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Two Men Arrested For Shark Violations In Plaquemines Parish

Body of Missing Man Found in Barataria Bay

LDWF Enforcement Agents Receive DWI and Litter Enforcement Awards

LDWF Agents Arrest St. James Man for Illegally Purchasing and Selling Fish and Game

Louisiana Man Cited For Turkey Violations

National Wild Turkey Federation Honors L.D.W.F. Employees

New Iberia Resident Arrested for Shocking Fish

Missing Boater Found in Morehouse Parish

Officials Searching for Missing Boater in Morehouse Parish

Authorities Find Missing Boater in Rapides Parish

Eight Oyster Harvesters Cited For Theft In Terrebonne Parish

Joint Enforcement Patrol Leads to Citations for Two Louisiana Men

Authorities Searching for Missing Boater in Rapides Parish

 

Two Men Arrested For Shark Violations In Plaquemines Parish

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents participated in a joint enforcement patrol that resulted in two men arrested for alleged fishing violations in Plaquemines Parish on April 8.

Agents arrested Rick Nguyen, 37, of Buras, and Hung Anh Tiet, 29, of Dallas, Texas, for over the limit of sharks taken commercially, shark “finning” and intentional concealment of illegal fish and booked them into the Plaquemines Parish Jail.

Agents made contact with Nguyen and Tiet while responding to an anonymous complaint.  Agents stopped the vessel “Lady Lyanna” in Tiger Pass located in Venice.

Agents found 11 whole sharks located on the deck and a hidden compartment in the bow of the vessel that contained 12 large sacks of shark fins totaling 2,073 fins.  The bodies of the fins found in the sacks were not found on the vessel.

The 2,073 individual fins represent a total of 518 sharks possessed by the two fishermen bringing the total number of sharks possessed to 529.  The daily commercial limit for sharks in Louisiana is 33 per vessel placing the two men 496 sharks over their daily limit.

Shark “finning” is an illegal practice of removing the shark’s fins, which are the most profitable part of the shark, and then discarding the rest of the shark’s body overboard.

Over the daily commercial limit of sharks and shark “finning” each bring up to a $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Intentional concealment of illegal fish or game carries a fine up to $950 and up to 120 days in jail.

LDWF agents are continuing their investigation into this case and more penalties could be pending including civil restitution for the value of the illegally taken sharks.  Nguyen and Tiet face up to $26,450 in civil restitution penalties based off of an estimated value of $50 per shark.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Adam Young and Senior Agent Villere Reggio.

 

Body of Missing Man Found in Barataria Bay

 Search and rescue teams located the deceased body of a missing person in Jefferson Parish in Barataria Bay today, April 6.

Louis Adams, 64, of Barataria, was found by two fishermen early this morning.  The two fishermen then directed Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) agents and Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office (JPSO) deputies to the location of the body.  LDWF agents and JPSO deputies recovered the body at 7:30 a.m. and turned it over to the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office.

According to his wife, on April 4 Adams left for work at Nunez Seafood in Barataria in his pirogue, which he used almost every day to get to and from work across the bayou from their house.  After hearing that her husband didn’t make it to work, Adams’ wife contacted authorities around noon.

Adams’ body was found less than a half mile from where authorities believe his pirogue went under.  Search crews recovered his pirogue on April 5 using LDWF’s sidescan sonar.

LDWF is the lead investigative agency to determine the cause of this boating incident.  Investigators believe that heavy rain, winds and current were contributing factors to the incident.

The U.S. Coast Guard, Jefferson Parish Fire Department and the Lafitte Fire Department also participated in the search.

 

LDWF Enforcement Agents Receive DWI and Litter Enforcement Awards

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents received litter and driving or operating a boat while intoxicated (DWI) enforcement awards at the April 5 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting held in Baton Rouge.

Senior Agent Byron Cammack, 42, of Pineville, accepted the 7th annual KLB "Litter Enforcement Officer of the Year" award from KLB Executive Director Leigh Harris.  Cammack also received the LDWF “Litter Enforcement Officer of the Year” award.  Sgt. Toby Miller, 33, of Kentwood, took home the LDWF Enforcement Division “DWI Agent of the Year” award from LDWF Chief of Enforcement Col. Winton Vidrine for emphasizing DWI enforcement on the water and land.

“These awards confirm another job well done by our Enforcement Division and agents in helping to keep our woods and waterways clean and safe at the same time,” said Col. Vidrine.  “In addition to protecting the state’s resources such as fish and game, our agents are well trained in DWI and litter detection and enforcement.”

