Coast Guard seizes shrimp from vessel found in closed fishing area

GRAND ISLE, La. – The Coast Guard seized approximately 19,000 pounds of shrimp 13 miles south of Belle Pass, La., Sunday, June 13, 2010, in a closed area due to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Coast Guard Station Grand Isle received information that the fishing vessel Little Andrew was fishing in the restricted area. A Coast Guard 33-foot response boat and crew launched and boarded the vessel for inspection. During the inspection, approximately 19,000 pounds of white shrimp was found onboard the vessel. The shrimp was returned to the sea.

“NOAA has implemented a Federal Fisheries Closure to ensure public safety by preventing any fish or shellfish from being harvested in the waters affected by the Deepwater Horizon MC252 incident,” said Lt. Bryan Harrell, a law enforcement duty officer for the Eighth Coast Guard District. “The Coast Guard is working closely with NOAA Office of Law Enforcement and the affected fishing communities to prevent the harvesting of any adulterated seafood.”

The master of the Little Andrew was issued a written warning.

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