NEW ORLEANS -- Two men had their licenses revoked for life after they were sentenced for illegally concealing hundreds of shark fins on their fishing boat.
The charges stem from an incident on the “Lady Lyanna” vessel in Tiger Pass, located in Venice, on April 8.
Rick Nguyen, 37, of Buras, and Hung Anh Tiet, 29, both of Dallas, must pay a fine of $950 and pay court costs, and have had their set line licenses and state shark permits revoked for life. They are forbidden to be involved in the shark industry in any way for at least two years.
Federal prosecution is still pending by the NOAA General Counsel Office.
Agents found 2,073 individual shark fins and 11 whole sharks. Officials say those fins represent a total of 518 sharks. The bodies belonging to the fins weren't on the boat.
The daily limit is 33 sharks per vessel -- 496 over their daily limit.
Agents first found the whole sharks on the deck, but they eventually found a hidden compartment in the bow with 12 large sacks of shark fins.
Agents were alerted to Nguyen and Tiet after receiving an anonymous complaint about them going over the commercial daily limit of sharks.