Unlicensed commercial fisherman arrested near Bay Moncleus

Houma man is habitual commercial fishing violator, LDWF says

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries arrested a 39-year-old Houma man on Tuesday in lower Terrebonne Parish for alleged commercial fishing violations.

According to a news release, Sam C. Dobson was arrested for taking commercial fish without a commercial fishing license and commercial gear license, failing to possess a commercial fishing vessel license, taking oysters without an oyster harvester license and violating Department of Health Hospitals sanitary code for log book violations.

Acting on a tip, agents went to Bay Moncleus Tuesday and allegedly saw Dobson leaving the area. Dobson, who has been cited and found guilty of multiple fishing violations in the past and is known by LDWF agents, was stopped and found in possession of sacked oysters and dredges dripping with oysters and shell, the release states.

Agents seized five sacks of oysters and contents in the dredge and returned the oysters to the water, according to the release.

The four commercial fishing license violations brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense. Violating the sanitary code for logbook violations carries up to a $25 fine and loss of the oysters. Agents booked Dobson into the Terrebonne Parish Jail, the release states.