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Two men cited after wildlife agents say they used oversized shrimping nets

Wildlife agents say two men in St. Bernard Parish were using illegal shrimping nets (source: wlf.la.gov) Wildlife agents say two men in St. Bernard Parish were using illegal shrimping nets (source: wlf.la.gov)
ST. BERNARD PARISH, LA (WVUE) -

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two men for alleged shrimping violations on Nov. 1 in St. Bernard Parish.

Agents cited Michael Labat, Jr., 32, of St. Bernard, and his deckhand Allen Labat, 26, of Poydras, after investigators say the men used oversized butterfly nets. Agents also cited Labat, Jr. for allegedly failing to display a vessel registration decal and not having boat numbers.

Agents were on patrol in Bayou Terre aux Boeufs in Delacroix, when they say they observed a vessel actively shrimping without proper boat numbers or registration decal on the side of the vessel. Agents made contact with the subjects on board the vessel and observed the frames on the vessel's butterfly rigging to be unusually large.

Agents measured the nets at 22 ½ feet horizontally and 10 feet 10 inches vertically for each net. Double butterfly nets may not be more than 16 feet horizontally or 12 feet vertically for each net. In addition they may not be mounted more than 24 inches from the side of the vessel.

Agents also reported they found the subjects in possession of 172 pounds of shrimp at the time of the stop, which were seized and sold.

Using oversized butterfly nets brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Failing to have boat numbers and vessel registration decal each carries up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

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