Miller is a 12 year veteran of the Enforcement Division who works out of the LDWF Region 7 Office in Baton Rouge and is assigned to patrol the St. Helena Parish area.

Cammack is a seven-year veteran of the Enforcement Division who works out of the LDWF Region 3 Office in Pineville and is assigned to patrol the Rapides Parish area.  This is the third time he has won the KLB award for litter enforcement.

"This department is one of our best partners in litter prevention and enforcement," said Harris.  "With law enforcement agencies like LDWF, people now believe they can get ticketed for littering.  These littering tickets are a big reason in how we are going to change behaviors and attitudes towards littering in this state becoming unacceptable."

LDWF agents issued 186 DWI citations in 2011 statewide for those impaired operators of both vessels and vehicles.  In Louisiana, a DWI can be issued to anyone operating a moving vessel or vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.  First offense DWI on the water or on the road carries a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.  Second offense DWI brings a $750 to $1,000 fine and between 30 days and six months in jail.  Third offense DWI carries a $5,000 fine and between one and five years in jail.

LDWF agents issued 904 citations for simple, intentional and gross littering during 2011.  The penalties for littering violations are fines between $75 and $1,000 and up to eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program.

 

LDWF Agents Arrest St. James Man for Illegally Purchasing and Selling Fish and Game

 Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested a St. James man for alleged multiple wildlife and fishery violations on April 3.

After executing a search warrant of his residence, agents arrested Roy Folse, 66, for the illegal purchase and selling of game fish and wildlife among other charges and booked him into the St. James Parish Prison.

LDWF undercover agents have investigated Folse since 2007 when they first sold him two red snapper.  Over the course of the investigation, undercover agents sold and purchased game fish and wildlife from Folse or witnessed Folse selling or purchasing game fish and wildlife in St. James, Ascension, Iberville and St. John parishes.

According to the offense report, undercover agents sold Folse over 1,800 crappie and 84 bowfin.  Undercover agents also witnessed Folse purchase 130 pounds of deer sausage and three deer hindquarters and sell over 1,000 crappie, 74 bowfin and two deer hindquarters.

Future charges are also pending against Folse and his associates from which he bought or sold game fish and wildlife.

Agents charged Folse with 55 citations for crimes committed between March of 2010 to January of 2012 in the following parishes:

In St. James Parish: 13 counts of purchasing game fish; 12 counts of selling game fish; one count of selling fish without a wholesale/retail license; one count of transporting fish without the required license; one count of failing to maintain records; one count of taking commercial fish without a commercial license; and one count of taking commercial fish without a gear license.

In Iberville Parish: four counts of purchasing deer meat; two counts of selling deer meat; two counts of transporting fish without the required license; two counts of buying fish without a wholesale/retail license; and two counts of failing to maintain records.

In Ascension Parish: two counts of buying fish without a wholesale/retail license; two counts of failing to maintain records; two counts of transporting fish without the required license; one count of selling deer meat; and one count of selling game fish.

In St. John Parish: one count of buying fish without a wholesale/retail license; one count of maintaining records; and one count of transporting fish without the required license.

Selling and purchasing game fish brings a $350 to $500 fine and 30 days in jail for the first offense.  Second offense carries a $500 to $1,000 fine and 60 days in jail.  For each subsequent offense, Folse faces up to a $1,000 to $2,000 fine and 90 days in jail.

Selling and purchasing deer meat brings a $500 to $750 fine and up to 30 days in jail for the first offense.  For all subsequent offenses, Folse faces a $750 to $1,000 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

Taking game fish illegally brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 180 days in jail.

Selling fish without a wholesale/retail license, failing to maintain records, transporting fish without the required license, taking commercial fish without a commercial license or gear license each bring a fine between $250 and $500 and up to 90 days in jail.  A second offense carries a $500 to $800 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  All subsequent offenses bring a $750 to $1,000 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

LDWF strike force agents participating in the case were Lt. Joe Arnaud, Sgt. Davis Madere, Sgt. Todd Laviolette, Senior Agent William Boyd, Senior Agent Doug Danna, Agent Jake Darden and undercover agents.

 

Louisiana Man Cited For Turkey Violations

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a man for alleged turkey hunting violations on March 24 in the Atchafalaya Basin.

Agents cited Ted A. Lewis, 67, of Pride, for taking over the limit of turkeys and failing to tag turkeys.

Agents working in the Atchafalaya Basin on opening day of turkey season on Jakes Bayou in St. Martin Parish heard gun shots.  After investigating the shots, agents found Lewis in possession of two turkey gobblers that were untagged.  The legal limit for turkeys is one per day and two per season.

