EIGHT OYSTER FISHERMEN CITED FOR TAKING OYSTERS FROM UNLEASED STATE WATER BOTTOMS IN ST. BERNARD PARISH

Release Date: 08/21/2006

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited eight men on Aug. 16 for alleged oyster violations near the Pumpkin Bay area in St. Bernard Parish.


Korey Lee Jackson, 20, Joseph Roy Kinkella, 19, Mario Edvardo Burgos, 36, Jordan A. Alfonso, 18, all from St. Bernard, Omar Maldonado Ortez, 26, and William Diaz, 22, both from Houston, Texas, Jose Urbina, 24, from Gretna, Charles Edward Johnson 2nd, 26, from Braithwaite were all cited for taking oysters from unleased state water bottoms.


Agents patrolling near the Pumpkin Bay area saw three vessels dredging for oysters on unleased water bottoms.  The area in question contains private leases and unleased state water bottoms.  Utilizing the department's GPS, agents marked the location before boarding the vessels.  The locations were found to be on unleased state water bottoms.


Agents seized and returned 34 sacks of oysters to the water and placed six oyster dredges and three boats under seizure order. 
The penalty for unlawfully taking oysters from state water bottoms is a fine of up to $750, imprisonment for not more than 120 days, or both, plus courts costs.


Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Bryan Marie and Sr. Agent Mike Garrity.


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