Environmental Police - Poacher Admits Charges in Orleans District Court

Had 384 pounds of black sea bass on a closed commercial fishing day...
Photo of catch seized from a now admitted poacher back on August 24, 2019. (MEP photo)

Note - the Environmental Police did not release the name of the admitted poacher.

From the Massachusetts Environmental Police:

Update - Orleans District Court

On January, 14, 2020, the captain agreed to a responsible finding on the following violations in Orleans District Court:

- Failure to display catch upon demand
- Landing black sea bass on a closed commercial day
- Over the limit possession of black sea bass

The Captain paid $2,000 per violation, totaling $6,000 in fines.

Initial Incident Report

On Saturday, August 24, 2019, an Officer on patrol in the vicinity of Wychmere Harbor in Harwich observed an individual loading fish pots into the rear of a pickup truck. Further inspection found the individual, who was commercially permitted, to be in possession of 384 pounds of black sea bass on a closed commercial fishing day. The entire catch was seized and the individual was criminally summonsed for failure to display catch, landing black sea bass on a closed commercial day, and over the limit possession of black sea bass.

For information regarding saltwater fishing regulations, visit https://www.mass.gov/marine-fisheries-regulations

To report poaching, please contact MEP Dispatch at 1-800-632-8075. Violations can also be reported online at http://bit.ly/MEPReport

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