LDWF Agents Make Two Red Snapper Cases while Patrolling Gulf Flower Gardens

Release Date: 09/05/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three Texas men in two separate cases for alleged red snapper violations while on a Joint Enforcement Agreement (JEA) patrol on Aug. 31.

Agents were patrolling the Gulf of Mexico Flower Garden Marine Sanctuaries and encountered 20 fishing vessels.  While checking these vessels, agents found two vessels in non-compliance with red snapper regulations.

Agents cited Elvis Con Le, 52, of Port Arthur, Texas, and Hai Le, 51, both from Port Arthur, Texas, for possessing red snapper during a closed season.  Elvis Con Le was also cited for over limit of red snapper.  Agents seized five red snapper.  The daily limit during an open season is two red snapper for each licensed person.

Agents also cited Minh Van Le, 54, of Port Neches, Texas, for possessing red snapper during a closed season and possessing an undersized cobia.  Agents seized a red snapper and a 30 inch cobia.  Cobia must be at least 33 inches.

The open red snapper season in federal waters closed on June 29.

Agents involved in the cases are Major Jubal Marceaux, Capt. Robert Buatt and Sgt. Stuart Guillory.

LDWF participates in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) JEA program.  In the JEA program, LDWF provides enhanced enforcement of federal laws and regulations in federal waters.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.