J.E.A. PATROL UNCOVERS RECREATIONAL FISHING VIOLATIONS IN JEFFERSON PARISH

Release Date: 04/24/2007

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a father and son on April 16 for alleged recreational fishery violations in Jefferson Parish. 


Curtis A. Verdin Sr., 52, and Curtis A. Verdin Jr., 32, both of Lafitte, were each cited for allegedly taking over the limit of red drum in excess of 27 inches.


Agents were on a Joint Enforcement Agreement (JEA) patrol funded by NOAA and the National Marine Fisheries Service when the father and son were encountered in the Gulf of Mexico near Barataria Pass.  The agents found the Verdins in possession of six red drum, all of which were over 27 inches in length.  Louisiana law prohibits a recreational fisherman from possessing more than one red drum over 27 inches per day.  


If convicted, the possession of over the limit of red drum in excess of 27 inches carries a fine up to $300, plus an additional fine of $150 per fish, and the revocation of any and all fishing licenses held for the period for which issued.  The offender shall be prohibited from obtaining any new licenses for up to three years thereafter.  The state shall also assess a civil penalty for the value of each illegal fish.  A total of $1,155 was assessed in this case.  All fish were seized and later donated.


Agents participating in the investigation were Sgts. Eddie Skena and Herman Champagne.


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