BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A commercial fisherman and his deckhand have been cited for allegedly using oversized fish trawls in St. Bernard Parish.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited the captain, 56-year-old Mike Russell, of New Orleans, and 63-year-old Bruce Metz, of Slidell, on Sunday.
Agents patrolling Lake Borgne saw a boat fishing around 1 p.m. and when they got closer saw two 50-foot trawls in use. That exceeds the trawl size allowed for inside waters. Agents seized Russell’s trawls and about 1,000 pounds of fish.
A trawling violation of this kind can bring a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. The men also face having their trawl, skimmer and butterfly gear licenses suspended for one year.
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