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Body of Port Barre Man Recovered from Toledo Bend

Release Date: 03/21/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents recovered the body of a Port Barre man on March 20 from Toledo Bend in Sabine Parish.

LDWF agents found the unresponsive body of Philip D. LeBlanc, 71, in the Pirates Cove area of Toledo Bend around 6 p.m.  Agents then transported LeBlanc to the Pirates Cove Marina where medical personnel pronounced him dead at the scene.  His body was turned over to the Sabine Parish Coroner’s office to determine an official cause of death.

Agents were called to the scene around 4:30 p.m. after being notified of an unmanned vessel.

Agents learned that a witness observed LeBlanc fishing in the area from the front deck of his vessel.  Moments later the witness saw the same vessel without LeBlanc in the vessel.  The witness then made contact with the 21 foot vessel and found the trolling motor on without an operator on board.  The witness was able to call authorities to begin searching for LeBlanc in the water.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this fatal boating incident.  LeBlanc was recovered without a personal flotation device.

Six Alabama Men Cited for Closed Season Shrimping in St. Bernard Parish

Release Date: 03/21/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited six men for alleged illegal shrimping on March 17 in St. Bernard Parish.

Agents cited, William Byrd, 42, Jobie Nelson, 38, Jack Harmon, 39, Joseph Nelson, 40, all of Grand Bay Ala., Derek Bateman, 29, of Coden, Ala., and Joshua Sprinkle, 30, of Irvington, Ala., for taking shrimp in state waters during a closed season.

Agents observed the six men onboard two separate vessels actively trawling for shrimp inside state waters ten miles inside the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet.  Agents boarded the vessels and found harvested shrimp on board as well as shrimp in the trawls. Agents seized 1,450 pounds of shrimp onboard, which were subsequently sold at the dock.

Shrimping 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.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. David Nunez, Sgts Mike Garrity, and Keith Francis, Senior Agents Richard Clark, Travis Bartlett, Kyle Haydel, Jason Gernados and Blaine Wagner.

Summerfield Man Arrested for Hunting Violations in Claiborne Parish

Release Date: 03/20/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a Summerfield man for alleged hunting violations this morning, March 20, in Claiborne Parish.

Agents arrested Zachary J. Verdin, 24, for hunting turkey during a closed season, failing to comply with turkey tagging requirements, and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.

Agents were on patrol this morning when they found a man trying to call turkeys into his area and possessing a 12 gauge shotgun.  After making contact with Verdin, he admitted to actively hunting turkey.  Turkey season doesn’t open until March 25.

After further questioning, Verdin also admitted to not tagging a turkey his son killed during the youth hunt on March 19.  He also confessed to killing three antlerless deer this past hunting season of which none were tagged or validated.

Verdin was arrested and booked into the Claiborne Parish Detention Center.

Hunting turkey during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to comply with turkey and deer tagging requirements each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.

Agents also seized Verdin’s 12-gauge shotgun and three turkey calls.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Jared McIver, Senior Agent Will Holomon, and Senior Agent Bryant Coburn.

Two Men Caught Shrimping In Closed Area

Release Date: 03/20/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two men for alleged illegal shrimping on March 17 in Iberia Parish.

Agents cited Hoang D. Nguyen, 55, of Katy, Texas, and Nile L. Franklin, 52, of Gretna, for taking shrimp in state waters during a closed season.

Agents observed the two men onboard a vessel actively trawling for shrimp inside state waters southeast of Marsh Island Refuge.  Agents boarded the vessel and found harvested shrimp on board as well as shrimp in the trawls.

Agents returned the shrimp from the trawls back to the water.  Agents also seized 3,409 pounds of sacked shrimp onboard, which were subsequently sold at the dock.

Shrimping 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.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Jesse Savoie, Sgt. Justin Sonnier, Sgt. David Sanford, and Senior Agent Nathan Vanya.

Friends of the Louisiana Whooping Crane Newsletter

Dear Friend of the Louisiana Whooping Cranes,



Please find the link below to the first quarterly newsletter for 2017. As always, we appreciate your continued support of our efforts to restore this important species to its historic Louisiana habitat.

One More Day to Submit LEEC Grant Applications

March 17, 2017 is the final day to submit applications for LEEC grants. Applications will be accepted via electronic submission only. See links to guidelines and applications for each category below.

 

Educator Grants - Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact Louisiana students - Those eligible: Accredited K-12 Louisiana schools - Maximum award: $1,000 for 1 teacher or $2,000 for a team

Guidelines: http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2017-2018-LEEC-Educator-Grant-Guidelines

Application:http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2017-2018-LEEC-Educator-Grant-Application

 

Professional Development Grants - Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact preservice and/or in-service educators in Louisiana - Those eligible: Louisiana education, state, or environmental agencies, colleges, universities, or 501(C)(3) nonprofit organizations - Maximum award: $2,500 – 

Guidelines: http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2017-2018-LEEC-Professional-Development-Grant-Guidelines

Application: http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2017-2018-LEEC-Professional-Development-Grant-Application

 

University Research Grants - Post-graduate research with a focus on environmental issues - Those eligible: Students attending Louisiana colleges or universities and who are working toward a Masters, Ph.D., or conducting Ph.D. research are eligible to apply on behalf of their school - Maximum award: $1,200 – 

Guidelines: http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2017-2018-LEEC-University-Research-Grant-Guidelines

Application: http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2017-2018-LEEC-University-Research-Grant-Application

 

Green Schools Grants - Supports projects designed to reduce a school’s environmental impact, reduce health disparities that can aggravate achievement gaps, and engage students in hands-on learning. Proposals to be considered are those that align with pillars found in the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Program: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/green-schools-pillars-and-elements - Those eligible: Accredited K-12 Louisiana schools - Maximum award: $5,000 - 

Guidelines: http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2017-2018-LEEC-Green-Schools-Grant-Guidelines

Application: http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2017-2018-LEEC-Green-Schools-Grant-Application

 

For more information on these grants or the 2017 Environmental Education State Symposium, visit our website at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec. Or contact: Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries vortego@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Participating in “Spring Aboard” Boating Safety Campaign

Release Date: 03/15/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) are encouraging boaters to enroll in a boating education course prior to the kickoff of the boating season.

LDWF will be participating in the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) Spring Aboard-Take a Boating Education Course campaign by providing seven free boating education courses across the state from March 19-25.

Developed by NASBLA, and produced under a grant administered by the U.S. Coast Guard, the annual Spring Aboard campaign informs and motivates boaters to prepare for the boating season by providing information on how to enroll in a boating knowledge or skills based education course.  The campaign emphasizes enrollment in courses verified as meeting the national boating knowledge or skill standard.

“We are excited to be a part of the Spring Aboard initiative and are always looking for ways to get the public involved in one of our free safe boating courses,” said Lt. Col. Sammy Martin, Louisiana’s state boating law administrator.  “We feel that safe boating course offers something for any skill level on the water and encourage everyone that boats to take one.”

Boating education courses are mandatory for anyone in Louisiana born after Jan. 1, 1984 who operates a motorboat over 10 horsepower.  To register for an LDWF boating education course please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating/courses.

LDWF implemented Louisiana’s safe boating education program in 2003 and since that time have certified over 99,000 boaters.

U.S. Coast Guard statistics indicate that of the accidents where the level of operator education was known, 80 percent of boating deaths occurred on boats where the boat operator had never received boating education instruction.

LEEC eNews Bulletin: Watershed Webs Summer Workshop Announced

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LEEC eNews Bulletin: Watershed Webs Summer Workshop Announced


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