POSTED: Friday, May 25, 2012 - 11:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, May 25, 2012 - 11:04pm
LAFOURCHE PARISH, LA — Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two Florida men for alleged fishing violations on May 18 near Fourchon in Lafourche Parish.
Agents cited Roberto C. Arenas, 51, and Lucio Alamo, 60, for possession of more than 10 red drum off of the water, taking and possessing undersized red drum and black drum, intentional littering, angling without non-resident basic and saltwater fishing licenses and obtaining licenses by fraud.
After receiving a complaint of illegal fishing and littering violations, agents setup surveillance and allegedly observed Arenas and Alamo catching and keeping undersized red drum and throwing beer cans in the marsh off of Hwy. 1 near Fourchon.
Agents found Arenas and Alamo to be in possession of 24 red drum and two black drum all under the 16 inch minimum size requirement, and two sheepshead. Agents also discovered that both subjects possessed Louisiana basic and saltwater fishing licenses that they purchased illegally with a Louisiana ID, as they are residents of the state of Florida with Florida driver’s licenses.
Possession of more than 10 red drum off of the water brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Obtaining a license by fraud carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Taking and possessing undersized red and black drum brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Intentional littering carries a $250 fine and eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program. Angling without non-resident basic and saltwater fishing licenses brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.
Agents participating in the case were Lt. Joseph Arnaud, Sgt. Thomas Dewitt, and Sr. Agents Doug Danna and Thomas Wolf.