Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three men for alleged gill net violations involving two separate cases in Plaquemines Parish.
On Feb. 26, agents cited Timothy P. Cheramie Jr., 33, of Buras, and Danny L. Davis Jr., 35, of Venice, for actively fishing a gill net below the saltwater line. After a lengthy investigation, agents also cited Salvador Cepriano, 55, of Venice, for actively fishing a gill net below the saltwater line and fishing without a commercial fishing license on March 1.
Agents were on patrol near Dry Cypress Bayou on the evening of Feb. 26 when they observed Cheramie Jr. and Davis Jr. tending a 900-foot gill net. Agents watched the subjects pull numerous red and black drum from the net. Agents seized the net and returned the fish to the water.
Agents received a complaint about a man using a gill net in the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish. Agents observed Cepriano using a 900-foot gill net on March 1. Agents made contact with Cepriano and found him in possession of 1,017 pounds of catfish. Agents seized the net and sold the catfish to the highest bidder.
Using a gill net in below the saltwater line brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Commercially fishing without a commercial fishing license carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.