June 14, 2005
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division (LDWF)
agents caught a Galliano couple for allegedly taking shrimp illegally on May 25.
Agents cited Elizabeth Griffin, 33, and arrested Cecil Griffin, 58, after the
two were seen using a butterfly net and sheets of plywood to block a bayou
intersecting Bayou Lafourche near Golden Meadow in southern Lafourche Parish.
The plywood was used to funnel the water flow into their 22-foot butterfly net,
which is illegal because it blocks the free passage of fish or shrimp with
fishing gear. State law requires a minimum five-foot wide channel to remain open
in the deepest portion of the channel, and shrimp nets may not be used in
conjunction with such devices.
LDWF records show that this is the fifth time Griffin has been cited for this
violation and he was subsequently booked into the Lafourche Parish Jail.
Blocking free passage of fish or shrimp carries a fine of $250 to $500 or jail
time up to 90 days or both plus court costs for the first offense. The fine for
this violation increases on the third and subsequent offenses to $750 to $1000
and jail time between 90 and 120 days. Any items seized in connection to this
case are subject to forfeiture to LDWF.
Agents participating in this case were Sgt. Chad Hebert and Senior Agent Thomas
For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2988.