A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent cited three subjects in Lafourche Parish for alleged oyster violations on March 30.
While on patrol, the agent spotted a vessel and its crew harvesting oysters in an unapproved area on Bayou Faleau. The agent also observed the crew harvesting on a private lease without permission from the owner.
Agents made contact with the occupants and cited John P. Bruce, 50, Jace P. Griffin, 28, and Jarrod P. Bruce, 29, all from Galliano, for harvesting oysters from an unapproved polluted area, unlawfully taking oysters off a private lease without written permission.
The agent seized the dredges and returned 10 sacks of oysters to the water. He also seized the vessel on a department seizure order.
Taking oysters from an unapproved polluted area and without permission from the owner each brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. The men could also have their oyster harvester licenses revoked by the department 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 with a vessel monitoring device for up to one year.
The agent participating in the case is Sgt. Bryan Marie.
For more information, contact Adam Einck at firstname.lastname@example.org or 225-765-2465.