Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited a 21-year-old Prairieville man last month for alleged charter guide license violations in Lafourche Parish.
According to a news release, agents ticketed Austin J. Ourso, of Prairieville, on May 25 for failing to comply with charter boat regulations and failing to have a personal flotation device on an occupant 16 year of age and younger while underway. He also had not purchased a required state charter fishing guide license and had no proof of liability insurance, the release states.
Agents on patrol in Bayou Lafourche observed a vessel underway with a juvenile subject onboard not wearing a personal flotation device. After stopping the vessel, agents found that Ourso was allegedly acting as a charter guide.
Charter boat fishing guides in Louisiana are required to have a state charter fishing guide license, a valid captain’s license issued by the U.S. Coast Guard, proof of liability insurance and a valid state recreational fishing license. Any person acting as a saltwater guide must have their required licenses and proof of liability in their possession while on the water.
Failing to comply with charter boat regulations fines are up to $950, or imprisonment for up to 120 days. Failing to have a PFD on an occupant 16 year of age and younger while underway brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail, the release states.