Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested four men for alleged oyster harvesting violations on Dec. 16 in Terrebonne Parish.
Agents arrested Alfredo De-Laoanaya, 21, of Houma, Francisco Maradingo-Ruiz, 34, of Houma, Esteban Morelos-Reyes, 60, of Houma, and Eliazar Martine-Macedo, 28, of Beaumont, Texas, for take oysters during a closed season on the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation and taking oysters during illegal hours. The captain of the vessel, De-Laoanaya, was also cited for violating the log book and vessel sanitation requirements sanitation codes, improper running lights, and improper boat numbers.
On Dec. 16, LDWF agents were notified about someone harvesting oysters during a closed season off of the Sister Lake Seed Reservation. Agents setup surveillance and observed a vessel in the open water of Sister Lake dredging for oysters.
Agents stopped the vessel shortly before 6 p.m. and found the four men in possession of 60 sacks of oysters. Agents seized the vessel, two oyster dredges and returned the oysters to the water. The men were booked into the Terrebonne Parish Jail.
The Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation is closed for the 2014/15 season.
Agents participating in this care are Sgt. Bryan Marie, Senior Agent Stephen Rhodes, Agent Ryan Breaux and Agent Lucas Hidalgo.
Taking oysters during illegal hours carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Taking oysters during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Having improper running lights and improper boat numbers carries up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail for each offense. Violating the logbook sanitation code and vessel sanitation requirements each carries up to a $25 fine and up to 10 days in jail for each offense.
On Dec. 16, a Marrero man pleaded guilty to commercial fishing violations committed in Plaquemines Parish.
Jessie Gainey, 45, pleaded guilty to his second offense of theft of crab traps in the 25th Judicial District Court of Plaquemines Parish. Judge Michael Clement sentenced him to a fine of $250 plus court costs and a suspended jail term of six months.
Judge Clement also ordered Gainey to surrender his 2014 crab trap license. Gainey is also prohibited of being on any commercial crab boat as a deckhand or captain and possessing a crab trap license until 2017. He is also barred from selling crabs for the period of his license revocation.
The plea stems from an incident that occurred on July 9, 2014 when Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested Gainey for removing the contents of crab traps that were not owned by him, failing to mark crab traps and theft of crab traps.
Agents set up surveillance on a line of crab traps in Grandpa Bayou in Port Sulphur. Agents watched Gainey run a line of crab traps and empty the contents into his vessel. Agents found the traps in Gainey’s boat untagged, tags cut and some with Gainey’s commercial fisherman’s tag on top of another fisherman’s tag.
Robert White with District Attorney Charles Ballay’s office prosecuted the case. LDWF Investigating agents were Sgt. Adam Young and Agent Travis Bartlett.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited seven men for oyster fishing violations in the past month on the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation in Terrebonne Parish.
On Nov. 7, agents cited Angel Torres-Cuevas, 36, of Houma, for taking oysters during a closed season and taking oysters from a polluted area. Agents seized his oyster dredge and dumped a sack of oysters back into the water.
Agents cited Policarpo D. Olivier, 41, and Maximo Aguilar-Lara, 32, both of Houma, for taking oysters during a closed season on Nov. 10. Agents dumped 12 sacks of oysters back into the water and seized Olivier’s two dredges.
On Dec. 1, agents cited Alfredo Oanaya, 31, of Houma, Eliazar Macedo, 28, of Beaumont, Texas, Esteban Reyes-Morelos, of Houma, and Francisco Ruiz-Maradiaga, 34, of Houma, for taking oysters during a closed season and for using an illegal dredge. Agents also cited the captain, Oanaya, for violating the logbook sanitation code. Agents seized two dredges and dumped 10 sacks of oysters back into the water.
The Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation is closed for the 2014/15 oyster season.
Taking oysters during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Taking oysters from a polluted area carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Using an illegal dredge brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Violating the logbook sanitation code carries up to a $25 fine and up to 10 days in jail.
A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent cited a Coushatta man on Dec. 4 in Red River Parish for alleged deer hunting violations.
LDWF Sgt. Charles Dison cited Jason Ivey, 46, for taking over the daily limit of antlered deer, taking over the season limit of antlered deer and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.
Sgt. Dison stopped Ivey’s truck on Highway 71 after observing two deer on an all-terrain vehicle in the bed of Ivey’s truck without tags.
After further investigation, Dison found that Ivey had an antlerless tag attached to a spike buck that was not filled out. Both deer in the bed of the truck were antlered deer. Dison also found that Ivey had already harvested two antlered deer already this season putting these two antlered deer one over his season limit of three.
Possessing over the daily and season limit of deer each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense. Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Ivey could also face civil restitution charges of $1,624 for the replacement value of the deer.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) honored an outgoing commission member at the Dec. 4 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) meeting in Baton Rouge.
LWFC board member Ann Taylor, of Luling, was awarded an LDWF Honorary Agent award by Col. Joey Broussard, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division, for her six years of exemplary service as an at-large appointed commission member.
Taylor, a lifelong Louisiana resident, is co-owner of the Louisiana Sportsman Magazine, the state's largest periodical covering the outdoors of the Bayou State. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University and has worked in the outdoor news publishing business for 24 years. She is also a former president of the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association.
Taylor's affiliations with conservation organizations include memberships in CCA Louisiana, Ducks Unlimited and the International Women's Fishing Association.