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Two Louisiana men cited for oyster violations

Posted: 3:59 PM, Jul 25, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-25 16:59:15-04

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two Houma men for alleged oyster violations in Terrebonne Parish on July 18.Agents cited Israel Beiza-Lopez, 32, and Ruiz Alexis-Luan, 44, for taking oysters during a closed season on the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation and taking oysters from unleased state water bottoms, according to a press release from the department. Agents were on patrol around 5 p.m. on July 18 when they observed a vessel in the Sister Lake Seed Reservation actively dredging for oysters. Agents stopped the vessel and found the men in possession of four sacks of oysters, stated in the release.Agents seized the vessel and oyster dredges on a department seizure order and returned the four sacks of oysters to the water.Taking oysters during a closed season and from an unleased state water bottom each brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. The men could also face having their oyster harvester licenses revoked by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for up to one year. The violators could also be sentenced to perform 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.