POSTED: Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 12:00am
UPDATED: Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 12:04am
LOUISIANA — Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three Texas men in two separate cases for alleged red snapper violations while on a Joint Enforcement Agreement (JEA) patrol on August 31.
Agents were patrolling the Gulf of Mexico Flower Garden Marine Sanctuaries and encountered 20 fishing vessels. While checking these vessels, agents found two vessels in non-compliance with red snapper regulations.
Agents cited Elvis Con Le, 52, of Port Arthur, Texas, and Hai Le, 51, both from Port Arthur, Texas, for possessing red snapper during a closed season. Elvis Con Le was also cited for over limit of red snapper. Agents seized five red snapper. The daily limit during an open season is two red snapper for each licensed person.
Agents also cited Minh Van Le, 54, of Port Neches, Texas, for possessing red snapper during a closed season and possessing an undersized cobia. Agents seized a red snapper and a 30 inch cobia. Cobia must be at least 33 inches.
The open red snapper season in federal waters closed on June 29.