Possession of over the limit of turkeys carries a fine of $250 to $500 and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to tag turkeys brings a fine of $100 to $350 and up to 60 days in jail.  Lewis was also assessed a civil restitution penalty for the value of the two turkeys totaling $3,079.

Agents participating in the case were Sgts. Brian Theriot and Ronald Hebert and Senior Agent Donnie Bozeman.

 

National Wild Turkey Federation Honors L.D.W.F. Employees

March 23, 2012-- Three Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) employees were recently honored at the Louisiana Chapter-National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) awards banquet.

Enforcement Division Sgt. Curtis Belton received the state NWFT “Agent of the Year” award for his outstanding work enforcing wild turkey regulations in southwest Louisiana. Belton, from Leesville, received the award for the second time in his 12-year career.

WMA Supervisor Lynn Bennett was awarded the state NWTF “WMA Technician of the Year” award for his assistance in capturing wild turkey gobblers for harvest studies on southwest Louisiana  WMAs and National Forest lands.  Bennett, from Leesville, also received a second time in his 12 years with LDWF. 

Tony Vidrine, from Arnaudville, won the state NWTF “Biologist of the Year” award.  Vidrine serves as the Mississippi Alluvial Valley-South region manager and has assisted with wild turkey restocking and research in that area during his 28 years of LDWF service.

The NWTF continues to be a valued partner with the LDWF to conserve wild turkeys in Louisiana.

 

New Iberia Resident Arrested for Shocking Fish

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division Agents arrested a New Iberia man for allegedly shocking fish on March 16.

Agents arrested James J. Bourg, 33, for taking fish with a shocking device, taking commercial fish without a commercial license or commercial gear license, possessing unlabeled catfish, failing to complete trip tickets and theft of crab traps and booked him onto the Iberia Parish Jail.

Agents witnessed Bourg illegally taking fish with a shocking device in the Atchafalaya Basin in Iberia Parish.  During the execution of a search warrant, LDWF agents recovered an electronic shocking device and electronic components used in the manufacturing of additional devices.

Agents also discovered records of Bourg taking and selling catfish without the required licenses.  Bourg was also in violation of not completing trip tickets and labeling requirements on packages of the fish for sale.

Bourg was also found to be in possession of two stolen crab traps.  Agents seized 65 pounds of catfish along with the record information of previous and future proposed sales of catfish.  Agents also seized a 16 foot boat with a 50 horsepower motor and trailer belonging to Bourg, which was used in the illegal taking of the fish.

Taking fish illegally carries a fine between $400 and $950 and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking or selling commercial fish without a commercial license brings a $350 to $500 fine and up to 30 days and forfeiture of anything seized.  Taking or selling commercial fish without a commercial gear license carries $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

Possession of stolen crab traps carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to complete trip tickets and possession of unlabeled catfish for sale brings a $250 to $500 and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.

Agents participating in this case were Sgt. James Rhodes, Senior Agent David Boudreaux, Senior Agent Jerry Stassi and Senior Agent Anthony Adams.

 

Missing Boater Found in Morehouse Parish

Search and rescue teams located the deceased body of a missing boater in Morehouse Parish on Jones Lake today, March 16.

Walter Sims, 51, of Jones, was found by the Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s Office (MPSO) this morning after five days of searching.  Search crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office and West Carroll Sheriff’s Office also participated in the search.

Sims was last seen fishing alone around 2:30 p.m. on March 10.  When Sims didn’t return home at dark, a concerned family member contacted the MPSO at 11:30 p.m.

Authorities believe Sims may have fallen into the water.  His 14 foot aluminum boat was found tied up to the lake’s bank directly behind his home. 

Sims’ body was turned over to the Morehouse Parish Coroner’s Office to determine a cause of death.  LDWF is the lead investigative agency to determine the cause of this boating incident.  Contributing factors to the incident are unknown at this time.

 

Officials Searching for Missing Boater in Morehouse Parish

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents and Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s Office (MPSO) deputies are searching for a missing boater on Jones Lake in Morehouse Parish.

Searchers are looking for Walter Sims, 51, of Jones, who was last seen fishing alone around 2:30 p.m. on March 10.  When Sims didn’t return home at dark, a concerned family member contacted the MPSO at 11:30 p.m. 

Authorities believe Sims may have fallen into the water.  His 14 foot aluminum boat was found tied up to the lake’s bank directly behind his home. 

