THREE OYSTER FISHERMEN CITED FOR TAKING OYSTERS FROM UNLEASED WATERBOTTOMS IN LAKE BORGNE

Release Date: 07/11/2006

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited three men for alleged oyster violations in St. Bernard Parish on June 26.  Utilizing aerial patrol, agents saw a vessel being used to harvest oysters from the unleased area located in Lake Borgne.


The occupants of the vessel were identified as Louis Ray Guertin II, 29, from St. Bernard, William Diaz, 30, and, Emner Omar Lazo, 26, both from Houston, Texas.  Agents cited the men for unlawfully taking oysters from state water bottoms.


A total of 20 sacks of oysters were seized.  The boat and dredges were placed under an LDWF seizure order.


Unlawfully taken oysters from state water bottoms is punishable by a fine between $400 and $750, or jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court costs.


Agents participating in case were Sgt. Bryan Marie, Sgt. Scott Keller and Pilot Gene Rackel.


For more information contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2988 or klacaze@wlf.louisiana.gov.
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