Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Golden Meadow resident on April 28 for an alleged closed season shrimp violation in Lafourche Parish.
Agents cited Toney Morgan Dardar, 51, for using skimmers during a closed season and improper running lights.
In the pre dawn hours, agents responded to reports of illegal shrimping in lower Lafourche Parish. Agents observed the vessel occupied by Dardar engaged in skimming near the protection levee by Tidewater. At the time, the vessel was observed without the required running lights.
Agents returned 100 pounds of shrimp to the water and seized the two skimmer nets and vessel.
The penalty for using skimmers in a closed season is a fine up to $950, up to 120 days in jail, or both plus courts costs. In addition to any other penalties, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer and butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction. During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer or butterfly net, only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible by LDWF.
The penalty for improper running lights is a fine of $50 or imprisonment for up to 15 days, or both plus court cost.
Agents participating in the case were Sgts. Bryan Marie and Richard Purvis.
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or firstname.lastname@example.org.