Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited five New Orleans area fishermen for allegedly failing to keep saltwater finfish intact on Oct. 22.
The LDWF agents were on a Joint Enforcement Agreement patrol for the National Marine Fisheries Service when they stopped the men, who were fishing off the coast of Plaquemines Parish in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico known as the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
During a fisheries compliance inspection, agents found Minh Chi Nguyen, 36, Dinh M. Trinh, 36, and Do Thanh Tran, 39, all of New Orleans, and Than Hung Tran, 46, and Quang Huy Nguyen, 43, of Gretna to be in joint possession of approximately nine and a half pounds of fresh fish fillets.
Louisiana law states that any saltwater finfish taken recreationally must be kept intact with head and caudal fin attached. Special exceptions apply to garfish, swordfish and tuna. For the purpose of consumption at sea, a person may possess no more than two pounds of fish fillets while on the water as long as their vessel is equipped to cook such finfish and that they do not exceed applicable bag limits.
The fish fillets were seized and are being sent to the National Marine Fisheries Laboratory for analysis and species identification.
Failing to keep saltwater finfish intact carries a fine between $250 and $500, or jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court costs.
The agents involved in the case were Sgt. Jason Russo, Senior Agent Tim Fox and Senior Agent Mike Garrity.
For more information, contact Capt. Stephen McManus at 504-284-2023 or email@example.com.