Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited a 57-year-old Belle Chasse man for alleged shrimping violations Friday morning in Plaquemines Parish.
Sang V. Pham was ticketed for using skimmers in a closed season after agents allegedly observed him with skimmers in Blind Bay at about 10:15 a.m, according to a press release.
Agents found him in possession of about 25 pounds of shrimp, the release states.
Using skimmers in a closed season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail and forfeiture of anything seized, according to the release.
In addition, for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer, or butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction.
During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer, or butterfly net only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible to LDWF.
The violator may also have to perform 40 hours of community service, according to the release.