Florida Resident Cited For Charter Guide Violations in St. Bernard Parish

Published 2:16 pm Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited a Florida resident for alleged charter guide violations in St. Bernard Parish on Dec. 4.

Agents cited Max McKinley, 24, of Stuart, Florida, for failing to comply with charter boat regulations by not having a charter guide license, failing to provide proof of liability insurance, failing to have a U.S. Coast Guard license, and failing to have a recreational fishing license.

Agents were on patrol in the Hopedale area when they stopped McKinley with paying customers onboard his vessel.  McKinley did not possess the required U.S. Coast Guard Captains license, an LDWF charter boat fishing guide license and proof of at least $300,000 liability insurance.

Failing to comply with charter boat regulations carries up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Jason Gernados, Corporal Thomas Forehand, and Senior Agent Austin Landry.  This case will be forwarded to District Attorney Perry Nicosia for prosecution.