Falmouth Man Found Illegally Shellfishing

1,024 illegally harvested shellfish seized, returned to Great Bay

Statement from the Falmouth Department of Marine and Environment  (verbatim):

During a joint patrol with Falmouth Department of Marine and Environmental Services and Massachusetts Environmental Police, a Falmouth commercial fishermen was discovered illegally commercially shellfishing.

The individual, later identified as Richard Baker, was placed under surveillance and was observed violating a number of state and local laws. As Baker removed his boat from the waters of Great Pond, Baker was subsequently cited for commercially shellfishing on a Sunday, failing to commercially tag shellfish, removing 106 undersized shellfish, and other state violations.

Pursuant to local regulations, Baker’s commercial shellfish permit was immediately administratively suspended for 6 months.

A total of 1024 illegal shellfish were seized during the stop. All shellfish was returned to the waters of Great Bay for future legal harvest.

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