A Louisiana man was recently arrested after officials discovered he was in possession of too many sharks, an undersized shark and illegal narcotics.
In a press release, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said a man from the town of Houma was arrested July 26 “in Terrebonne Parish.”
The man was identified as 44-year-old Anouda Lirette and officials said he had been arrested “for possession of suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, possession of over the limit sharks and possession of an undersized shark, and intentionally hiding animals.” in the wild.”
The arrest comes amid increased shark sightings in various parts of the US
According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Lirette was first spotted by officers while patrolling the Oyster Bayou. Officers then contacted Lirette and conducted a compliance check after they noticed he threw a shark overboard. During the compliance check, officers discovered he was in possession of the undersized shark, as well as the drugs and drug paraphernalia.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries states that residents are allowed to catch several sharks in the state, including “Atlantic sharp-nosed and hood sharks,” “Small inshore, large inshore, and pelagic sharks” and “shortfin mackerel.” However, residents are only allowed to catch a limited amount of these sharks. For Atlantic sharp-nosed and bonnethead sharks, the state has a limit of “one per person per day in total”, while the other sharks mentioned above are limited to “one per vessel per trip in total”.
There is also a size restriction on many of the sharks that Louisiana residents are allowed to catch.
A spokesperson for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said: News week that Lirette was in possession of one shark too many.
Possession of methamphetamine is subject to a $5,000 fine and two years in prison. Possession of drug paraphernalia is subject to a $300 fine and 15 days in prison. Possession of sharks and undersized sharks is subject to a fine of $350 for each offense,” the press release said.
Earlier this week, officials in Massachusetts reported an increase in shark sightings off Cape Cod. Boston 25 news reported that 17 great white sharks had been sighted.
Researchers have explained the shark sighting phenomenon as a confluence of two seasons: the tourist season and the shark season. As the weather warms in June, sharks are routinely more common in places like Cape Cod. Summer weather also coincides with the tourist season in most coastal areas. With more sharks in the water and more people visiting beaches, the number of sightings increases significantly.
“Just know there are big sharks… They’re constantly there from June to fall,” Atlantic White Shark Conservancy scientist Megan Winton told Boston 25 News.
On Wednesday, the ocean research organization, Ocearch, said a 10-foot (4-meter) great white shark was spotted near the coast of South Carolina.