ST. BERNARD, LA. (NBC33) — Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a commercial oyster vessel captain for alleged oyster violations on Nov. 11 in the Hopedale area.
Agents cited Clifford A. Derouen, 44, of Violet, for failing to fill out oyster tags and violating the oyster harvest sanitary code for refrigeration.
Agents received a complaint that a vessel was unloading oysters, which according to vessel logbooks were harvested on Nov. 9. However, agents found the oysters were tagged as being harvested on Nov. 10. Agents also determined that the oysters were not put under mechanical refrigeration before midnight of the day they were reported harvested as required.
Violation of the sanitary code for refrigeration carries a $25 fine and up to 15 days in jail. Failing to fill out oyster tags correctly carries a fine up to $500 and up to 90 days in jail.
Agents returned 60 sacks of oysters to closed waters as per LDWF policy.
Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Adam Young, Sgt. Michael Garrity, Senior Agent Villere Reggio and Senior Agent Gary Pierce