Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents issued eight citations to seven sport fishermen for allegedly not abiding by the rules and regulations on a wildlife refuge by taking more than the legal limit of shrimp and crabs on Rockefeller Refuge in Cameron Parish from May 15-18.
On May 15, Johnnie Theall, 43, of Kaplan, was cited for taking more than the legal limit of shrimp. On May 16, Ronnie Trosclair, 39, and Curtis Oubre, 62, both from Lafayette were cited for taking more than the legal limit of shrimp. Oubre was also cited for taking too many crabs. Also on May 16, Donald Duhon, 52, of Duson was cited for taking more than the legal limit of shrimp. On May 17, Elisha Freeman Jr., 56, and Bruce Fruge, 60, both of Crowley were cited for taking more than the legal limit of shrimp. Agents cited Ronald Jones, 46, of Ville Platte for taking more than the legal limit of crabs on May 17.
A total of 107.5 pounds of shrimp and 556 blue crabs were seized in connection with these violations. The shrimp were donated to the Salvation Army and a local homeless shelter. The crabs were returned to the waters of Rockefeller Refuge.
The recent cool fronts contributed to shrimp leaving the marsh and accessing the water control structures located on Rockefeller Refuge. Many of the violations were committed at the water control structures by fishermen using cast nets. The recreational limit on shrimp on Rockefeller Refuge during the closed inside shrimp season is 10 pounds per boat or vehicle and during the open inside shrimp season 25 pounds per boat or vehicle.
Rockefeller Refuge is located in Zone 3. The inside shrimp season opened on May 22 at noon in Zone 3.
The penalty for not abiding by rules and regulations on a wildlife refuge is punishable by a fine between $100-to-$350, or jail time up to 60 days, or both plus court cost.
Agents participating in the cases were Lt. Remy Broussard, Sgt. David Sanford, Senior Agent Aaron Herpin, and Cadets Garret Kimble and Beau Robertson.
For more information, contact Lt.Colonel Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2469 or firstname.lastname@example.org