Des Allemands Man Cited for Crabbing Violations in Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 06/10/2019

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Des Allemands man for alleged commercial fishing violations in Port Sulphur located in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents cited Ryk A. Frickey, 42, for illegal possession of undersized crabs and immature female crabs.

Agents stopped Frickey on the Mississippi River with twelve crates of crabs estimated to be 1,200 pounds.  Agents inspected the crabs and found four crates containing over 20 percent of undersized crabs and all 12 crates containing up to 22 percent of immature female crabs.

Possession of over 20 percent of undersized crabs carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Any person convicted of violating the provisions of this law shall, in addition to any other penalties imposed, have his crab trap gear license suspended for six months and shall not engage in any activity requiring a crab trap gear license during the period in which he is prohibited from applying for a new license.

Possessing immature female crabs carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

Agents seized and returned all 12 crates of crab to the water.