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6 men cited for harvesting oysters in polluted areas

Violations were in Terrebonne, Lafourche parishes. (Source: Flickr Commons) Violations were in Terrebonne, Lafourche parishes. (Source: Flickr Commons)
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A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent cited six men for alleged oyster violations in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes.

On Sept. 18, LDWF Sgt. Bryan Marie cited Dustin Buquet, 18; Richardo Najera-Morales, 25; and Cline Ledet, 29, all from Chauvin, for taking oysters from an unapproved polluted area in Bay Antoine in Terrebonne Parish.

On Sept. 22, the agent cited Dillon Verdin, 23, from Cutoff; Alexei Vargas, 21; and Holden Verdin, 21, both from Houma, for taking oysters from an unapproved polluted area in Bayou Faleau in Lafourche Parish.

Both areas are closed by Department of Health and Hospitals.

Both vessels were found with 15 sacks of oysters on board. Marie seized the vessels, oyster dredges and returned 30 sacks of oysters to the water.

Taking oysters from a polluted area brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. In addition, the men could be sentenced to 40 hours community service and be required to only harvest oysters from a vessel that is equipped with a vessel monitoring system.

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