LDWF

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited two oyster fishermen for alleged oyster violations.

Agents were called to complaints they received in the Tidewater area east of Bayou Lafourche. Using aerial surveillance, agents observed and recorded Luis Diego Rodriguez, 20, and Mendez Castro Anceto, 19, both of Houma, illegally dredging for oysters in polluted waters.

Agents seized five sacks of oysters from the men and returned them to the water.

Taking oysters from an unapproved polluted area brings a $900-950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

The men could also face having their oyster harvester licenses revoked from LDWF for up to a year.

The violators could also be sentenced to perform up to 40 hours of community service and only be allowed to harvest oysters from a vessel that is equipped with a vessel monitoring device for up to one year.

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