LDWF Enforcement Region 6 News

Morgan City Man Cited for Red Snapper Violations

Release Date: 07/19/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a Morgan City man for alleged fishing violations in Terrebonne Parish on July 16.

Agents cited Sau Van Nguyen, 53 years old, of Morgan City, for taking over the limit of red snapper, taking undersized red snapper and fishing without basic and saltwater fishing licenses.

Agents received a complaint that a male subject had loaded a vehicle with several red snapper and was traveling from south Terrebonne Parish to Morgan City.

Agents setup at several different popular traveled routes and were waiting for the vehicle.  Agents observed a vehicle matching the description traveling on Highway 20.

Agents conducted a traffic stop and observed several wax fish boxes in the rear of the vehicle.  After Nguyen consented to a search of his vehicle, agents found 28 red snappers, eight of which were under the 16 inch minimum size requirement by law, approximately 10 pounds of red snapper fillets and two cobia.

Taking over the limit of red snapper brings a $250 to $500 fine, up to 90 days in jail, or both plus court costs.  Taking undersized red snapper brings a $250 to $500 fine, up to 90 days in jail, or both plus court costs.  Angling without basic and saltwater fishing licenses carries a maximum fine of $250 for each offense.

Agents participating in the case were Lt. Joseph Arnaud, Senior Agents Nick Guillory, Tyler Marroy, Joey Thompson and Agent Chuck Talbert.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Dulac Resident Cited for Skimming During Closed Shrimp Season

Release Date: 07/19/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a Dulac man for alleged shrimping violations on July 7 in Terrebonne Parish.

Chancing Paul Rodgers, 28, was cited for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season and improper running lights after agents observed him skimming for shrimp near Lake Boudreaux.

Agents observed the vessel travel into a pipeline on the north side of the lake and watched the operator drop his two nets into the water to skim for shrimp.  Agents also observed Rodgers shining the water with a spotlight looking for shrimp.

The penalty for skimming for shrimp during a closed season is a fine between $400 and $950, or imprisonment for up to 120 days or both.  The penalty for improper running lights is a fine of $50, or imprisonment for up to 15 days, or both.

Agents involved in the case were Senior Agents Dean Aucoin and Stephen Rhodes.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Agents Issue 10 Citations for Illegal Activity on Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA

Release Date: 06/30/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited five individuals with 10 violations for alleged illegal activity on the Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on June 27.

Agents cited Tony Vaughn, 27, of Montegut, Craig Vogel, 25, of Houma, and Jamie Theriot, 31, of Houma, for not abiding by WMA rules and regulations after agents observed the men crabbing on one of the WMA dams after legal sunset. 

Agents also cited Jamie Dardar, 37, of Montegut, and Calvin Naquin, 43, of Montegut, for not abiding by WMA rules and regulations, using illegal trawls and blocking the passage of fish.  Dardar was also cited for failure to pay class one requirements from a prior wildlife and fisheries related violation.  Dardar and Naquin were observed accessing and using an illegal trawl to block one of the WMA dams after legal sunset.

Not abiding by WMA rules and regulations carries a fine between $100 and $750 or imprisonment between 60 to 90 days.  Using illegal trawls, blocking the passage of fish and failure to pay class one requirements each carry a fine between $250 and $1,000 and between 90 days and 120 days of imprisonment.

It is illegal to be on the Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA after legal sunset and to block the free passage of fish using an illegal trawl.

Participating in the case were Senior Agents Nicholas Guillory and Michael Williams.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Golden Meadow Resident Cited For Shrimping Violations

Release Date: 04/29/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Golden Meadow resident on April 28 for an alleged closed season shrimp violation in Lafourche Parish.

Agents cited Toney Morgan Dardar, 51, for using skimmers during a closed season and improper running lights.

In the pre dawn hours, agents responded to reports of illegal shrimping in lower Lafourche Parish.  Agents observed the vessel occupied by Dardar engaged in skimming near the protection levee by Tidewater.  At the time, the vessel was observed without the required running lights.

Agents returned 100 pounds of shrimp to the water and seized the two skimmer nets and vessel.

