Two Louisiana Men Cited in Iberville Parish

Release Date: 08/04/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two Louisiana men for alleged fisheries violations on Aug, 2 in Iberville Parish.

Agents cited Abram Allen Barbay, age 19, of Maringouin, and Benjamin Paul Bello, age 20, of Lakeland, for taking over the limit and undersized black bass.

Agents were alerted by a confidential informant that Barbay and Bello were taking a large number of black bass south of Ramah in the levee pitts.  After being checked, agents found both men to be in possession of 62 black bass that were all under the 14-inch minimum size limit.  The limit on black bass is 10 fish per person. 

Barbay and Bello were additionally charged a civil restitution in the amount of $498.20 for replacement value of the bass.  The fish were donated to charity.

Agents participating in the case were Senior Agents Jerry Stassi and Marc Adams.

The penalties for taking undersized and over the limit of black bass are fines between $100 and $350, or up to 90 days in jail, or both plus court costs for each offense.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.