Marrero Man Sentenced for Illegal Fish Sales in Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 08/29/2014

A Marrero man pleaded guilty on Aug. 28 to commercial fishing violations committed in Plaquemines Parish.

Joseph Morris III, 30, pleaded guilty to selling fish without a fresh products license, failing to maintain records, taking commercial fish without a vessel license, selling game fish illegally, selling spotted sea trout without a permit, selling spotted sea trout without a rod and reel license, taking/selling undersized spotted sea trout, possessing commercial red drum illegally and failing to comply with charter boat regulations.

Morris was ordered to pay a $2,250 fine plus court costs, serve 120 days in parish prison suspended, and have all commercial and recreational fishing privileges seized and revoked for a period of two years.  Continued litigation is pending in Jefferson Parish for additional alleged violations.

He is also facing a total of $8,329.68 in civil restitution for the illegally taken and possessed fish.  Jerry Lobrano for the 25th Judicial District prosecuted the case.

Agents arrested Morris on Jan. 24, 2014 for numerous commercial fishing violations after agents secured an arrest warrant from Plaquemines Parish when Morris sold spotted sea trout and red drum to undercover agents and took agents on chartered fishing trips without the required charter boat license.

LDWF Special Investigations and Sgt. Adam Young participated in the case.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.