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Wildlife agents bust 5 men for surpassing red snapper limit

Red snapper crackdown leads to five citations. Red snapper crackdown leads to five citations.
BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) -

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited five Louisiana men last weekend for alleged red snapper violations.

Agents identified the men as Darren Bartlett, 50, of Kenner; Christopher Bartlett, 53, of Mandeville; Michael Moats, 39, of Metairie; Kevin Pichon, 52, of Metairie; and Robert O'Neil, 52, of Mandeville.

According to a news release Tuesday from the Wildlife and Fisheries Department, the men were busted for going over their limit of red snapper. Agents stopped the men's vessel for an inspection on July 11. 

Agents say they found the men in possession of 20 red snapper. The bag and possession limit is two red snapper per person.  

All five men also received written warnings for not having their recreational offshore landing permit which is required in order to possess the red snapper.

Wildlife agents say the citations could bring a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  

The men could also face a total civil restitution of $287 for the replacement value of the over-limit fish.

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