Three Mississippi men were cited for illegally shocking fish on the Pearl River on Aug. 11 after a joint investigation by Louisiana and Mississippi wildlife and fisheries agents.
Investigators cited Lance O. Davis, 41, and James A. Howard, 51, both of Poplarville, Miss., and Howard D. Restor, 40, of Lumberton, Miss., for taking fish using illegal methods and a federal Lacey Act violation for transporting illegally taken fish from Mississippi to Louisiana.
Investigators set up surveillance on the Pearl River after getting a tip from an anonymous informant. On the afternoon of Aug. 11, a Louisiana agent observed the three men in a boat arrange and assemble a shocking device, which consisted of a long electrical wire attached to a small section of chain and a 12-volt electrical supply system.
The agent then observed the men in Washington Parish in Louisiana waters shocking the water and using a dip net to collect fish that came to the surface into the boat. Agents tracked the men to their camp, where they were found in possession of 24 catfish filets, one whole catfish and other catfish parts. Agents seized the fish, 14-foot boat, the shocking device and a 25-horsepower motor.
The Lacey Act violation brings up to a $10,000 fine and five years in jail. Taking fish using illegal methods brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.