Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents acting on an Operation Game Thief complaint cited four men and one woman on three separate shrimping vessels in Iberia Parish, east of Marsh Island, for allegedly shrimping during a closed season inside state waters on Aug. 8.
Agents cited Than Van, 29, of Buras, and Van Lol, 52, of Orlando, Fla. for allegedly trawling during a closed season and failure to display a valid certificate decal.
On the second vessel, agents cited Vui Van, 46, and Co Thi Nguyen, 45, both of Buras for allegedly trawling during a closed season, taking shrimp with illegal size gear and failure to display a valid certificate decal.
On the third vessel agents cited Mong Van Vo, 44, of Empire for allegedly trawling during a closed season.
The cases were made in Zone 2 in closed state waters. Zone 2 opened Aug. 13 at noon. A total of 13,660 lbs. of white shrimp was seized and sold for $12,294. Six skimmer nets were seized and are being held as evidence.
Taking shrimp during a closed season carries a fine between $400 and $750, or jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court costs and forfeiture of anything seized. The penalties for taking shrimp with illegal gear is a fine between $250 and $500, or jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court costs. Failure to display a valid certificate decal is punishable by a fine of $50, or 15 days in jail or both.
Agents participating in the cases were Senior Agents Jason Romero and Donnie Bozeman and Agent Jason Marks.
For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2988 or firstname.lastname@example.org.