Captain loses commercial fishing license for 10 years for oyster violations; 2 crewmen fined

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HOUMA, Louisiana — The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says three Houma men are convicted of oyster violations, and the captain of the boat involved has lost his license for 10 years.

Samuel Dobson, 35, also was sentenced to pay $1,654 in fines, serve a year on probation and perform 120 hours of community service. He lost his license for a third conviction for taking oysters from a polluted area, department spokesman Adam Einck said in an email Tuesday.

Judge Randy Bethancourt sentenced John Parker III, 25, and Dylan Parker, 21, on Monday to pay $2,629 each, Einck said in a news release. The Parkers are related but not brothers.

The three were arrested Dec. 18 on the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation in Terrebonne Parish.

Each was convicted of taking oysters during illegal hours, during a closed season, and from a polluted area and on three other charges. The Parkers' other charges included operating without a commercial gear license and violating the sanitation code by failing to note the trip in the vessel's log book. Dobson's included operating without a commercial vessel license and littering.

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