Two Houma men cited for taking polluted oysters

Incident allegedly occurred in a closed area west of Bayou Terrebonne, LDWF says

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited two Houma men on Tuesday for alleged oyster violations in Terrebonne Parish.

Justin Dunn, 26, and Donovan Adams Jr., 22, were issued a citation for taking oysters from a polluted area, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Responding to complaints on illegally taken oysters around Bayou Terrebonne, agents allegedly identified the two subjects harvesting oysters in a canal that is designated as closed by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.

Agents seized 11 sacks of oysters and returned them to the water, and also seized the vessel on a department seizure order, the release states.

Taking oysters from a polluted area carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  The men could also have their oyster harvester licenses revoked by the department for up to one year, be sentenced to perform 40 hours of community service and only be allowed to harvest oysters from a vessel with a vessel monitoring device for up to one year, according to the release.