PIERRE PART MEN NETTED FOR SHAD GILLNET VIOLATIONS

Release Date: 12/27/2006

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited four Pierre Part men on Dec. 15, 2006 for allegedly violating shad gillnet provisions.


Eno Domingue, 43, Eric Hue Sr. 50, Lance Metrejean, 29, and Derrick Daigle, 21, all of Pierre Part were returning to a landing in two separate vessels when agents stopped them and found 45 pounds of garfish, 4 pounds of freshwater drum, 4 pounds of mullet and 54 pounds of catfish with shad gillnets and shad.


Agents seized the fish and donated them to charity.  Agents also placed both vessels and two 1,200-foot gill nets under a departmental seizure order pending trial.
  
Agents received complaints of fisherman keeping fish other than shad and skipjack taken with shad gillnets.  By law, fishermen using shad gillnets may only keep skipjack and shad when using such nets in Verret, Palourde and Lac Des Allemands lakes.


If convicted, the men could pay fines up to $950, plus court costs or be sentenced up to 120 days in jail.  


Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Winston Michel and Agent Tyler Marroy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

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