Coast Guard Seizes 1,300 Pounds of Tilefish

NEW ORLEANS – Coast Guard crews, in conjunction with officers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Law Enforcement and the National Marine Fisheries Service seized 1,300 pounds of Tilefish in the Gulf of Mexico, May 12, 2008.

At approximately 4 p.m., May 12, 2008, a boarding team from the Coast Guard Cutter Bonito intercepted and boarded the fishing vessel Miss Haley II approximately 70 miles south of Destin, Fla. Boarding team members found the crew of the Miss Haley II was in possession of 1,300 pounds of Tilefish, which were caught out of season. The Tilefish season ended May 10.

The 1,300 pounds of seized Tilefish was sold at a fair market price of $2,600.

All proceeds from the sale will be held in escrow until the case has 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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