Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Boothville man for alleged commercial fishing violations in Plaquemines Parish on Aug. 23.
Agents cited Webley L. Bourgeois, 47, for taking commercial fish without a commercial license and taking commercial fish without a gear license. Bourgeois had his licenses revoked in March of 2021 due to unpaid taxes.
In 2022, Bourgeois sold a total of 51,891 pounds of shrimp, and 6,223 pounds of sheepshead all taken without the required commercial fishing license and gear license. All sales were obtained by trip tickets Bourgeois filed with LDWF.
Taking commercial fish without a commercial license or a commercial gear license carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.
Bourgeois also faces civil restitution totaling $137,218.13 for the replacement value of the illegally caught fish.
This is Bourgeois fourth offense for fishing without the required commercial licenses. The case will be forwarded to District Attorney Charles Ballay for prosecution. Case agents are Lt. Adam Young, Sgt. Villere Reggio and Corporal Austin Landry.
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