On the afternoon of Wednesday, May 30, 2018, Massachusetts Environmental Police Officers in New Bedford inspected a head boat that had just returned from a fishing trip in Buzzards Bay; 35 passengers aboard the vessel were found to have engaged in fishing.
Upon completion of the inspection, Officers found 560 pounds of black sea bass over the legal limit, 33 of which were under the legal limit of 15-inches. Officers also located 90 pounds of scup over the legal limit, one undersized striped bass, and one undersized tautog.
The illegal catch was donated to the New Bedford Salvation Army. Multiple citations were issued in response to the violations.