Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited two subjects for alleged oyster violations in Terrebonne Parish on May 31.
While on patrol near Bay Moncleus located in Terrebonne Parish agents found a vessel dredging for oysters from a private lease without the lease owner's permission.
Agents cited Jose Florentina Flores-Vega, 38, Jose Felix Flores-Vega, 27, and Jace Rodriguez Cervantes, 27, all from Houma for unlawfully taking oysters from a private lease and failure to have written permission.
Agents returned 15 sacks of oysters to the water and seized the vessel and dredges under an LDWF seizure order.
Unlawfully taking oysters from a private lease brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail plus forfeiture of anything seized. Failure to have written permission carries a $400 to $900 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.
Agents involved in the case are Senior Agent Thomas Wolf and Senior Agent Mike Williams.