations, and Bag Limits for the 2018-2019 Hunting Season for final rule  – Tommy Tuma, Wildlife Biologist

13. Receive an update regarding the legislation filed for the 2018 Regular Session –Cole Garrett, Executive Counsel

14. Receive and Consider a Declaration of Emergency to Set 2018 Private Recreational Red Snapper Season in State and Federal Waters –Jason Adriance, Fisheries Biologist

15. Receive an Update on Gulf Council --Chris Schieble, Fisheries Biologist

16. Receive and Consider a Declaration of Emergency to Set the Spring Inshore Shrimp Season – Peyton Cagle

17. Receive a Report on the Extension of the Oyster Season in Calcasieu Lake – Harry Blanchet, Fisheries Biologist

18. Set September 2018 Commission Meeting Date 

19. Receive Public Comments

20. 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/8021927275517380097 

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

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 http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

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. 

150 Boaters Certified During "Boating Education Lagniappe Day"

Release Date: 04/24/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) certified 150 boaters statewide after their eighth annual "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" on April 21.

Boating Education Lagniappe Day was at eight locations across the state and consisted of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) boating education course, food and drinks, giveaways and door prizes all free of charge to the public.

The NASBLA safe boating certification is mandatory for anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 who wants to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.

The NASBLA approved course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal requirements and equipment requirements.  The course also covers many navigation rules and charts, trailering, sailboats, canoeing, personal watercraft and more.  Each student received that completed the course was issued a vessel operators certification card.

To register for a future boating education class please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating/courses and follow the links to register.

Below was the list of class locations for lagniappe day:

Webster Parish
LDWF Region 1 Office
9961 Hwy. 80
Minden, LA 71055
Sponsors include Red River Waterway Commission, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bayou Bodcau Office, Bass Pro Shop of Bossier City, and The Boat Shop in Shreveport.

Ouachita Parish
Academy Sports and Outdoors
111 Constitution Dr.
West Monroe, LA 71292
Sponsors include Academy Sports and Outdoors and Johnny’s Pizza House.

Avoyelles Parish
Cottonport Bank Camp
1055 Old River Road
Mansura, LA 71350
Sponsors include Cottonport Bank, Avoyelles Parish School Board, Ronald and Faye Coco, and the Louisiana Wildlife Agent’s Association (LWAA)

Iberia Parish
LDWF New Iberia Field Office
2415 Darnall Rd.
New Iberia, LA 70560
Sponsors include Raising Cane’s and LWAA

Calcasieu Parish
LSU AgCenter
7101 Gulf Hwy.
Lake Charles, LA 70607
Sponsors include Beauregard Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited

Lafourche Parish
St. John Volunteer Fire Department
2429 Parish Rd.
Thibodaux, LA 70301
Sponsors include Renovations Hardware of Galliano and LWAA

Tangipahoa Parish
Manchac Fire Department
30221 Hwy. 51
Akers, LA 70421
Sponsors include LWAA and Manchac Fire Department

St. Tammany Parish
St. Tammany Parish Library Madisonville Branch
1123 Main Street
Madisonville, LA 70447
Sponsors include Raising Cane’s and the LWAA

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