TERREBONNE PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Wildlife agents booked two men into the Terrebonne Parish Jail, on charges of illegally harvesting oysters.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says on September 24, agents on patrol noticed a boat dredging for oysters in the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation, which doesn't reopen until October 19.
Agents arrested 24-year-old Quint Liner, Jr. and 24-year-old Bobby Billiot. Officials say the agents found 13 sacks of oysters and put them back in the water.
Liner also faces charges for operating a vessel with a suspended license and failing to have his commercial license in possession. Agents seized the boat and two dredges.
LDWF says taking oysters during a closed season can carry a punishment of up to 120 days in jail and $950 in fines. Anyone caught without their commercial license could face up to 90 days in jail and $500 in fines.