Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited a St. Bernard man for alleged oyster violations on Feb. 14.
Agents cited Bruce Guerra III, 33, for using an illegal scraper and taking over the limit of oysters on a public seed ground.
Agents observed Guerra fishing for oysters on the public seed ground in Drum Bay located within St. Bernard Parish. Agents found him with 70 mini sacks of oysters on board his vessel. The daily limit for the seed ground is 20 sacks, which is equivalent to 60 mini sacks.
Agents also found the teeth on his scrapers he was using to harvest oysters were 6 inches long. Scrapers for use on a public seed ground may not be longer than 5 inches long.
Using an illegal scraper and taking over the limit of oysters on a public seed ground each bring a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Agents returned the 70 mini sacks of oysters to the public oyster seed ground in Drum Bay.
Agents participating in the case are Lt. David Nunez, Sgt. Charles Strain and Senior Agent Brett Nabors.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two men for alleged commercial fish selling violations in Calcasieu Parish on Jan. 25.
Agents cited Kenny J. Menard, 45, of Rayne, and Jessie L. Dupuis Jr., 43, of Lafayette, for theft by fraudulent sales, selling shrimp without a retail seafood license and failing to maintain records.
Agents responded to a tip from two Hayes residents complaining about being shorted on shrimp they bought from two door to door shrimp salesmen on Jan. 25, 2017.
During the investigation, agents determined the two Hayes men were shorted about half of their agreed purchase amount of shrimp. Agents were able to identify the sellers of the shrimp and found that the men were not licensed to sell shrimp.
On Feb. 8, agents secured arrest warrants for the two men. Menard was arrested on Feb. 9 in Acadia Parish and is awaiting transport to Calcasieu Parish. Dupuis Jr. turned himself in to Calcasieu Parish authorities on Feb. 13.
Theft by fraudulent sales carries up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail. Failing to maintain records and selling shrimp without a retail seafood license each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.
LDWF agents participating in the case are Sgts. Justin Sonnier and David Sanford.
Registration is filling up for the first annual Green Schools Youth Summit. Students in grades 5-12 are invited to share and learn from others about ideas and projects that have helped schools to conserve resources, improve student health & wellness, and promote environmental & sustainability education. There will also be non-profit, private, and government organizations sharing programs and tools students can use to make their schools more “green.”
The summit will take place March 24, 2017 at Audubon Zoo in New Orleans.