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Men cited for illegal shrimping

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TERREBONNE PARISH, LA (WVUE) -

Three men were cited by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents for alleged shrimping violations in Terrebonne Parish on Wednesday.

David Blanchard, 35, and his deckhand Ellis Gilling, 35, both of Chauvin are accused of taking commercial fish without a commercial license, failing to comply with bait dealer permit regulations and using skimmers in a closed season. Agents also cited Kenneth McDuff, 59 of Chauvin for allowing unlicensed fishermen to use a vessel license and gear license, and failing to comply with bait dealer permit regulations.

Agents started investigating after they received complaints over the past two weeks about a vessel illegally catching shrimp in Bayou Little Calliou. Agents say they saw Blanchard and Gilling unloading shrimp from the vessel today. Agents made contact with the men and asked to see their required licenses. Agents say neither man had had a commercial fishing license.

Agents say the two men had 628 pounds of dead shrimp at the time of the stop. Agents seized and sold the shrimp. They say taking commercial fish without a commercial fishing license, allowing unlicensed fishermen to use a commercial vessel license, and allowing unlicensed fishermen to use commercial gear licenses carries a fine of $250-$500 and up to 90 days in jail. Using skimmers in a closed season and failing to comply with bait dealer permit regulations carries a fine of up to $950 and a sentence of up to 120 days in jail for each offense. 

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