Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited four Louisiana men for allegedly shrimping during a closed season in Plaquemines Parish.
Agents cited Rodney Hereford Jr., 28, and Mark Farrell, 41, both of Slidell, and Lenny Serpas Jr., 52, and Aaron Serpas, 19, both of Meraux, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season.
Agents responded to reports of illegal shrimping in Plaquemines Parish on the morning of April 29 and observed the vessel occupied by Hereford and Farrell engaging in skimming operations in Black Bay near Belle Island. Agents seized and returned 60 pounds of shrimp to the water.
In the early evening hours on April 30, agents again responded to reports of illegal shrimping in Plaquemines Parish. Agents observed the vessel occupied by the Serpas engaged in skimming operations in Black Bay near Iron Banks. Agents seized and returned 40 pounds of shrimp to the water.
Using skimmers in a closed season brings up to a $950 fine, 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.
Agents participating in the cases were Senior Agents Brett Nabors and Mike Garrity.
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or firstname.lastname@example.org.