- Associated Press - Friday, June 10, 2016

HOUMA, La. (AP) - State Department of Wildlife and Fisheries officials says two Houma men have been cited for alleged oyster violations in Terrebonne Parish.

Wildlife agents said in a news release 50-year-old Santiago Mendez-Luis and 19-year-old Joshua Manuel Gregoire are accused of unlawfully taking oysters from a private lease and failure to have written permission.

On Wednesday, while on patrol near Bay Sale, the news release say agents found the two men harvesting oysters by hand.

Agents returned eight sacks of oysters to the water and seized the men’s vessel.

Unlawfully taking oysters from a private lease brings a fine and up to 120 days in jail, along with forfeiture of anything seized. Failure to have written permission carries a fine and up to 120 days in jail.

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