Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents cited a Metairie man with an alleged commercial fishing violation on Oct. 29 in Plaquemines Parish.
Agents cited Seven P. Rhoto, 37, for using bandit gear in state waters. Bandit gear is allowed to be used in federal waters and is normally used by federally permitted reef fish holders, but is illegal in Louisiana water.
Agents observed a vessel using bandit gear fishing for red snapper near the mouth of the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish. Upon inspection of the vessel, agents found Rhoto in possession of 1,088 pounds of red snapper, 44 pounds of lane snapper and 17 pounds of white trout.
Using bandit gear in state waters carries a fine of $400 to $950 and up to 90 days in jail. Agents seized the vessel on a department seizure order, the bandit gear and the illegally taken fish.
Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Todd Laviolette and Lt. Louis Burnett.
A Morgan City man was found guilty of theft of crab trap contents on Oct. 9 in St. Mary Parish.
Judge Edward Leonard of the 16th Judicial District sentenced Curtis A. Richard, 38, to 10 days in jail, two years of probation and $750 in fines plus court costs.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents On Oct. 10, 2014 observed Richard actively tending crab traps that did not belong to him on Sweet Bay Lake in the Atchafalaya River. Agents found him in possession of 16 crabs.
Agents arrested the subject and booked him into the St. Mary Parish jail for theft of crab trap contents.
Agents involved in the case were Senior Agent Joey Thompson, Sgt. Winston Michel, and Senior Agent Jake Darden. Assistant District Attorney Wayne Simoneaud prosecuted the case.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested two men for alleged crabbing violations in Iberia Parish on Oct 12 in two separate cases.
Agents observed Travis P. Duhon, 29, of Delcambre, around 12:15 p.m. taking blue crabs illegally from crab traps he did not have permission to take from in Lake Peigneur. Agents found Duhon in possession of 64 crabs that he said he was going to sell to a neighbor. Agents also found crystal meth in Duhon's possession.
Around 7:20 p.m. agents observed Saul C. Touchet, 27, of Delcambre, stealing crab traps in the Delcambre Canal.
Agents cited Touchet and Duhon for theft of or from crab traps, not possessing boat registration certificates and improper boat numbers. Duhon was also charged with possession of crystal meth, using crab traps without the required markings and taking commercial fish without a commercial gear license or commercial license.
Theft of or from crab traps and using crab traps without the required markings each brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense. Taking commercial fish without a commercial gear license or commercial license each carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90s days in jail. Not possessing a boat registration certificate and improper boat numbers each brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail. Possession of crystal meth brings up to a $5,000 fine and five years in jail.
Agents involved in the cases are Senior Agent Cullom Schexnyder, Senior Agent Derek Logan and Senior Agent Jason Stagg.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents rescued 23 people from a flooded trailer park in Tangipahoa Parish this morning, Oct. 26.
LDWF agents received a call around 5:20 a.m. about a flooded Silo Estates Trailer Park in Tangipahoa. Two agents with a 16 foot flat bottom boat were on scene around 6:15 a.m.
The agents were able to successfully rescue 23 people and a dog as well as untie a horse that was able to escape the rising waters. According to residents of the park the water was only a few inches last night and when they woke up this morning water was coming into the trailers.
The 23 people and dog were taken to high ground where they were then able to take a short walk to the Brown’s Chapel Church, which was setup as a shelter for them.
Agents involved with the rescues included Sgt. Toby Miller and Senior Agent Brody Roberts.
The Louisiana Green Schools is proud to announce the opening of applications for the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School Program. ED-GRS is a national award that honors schools and school districts that have made significant progress in resource conservation, improving community health, and increasing environmental awareness. Participation in the program helps to reduce your school’s environmental impact, reduce health disparities that can aggravate achievement gaps, and engage students in hands-on learning. Please visit Louisiana’s ED-GRS application portal to begin an application and for more info. Applications are due on January 14th by 5:00 p.m.
A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) agent cited an Abbeville man for alleged deer hunting violations on Oct. 17 in Avoyelles Parish.
Senior Agent Douglas Anderson cited Glen Toups Jr., 40, for not possessing basic season and big game hunting licenses and not possessing deer tags.
Around 10 a.m. Senior Agent Anderson was notified about a buck that was taken on an Avoyelles Parish hunting club’s property near Simmesport by a guest hunter. The hunting club notified the agent to help measure the deer for record purposes. When the agent arrived he was told that the deer may have been harvested by a non-licensed hunter.
Around 11 a.m. Senior Agent Anderson made contact with Toups Jr who told him he shot the deer with an arrow around 9 a.m. Toups Jr. confessed that he did not have the required basic season and big game licenses or deer tags. The agent issued the citations to Toups Jr and seized the deer.
The deer was unofficially scored as a 208 class buck. The deer meat was donated to a local charity and the antlers and head are being held as evidence by LDWF.
Not possessing deer tags carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Hunting without basic and big game licenses each brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail. Toups Jr. may also face civil restitution charges totaling $2,033 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.
Agents further learned that Toups Jr. could not obtain a hunting license since he is under a hunting license revocation. Charges are pending for Toups Jr. for hunting while under hunting license revocation. Hunting while under hunting license revocation brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.
A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) agent cited three Louisiana men for recreational fishing violations in Grand Isle on Oct. 8.
The agent cited Donisote Santos, 53, of Chalmette, Jose Goronci, 43, of Metairie, and Jose DiSalva, 49, of Kenner, for taking over the limit of red drum and taking over the limit of red drum in excess of 27 inches. DiSalva was also cited for not possessing basic or saltwater fishing licenses.
LDWF received a tip from a concerned angler who claimed that three males were fishing over the limit on red drums on the Caminada Pass Bridge in Grand Isle. Senior Agent Norman Deroche spoke with the complainant who said the three men were filling the bed of a white F-250 with large red drum.
Senior Agent Deroche intercepted the white F-250 at 6:48 a.m. on La. Hwy. 1 in Fourchon. After stopping the vehicle, Deroche found 25 red drum in the bed of the F-250. All of the fish measured between 28 and 40 inches long.
Each licensed fisherman is allowed to keep one red drum in excess of 27 inches per day and allowed to possess two red drum in excess of 27 inches if fishing for multiple days. Since DiSalva did not possess a fishing license, this put the men 21 fish over the limit.
Taking over the limit of red drum brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Possessing over the limit of red drum in excess of 27 inches carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. In addition, possessing over the limit of red drum in excess of 27 inches carries a $150 fine for each fish over the limit. In this case it would bring up to a $3,150 fine.
Failing to possess basic and saltwater licenses each brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail. The men could also face civil restitution of $555 for the replacement value of the red drum.