Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited five subjects for alleged oyster violations in Terrebonne Parish on May 7.
Agents cited Brent M. Leboeuf, 23; Amberlly C. Leboeuf, 28; and Armando Brunet, 28, all from Houma, Jose Duron, 20, and Tito Bermudez, 22, both from New Orleans, for taking oysters during a closed season.
While on patrol agents observed an oyster vessel enter Sister Lake near dusk. Due to the numerous complaints of illegal activity on Sister Lake, agents set up surveillance and observed the vessel being used to harvest oysters on the closed seed ground. The Sister Lake public grounds did not open for the 2014-2015 oyster season.
Agents returned 20 sacks of oysters to the water and seized two dredges and the vessel.
Taking oysters during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Any person convicted of this violation may only harvest oysters from a vessel that employs a vessel monitoring system monitored by LDWF for a period of one year.
Agents participating in the case are Sgts. Bryan Marie and Richard Purvis.
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or firstname.lastname@example.org.