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April 2018, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 04/02/2018

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, April 5, 2017, 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 March 1, 2018 Commission Meeting Minutes 

5. Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

6. Enforcement Report March 2018 – Captain Edward Skena

7. Receive an Update Regarding Legislation Filed for the 2018 Regular Session – Cole Garrett, Executive Counsel

8. Receive and Consider a Resolution Supporting House Bill 687, Restructuring of Hunting and Fishing Licenses – Cole Garrett, Executive Counsel 

9. Receive an Update on Chronic Wasting Disease Response Activities – Johnathan Bordelon, Wildlife Biologist

10. Receive a Presentation of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Waterfowl Breeding Grounds Habitat Work for 2018-2020 – Larry Reynolds, Wildlife Biologist 

11. Receive and Consider Notice of Intent to Modify Reef Fish Harvest Regulations – Jason Adriance, Fisheries Biologist

12. Receive Presentation on the Exempted Fishing Permit Modifications to the Recreational Offshore Landing Permit (ROLP) Website and Mobile Application – Jason Adriance, Fisheries Biologist

13. Receive and Consider a Notice of Intent for the Addition of Shovelnose Sturgeon to the Domesticated Aquatic Organism (DAO) List – Rob Bourgeois, Fisheries Biologist

14. Consider the Notice of Intent for the Addition of Sterlet Sturgeon to the Domesticated Aquatic Organism (DAO) List for Final Rulemaking – Rob Bourgeois, Fisheries Biologist

15. Receive a report on Shrimp Sampling for the Spring Season – Peyton Cagle, Fisheries Biologist

16. Set August 2018 Commission Meeting Date

17. Receive Public Comments

18. 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/9092865894006494209 

 

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. 

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ICYMI: "We urge legislators to approve Montoucet’s plan, ensuring that this paradise won't be neglected for future generations."

Release Date: 03/26/2018

The Advocate:  Our Views: Want to keep Louisiana 'The Sportsman's Paradise?' Approve Jack Montoucet's plan

Editorial: March 23, 2018
 

The last time the state of Louisiana increased its licenses for hunting and fishing, at least in any across-the-board fashion, was 2000. During the intervening years, our Southern neighbors were raising their fees and restructuring their licenses to recoup federal matching funds. That allowed them to maintain their hunting preserves and fish stocks.
 

What also happened in the intervening years?
 

The price of oil rose, in fact to historic levels, and oil and gas production on land owned and managed by the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries went into the conservation fund.
 

Everyone now knows what has happened to the price of oil since 2014 — natural gas prices have also continued to be very low in historical terms — and W&F has been slowly depleting the conservation fund balances.
 

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Body of Missing Boater Recovered from the Mermentau River

Release Date: 03/23/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement agents, Acadia Parish Fire and Rescue personnel and Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies, Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies and Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies found the deceased body of a missing boater on the Mermentau River today, March 23.

The body of Bradford Ware, 35, of Crowley, was recovered around 11 a.m. this morning on the Mermentau River on the Acadia Parish and Jefferson Davis Parish border.

The search and rescue crews received notification of the missing boater around 4:30 p.m. on March 22.  According to the operator and the other four passengers in the 18 foot vessel, they were drifting in the river.

Once they drifted close to the point where the Mermentau River intersects with Hwy. 90, Ware leaned backwards and entered the water without a personal flotation device and never resurfaced.

Authorities were notified and arrived on scene around 5 p.m. and searched for Ware until 11 p.m. on March 22.  Authorities then started the search again at 7 a.m. this morning.

Ware’s body was found near where he was reported missing and has been turned over to the Acadia Parish Coroner’s Office.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this fatal boating incident.

Boating Education Lagniappe Day Slated for April 21

Release Date: 03/22/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be hosting the eighth annual "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" on April 21 at eight different locations across the state.

During Boating Education Lagniappe Day, LDWF will provide instructors for the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) boating education course, NASBLA boating education certification, food and drinks, giveaways and door prizes all free of charge to the public.

LDWF urges the public to register quickly as most places have limited spaces available and registration is on a first come first serve basis.  To register please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating/courses and follow the links to register for one of the eight April 21 classes listed below.

Anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 must complete a NASBLA approved boating education course and carry proof of completion to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.

The 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.  Completion of the course will result in the student being issued a vessel operators certification card.

Below is the list of lagniappe class locations:

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, Anderson Seamless Gutters 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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Three Men Sentenced for Migratory Game Bird Violations

Release Date: 03/08/2018

Three men pleaded guilty to migratory game bird violations and were sentenced in the Eastern District Court in New Orleans on March 3.

Cody Cefalu, 27, of Metairie, Mitchell Messina, 24, of Metairie, and Christopher Littlejohn, 23, of Kenner, were each sentenced to pay a $1,500 fine for violations of the migratory game bird treaty act.

Cefalu, Messina and Littlejohn were also placed on one year of probation during which time they will not be allowed to hunt or enter any National Wildlife Refuge or State Wildlife Management Area anywhere in the United States.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited the three men for migratory game bird violations during the 2016-17 hunting season.

On an enforcement patrol in January of 2017, agents heard multiple shotgun blasts on Oak Island in New Orleans east.  Agents set up surveillance and observed the three subjects actively hunting migratory game birds.

After the hunt, agents identified themselves and made contact with the hunters and found the men in possession of 48 ducks, which is more than twice the daily limit.

Two Men Arrested For Oyster Theft in St. Bernard Parish

Release Date: 03/07/2018

Louisiana Department Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested two St. Bernard men for alleged oyster violations on March 5, 2018 in St. Bernard Parish.

Agents arrested Nicholas Russell, 21, and Dalton Kieff, 21, for unlawfully taking oysters from a private lease and failing to have written permission.

Agents were on patrol south of the MRGO channel when they observed Russell in a vessel actively dredging for oysters in an area not leased to him around 10:30 a.m.

Agents seized a half sack of oysters and returned them to the water.  Agents also seized one oyster dredge and placed a forfeiture order on Russell's vessel.

Agents also found that after talking to the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office that both men had active warrants for their arrests.  Agents then booked the men into the St. Bernard Parish Jail.

Unlawfully taking oysters off of a private lease and failing to have written permission both carry up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail.

The men could also face having their oyster harvester licenses revoked by LDWF for up to one year.  The violators could also be sentenced to perform 40 hours of community service and only be allowed to harvest oysters from a vessel that is equipped with a vessel monitoring device for up to one year.

Four Men Sentenced for Migratory Game Bird Violations

Release Date: 03/07/2018

Four men pleaded guilty to migratory game bird violations and were sentenced in the Eastern District Court in New Orleans on March 3.

Ty Scott, 44, of Belle Chasse, Alan Yedor II, 50, of Port Sulphur, Alfred McDonald II, 42, of Bay Minette, Ala., and Kevin Simmons, 40, of Grand Bay, Ala., were each sentenced to pay a $2,752 fine for violations of the migratory game bird treaty act.

Scott, McDonald, and Simmons were also placed on three years of probation with Yedor receiving four years.  All probation periods contained provisions of no hunting, no migratory bird hunting, and no entering a National Wildlife Refuge anywhere in the United States.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agents cited the four men for migratory game birds violations during the 2016-17 hunting season.

Agents found that the men harvested over 90 ducks and were in excess of the daily limit after hunting in the Venice area.  The men also concealed their actions by creating harvest tags with false information in order to deceive law enforcement officers.

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