HOUMA, LA (WVUE) - Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced Tuesday that three Houma men were found guilty of oyster violations in Terrebonne Parish Division E Court on Monday.
According to a news release from the department, Judge Randy Bethancourt sentenced Samuel Dobson, 35, the captain of the oyster vessel, to pay $1,654.50 in fines and to forfeit his commercial fishing license for 10 years.
Dobson must also perform 120 hours of community service in a litter abatement program and must spend one year under supervised probation.
Judge Bethancourt ordered John Parker III, 25, to pay a $2,629.50 fine and Dylan Parker, 21, to pay a $2,679.50 fine.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested the men for oyster harvesting violations on Dec. 18 in Terrebonne Parish.
Agents arrested the men on charges they were taking oysters during a closed season on the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation, and for taking oysters from a polluted area.
The trio was also accused of taking oysters during illegal hours, taking oysters without commercial gear and vessel licenses, and violating the sanitation code (log book).
On Dec. 18 around 8:30 p.m., LDWF agents were patrolling the Sister Lake Seed Reservation when they observed a vessel in the open water of Sister Lake dredging for oysters.
Agents stopped the vessel and found the three men in possession of two sacks of oysters.
Agents seized the vessel, two oyster dredges and returned the oysters to the water. The men were booked into the Terrebonne Parish Jail.
The Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation is closed for the 2014/15 season.