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Three Louisiana Fishers Face Fines, Jail For Having 85 Sharks On Their Boat News Service
March 4, 2009 12:42 EST

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three Louisiana men for allegedly possessing over the limit of shark on Feb. 19.

Agents stopped a commercial fishing vessel for license compliance during a National Marine Fisheries Service joint enforcement patrol. Joseph A. Norman, 46, of Covington, Shane C. Acosta, 34, of Slidell, and Carl M. Acosta, 36, of Slidell, had all of their proper licenses, but were found to be in possession of over the limit of shark.

At this time the commercial limit for shark is 33 sharks per vessel per day. The subjects were found to be in possession of 85 sharks at the time of the stop.

The penalty for taking over the limit of shark commercially carries a fine between $100 to $350 per offense, or jail time up to 60 days, or both plus court costs.

Agents participating in the case were Senior Agent Robert Cosse Jr. and Senior Agent Jason Gernados.