Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited two men for allegedly shrimping during a closed season in Terrebonne Parish on April 21.
Agents cited Joshua M. Verdin, 26, and Jimmie D. Robling Jr., 52, both from Houma, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season.
Agents responded to an area where they received complaints of illegal shrimping and observed the vessel occupied by the two subjects engaging in skimming operations in Bayou Grand Caillou. Agents issued the men citations and seized 290 pounds of 26-30 count white shrimp. In addition, the vessel and two skimmer nets were seized.
Using skimmers during a closed season brings a $400 to $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 case were Sgt. Bryan Marie and Senior Agent Thomas Wolf.
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or firstname.lastname@example.org.