Two Terrebone Parish men were arrested for alleged shrimping violations Wednesday evening in Terrebonne Bay, according to a news release.
Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries on patrol 4 miles inside state waters arrested Tracey L. Trahan, 37, of Houma, and Sterlin Billiot Jr., 22, of Dulac, for trawling during a closed shrimp season. Lee, the captain of the vessel, also was cited for not having navigation lights, the release states.
After making contact with the men about 11:30 p.m., agents found 663 pounds of shrimp in their possession, and seized the shrimp and two trawls. The vessel was seized, and the two men were booked into the Terrebonne Parish Jail, the release states.
The shrimping season for state inside waters is scheduled to be set at the next Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting on May 5.
Trawling for shrimp during a closed season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Running a boat at night with no navigation lights carries a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail, according to the release.