Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited four Houma shrimpers for allegedly shrimping in state offshore waters during the closed season on March 28.
Huynh V. Minh, 50, Tuan Van Tran, 40, Thao T. Nguyen, 47, and Phong K. Nguyen, 22, all of Houma were cited when agents allegedly spotted them shrimping in their 86-foot trawl boat fewer than three miles from the beach just south of St. Mary Parish. Shrimping in state offshore waters was closed from the coast out to three miles offshore at the time.
Agents made contact with the vessel and advised them of the violation. Agents then discovered that the four trawl nets that the subjects were using had a total cork length measurement of 215 feet. Shrimpers are restricted to using not more than 130 feet of total cork line in state offshore waters.
All four subjects were issued citations for trawling in state offshore waters during a closed season and using trawls that exceeded size requirements. The penalty for each of these violations is a fine between $400-$750, or jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court costs. For a second offense and all subsequent convictions, trawl licenses shall be revoked for the remainder of the issued year, plus an additional year.
Four shrimp trawls were seized and will be held as evidence. A total of 2,387 pounds of shrimp were seized and sold at fair market value. The proceeds of that sale will be held in escrow pending disposition of the cases.
Agents participating in this case were Agents Scott Dupre, David Boudreaux, and Sgt. Ross Mire.
For more information contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-756-2469 or firstname.lastname@example.org .