Metairie couple cited for stealing crabs on Lake Pontchartrain
POSTED: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 3:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 3:04am
METAIRIE, LA — Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited two Metairie residents for alleged crabbing violations on Aug. 2 on Lake Pontchartrain.
LDWF agents set up surveillance from the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain after receiving complaints about stolen crabs from crab traps in the area. Agents observed David E. Shelhorse, Jr, 37, and Jennifer Bourgeois, 31, running crab traps in the area with two different colored corks.
After stopping the subjects, the agents learned that the crab traps that Shelhorse Jr. and Bourgeois were taking crabs from belonged to another commercial fisherman.
Agents cited Shelhorse Jr. and Bourgeois for unlawfully removing contents of a crab trap, which carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail if found guilty.
Agents also seized 63.5 pounds of blue crabs.