Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three men on April 25 for alleged oyster violations near the Deer Bay area in Terrebonne Parish.
Samuel Dobson, 27, from Houma, Toby McCoy, 31, from Covington, and Juan Rivera, 29, from Taft, Texas were all cited for taking oysters from unleased state water bottoms.
Responding to complaints near the Deer Bay area, agents saw the vessel dredging for oysters on unleased water bottoms. The area in question contains private leases and unleased state water bottoms.
Utilizing the LDWF'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 20 sacks of oysters to the water and placed two oyster dredges and the boat under seizure order.
The penalty for unlawfully taking oysters from state water bottoms is a fine up to $750, imprisonment for not more than 120 days, or both, plus courts costs.
Agents participating in the case were Lt. Stephen McManus, Sgt. Bryan Marie and Senior Agent Mike Garrity.
For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at email@example.com or 225-765-2988.