SIX MEN CITED FOR UNDERSIZED AND OVER LIMIT OF COBIA

Release Date: 06/26/2006

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited six men on June 10 in two separate cases in Federal waters.


Four of the men were identified as Larry Dao Le, 36, Cheo Van Le, 46, Toan Van Le, 75, and Steven Nguyen, 54, all from Port Neches Texas.  They were cited for allegedly possessing over the limit of cobia.  The four men were in possession of 15 cobia.  The creel limit for cobia is two per person.  Cheo Le was also cited for allegedly possessing an undersized cobia. 


During a separate investigation Edwin Byrne Edwards, 49, and Stuart James Hill, 49, both from Lafayette, were cited for allegedly taking and possessing undersized cobia.  The minimum size for cobia is 33 inches fork length.  Seventeen cobia were seized from all six men and donated to a homeless shelter.


Possessing over the limit and undersized cobia are violations of commission rules and regulations.  The penalty for violating commission rules and regulations is a fine between $150 and $350, or 60 days in jail or both.  These cases were filed in Vermilion Parish 15th Judicial District.


Agents involved in these investigations were Lt. Robert Buatt, and Agents Justin Sonnier and Jason Stagg.


For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2988 or klacaze@wlf.louisiana.gov.
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