Two Bridge City men pled guilty to violations for the illegal red snapper sales in Jefferson Parish on Oct. 28.
Yoan Hernandez, 29, and Manuel Hernandez, 47, were ordered to pay $1,650 in restitution to the state by the 2nd Parish Court in the 26 Judicial District. Yoan Hernandez was ordered to pay a fine of $835.50 with suspended jail term of 60 days. Manuel Hernandez was ordered to pay a fine of $715.50 with a suspended jail term of 60 days.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents on a Joint Enforcement Agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration arrested and cited both men on Sept. 9, 2012. Agents with the Special Investigations Unit purchased a total of 655 pounds of red snapper from the two men in Bridge City.
Agents cited the men with three counts of not having federal reef fish permits, three counts of not having or acquiring individual fish quota (IFQ) of red snapper, three counts of selling fish without wholesale retail licenses, three counts of failing to maintain records and three counts of failing to complete commercial trip tickets.
Agents involved in the case were Sgt. Adam Young, Sgt. Kris Bourgeois, Sgt. Tim Fox and Senior Agent Mitchell Saunders.
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