St. Bernard oysterman sentenced for Lake Robin violations

LDWF: Alfonso pled guilty to harvesting in polluted waters, license revoked for three years

A St. Bernard parish man who pleaded guilty to oyster violations committed last fall in Lake Robin was fined $950 and had his harvester license revoked for three years, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Joshua C. Alfonso, 30, pled guilty to taking oysters from an unapproved polluted area and was sentenced by Judge Kirk Vaughn in St. Bernard Court on April 20, according to a press release.

Since it was his second offense, his license was revoked for three years and he also is forbidden to be on a vessel possessing or processing oysters for three years. His dredge that was seized by enforcement agents will be forfeited to the state, according to the release.

The guilty plea stems from a Sept. 9, 2016 incident in Lake Robin on unleased state water bottoms in a polluted area as set by the Department of Health and Hospitals, the release states.