Authorities find illegally caught shrimp on Lake Charles-based boat

LAKE CHARLES (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has seized 700 pounds of shrimp illegally caught in Louisiana on Monday.

The Coast Guard says in a news release that

authorities found the crew of the fishing vessel Waymaker did not have

the documentation

or equipment required by law, including a working horn.

Authorities say in addition to not having

the required Gulf of Mexico shrimp permit, the Waymaker was not using

turtle exclusion

devices in its shrimp trawls. The crew was also cited for a

shortage of working fire extinguishers and lack of a functioning


The Coast Guard says the vessel was stopped on a routine patrol when the violations were discovered.

The NOAA ship registry shows the Waymaker registered to a private owner in Lake Charles.