Men cited for taking oysters from a closed area

Men cited for taking oysters from a closed area

JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - An enforcement agent with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited two Montegut men accused of oyster violations on December 15 in Jefferson Parish.

John J. Naquin, 28, and Kenneth J. Naquin, 29, were cited for taking oysters during a closed season from state grounds and taking commercial fish by using a dredge without commercial gear licenses. Investigators say agent Chelsea King spotted the two men actively fishing for oysters in Hackberry Bay.

The Hackberry Public Oyster Seed Reservation closed on November 9 until further notice. The agent seized 13 sacks of oysters and returned them to the water. Taking oysters during a closed season can result in fines from $900 to $950 and up to 120 days in jail. Taking commercial fish without commercial gear licenses carries a fine of $250 to $500 and 90 days in jail.

The violators could also face 40 hours of community service because of a litter abatement community service program.

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