Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited seven men for alleged oyster violations in Terrebonne Parish on July 18.
Responding to a complaint, agents assigned to the Oyster Strike Force found two vessels dredging oysters from a private lease without the lease owner's permission.
The men were identified as Luis Rangel Cabrera, 28, Miguel Gonzalez Ayala, 37, Efrin Rangel Cabrera, 35, all from League City, Texas; Samuel C. Dobson, 27, Tomas Rivas, 22, Juan Manuel Rivera Jr., 28, all from Houma, Louisiana; and Joseph C. Verdin, 51, from Dularge, Louisiana.
Agents cited the men for unlawfully taking oysters from a private lease and failure to have written permission.
Agents seized a total of 40 sacks of oysters and placed two boats and four dredges under an LDWF seizure order.
The penalty for unlawfully taking oysters from a private lease is a fine between $900 and $950, or imprisonment up to 120 days, or both plus court costs and forfeiture of anything seized in connection with the violation. Failure to have written permission is punishable by a fine between $400 to $750, or jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court costs.
Agent participating in case was Sgt. Bryan Marie and Senior Agent Mike Garrity.
For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at firstname.lastname@example.org or 225-765-2988.