Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Houma man for alleged oyster violations on Oct. 11 in Terrebonne Parish.
Danny T. Billiot Jr., 25, was dredging for oysters in Bay Long when agents boarded his vessel. After performing a vessel and license inspection, agents found that Billiot did not possess a commercial license, displayed improper boat numbers, failed to comply with personal flotation device (PFD) requirements and without possession of a fire extinguisher.
After further investigation, agents learned that Billiot had outstanding warrants in Terrebonne Parish for past fishing violations. Billiot was then arrested and booked into the Terrebonne Parish Jail.
On Oct. 12, Billiot pled guilty to the charges within the eight warrants. From April of 2007 until August of 2012, Billiot was charged with two counts of taking oysters from unapproved areas, two counts of failing to comply with PFD requirements, taking commercial fish without a commercial gear license, violating recreational gear license requirements, failing to display valid certificate decal, improper boat numbers, and no boat registration certification, violating seed ground vessel permit regulations, failing to have commercial license in possession, unlawfully taking oysters off a private lease, failing to have written permission, failing to mark oyster lease while harvesting, failing to display proper number on vessel, angling without saltwater and basic fishing licenses, and taking or possessing undersized black drum.
Honorable Judge John Walker of the Terrebonne Parish Court sentenced Billiot on Oct. 12 to six months in parish jail with credit for time served, 18 months of supervised probation in which he cannot fish for oysters and must forfeit all commercial licenses, 24 months of unsupervised probation and a $400 fine.
The charges issued on Oct. 11 are still pending. Failing to have commercial license in possession brings a fine between $250 and $500 and up to 90 days in jail. Displaying improper boat numbers, failing to comply with PFD requirements and no fire extinguisher in possession each carry a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.
Agents involved in the case are Lt. Joseph Arnaud, Senior Agent Ladd Turner and Agent Adam Tieben.
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