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Louisiana Fisherman Fined $20,000

June 8, 2005

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office (NOAA) of the General Counsel issued Notices of Violation and Assessment (NOVA) to four recreational fishermen for their involvement in illegally selling fish to a Baton Rouge seafood dealer on May 24 in violation of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
John A. Langlois, 40, of Baton Rouge, John Tabor Jr., 22, of Thibodaux and John P. Hagmann, 44, of Prairieville, were each issued NOVAs in the amount of $5,000, and George H. Donaldson Jr., 38, of St. Amant was issued a NOVA in the amount of $5,500.

Alan P. Porche, 43, of Baton Rouge, previous manager of Gulf Island Shrimp and Seafood LLC and owner of Big River Seafood Inc., was sentenced on November 4, 2004, to three felony counts of obstruction of justice, theft, and filing false public records for his part in the fish transactions. Porche remains on probationary status wherein a probation violation would result in a 20-year prison sentence.

The sentences resulted from fraudulent financial transactions from illegally purchased red snapper, cobia, reef fish and other state and federally managed fish that were caught and sold by the recreational fishermen. Proceeds in the scheme came from committing forgery and false records designed to generate money, conceal and disguise the nature and source of the purchases, and avoid reporting requirements.

Agents participating in the case were Lt. Jay Diez, Sgt. Billy Gomillion, Senior Agents Buck Hampton and Joel Cromp, and NOAA Enforcement Special Agent Steve Campbell.

For more information, contact Major Jeff Mayne at or 225/765-2980.



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