Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited a St. Bernard man for alleged oyster violations on Feb. 14.
Agents cited Bruce Guerra III, 33, for using an illegal scraper and taking over the limit of oysters on a public seed ground.
Agents observed Guerra fishing for oysters on the public seed ground in Drum Bay located within St. Bernard Parish. Agents found him with 70 mini sacks of oysters on board his vessel. The daily limit for the seed ground is 20 sacks, which is equivalent to 60 mini sacks.
Agents also found the teeth on his scrapers he was using to harvest oysters were 6 inches long. Scrapers for use on a public seed ground may not be longer than 5 inches long.
Using an illegal scraper and taking over the limit of oysters on a public seed ground each bring a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Agents returned the 70 mini sacks of oysters to the public oyster seed ground in Drum Bay.
Agents participating in the case are Lt. David Nunez, Sgt. Charles Strain and Senior Agent Brett Nabors.