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Three Terrebonne Fishermen Cited For Oyster Violations

Release Date: 06/01/2016

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.

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Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. Issued $9,600 in Rewards At Meeting

Release Date: 05/26/2016

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. (LOGT), a Louisiana wildlife crime-stoppers program, awarded $9,600 to diligent citizens statewide at their quarterly meeting on May 21 in Woodworth.

The LOGT board reviewed a total of 20 cases that included public tips from informants.  A total of 30 subjects were apprehended and a total of 329 offenses were written in regards to the reviewed cases.

The cases reviewed and awarded money to the public for their assistance consisted of nine turkey cases, eight deer cases, two fish cases and one small game case.

Anyone wishing to report wildlife or fisheries violations should anonymously call LDWF’s 24-hour toll free Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or utilize LDWF's tip411 program.  To use the tip411 program, tipsters can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone and Android apps.

LOGT was instituted in 1984 and provides cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of violators of fish and wildlife regulations.  Funds are raised through private donations, court directed contributions and through contributions from cooperative endeavor agreements with organizations such as the National Wild Turkey Federation and Quality Deer Management Association.

To make a donation to the LOGT that can be used for cash rewards, please contact Lt. Will Roberts at wroberts@wlf.la.gov.

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