TEXAS DEALER AND LOCAL MEN CITED FOR RECORDS AND LICENSE VIOLATIONS

Release Date: 07/02/2007

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Texas man and two Louisiana men for commercial fishing records and license violations on June 15.


Vincent L. Florio, 32, of Flatonia, Texas was cited for allegedly failing to maintain records, buying commercial fish from an unlicensed fisherman and violating interstate commerce regulations.  Richard Ackman, 42, of Pierre Part was cited for allegedly failing to maintain records, and taking and selling commercial fish without a commercial license, commercial gear license and crawfish traps. Nelson Dugas, 72, of Donaldsonville was cited for allegedly failing to maintain records.


Agents were patrolling the Shell Beach Road area in Pierre Part located in Assumption Parish at 5:45 p.m. when they observed two fishermen, later identified as Ackman and Dugas, selling their crawfish to Florio.  After Ackman and Dugas departed, the agents then approached Florio to check for the proper paperwork for his purchases.  He could not produce the correct paperwork for the transactions.  Agents also learned that Ackman was unlicensed.


Penalties for failing to maintain records, and for taking or selling commercial fish without a commercial license and commercial gear license include fines between $250 to $500, or jail for up to 90 days, or both plus court costs.  Buying commercial fish from an unlicensed fisherman carries a fine between $350 to $500, and jail for up to 30 days, or both plus court costs, license revocation and forfeiture of anything seized.  Violation of interstate commerce regulations is punishable by fines of $900 to $950, or jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court costs and forfeiture of anything seized. 


The agents seized 25 sacks of crawfish (935 pounds) from Florio.  Three bids were obtained and the crawfish were sold to a licensed seafood dealer at fair market value.


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


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