SIX MEN CITED FOR TAKING OYSTERS FROM A POLLUTTED AREA IN ST.BERNARD

Release Date: 10/16/2006

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited six men for alleged oyster violations in St. Bernard Parish on Oct. 11.  Utilizing the department's aircraft and a patrol vessel, agents saw two vessels harvesting oysters from polluted waters in Bayou Robin.


The occupants of the two vessels were identified as Stephen A. Martin, 40, Jerral J.Ronquille, 38, Paul G. Deroche, 33, all of St. Bernard and Fernando J.Leyva, 39, Felix J.Saavedra, 33, and Jose Luis Leyva, 45, all of Baycliff, Texas.  The six men were cited for unlawfully taking oysters from a closed (polluted) area.


A total of eight sacks of oysters were seized and returned to the water bottoms.  The two boats and four dredges were placed under an LDWF seizure order.


Unlawfully taking oysters from closed (polluted) waters is punishable by a fine between $400 to $750, imprisonment for up to 120 days, or both plus court costs.  In addition, anything seized as a result of the violation shall be forfeited.


Agents participating in the case were Senior Agents Gary Pierce, Jason Gernados and
Pilot Gene Rackle.


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