Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents participated in a joint enforcement patrol that resulted in two Louisiana men being cited for alleged fishing violations in Plaquemines Parish on March 5.
Agents cited Robert J. Canty, 32, of Slidell, for taking over the daily commercial limit of sharks and Long Van Pham, 33, of Kenner, for taking red snapper during a closed recreational red snapper season. The joint enforcement patrol was in conjunction with the National Marine Fisheries Service.
Agents made contact with Canty in South Pass located near Venice and inspected his catch. Agents found him in possession of 96 sharks, which is 63 sharks over the allowable commercial daily limit.
Agents stopped Pham near the Venice Marina to conduct a catch inspection and found him to be in possession of 15 red snapper. The 2012 recreational red snapper season is currently closed and is slated to open on June 1.
Taking over the limit of commercial sharks carries a fine up to $350 and up to 60 days in jail. Canty may also face civil restitution fines for the value of the illegally taken sharks.
The penalty for taking red snapper during a closed season carries a fine up to $350 and up to 60 days in jail. Pham may also face civil restitution fines totaling $430 for the value of the illegally taken red snapper.
Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Adam Young and Senior Agent Villere Reggio.