Lockport man cited for allegedly possessing 34 red snapper before season opened

Freeman stopped at Grand Isle docks on March 19, LDWF said

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited a Lockport man on March 19 for alleged recreational fishing violations involving red snapper, according to a press release.

Arthur Freeman, 51, was cited for possessing red snapper during a closed season.

Freeman’s boat was stopped near the Grand Isle docks after he had unloaded his commercial catch for the day, the release states. During an inspection, agents found coolers containing 34 red snapper.

Freeman claimed the fish were left over from the stale and he was taking them home for personal consumption, but agents seized the red snapper, the release states.

Possessing red snapper during a closed season brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail, and Freeman may also face civil restitution of $975 for the replacement value of the fish, according to the release.