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Two Louisiana Men Cited for Commercial Fishing Violations

Release Date: 12/05/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two mullet fishermen on Dec. 4 for alleged commercial fishing violations in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents cited Clayton M. Buras, 35, of Franklinton, and Joseph L. Neal, 39, of Boothville, for taking commercial mullet during illegal hours.

Agents were responding to complaints of illegal mullet fishing when they observed the two subjects shining the water in an attempt to locate mullet.  Agents then stopped the vessel and found mullet strike net filled with mullet still alive around 3 a.m. near Port Eads in South Pass.

Agents seized 1,966 pounds of mullet and a 1,200-foot mullet strike net.  Louisiana law prohibits the commercial taking of mullet after legal sunset.

Taking commercial mullet during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

The two may also face a mandatory mullet permit suspension for a conviction of illegal fishing.  There is a mandatory one-year suspension for first conviction, two year suspension for a second conviction and a life suspension for a third conviction.

Agents Cite Night Hunters in Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 12/05/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two subjects for alleged night hunting violations in Plaquemines Parish on Dec. 4.

Agents cited Mikal Black, 19, and Adrienne Black, 49, both of Port Sulphur, for hunting wild game quadrupeds during illegal hours and hunting from a public roadway.

Agents were patrolling an area in west Pointe a la Hache around 12:45 a.m. on Dec. 4 when they observed a vehicle driving slowly along the shoulder of Hwy. 23.  Agents watched the subjects for several minutes as they actively shined the side of the roadway with a spotlight in a manner that is common for hunting with a spotlight.

The agents then made contact with the subjects and found that they were in possession of six freshly killed rabbits and two firearms.  Agents seized the six rabbits, two rifles and two spotlights.

Hunting rabbits during illegal hours brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting from a public roadway brings a $100 to $350 fine or imprisonment for not more than sixty days, or both, for the first offense.  The two subjects may also face civil restitution totaling $190 for the replacement value of the illegally taken rabbits.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting to Meet Thursday, December 7

Release Date: 12/04/2017

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, December 7, 2017, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA

 
1.     Call to Order

2.     Pledge of Allegiance

3.     Roll Call

4.     Adoption of November 2, 2017 Commission Meeting Minutes

5.     Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

a.         Recognition and Presentation of Plaque to Commissioner Pat Manuel

b.         Recognition and Presentation of Certificate to former Colonel Joseph “Joey” Broussard

6.     Enforcement Report November 2017 – Captain Edward Skena

7.     Receive Update on Louisiana Black Bear Post De-Listing Monitoring – Maria Davidson, Program Manager

8.     Receive Update on Chronic Wasting Disease – Johnathan Bordelon, Deer Program Manager

9.     To consider amendment to previously approved Notice of Intent, to specifically address comments received from the House Natural Resources Committee (legislative oversight), with regard to safety and importation of Sterlet Sturgeon – Rob Bourgeois, Biologist

10.    Set April 2018 Commission Meeting Date

11.  Receive Public Comments

12.  Adjournment

To access a live stream of the event, please register for the October 2017 LWF Commission Meeting on November 2, 2017 9:30 AM CDT at:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1755287138035478531 

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

LDWF Agents Cite 16 People in Terrebonne Parish for Harvesting Oysters from a Polluted Area

Release Date: 11/28/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents have cited 16 people from six different vessels for alleged oyster violations on Nov. 23 in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents cited Carlos L. Garcia, 25, of Montegut; Daniel A. Mendez, 35, of Montegut; Antonio C. Aquado, 61, of Houma; Meguel A. Rojas, 45, of San Leon, Texas; Abraham Mendoza-Saaverdra, 22, of Houma; Juan Cardenas-Arredongo, 43, of Houma; Jose Cardenas-Calderon, 24, of Houma; Erica M. Trosclair, 40, of Houma; Mario Gomez, 40, of Houma; Mateo S. Samitez, 25, of Houma; Rios Bernardo, 30, of Gray; Javier Moreno-Mendez, 33, of Gray; Diego Montoya-Garawto, 53, of Bourg; Omar M. Reyes, 25, of Houma; Jose Luis Yanez Ramirez, 37, of Theriot; and Hermico Gomez-Luna, 28, of Houma; for taking oysters from an unapproved polluted area.

Agents were on patrol in Sister Lake when they observed six vessels actively dredging for oysters in unapproved polluted waters.  Agents seized a total of 77 sacks of oysters and returned them to the water.

Taking oysters from an unapproved polluted area brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  The men could also face having their oyster harvester licenses revoked by LDWF for up to one year.  The violators could also be sentenced to perform 40 hours of community service and only be allowed to harvest oysters from a vessel that is equipped with a vessel monitoring device for up to one year.

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