2 men cited For Oyster Violations in St. Bernard Parish
Published 6:33 am Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two men for alleged oyster violations in St. Bernard Parish on May 12.
Agents cited Tyler Campo, 30, of St. Bernard, and Joshua Anglada, 35, of Braithwaite, for taking oysters during a closed season on the state’s public seed ground. Campo was also cited for violating the state’s sanitation code for not completing his Department of Health logbook and failing to display proper numbers on his oyster vessel.
Agents were on patrol responding to an active complaint about a vessel harvesting oysters from the public seed ground located in Drum Bay. The Drum Bay seed ground has been closed since January of 2019.
The closure is necessary to protect undersized oysters and allowing growth for future harvest opportunities. Continued harvest might threaten the long-term sustainability of remaining oyster resources in this area. Protection of the remaining oyster resources is in the long-term best interest of the oyster populations in this public oyster seed ground.
Taking oysters during a closed season from the state public seed ground carries up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail. The men may also be sentenced to perform no less than 40 hours of community service.
Also, for any person convicted of a first offense of taking oysters during closed season the court may order the offender, for one year after the date of such conviction, to harvest oysters only from a vessel that employs a vessel monitoring system monitored by LDWF enforcement agents.
Violation of the states sanitation code for logbook violations carries a $25 fine. Failing to display proper numbers on a vessel carries a $50 fine.
Agents seized 14 sacks of oysters and returned them to the water.
The case will be forwarded to District Attorney Perry Nicosia for prosecution. Sgt. Jason Gernados and Corporal Tom Forehand with assistance from Lt. Adam Young are the participating agents for this case.