Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested two men for alleged shrimping violations on April 27 in Terrebonne Parish.
Agents arrested Tracey L. Trahan, 37, of Houma, and Sterlin Billiot Jr., 22, of Dulac, for trawling during a closed shrimp season. Lee was also cited for not having navigation lights.
Agents on patrol found the vessel with Trahan as the captain four miles inside state waters running without any navigation lights in Terrebonne Bay actively trawling for shrimp around 11:30 p.m. After making contact with Trahan and Billiot Jr., agents found the men in possession of 663 pounds of shrimp.
Agents seized the shrimp and the two trawls. The vessel was seized on a department seizure order. The two men were also booked into the Terrebonne Parish Jail.
The shrimping season for state inside waters is scheduled to be set at the May Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting.
Trawling for shrimp during a closed season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Running a boat at night with no navigation lights carries a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.
Agents participating in the case are Lt. Joseph Arnaud, Senior Agent Michael Williams and Senior Agent Thomas Wolf.
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or firstname.lastname@example.org.