Release Date: 05/02/2006

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three cast netters who were allegedly fishing for shrimp on April 27 on the Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management area (WMA).

At approximately 10:40 p.m., agents observed the men throwing cast nets on the Island Road section of the WMA.  The agents then discovered them with more than the recreational limit of 10 pounds of shrimp per vehicle or vessel, which is allowed on the WMA during a closed shrimp season.  Agents seized the subjects' shrimp, 461 pounds of 80/100 count, and sold them to a local seafood dealer for a total of $368.80.

Kevin Venterella, 26, of Bayou Blue, Michael Neill, 45, of Chauvin, and Donald Anderson, 33, of Bourg were all booked with two counts of Class 2 violations, which each carry a fine between $100-$350, or jail time up to 60 days, or both plus court costs.  They were also cited with taking over the legal limit of shrimp, which constitutes a class 3 violation and brings a fine between $250-$500, or jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court costs.

Agents involved in this case were Senior Agents Jamie Folse and Thomas DeWitt.

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