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Two Men Booked for Illegally Selling Shrimp

Release Date: 02/14/2017

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.

LEEC eNews Bulletin: Register Now for Green Schools Youth Summit

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.

The early-bird deadline for organizations wishing to exhibit at the summit is February 17.  Registration for these organizations is found at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/youth-summit-exhibitor-form.

Find out more at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/youth-summit, and register as an attendee at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/youth-summit-registration-form.  


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Illegal Alligator Egg Collectors Sentenced in Vermilion Parish

Release Date: 02/04/2017

Two Grand Chenier men were sentenced in the 15th Judicial District Court in Vermillion Parish on Jan. 24 for their part in the theft of alligator eggs.

Paul A. Canik, 48, pled no contest to illegal possession of alligator eggs, and criminal trespass.  Christopher M. Trahan, 25, pled no contest to not abiding by rules and regulations.

Judge Edward Broussard ordered Canik to pay a $593 fine for illegal possession of alligator eggs and a $50 fine for criminal trespassing.  Canik was also ordered to forfeit $1,740 from the sale of the illegally taken alligator eggs and an 18-foot aluminum boat with motor and trailer.  Canik’s egg collection privileges were also suspended for 18 months.  Trahan was ordered to pay a $293 fine.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited Canik and Trahan on July 21, 2015 for the illegal collection of 523 alligator eggs.  Agents determined that Canik collected numerous alligator eggs from property from which they did not have the required egg collection permits on Grand Chenier.  Canik also trespassed on property he did not have permission to access during the illegal egg collection.  Trahan assisted in the transport of the illegally taken alligator eggs.

Assistant District Attorney Aimee Hebert prosecuted the case.

Agents involved in the case were Sgt. David Sanford, Senior Agent Jason Stagg, Senior Agent Derek Logan and Senior Agent Anthony Verret.

St. Bernard Man Cited for Violating New Crabbing Regulations

Release Date: 02/02/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited a St. Bernard man for alleged commercial crab violations in Plaquemines Parish on Feb. 1.

Agents cited Allan Campo, Sr., 51, of Violet, for possessing immature female crabs.

Beginning in 2017, commercial crab fishermen in Louisiana state waters may not harvest immature female crabs regardless of size.  However, a legally licensed commercial crab fisherman may have an incidental take of immature female crabs not to exceed two percent of the total number of crabs.

On Jan. 20, LDWF agents found Campo in violation of the new crabbing regulation percentages and issued him a written warning.

On Feb. 1, agents were on patrol near Shell Lake in Plaquemines Parish and observed Campo actively crabbing.  Agents found two illegal crates of crabs with percentages of eight percent and ten percent of the total catch being immature female crabs.

Agents seized the crabs and returned them back to the water.

An immature female crab, also known as a “maiden” or “V-bottom” crab, can be identified as having a triangular shaped apron on her abdomen.  A mature female crab can be identified as having a dome shaped apron on her abdomen.

Possessing immature female crabs carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail and forfeiture of their crab catch.

LDWF agents participating in the case are Sgt. Jason Gernados and Senior Agent Patrick Dempsey.

Shreveport Man Cited for Hunting Violations on WMA

Release Date: 02/02/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited a Shreveport man for alleged deer hunting violations on Jan. 31 in Red River Parish.

Agents cited Jeremy A. Miller, 40, for taking deer using illegal methods and violating a wildlife management area (WMA) regulation.

Agents were on patrol on the Bayou Pierre WMA when they heard a gunshot.  The agents proceeded in the direction of the shot and made contact with Miller whom was in possession of a bow and arrow and a 9 mm pistol near a downed doe deer.

After further questioning, Miller admitted to killing the deer with his pistol.  The season for deer is bow and arrow only on the Bayou Pierre WMA and it illegal to carry a pistol on the Bayou Pierre WMA without a concealed carry permit.

Agents seized the pistol and deer.  The deer was later donated to local charity.

Taking deer using illegal methods brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Violating a WMA regulation carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Miller may also face civil restitution totaling $1,624 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Troy Parker, Agent Mike Cook and Senior Agent Will Holomon.

Three Men Cited in St. Bernard Parish for Illegal Oyster Harvesting

Release Date: 02/01/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested three men for alleged oyster violations on the morning of Jan. 31 in St. Bernard Parish.

Agents arrested Dustin J Robin, 30, of St. Bernard, Randal Assavedo Jr,35, of Mereaux, and Carlos Mejia, 42, of Houston, Texas for dredging for oysters in a polluted area, unlawfully taking oysters off a private lease, taking oysters during illegal hours, and failing to have written permission to harvest oysters on a private lease.  Robin, the captain of the vessel, was also cited for failing to fill out an oyster log book.

Agents were patrolling the Lake Robin area when they observed a vessel actively dredging in the lake around 6 a.m.  Upon making contact with the vessel the agents discovered the men were dredging in a polluted area on a private lease without written permission during illegal hours.

Agents seized and returned 12 sacks of oysters to the water and seized two oyster dredges.  They also seized the vessel on a department seizure order.

Dredging for oysters in a polluted area and unlawfully taking oysters off a private lease each carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking oysters during illegal hours and failing to have written permission each brings a $400 to $950 and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to fill out an oyster log book carries a $25 fine and up to 10 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 Blaine Wagner and Agent Kyle Haydel. 

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