Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Louisiana: Man Charged with Selling Fish Via Social Media
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Plaquemines Parish man for allegedly selling fish illegally via social media on Dec. 19.
Agents cited Corey D. Picquet, 48, of Buras for taking spotted sea trout without a permit, selling fish caught recreationally, selling fish without a commercial fresh products license, taking commercial fish without a commercial gear license and selling game fish.
Agents received information that Picquet was advertising yellowfin tuna for sale on social media without possessing a valid commercial fresh products license. Agents also found some of Piquet’s social media posts where he was advertising to sell red drum and largemouth bass, which are both game fish species.
Agents then found that Picquet was selling spotted sea trout, which has limited access permits and requires the fisherman to apply for and maintain specialized rod and reel licenses.
Selling spotted sea trout without a permit carries a $900 to $950 and up to 120 days in jail. Selling game fish brings a $350 to $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail. Selling fish caught recreationally carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Selling fish without a commercial fresh products license and taking commercial fish without a commercial gear license each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.
Picquet may also face commercial and recreational license revocations.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.