VERMILLION —- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries was tipped off that about 80 sacks of dead crawfish were dumped. It happened on March 30 at the Hebert’s boat launch at Schooner Bayou in Little Prairie in Vermilion Parish.
Agents learned two men allegedly bought live crawfish in Louisiana on March 20 and drove them to Mississippi, Alabama and Florida to sell on March 21.
The men are accused of then driving back to Louisiana with the crawfish they could not sell and allegedly dumping the dead crawfish at the Hebert’s boat launch on March 30.
During the investigation, agents were able to identify a truck and trailer that delivered the dead crawfish to the boat launch and then locate the people who were in the vehicle.
The men were identified as Adam M. Ory, 20, and Austin R. Barbier, 23, both of Lafayette. Both were cited for gross littering on April 5.
Ory was also cited for selling or buying fish without a retail seafood license, violating interstate commerce regulations, and failing to maintain records. WLF said Ory did not have the required licenses to buy crawfish to sell them.
Violating interstate commerce carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Selling or buying fish without a retail seafood license and failing to maintain records brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense. Gross littering carries up to a $900 fine, up to 30 days in jail and 16 hours of community service in a litter abatement program.