Large Illegal Catch Seized

BOSTON – The Coast Guard, in coordination with NOAA Fisheries Enforcement agents, seized 20,000 pounds of scallops from the fishing vessel Villa Do Corva II for illegal gear congifuration Wednesday evening.

The seizure, valued at more than $150,000, is the largest New England catch seizure in recent years.

“The Coast Guard is commited to enforcing fishery conservation and management regulations to help ensure the sustainability of our nation’s fishery resources,” said Lt. Cmdr. Edward Marohn, from the Coast Guard First District’s Fisheries Enforcement Branch. “By preventing the use of illegal fishing gear, we help ensure the sustainability of the valuable New England fish stocks.”

A Coast Guard law enforcement team from Station Woods Hole, Mass., boarded the 93-foot fishing vessel about two miles east of Martha’s Vinyard as the vessel made its inbound transit around 9 p.m. The boarding team found that the scallop dredges had twine-top openings significantly less than the 10-inch requirement. Final enforcement results pend the NOAA Fisheries Enforcement investigation.

A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Woods Hole escorted the Villa Nova Do Corva II, to the vessel’s homeport in New Bedford, Mass.

As the nation’s primary federal maritime law enforcement agency, the U.S. Coast Guard is committed to supporting the sustainability of the nation’s fishery resources by enforcing laws and regulations that prohibit illegal fishing practices.

Source: First District Public Affairs

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