BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited four men on Nov. 11 for alleged fisheries violations in federal waters.
Agents cited Hershel L. Girouard II, 39, of Youngsville, Shane P. Maturin, 30, of New Iberia, Adam J. Leonard Jr., 38, of Bourg, and George A. Venable, 29, of Church Point, for fishing for red snapper during a closed season and possessing over the limit of red snapper. Girouard, Maturin and Leonard were also cited for failing to keep fish intact.
Agents boarded an offshore supply vessel approximately 70 miles offshore in federal waters. Agents observed the four subjects fishing off the back deck of the vessel prior to boarding.
Agents seized 28 red snapper and one snowy grouper. Agents found some of the red snapper with their heads and tails removed and a grouper with its tail removed.
The recreational season for red snapper was open from June 1, 2011 through July 18, 2011. The daily possession limit for red snapper during the open season is two per person per trip. The bag limit during the closed season is reduced to zero.
This case will be forwarded to the National Marine Fisheries Service for review. The penalties associated with violating the Magnuson-Stevens Conservation and Management Act will be determined by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of the General Council.
Agents involved in the case were Lt. Bobby Buatt, Senior Agent Buddy Murray and Agent Justin Lowry.