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LDWF selects new boating law administrator

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Rachel Zechenelly

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has appointed a new state Boating Law Administrator (BLA), which will represent Louisiana on the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).

Capt. Rachel Zechenelly, of Baton Rouge, is replacing Col. Jeff Mayne as Louisiana's BLA after Col. Mayne stepped down from the position when he was promoted to the head of the LDWF Enforcement Division in June.

Zechenelly said she will expand education outreach programs to paddle sports due to a significant increase in people kayaking, paddle boarding and canoeing. She is originally from Pearl River and joined the LDWF Enforcement Division in 1999.

Zechenelly was assigned to LDWF Enforcement Division's Headquarters Staff in 2005 in Baton Rouge as the boating education coordinator. In May of 2011, she was promoted to captain and put in charge of LDWF's Boating Safety Enforcement and Waterways Management. She currently oversees the Enforcement Division's marine theft investigations, boating crash incident investigations, and the statewide boating safety education program.

She has participated and coordinated the Enforcement Division's emergency response for Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike and Isaac, the BP Oil Spill in 2010, and the Mississippi River Spring 2011 Flood event.

Zechenelly completed the U.S. Coast Guard's Marine Patrol Officer Course and the month long National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's Marine Law Enforcement Training Program. She also completed the NASBLA Comprehensive Boating Accident Investigation and Analysis Course.