Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two men for alleged oyster violations on Sept. 13 in Terrebonne Parish.
Agents cited Justin Dunn, 26, and Donovan Adams Jr.,22, both from Houma for taking oysters from a polluted area.
Agents responded to complaints of illegal taking of oysters in polluted areas in several locations around Bayou Terrebonne. Agents identified the two subjects harvesting oysters in the canal west of Bayou Terrebonne. The area is designated as closed to oyster harvesting by Department of Health and Hospitals.
Agents seized 11 sacks of oysters and retuned them to the water. Agents also seized the vessel used in the illegal activity on a department seizure order.
Taking oysters from a polluted area carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. The men could also have their oyster harvester licenses revoked by the department for up to one year. The violators could also be sentenced to perform 40 hours of community service and only be allowed to harvest oysters from a vessel with a vessel monitoring device for up to one year.
Agents involved in the case are Sgts. Bryan Marie and Ted Dewitt and Senior Agent Norman Deroche.