A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division Oyster Strike Force agent cited four men on Aug. 29 for alleged oyster violations in Lake Mechant located in Terrebonne Parish.
Santiago Martinez Flores, 45, Van Badillo Ramirez, 20, Jose Gaudalupe Rodriguez, 19, all from Montegut, and Paul G. Rodriguez, 39, from Dallas, Texas, were cited for taking oysters from unleased state water bottoms.
Responding to numerous complaints in lower Terrebonne Parish, LDWF Enforcement Sgt. Bryan Marie spotted the vessel dredging for oysters on unleased water bottoms. The area in question contains unleased state water bottoms, private leases and closed public oyster grounds.
Utilizing LDWF's global positioning satellite equipment, Sgt. Marie marked the location before boarding the vessel. The location was proven to be on unleased state water bottoms where oyster harvesting is illegal.
Four sacks of oysters were seized and returned to the water and two oyster dredges and a boat being used were placed 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.
For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at firstname.lastname@example.org or 225-765-2988.