The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says a New Iberia man is accused of shocking fish, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.
Enforcement Division spokesman Adam Einck says 33-year-old James J. Bourg could face up to $3,400 in fines and 15 months in jail if convicted on all charges against him.
Einck said agents arrested Bourg on March 16 after watching him take fish by shocking them in the Atchafalaya Basin in Iberia Parish. A news release says agents confiscated the shocking device, parts for more devices, two stolen crab traps, 65 pounds of catfish and Bourg’s 16-foot boat and 50-horsepower motor.
Einck says the agents also found records showing that he had taken and sold catfish without the required licenses or completing trip tickets and labeling requirements on packages of fish for sale.