TWO MEN CHARGED WITH RED SNAPPER FISHERY VIOLATIONS

Release Date: 03/20/2007

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two men in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico outside of East Bay for alleged federal fish violations on March 8.


Glenn Coleman, 54, and Dwight Andrews, 61, both of Marrero, were each cited for violations of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Management and Conservations Act for taking red snapper during a closed season, possession of under-sized red snapper and possessing red drum in federal waters.


The investigation determined the two men to be in possession of four red drum and 79 red snapper, of which 45 were under the legal minimum size limit of 16 inches.  All of the fish involved were seized.


Penalties for violating the Magnson-Stevens Fishery Management and Conservation Act can be up to a maximum of $130,000 in fines.


The case is a result of work performed by LDWF agents under a state/federal cooperative enforcement agreement between LDWF and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office for Law Enforcement.  The agreement provides federal funds to state marine enforcement agencies for enforcement of fisheries resource regulations.


Agents participating in the case were Lt. Glen Gremillion, Sgt. Todd Laviolette, and Senior Agent Ezekiel Talbert.


For more information, contact Major Jeff Mayne at 225-765-2980 or jmayne@wlf.louisiana.gov.
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