THREE CITED FOR ILLEGAL OYSTER HARVEST IN PLAQUEMINES PARISH

Release Date: 06/26/2007

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three men on June 21 for alleged oyster violations near Long Bay located in Plaquemines Parish.


Gary Barthelemy, 62, of Pointe a la Hache, Nephus Junior Wilson, 51, of Davant, and Lex Thomas Williams, 47, of Liberty, Mississippi were cited for taking oysters from unleased state water bottoms.


Agents assigned to the Oyster Strike Force saw a vessel crewed by the three men dredging for oysters on unleased water bottoms in lower Plaquemines Parish.  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 10 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 between $400 and $950, or imprisonment for up to 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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