Release Date: 10/23/2007

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited 18 men on Oct. 15 for alleged commercial fishing violations. 

Telmo Camargo, 41, Jose Morales, 25, Jose Camargo, 21, Augustin Perez, 20, Agustin Jimenez, 28, all from Buras, Louisiana, Edward Ebanks, 39, Adrian Jimenez, 21, Abel Matamorus, 20, Ruben Cruz, 33, Miguel Morales, 34, Irat Corrales, 25, Jose Viera, 42, Rutilo Becerri, 36, Jose Alarcan, 19, Sergio Perez, 38, Trinidad Bocanegra, 52, Leonel Proano, 35, Santiago Martinez, 34, all from Texas were each cited for unlawful taking of oysters from a private lease.

Additionally, Edward Ebanks, Augustin Perez, Telmo Camargo and Sergio Perez were also cited for failing to have written permission for the lease they were fishing.

Enforcement agents were responding to complaints of oyster theft from private leases in lower Jefferson Parish when they observed the subjects dredging for oysters in the area of Bayou St. Denis.  During the vessel inspections, the agents contacted the LDWF Oyster Survey Section and were able to determine that the subjects were removing oysters from three different private leases without permission.

The unlawful taking of oysters off a private lease carries a fine up to $950, or imprisonment not more than 120 days, or both plus court costs.  Failing to have written permission carries a fine up to $750, or imprisonment not more than 120 days, or both plus court costs.

185 sacks of oysters were seized and returned to the water during the investigation.

Agents participating in the case were Cpt. Stephen McManus, Sgt. James Gregoire and Senior Agent Kris Bourgeois.

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