Environmental Police Stop Vessel, Find Fish far Beyond Legal Limit

Passengers allegedly began to dump fish overboard as MEP vessel approached...
Some of the 272 pounds of fish seized along with all gear, coolers...etc. seized on Buzzards Bay Sunday. (MEP photo)

From the Massachusetts Environmental Police (verbatim):

On Sunday, June 9, 2019, Massachusetts Environmental Police Officers aboard the patrol boat Jessie conducted fisheries inspections in Buzzards Bay. While on patrol, Officers came upon a vessel with 7 individuals onboard actively engaged in fishing. As the MEP vessel approached, passengers began to dump fish over the side. Inspection of the contents aboard the vessel found the individuals in possession of 89 Black Sea Bass and 157 Scup, resulting in 64 Black Sea Bass and 7 Scup over the legal limit. Additionally, 31 of the Black Sea Bass and 2 Scup were undersized. 

All individuals aboard the vessel were criminally summonsed for the following:
- Possession of Black Sea Bass over the legal limit;
- Possession of undersized Black Sea Bass;
- Possession of Scup over the legal limit;
- Possession of undersized Scup; and,
- Failure to display catch.

Additionally, two individuals onboard were cited for fishing without a valid recreational saltwater permit. 

The catch, totaling 272 pounds, and all gear, coolers, and buckets were seized. 

For information on recreational saltwater fishing regulations and catch limits, please visit:https://www.mass.gov/service-details/recreational-saltwater-fishing-regulations

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