Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested three men for alleged oyster harvesting violations this morning, July 24, in Terrebonne Parish.
Agents arrested Israel Beiza-Lopez, 30, Jose L. Lopez, 26, and Pedro M. Cruz, 25, all of Dallas, Texas, for taking oysters during a closed season on the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation.
On the morning of July 24, LDWF agents were on patrol when they observed a vessel in the Sister Lake Seed Reservation actively dredging for oysters.
Agents stopped the vessel and found the three men in possession of 30 sacks of oysters. Agents seized the vessel, oyster dredges, GPS device and returned the oysters to the water. The men were booked into the Terrebonne Parish Jail.
The Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation is closed for the 2014/15 season.
Taking oysters during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.
Agents participating in this care are Lt. Joseph Arnaud, Senior Agent Norman Deroche and Senior Agent Stephen Rhodes.
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or email@example.com.