MORGAN CITY FISHERMAN CITED FOR OVER THE LIMIT OF BLUE CRABS

Release Date: 08/08/2006

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited Thomas Davis, 46, of Morgan City on July 26 for allegedly taking over the recreational limit of blue crabs in Bayou Magazille in St. Martin Parish.


Agents were patrolling the Bayou Magazille area at around 5:30 p.m. when they observed Davis raising crab traps and emptying the contents into his vessel.  The agents then conducted a stop of Davis' vessel in order to insure compliance with fishing as well as boating safety regulations.  During the course of the stop, the agents found that Davis was in possession of a recreational crab trap gear license, which allowed him to use up to 10 crab traps and possess up to 144 blue crabs.  Upon checking Davis' crabs, the agents discovered that he was in possession of 249 blue crabs.  As a result, Davis was issued a citation for possession of over the limit of blue crabs.


If convicted, Davis faces fines between $400 and $750, or jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court costs.


The crabs were seized and returned to the water.  Davis' vessel was seized under a LDWF seizure order form.


Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Winston Michel and Sr. Agent Scott Dupre.


For more information contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2469 or klacaze@wlf.louisiana.gov.
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