Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited Wallace Trosclair Jr., 17, and Adrian Trosclair, 20, both of Houma for allegedly using skimmer nets during a closed season on July 27.
The two received the citations after agents witnessed the men using their vessel, which was a 29-foot skiff equipped with skimmer nets and frames to catch shrimp in Oyster Bayou located in Terrebonne Parish. The inshore shrimping season is not set to open until Aug. 14 in the area of Oyster Bayou.
Agents seized 839 pounds of shrimp which were later sold to an area seafood dealer at the fair market value of $839. That money will be kept until disposition of this case by the Terrebonne Parish District Attorney's Office. The nets were also seized as evidence in this case. Their skiff was seized under a LDWF seizure order form.
If convicted both men face fines between $400 to $750, or jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court costs. In addition to any and all other penalties, for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season the court may revoke or suspend the violators trawl, skimmer and butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction. During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer, or butterfly net only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible to LDWF. The court shall also sentence the violator to perform 40 hours of community service in a litter abatement program if available.
Agents involved in this case were Sgt. Ross Mire and Agent David Boudreaux.
For more information contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-756-2469 or firstname.lastname@example.org.