§218. Seafood sales and purchases; commercial license required of seller; penalties
A. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to offer to sell or to sell any shrimp, oyster, fish, or other seafood without having first obtained a valid commercial fishing, retail, or wholesale license as provided in Subpart A of Part VII of Chapter 1 of Title 56 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation, including any restaurant or retail establishment, to purchase any shrimp, oyster, fish, or other seafood from any person who does not possess a valid commercial fishing, retail, or wholesale license lawfully issued in his name or his employer's name as provided in the above-referenced Subpart A. The commercial fishing license required herein shall be one which authorizes the bearer to sell his catch. Such license or a copy thereof shall be in the possession of the seller and conspicuously displayed at all times when transacting any sale.
B. The provisions of this Section shall be enforceable by all law enforcement agencies throughout the state, in addition to agents of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and including but not limited to law enforcement officers of local governmental subdivisions.
C.(1) The following penalties shall be imposed for violation of the provisions of Subsection A of this Section:
(a) For the first offense, the fine shall be not less than five hundred dollars nor more than seven hundred fifty dollars, or imprisonment for not more than one hundred twenty days, or both.
(b) For the second offense, the fine shall be not less than seven hundred fifty dollars nor more than three thousand dollars and imprisonment for not less than ninety days nor more than one hundred eighty days.
(c) For the third offense, the fine shall be not less than one thousand dollars nor more than five thousand dollars and imprisonment for not less than one hundred eighty days nor more than two years.
(2) The above penalties in all cases shall include forfeiture of anything seized in connection with the violation and may include revocation of any applicable fishing, retail, or wholesale license under which the violation occurred for the period for which it is issued.
Acts 1986, No. 660, §1.