Another poaching bust by Massachusetts Environmental Police, this time nabbing a charter boat in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Environmental Police Dispatch can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-632-8075.
Violations can also be reported online at http://bit.ly/MEPReport.
From the MEP Facebook page:
On the afternoon of Tuesday, June 25, 2019, Massachusetts Environmental Police Officers were on patrol in the area of the West Island Marina in Fairhaven when they observed five passengers disembark from a locally run charter boat. An inspection of the passenger catch revealed they were in possession of 32 black sea bass over the legal limit, 8 of which were undersized, and 74 scup over the legal limit.
All five passengers, each from out of state, received citations with monetary fines. The Captain of the charter vessel was criminally summonsed for the violations. The catch was seized and subsequently donated to the New Bedford Salvation Army.
For-hire scup limits shall not exceed 50 per person, a minimum of 9-inches, until June 30. These numbers decrease to 30 per person beginning July 1. Recreational or private scup limits are 30 fish per angler, not to exceed 150 per vessel with 5 or more anglers, a minimum of 9 inches.
Black sea bass are limited to 5 fish per angler, a minimum of 15 inches.