Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two men on May 14 for alleged oyster violations near Pumpkin Lake in St. Bernard Parish.
James Menesses, 38, and Jose Arreola, 39, both from St. Bernard, were cited for taking oysters from unleased state water bottoms.
Responding to complaints in lower St. Bernard Parish, agents saw the vessel dredging for oysters on unleased water bottoms. The area in question contains private leases and unleased state water bottoms.
Utilizing LDWF's global positioning satellite equipment, agents marked the location before boarding the vessels. The location was proven to be on unleased state water bottoms, where oyster harvesting is illegal.
Agents seized and returned two sacks of oysters to the water and placed two oyster dredges and the boat being used under a department 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 Sgt. Bryan Marie and Senior Agent Mike Garrity.
For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at firstname.lastname@example.org or 225-765-2988.