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Three men arrested for oyster violations in St. Bernard Parish

Agents cite three men on alleged oyster and boating safety violations (source: wlf.la.gov) Agents cite three men on alleged oyster and boating safety violations (source: wlf.la.gov)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) -

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents arrested three men for alleged oyster and boating safety violations today (Aug. 9) in St. Bernard Parish.
 
Agents arrested Tyler Campo, 24, of St. Bernard, Brian Cocchiara, 24, of Chalmette, and Nathan Molinary, 20, of Violet, for taking oysters during illegal hours and unlawfully taking oysters from state water bottoms.  Agents also cited Campo for failing to comply with personal flotation device (PFD) requirements. Agents also reported Campo did not possess a fire extinguisher, have proper navigation lights, or possess commercial licenses. They also say he did not fill out the Department of Health and Hospitals log book as it pertains to oysters, and did not have the required vessel sanitation requirements fulfilled.
 
Agents made contact with a vessel being operated by Campo around 5 a.m. when they spotted the vessel being operated with no running lights and actively dredging for oysters one hour before legal harvest could begin.  During the stop, agents learned about the alleged health code and boating safety violations and that Campo was dredging in an area he was not allowed.
 
Unlawfully harvesting oysters during illegal hours and unlawfully taking oysters from unleased state water bottoms carries a $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Violating the health code requirements carries a $25 fine and up to 10 days in jail for each offense.  Each of the boating safety violations carries a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.
 
Agents booked the three men into the St. Bernard Parish Jail.  Agents also returned one sack of oysters to the water, seized one oyster dredge and a forfeiture order was placed on Campo's vessel until disposition of case in court.

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