BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — State wildlife and fisheries agents have cited four men in two separate incidents for alleged shrimping violations in St. Bernard and Terrebonne parishes.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in a news release Wednesday, said agents were patrolling the Lake Pelto area of Terrebonne Parish when they saw 19-year-old Jearmie Bourg and 54-year-old Valerie Authement, both of Chauvin, using skimmers during a closed season. Agents seized 434 pounds of shrimp from them.
In St. Bernard Parish, agents patrolling the Back Levee Canal area of Hopedale saw 58-year-old Gregory Porche and 28-year-old Gregory Porche Jr., both of Springfield, using skimmers as well.
Using skimmers during a closed season brings a fine of up to $950 and 120 days in jail.
The inshore shrimp season opens Aug. 17 at 6 a.m.