The penalty for using skimmers in a closed season is a fine up to $950, up to 120 days in jail, or both plus courts costs.  In addition to any other penalties, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer and butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction.  During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer or butterfly net, only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible by LDWF.

The penalty for improper running lights is a fine of $50 or imprisonment for up to 15 days, or both plus court cost.

Agents participating in the case were Sgts. Bryan Marie and Richard Purvis.

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

Houma Man Cited for Alligator Violations in Terrebonne Parish

Release Date: 04/27/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Houma man for alleged alligator violations on the Falgoust Canal Road in Terrebonne Parish on April 25.

Agents cited Louis J. Verrett, 38, for taking an alligator without a license and during a closed season.

Agents came into contact with Verrett on the side of Falgoust Canal Road and noticed blood in the dirt near the subject’s vehicle.  Agents then discovered a 5-foot alligator in the weeds next to the road.

Agents noted that the alligator appeared to be struck in the head several times by a hard object.  Agents found an aluminum baseball bat and some black line with a treble hook tied to the end in Verrett's vehicle.  Agents inspected the alligator and found similar line tied to a hook that was snagged into the alligator.

When questioned about the alligator, Verrett admitted to snagging the alligator and then striking it in the head several times with the baseball bat.

Agents also discovered that Verrett was issued a citation in August of 1992 for angling without a license, and angling without a saltwater license.  Verrett had an outstanding balance of $150 for those violations, which he never paid.  Agents then issued Verrett a citation for failing to comply with payment requirements.

Agents involved in the case were Senior Agent Dean Aucoin and Agent Norman Deroche.

Taking an alligator without a license brings a $250 to $500 fine, or up to 90 days in jail or both.  Taking an alligator during a closed season carries a $400 to $950 fine, or jail time up to 120 days or both.  Failing to comply with payment requirements carries a $250 to $500 fine, or up to 90 days in jail or both.  The subject also faces a civil restitution citation for the alligator for the amount of $175.00.

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

Thibodaux Man Arrested For Alleged Insurance Fraud

Release Date: 03/23/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Thibodaux man for alleged insurance fraud on March 13 following a boating crash incident in Concordia Parish.

Agents arrested Joshua Keith Soileau, 30, for filing false public records and cited him for gross littering and criminal mischief.

Soileau stated to LDWF Agents that he had tied his boat up to a tree along the Red River the evening before and returned to the boat in the morning and it was gone. Soileau stated that he and his friends found several items floating that were in his boat, which led him to believe that the boat might have sunk.

Based on the items that were recovered by Soileau, agents found evidence that led them to discover the boat was possibly sunk on purpose. After interviewing Soileau a second time, he admitted to sinking his boat because he wanted to purchase a new one with the insurance money. Soileau was then arrested and booked into the Concordia Parish Jail.

Filing false public records carries a fine up to $5,000, or up to five years in jail with or without hard labor or both. Gross littering carries a fine up to $100 and eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program as approved by the court. Criminal mischief carries a fine up to $500, up to six months in jail or both.

Agents involved in the case were Senior Agent Trey Mason and Senior Agent Joey Tarver.

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

L.D.W.F. Agents Assist in Search for Two Men in Lafourche Parish

Release Date: 03/18/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents aided in the search for two Golden Meadow men on March 17 in Lafourche Parish.

The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office (LPSO) was notified about a sunken vessel near the tidewater docks just south of Golden Meadow along La. Hwy. 1 around 8 a.m. Shortly thereafter LDWF agents and LPSO officers arrived on scene to conduct a search of the area.

Searchers found the deceased body of Orand J. Terrebonne Jr., 33, in the water shortly after 10 a.m. about a half mile from the vessel. The searchers were able to recover the body and vessel to bring back to the dock. Terrebonne Jr.’s body was then handed over to the Lafourche Parish Coronor’s Office.

The searchers then began the search for Simon P. Billiot, 32, who was the owner of the sunken vessel. An LDWF agent and Port Fourchon Harbor Policeman were able to fly in a VIH Cougar helicopter to help in the search.

Around 2:30 p.m., they found Billiot in the water clinging to the edge of the marsh a canal over from the sunken vessel. Billiot was loaded into the helicopter and airlifted to Our Lady of the Sea Memorial Hospital and treated for hypothermia.

