Poacher Arrested for Black Sea Bass Violations
On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, a Massachusetts Environmental Police Lieutenant received a call from the Mattapoisett Harbormaster regarding an individual at their boat ramp in possession of black sea bass. Currently both the recreational and the commercial season for black sea bass are closed. Upon arrival at the boat ramp, officers spoke with the individual and inspected his catch.
An inspection of the vessel yielded several totes and coolers, as well as an interior deck compartment, containing black sea bass.
It is unlawful to possess black sea bass in a closed season; when the season is open there is a recreational limit of 5 black sea bass per person, with a minimum size of 15-inches. After inspecting the vessel, it was determined that there were a total of 153 black sea bass, of which 75 were under the legal limit.
The vessel operator was advised of the Massachusetts Environmental Police findings and placed under arrest for failing to display fish upon demand, possession of undersized sea bass, possession of over limit sea bass, possession of sea bass in a closed season, and no recreational salt water permit. He was subsequently transported to Mattapoisett Police Department for booking.