Coast Guard Seizes 11,773 Pounds of Fish

NEW ORLEANS – Two Coast Guard crews seized 11,773 pounds of fish in two separate fish seizures Tuesday and Wednesday in the Gulf of Mexico.

At approximately 5 p.m., Tuesday, a boarding team from the Coast Guard Cutter Pompano boarded the fishing vessel Masterrey, 104 miles south of Lake Charles, La., in the Gulf of Mexico. During the boarding Coast Guard boarding team members found live bait wells and live bait onboard, regulations prohibit the use of live bait in pelagic long line fishing.

The seized fish included 51 yellowfin tuna, 10 escolar and one swordfish, which were sold at a fair market value of $15,649.

In a separate case a crew from Coast Guard Station Grand Isle, La., seized 6,703 pounds of fish Wednesday during a boarding of the fishing vessel Queen Mary, near Cocodire, La., which also had live bait wells in place and was suspected of fishing with live bait. The seized fish were offloaded and sold at a fair market value of $24,991.50.

All proceeds from the sales will be held in escrow until the cases have been thoroughly investigated and adjudicated.

NOAA Fisheries Service Office of Law Enforcement agents will be conducting an investigation in coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard.

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