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Wildlife agents use drone to catch men harvesting polluted oysters

4 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago Sunday, May 16 2021 May 16, 2021 May 16, 2021 4:52 PM May 16, 2021 in News
Source: WBRZ

PORT SULPHUR - Two men were charged with harvesting polluted oysters Thursday.

Nelson C. Williams III, 45, and 39-year-old James Garrison, both Port Sulphur residents, pleaded guilty in the 25th Judicial District Court to oyster violations.

The two were caught taking oysters from a polluted area closed by the Department of Health after a December Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries investigation.

Agents used a drone for aerial surveillance and saw the men actively dredging for oysters. Authorities seized five sacks of oysters from the men.

Williams, the captain of the vessel, was fined $900 and put on probation, with various licenses revoked. As the deckhand, Garrison was fined $200 fine and court costs.

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