August 25, 2011-Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a Mississippi man for allegedly shrimping during a closed season in St. Bernard Parish on Aug. 19.
Agents cited Dac Quoc Nguyen, of Bay St. Louis, Miss., for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season.
Agents were responding to complaints of illegal shrimping in St Bernard Parish's North marsh. Agents were in the area of the complaints and observed the vessel occupied by Nguyen engaging in skimming operations in Elephant Pass. Agents issued Nguyen a citation and seized 280 pounds of 16-20 count white shrimp.
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 Sgt. Kris Bourgeois, Senior Agents Austin Arteaga and Brett Nabors.
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