Chinatown Markets Caught Selling Illegal Carp

By Eric Engbretson, via Wikimedia Commons

On Friday, January 27, 2017, Massachusetts Environmental Police Officers from the Boston region conducted market inspections after receiving information that a prohibited species of fish was being sold to the public.

During the inspections, Officers found 2 separate fish markets in Chinatown selling Grass Carp. Grass Carp is a prohibited species in Massachusetts due to its highly invasive capacity and ability to cause serious damage to fresh water ecosystems if released into the local environment.

In total, 400 pounds (approximately $1200 in value) of Grass Carp was seized and citations were issued to both fish markets. The fish was salvageable and donated to the Pine Street Inn, a homeless shelter in Boston.