FOUR CITED IN LAKE MECHANT FOR TAKING OYSTERS FROM UNLEASED STATE WATER BOTTOMS

Release Date: 06/19/2007

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division's Oyster Strike Force agents cited four men on June 16 for alleged oyster violations in Lake Mechant located in Terrebonne Parish.


Juan Cardenas, 33, Alberto Calderon, 20, and Jose Cardenas, all from Gray, and Raul Rodriguez Calderon, 54, of Houma, were cited for taking oysters from unleased state water bottoms.


Responding to complaints in lower Terrebonne Parish, agents saw a vessel crewed by the four dredging for oysters on unleased water bottoms.  The area in question contains unleased state water bottoms and private leases. 


Utilizing LDWF's global positioning satellite equipment, agents marked the location before boarding the vessel.  The location was proven to be on unleased state water bottoms, where oyster harvesting is illegal.


Agents seized and returned 35 sacks of oysters to the water and placed two oyster dredges and the boat being used under a department seizure order. 
 
The penalty for unlawfully taking oysters from state water bottoms is a fine not less than $400 nor more than $950, or imprisonment for not more than 120 days, or both plus courts costs.


Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Bryan Marie and Senior Agent Mike Garrity.


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