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Whats going on? Notice the name on the side of this boat as posted in the 'gallery' section of our own Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Website! Why would our State with an ongoing battle over Federal waters Snapper fishing be enforcing those very laws?!!!!!!! I hear tell they are are enforcing the 'grey area' between our claimed Louisiana waters and the Feds. Maybe Sen. Vitter and LDWF can write an op-ed piece on this situation, who's side is the state on. Snapper fisherman, we need to get organized, NOBODY has our backs!
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I think they just boat pooling to save gas, since Obama and cronnies don't want to let us drill in our own country or run pipelines!!
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   motorboat
That is the federal enforcement arm of LDWF. I can attest that it is a very very very fast boat.
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   Yak-a-Lou
All of Louisiana's wildlife agents are federally commissioned and have the ability enforce laws at the city/parish/state AND federal level.

Examples of federal enforcement conducted by LDWF agents:
offshore/reef fisheries,
migratory game birds throughout the state,
endangered or threatened species inland, inshore or offshore.
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The feds pay for all of those boats and fuel that ldwf use for offshore enforcement, that's why the name is posted on the side of the vessel.
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the feds pay or the state pays don't matter!!! the bottom line is we pay for everything!!!
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Follow the money. The Feds give the state money as long as they enforce federal laws for them. But then the Fed controls the state as long as they take the money. Just like your local public schools cafeteria menu is dictated by Washington because the states are taking Fed funds. A pitfall of the ole politician who brings home the bacon. As long as the state continues to receive federal funds they must enforce federal law. As for the gray area its a fox in the hen house situation. If a federal agent decides to ride with them they have no choice but to enforce the federal waters. If its just the state boys riding around in the nice new boat the feds paid for then all is well. Best thing would be for the state to quit taking federal money
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   feeshfry
I was visited by two different LDWF boats within 30min/2miles of each other south of grand isle around 10miles out last weekend. Both were very polite and did only a cursory check. I even remembered to ask the second about where exactly the state recognized line ended. The officer invited me aboard and showed me his chart plotter. He gave me the coordinates to draw a line to use for reference.
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there is no way a state will quit taking feds money!!! first they cant afford it and if they do the state will go broke and that leaves no money to steal!!!
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If LDWF wouldn't be out there you would complain. So beings you obviously have NO idea on how the Department operates how bout ya mind your OWN business!!!! Thank you
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   rwray
You tell us to mind our own business when it comes to a tax dollar funded organization?

Are you out of your mind!!!

It is our RIGHT and OBLIGATION to question all aspects of how this organization is being run and how the monet allocated to it is being spent.

You tell us to mind our own business? That is our business
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LDWF doesn't receive everything from tax dollars!!! And LDWF Agents wouldn't be federally commissioned the federal waters off of our state would not get patrolled as regularly as they do!! So yea AGAIN mind your OWN business!!
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   rwray
Tell me where else does funding for lwf come from.

They get federal money which comes from the taxpayers.

They get state money which comes from the taxpayers.

They get money from law infractions

They get grant money for research partially federal grant (Taxpayers)

They get grant money from private groups/speecial interest groups

The majority of the money funding any civil service organization is through taxpayers.
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I think the way hes talking he might be an agent!!
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   rwray
Or maybe something else like a troll trying to incite an uproar
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would you mind if I send your mind your own business comments to Obama and Hillary? they are running out of their own dumb comments and sure would love to use yours!!!! THANKS
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deercomander85 aint no troll, he is just a young gung-ho agent, trying to make a name for himself!!!!
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IIRC the LDWF is the only state agency that is self funded and does not receive money from the general fund, although any surplus they may have goes back into the general fund. Federal money is necessary as they rely on license sales to generate their operating budget.
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Finally someone who knows what they are talking about!! Thanks again brother!!
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   rwray
You are correct in one thing that I was not aware of.

LDWF does not currently recieve appropriations from the sates general funding.

However; the majority of its operating budget comes from three federal grants and license sales.

Federal Grants are taxpayer funded and make up the majority of funds that operate LDWF.

That being said I still believe we as the tax paying public have a right to voice our opinion, positve or negative, and inquire how these funds are being allocated within the department.
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Pittman Robertson Act = LDWF funding
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   rwray
Monies received through taxation as I stated.
LDWF is not self funded.

Thanks Bayou
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