On June 30, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two Mississippi residents for alleged shark violations in Louisiana waters near the Chandeleur Islands.
The agents observed two men and a juvenile fishing with rods and reels in the Gulf of Mexico. The agents stopped the three in order to perform a license compliance inspection. During the course of the inspection, agents discovered they were in possession of two spinner sharks and a blackfin shark. The season on sharks was not set to open until July 1.
Alan Daughtery, 43, of Lumberton and William McQueen, 43, of Gulfport, were cited for allegedly taking sharks during the closed season and not possessing Louisiana non-resident basic and saltwater fishing licenses. Daughtery was also cited for allegedly taking an undersized blackfin shark. The minimum size limit of blackfin and spinner sharks is a fork length of 54 inches.
Taking sharks during a closed season and possessing undersized sharks are violations of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission rules and regulations. Angling without non-resident licenses and violations of commission rules are Class 2 violations, with each carrying a penalty of a fine between $150 and $350, or 60 days in jail, or both plus court costs.
Agents participating in the investigation were Senior Agents Jason Russo and Kris Bourgeois.
For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2988 or firstname.lastname@example.org.