Coast Guard seizes over 500 pounds of Grouper

NEW ORLEANS- Coast Guard crews in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Marine Fisheries Service, seized more than 500 pounds of Grouper in a fishery seizure Wednesday in the Gulf of Mexico.

At approximately 3 p.m., Wednesday, a boarding team from the Coast Guard Cutter Coho, acting upon information provided by the NOAA Office of Law Enforcement, boarded the fishing vessel Miss Linda, within the Madison Swanson closed area. When the boarding commenced, Coast Guard boarding team members found the vessel’s fishing gear not properly stowed and the vessel in possession of reef fish. Regulations prohibit the possession of reef fish aboard a vessel in the Madison Swanson closed area unless the fishing gear is stowed.

The Coast Guard transferred the case to NOAA Special Agents who seized the vessel’s catch with the assistance of the Coast Guard. The fish were sold at a fair market value of $1763.30. All proceeds from the sales will be held in escrow until the case has been thoroughly investigated and adjudicated.

NOAA Special Agents will conduct an investigation of the incident based on the facts gathered by the Coast Guard as well as other sources.

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