TERREBONNE PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division cited two oyster fishermen in Terrebonne Parish on Sept. 30.
Grant J. Leboeuf and Travis J. Dardar, both 30, were cited for allegedly taking oysters from an unapproved polluted area.
LDWF agents were on patrol wen they noticed a vessel in a marsh area near Bayou Jean Lacroux actively dredging for oysters. The area was closed by the Department of Health and Hospitals due to pollution.
Agents stopped the vessel and found the two men in possession of one sack of oysters. Agents seized the vessel, oyster dredges and returned the oysters to the water. Taking oysters from a polluted area carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. The men could also be sentenced to serve 40 hours of community service and required to only harvest oysters from a vessel that is equipped with a vessel monitoring system.