Posted: Mar 20, 2013 7:40 AM by AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Five New Orleans men have been cited for alleged fishing violations in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited the men - 82-year-old Nam Truong, 52-year-old Nam Nguyen, 55-year-old Hung Tran, 51-year-old Hang Nguyen and 41-year-old Son Pham - for violating highly migratory species regulations in the Gulf.
State wildlife and fisheries agents boarded the vessel, The Blue Fin, when it returned Tuesday to Dulac after getting a tip the crew was illegally fishing with live bait. Agents found J-hooks, hand lines and three places to hold live bait. The violations bring up to $50,000 in fines, loss of permits for up to a year and loss of catch.
Agents seized 2,861 pounds of yellowfin tuna and 623 pounds of swordfish, wahoo and escolar.