Boat Seized In Wareham For Fishing Violations
A boat and fishing gear were seized in Wareham on Sunday.
Massachusetts Environmental Police say they received a call from the Wareham Harbormaster Department regarding a potential violation at Tempest Knob Boat Ramp.
An officer boarded the vessel noticed 8 coolers on the deck.
When the officer asked what was in the coolers the operator stated that they contained sea bass and scup.
An inspection was conducted which revealed that the boat was in possession of 209 sea bass over the limit, 122 of which were undersized.
Environmental Police say the owner is a commercial permit holder but doesn't have a recreational saltwater fishing license.
There were five other passengers on the vessel, one had a recreational saltwater fishing license, a minor was also onboard.
Current regulations place a recreational limit of five black sea bass per person, with a minimum size of 15-inches meaning that, for this vessel, the legal possession limit of black sea bass would have been 10 fish, 15 inches or larger.
Civil citations were issued against the passengers for possession of undersized seabass, fishing without a salt water recreational license, and possession of over the limit sea bass.
The operator was issued a criminal summons and his boat, trailer, and fishing gear were seized by the Commonwealth.
Environmental Police say the fish were sold and the proceeds will go through a civil process.
The Wareham Harbormaster says this was the largest seizure of illegal black sea bass so far in Massachusetts this fishing season.