Litter problem closes portion of Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge

Litter problem closes portion of Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 5:42pm

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) have closed a portion of Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge (SWR) due to litter problems caused by recreational fishermen.

The water management control system structure, known locally as Mud Hole, in that portion of Rockefeller SWR located within Cameron Parish will be closed until further notice.

Refuge regulations prohibit littering, which includes not returning of by-catch recreational cast-netting to the water.

Only accessible by boat the banks of the water control system are now home to unsanitary conditions that were caused by an accumulation of by-catch fish, mostly menhaden, due to the public’s disregard of the refuge’s regulations.

This area of the refuge will remain closed until further notice to insure the area is once again safe for public use.

Those who violate the litter regulations of refuge once it reopens can receive a citation for failure to comply from the LDWF. Individuals are encouraged to report violators to Operation Game Thief at 1-800-442-2511
 

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