Authorities continue to search for Sims on land and water.  LDWF has deployed their sonar technology, search boats and ATVs to the scene.  The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office has sent their dive team and the West Carroll Sheriff’s Office has assisted with an air search.

LDWF and MPSO are jointly investigating Sims disappearance.

 

Authorities Find Missing Boater in Rapides Parish

Search and rescue teams located the deceased body of a missing boater on Kincaid Lake today, March 9.

William B. Galloway, 53, was found by the Allen Parish Fire Department’s Dive Team shortly after 12 p.m. after two and a half days of searching.  Search crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office (RPSO) and the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office also participated in the search.

Galloway went fishing alone around 1:20 p.m. on March 6 and was supposed to return at dark.  When Galloway didn’t return at dark, a concerned family member contacted authorities at 7:50 p.m.

Authorities searched for Galloway throughout the night and found his 18 ½ foot fiberglass boat with the 150 horsepower motor idling on the bank of the lake around 10:30 p.m. on March 6.

LDWF deployed their sonar technology, and dive teams from the RPSO and Allen Parish Fire Department assisted in the search.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency to determine the cause of this boating incident.  Contributing factors to the incident are unknown at this time.

Galloway’s body has been turned over to the Rapides Parish Coroner’s Office to determine a cause of death.

 

Eight Oyster Harvesters Cited For Theft In Terrebonne Parish

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited eight subjects for alleged oyster violations in Terrebonne Parish on March 6.

While on oyster-growing-area patrol in Bayou Coyell, agents found four vessels dredging oysters from a private lease without the lease owner's permission.

Agents cited Dempsey Jackson, 45, from Lake Charles; William Anthony Tillman III,  26, from Sulphur; Rusty Henry, 20, and Dusty Paul Henry, 22, Carolyn Arnold, 27, Harris Guidry Jr., 35, Timothy Blanchard, 26, Cody Lebouef, 22, all from Chauvin; for unlawfully taking oysters from a private lease and failure to have written permission.

Agents seized the boats and dredges and returned 33 sacks of oysters to the water.

Unlawfully taking oysters from a private lease is a fine between $900 and $950, up to 120 days in jail and forfeiture of anything seized.  Failure to have written permission is punishable by a fine of $400 to $900 and up to 120 days in jail.

Any person convicted of these violations may for one year after the date of such conviction only harvest oysters from a vessel that employs a vessel monitoring system.  Access to the monitoring system shall be granted to LDWF.  For that year, the person convicted of these violations shall identify for the department which vessel will be used to harvest oysters.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Bryan Marie and Agent Norman Deroche.

 

Joint Enforcement Patrol Leads to Citations for Two Louisiana Men

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents participated in a joint enforcement patrol that resulted in two Louisiana men being cited for alleged fishing violations in Plaquemines Parish on March 5.

Agents cited Robert J. Canty, 32, of Slidell, for taking over the daily commercial limit of sharks and Long Van Pham, 33, of Kenner, for taking red snapper during a closed recreational red snapper season.  The joint enforcement patrol was in conjunction with the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Agents made contact with Canty in South Pass located near Venice and inspected his catch.  Agents found him in possession of 96 sharks, which is 63 sharks over the allowable commercial daily limit.

Agents stopped Pham near the Venice Marina to conduct a catch inspection and found him to be in possession of 15 red snapper.  The 2012 recreational red snapper season is currently closed and is slated to open on June 1.

Taking over the limit of commercial sharks carries a fine up to $350 and up to 60 days in jail.  Canty may also face civil restitution fines for the value of the illegally taken sharks.

The penalty for taking red snapper during a closed season carries a fine up to $350 and up to 60 days in jail.  Pham may also face civil restitution fines totaling $430 for the value of the illegally taken red snapper.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Adam Young and Senior Agent Villere Reggio.

 

Authorities Searching for Missing Boater in Rapides Parish

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents and Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office (RPSO) deputies are searching for a missing boater on Kincaid Lake in Rapides Parish.

Searchers are looking for William B. Galloway, 53, of Boyce, who went fishing alone around 1:20 p.m. on March 6 and was supposed to return at dark. When Galloway didn’t return at dark, a concerned family member contacted authorities at 7:50 p.m.

Authorities searched for Galloway throughout the night and found his 18 ½ foot fiberglass boat with the 150 horsepower motor idling on the bank of the lake around 10:30 p.m.

LDWF has deployed their sonar technology and the RPSO has sent their dive team to help in the search.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency to determine the cause of this boating incident. Contributing factors to the incident are unknown at this time.