Officers cite four areas of recreational fishing violations in Vermilion Parish
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement officers cited four people for alleged violations of recreational fishing in the parish of Vermilion on December 1.
Officers cited Hoang Van Pham, 55, of Lafayette, Timmy Van Le, 51, of Eunice, Canh Van Duong, 46, of Crowley, and Steven Van Tran, 43, of Opelousas, for overtaking the red snapper limit. Duong was also cited for possessing an undersized shark and not having a basic and saltwater fishing license.
Officers were informed that these subjects possessed above the red snapper limit. Officers set up surveillance where they launched their vessel earlier in Freshwater City. When the subjects returned from their fishing trip at around 10:15 am, officers arrested them for creel and permit checks.
Officers found the subjects in possession of 27 red snappers, placing them 11 above the daily limit. The daily limit for red snapper is four per person per day. Duong was also in possession of an undersized black tip shark. The subjects said the fish were caught 35 miles south of Freshwater City.
Officers seized the 27 snappers and red sharks and donated them to a local charity.
Exceeding the red snapper limit results in a fine of $ 100 to $ 350 and up to 60 days in jail. Owning a shark that is too small results in a fine of $ 100 to $ 350 and up to 60 days in jail. Fishing without a basic and saltwater license carries up to a $ 50 fine and 15 days in jail for each violation.
Subjects may also face civil restitution totaling up to $ 445 for the replacement value of the red snapper and shark.
The officers involved in this case are Sgt. Justin Sonnier and Corporal Derek Logan.