According to Billiot, he and Terrebonne Jr. decided to go night fishing the previous night and left out of Bobby Lynn’s boat launch around 7:30 p.m. Billiot said they went to the bridges near Leeville and fished under the lights without success. In their search to find a better spot, Billiot said they struck an oyster reef and broke the seal on a fiberglass patch on the hull.

Billiot stated that the vessel sank upright and they abandoned it in favor of walking back to town through the marsh. He said that after walking some distance the two of them got separated and he decided to try to stay warm until daylight.

The boat was identified as a 14 foot Polarcraft with a hand tillered 25 horsepower engine.

Agencies involved in recovery and rescue were LDWF agents Lt. Chad Hebert, Agent Stephen Rhodes and Agent Ryan Breaux; LPSO Water Patrol Capt. Dean Savoie, Jeff Prevost, Kent Mathern and Cody Naquin; Port Commission Harbor Police Captain Larry Terry, Chief John Callias, Sgt. Troy Dufrene and Officer Tate Lafont; Golden Meadow Police Officer Reggie Pitre; and VIH Cougar helicopter pilots Grant Mills and Mike Belling along with rescue men Richard Cormier and Steve Johnson.

The LDWF Enforcement Division will be conducting the ensuing investigation. The cause of Terrbonne Jr.’s death is unknown at this time.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov. 

TWO LOUISIANA MEN FOUND IN POSSESSION OF 65 TROUT

Release Date: 01/18/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division Strike Force agents cited two men for allegedly taking 65 spotted sea trout on Jan. 15 in Golden Meadow.

Strike Force agents cited Gerald Bourgeois, 56, of Galliano, and Danny Gaubert, 63, of Lockport, for taking over the legal daily limit of spotted sea trout. Louisiana law allows 25 trout per day per fisherman.

Agents setup surveillance and observed Bourgeois and Gaubert catching several trout from their boat and then transferring the fish to their truck. The subjects would then continue fishing.

After observing the subjects complete their fishing trip, the agents approached Bourgeois and Gaubert to conduct a license and creel compliance check. The two men were found to have taken 65 speckled trout ranging from 13 to 19 inches in length.

For taking over the daily limit of spotted sea trout, Bourgeois and Gaubert each face fines between $400 and $950, or up to 120 days in jail, or both plus a $25 per fish restitution charge for every fish over the limit.

Agents involved in the cases were Lt. Joseph Arnaud and Senior Agent Michael Williams.

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

SIX MEN FOUND IN POSSESSION OF 94 RED DRUM

Release Date: 01/10/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents assigned to the Statewide Strike Force charged six men with possessing 94 red drum on Dec. 27, 2010 in Fourchon.

Strike Force agents cited Eric R. Wood, 23, of Ethel; John M. Calhoun III, 22, of Zachary; Anthony M. Guidry, 32, of Larose; Tad M. Gaspard, 40, of Lockport; John M. Calhoun Jr., 46, of Greenwell Springs; and Ted Joseph Gaspard, 50, of Lockport; for possessing more than 10 red drum each.

Agents received a complaint from a confidential informant in reference to several subjects angling from the bank near Flotation Canal located in Fourchon.

Agents arrived on scene to setup surveillance and observed the subjects catching several red drum and placing the fish in a boat that was in the bed of a truck. After observing the subjects for more than an hour, agents approached the subjects to conduct a license and creel compliance check.

The six men were found to be in possession of 94 red drum ranging from 16 inches to 25 inches in length. Louisiana law allows five red drum per day per fisherman and 10 fish for the possession limit per fisherman.

Wood was issued an additional citation for angling without a resident saltwater license. Calhoun III was issued additional citations for angling without resident basic and saltwater licenses.

The six men were also issued civil restitution citations for the value of the red drum.

If convicted of the over limit of red drum, the men face fines between $400 and $950, or jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court cost.

Agents involved in the case were Lt. Joseph Arnaud and Senior Agent Michael Williams, along with the assistance of Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol Sgt. Jeff Prevost and Deputy Kent Matherne.

Agents seized and donated the 94 red drum to the Larose/Cutoff Youth Center.

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

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