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Six Men Cited for Illegally Shrimping in Lake Pontchartrain Sanctuary

Release Date: 12/09/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited six men in two separate cases for alleged Lake Pontchartrain Sanctuary shrimping violations on Dec. 7 in Orleans Parish.

Agents were patrolling in Lake Pontchartrain near the Seabrook Bridge when they observed two commercial shrimp vessels actively shrimping within the restricted area actively shrimping with their skimmer nets in the water.

Agents stopped both vessels and cited Roy Migliore, 42, Charles Allen, 31, Michael Chagnard, 27, and Santo Chagnard, 21, all from Chalmette, as well as Carey Hendrix, 25, and Casey Guidry, 17, both from Slidell, for using skimmers in a closed area.  The agents seized approximately 700 pounds of shrimp between the two vessels.

The Lake Pontchartrain Sanctuary extends out 1 1/4 miles from the southern shoreline of the lake starting at the Jefferson/Orleans parish line and extending eastward 1 1/4 miles from the Southern Railway Bridge then traveling to a point 1 1/4 miles southwest of Goose Point in St. Tammany Parish.  Taking fish, shrimp and other aquatic species by use of trawls, skimmer nets, butterfly nets, seines, or traps, with the exception of crab traps, cast nets, and recreational rod and reel fishing, is prohibited in the Lake Pontchartrain Sanctuary.

Violating the Lake Pontchartrain Sanctuary restrictions brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Jason Russo, Senior Agent Kyle Wagner and Agent Patrick Dempsey.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

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