Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents
arrested three men in Lafourche Parish on July 22 following an investigation
into reported gill net violations.
Richard A. Green, 49, and Richard N. Green, 26, of Golden Meadow, along with
Jeffery P. Goff, 42, of Galliano were arrested for allegedly taking black drum
and Florida pompano illegally with a gill net and for violating the Louisiana
Wildlife and Fisheries Commission rules and traversing regulations.
The investigation began after the subjects were stopped by the U. S. Coast Guard
in Bayou Lafourche, near Leeville, for reported boating safety violations. The
Coast Guard then contacted LDWF agents and informed them they had stopped a
commercial vessel with a large quantity of black drum and pompano on board along
with a gill net.
The investigation culminated with the seizure of approximately 1,100 pounds of
black drum, 170 pounds of pompano, a gill net and an 18-foot aluminum boat. The
three men were cited for using a saltwater gill net illegally and for failure to
comply with commission rules and regulations concerning traversing permits. They
were booked into the Lafourche Parish Jail.
Using a saltwater net illegally and violations of commission rules and
traversing regulations are each punishable by fines up to $950 and up to 120
days in jail, or both, plus court costs and forfeiture of anything seized.
Agents participating in the case were Lt. Glen Gremillion, Sgt. Mark Benton, and
Agents Carl Pickett and Charles Ferrington.