TRASH REMOVED ON ROCKEFELLER / 35 CITED

Release Date: 06/26/2006

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents recently cited 35 people on Rockefeller Refuge in Cameron Parish for a variety of alleged violations.  The citations were issued for intentional littering, violations of refuge rules and regulations, taking game fish illegally, over limit of shrimp, undersized fish, and over limit of fish.


The refuge has experienced heavy usage during the months of May and June due to abundant shrimp and crab catches; the influx of visitors caused excessive littering.  Failure to return cast net by-catch to the water has contributed decomposing fish and other aquatic life to the littering problem.


On Thursday June 15, the Cameron and Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's offices provided trustee prisoners to pick up litter and clean up decomposed by-catch left by cast net fishermen.  The cleanup crew removed 20 55-gallon bags of trash from the refuge. 


Following the clean up, agents cracked down on litter and rules and regulations violations on the refuge.  Enforcement agents working in plain clothes witnessed and documented violations throughout the refuge.  The covert operation was conducted on June 17, 18 and 19 and resulted in a total of 35 people receiving 55 citations for the below listed alleged violations:


On June 17, Larry Vincent, 46, of Lafayette was cited for intentional littering.  Paul Trahan, 49, of Lafayette was cited for not abiding by rules and regulations on a wildlife refuge for not dumping his catch in a container.  Toby Menard, 33, of Breaux Bridge was cited for two counts of not abiding by rules and regulations, for failing to return by-catch to water immediately and not dumping catch in a container.  Leonard Dautriel, 49, of Westlake was cited for two counts of not abiding by rules and regulations for failing to return by catch to water immediately, and failing to dump catch in a container.  Dautriel was also cited for intentional littering.  Lance Guillory, 28, of Opelousas was cited for two counts of not abiding by rules and regulations on a wildlife refuge, for failing to dump catch in a container, and trespassing in a posted restricted area.  James Castille, 53, of Breaux Bridge was cited for not abiding by rules and regulations on a wildlife refuge for trespassing in a posted restricted area.  Joseph Schexnider, 49, of Opelousas was cited for two counts of not abiding by rules and regulations on a wildlife refuge, for failing to dump catch in a container, and trespassing in a posted restricted area.  Chris Trahan, 38, of Opelousas, was cited for not abiding by rules and regulations on a wildlife refuge for trespassing in a posted restricted area.  Nels Thomas, 47, and William Burl, 45, both of Abbeville were cited for not abiding by rules and regulations on a wildlife refuge for trespassing in a posted restricted area.  Cleofed Aucoin, Jr., 42, of Rayne was cited for two counts of not abiding by rules and regulations on a wildlife refuge, for taking over limit of shrimp and trespassing in a posted restricted area.  Marlene Aucoin, 43, of Rayne was cited for not abiding by rules and regulations on a wildlife refuge for trespassing in a posted restricted area.  Emily Aucoin, 24, and Leon Aucoin, 23, both of Rayne were cited for not abiding by rules and regulations on a wildlife refuge for trespassing in a posted restricted area.


On June 18, the following individuals were cited for the below listed alleged violations:  Blackbird Boungnadeth, 54, of New Iberia was cited for taking game fish illegally, taking undersized black drum, taking undersized red drum, and not abiding by rules and regulations on a wildlife refuge for failing to return by-catch back to the water immediately.  Louella Jordan, 52, of Delcambre, was cited for intentional littering.   Joseph Moldeen, Jr., 46, of Welsh, was cited for two counts of not abiding by rules and regulations on a wildlife refuge, for failing to return by-catch to water immediately, and failing to dump catch in a container.  Charles Hollier, 29, of Crowley, was issued a warning for taking undersized red drum.  Steven Richard, 19, of Lafayette was issued a citation for angling without a basic fishing license.  Brigg McDaniel, 28, of Kaplan was cited for not abiding by rules and regulations on a wildlife refuge for trespassing in a posted restricted area.  Shyla Henry, 19, of Abbeville, was cited for not abiding by rules and regulations on a wildlife refuge for trespassing in a posted restricted area.  John Swire, 51, of Grand Chenier, was cited for intentional littering.  Viola Evans, 45, of Lake Charles, was cited for intentional littering.  Antonio Jones, 46, of Lake Charles was cited for intentional littering.  Hope Ward, 40, of Duson, was cited for not abiding by rules and regulations on a wildlife refuge for trespassing in a posted restricted area.  Leonard Cordier, 56, of Crowley, was cited for intentional littering and taking over limit and undersized black drum.


On June 19, the following individuals were cited for the below listed alleged violations:  Vanessa Bourque, 38, and Steve Bourque, 43, both of Broussard, were cited for intentional littering.  Brandon Thibodeaux, 34, of Cushing, Texas was cited for two counts of not abiding by rules and regulations on a wildlife refuge, for failing to return by-catch to water immediately, and failing to dump catch in a container.  Nelson Hebert, Jr., 70, of Kaplan was cited for two counts of not abiding by rules and regulations on a wildlife refuge, for failing to return by-catch to water immediately, and failing to dump catch in a container.  Dessard Badeaux, 62, of New Iberia, was cited for two counts of not abiding by rules and regulations on a wildlife refuge, for failing to return by-catch to water immediately, and failing to dump catch in a container.  Badeaux was also cited for intentional littering.  Randolf Galentine, 38, of New Iberia, was cited for not abiding by rules and regulations on a wildlife refuge for trespassing in a posted restricted area.  Joseph Roy, 58, of Estherwood was cited for not abiding by rules and regulations on a wildlife refuge for failing to return by-catch to water immediately.  Christopher Roy, 24, of Jennings was cited for two counts of not abiding by rules and regulations on a wildlife refuge for failing to return by-catch to water immediately, and failing to dump catch in a container.  Roy was also cited for taking game fish illegally, taking undersized reddrum, and taking undersized spotted sea trout.


Seized in connection with violations were 35 pounds of shrimp, 17 black drum, two red drum and two spotted sea trout donated to charity.


The penalty for not abiding by rules and regulations on a WMA is a fine between $100-$350 or jail time up to 60 days or both plus court cost.   Taking game fish illegally carries a fine between $400-$750 or jail time up to 120 days or both plus court costs and forfeiture of anything seized.   Taking or possessing undersized red drum carries a fine between $100-$350 or jail time up to 60 days or both plus court cost plus $25 per fish under 16 inches and revocation of any and all fishing licenses for one to three years.  Taking or possessing undersized and over limit of black drum carries a fine between $100-$300 or jail time up to 60 days or both plus court cost.   Taking or possessing undersized spotted sea trout carries a fine between $100-$350 or jail time up to 60 days or both plus court costs, plus $25 per fish under 12 inches and revocation of any and all fishing licenses for one to three years.  Intentional littering carries a fine of $250 and eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program as approved by the court.  A second conviction carries a fine of $500 and 16 hours of community service in a litter abatement work program approved by the court.   A third or subsequent conviction carries a fine of $1250, a suspended driver's license for one year, and 80 hours of community service in a litter abatement work program as approved by the court.


Agents from Beauregard, Allen, Evangeline, Calcasieu, Cameron, Acadia, Vermilion and Jefferson Davis parishes participated in the large-scale operation. Cameron Parish Sheriff Theos Duhon and Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso assisted in the clean-up effort on Rockefeller Refuge.


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