Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries

Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – Enforcement Division(LDWF) is the fish & game regulatory agency of Louisiana. It has jurisdictionanywhere in the state, and in state territorial waters. The agency enforces both state and federal laws dealing with hunting, fishing, and boating safety. The agency also enforces criminal laws in rural areas including DWI enforcement both on highways and waterways. Most of the Department’s Wildlife Agents also carry Federal law enforcement commissions issued from the United States Department of the Interior - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and United States Department of Commerce - U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). These federal commissions allow these state officers to enforce federal migratory waterfowl laws and federal marine fisheries laws in state and federal waters off the coast of Louisiana. Besides their traditional role as a “game warden”, Louisiana Wildlife Enforcement Agents also have a number of other responsibilities, including conducting board of health inspections on some portions of the state’s commercial fishing industry. Agents are trained in and conduct numerous search and rescue operations, both in remote land areas and on the state’s waterways. Agents ensure that hunters, anglers, boaters, dealers, breeders, farmers, and transporters are in compliance with regulations governing equipment, quotas, licenses, and registrations. Agents also assist other State departments and law enforcement agencies in the coordination of educational and professional endeavors, as well as national and state emergency alerts by the Federal Office of Emergency Preparedness. In addition, agents perform search and rescue missions alone or in conjunction with other local, state, and federal agencies.

Areas of Expertise: Regulation of fish and game in the state of Louisiana

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Louisiana WFC Sets 2014 Spring Shrimp Season

The dates for the 2014 Louisiana spring shrimp season were set today at the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission based on information provided by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and on public comments. LDWF provided projections of the dates when a minimum of…

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The 2014 Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) State Tournament.

2014 ALAS State Tournament Attracts Record Number of Competitors

The 2014 Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) State Tournament, held March 1 in Alexandria, set a record for participating students and schools. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) hosted the competition at the LSU Ag Center’s State Emergency Shelter. “Student enthusiasm for target-style…

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Sidney Cantelli and Bubby Lamy.

108 Fish Tagged in LASS Redfish Opener

The Louisiana Saltwater Series Redfish Tournament opened its 2014 season on Saturday at Boudreaux’s Marina in Cocodrie, La. Participating anglers brought in 108 fish to be tagged and released as part of the Department’s flourishing Louisiana Cooperative Marine Fish Tagging Program. Taking home over $4,000…

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