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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  1. Gary Parsons says:

    Good Job! Thanks for protecting the resource.

  2. Tracy A. Dunn says:

    I am familiar with the case as I am the enforcement manager (Deputy Special Agent in Charge) for the area. As much as NOAA Enforcement (OLE) appreciates the relationship with the USCG, I am compelled to point out that the article does not accurately express the chain of events. First of all, NOAA Enforcement contacted the USCG and provided the information about the potential violation and asked that a cutter be sent out to the boat. Secondly, NOAA OLE directed the case and had the boat returned to port and made the seizure. Thirdly, NOAA OLE is conducting the follow-up investigation.

    I also must point out that without the willingness of the USCG to dispatch a cutter, the case could not have been made. The cutter crews who work with our Special Agents (not officers) are held in high esteem. They work well with the NOAA agents and there is a wonderful cooperative relationship which enhances both agencies’ mission to protect marine resources. As much as the USCG deserves credit for their part in the enforcement action, the article did not give proper credit to the NOAA agents who provided the information and direction, seized the product and who will be conducting the investigation.