MA Lobster Poacher Caught

lobsters

On Tuesday, November 8, the Massachusetts Environmental Police department was contacted by NOAA officers regarding a lobster vessel that had just offloaded its daily catch. MEP officers responded to the scene and assisted NOAA in inspecting the catch.

Of the 550 lobsters offloaded, 183 were determined to be in violation: 144 lobsters were undersized, 37 lobsters were v-notched, and 2 were egg-bearing.

Criminal summons were issued to the vessel operator for the violations. The 183 lobsters were returned to the sea.

lobsters

On Tuesday, November 8, the Massachusetts Environmental Police department was contacted by NOAA officers regarding a lobster vessel that had just offloaded its daily catch. MEP officers responded to the scene and assisted NOAA in inspecting the catch.

Of the 550 lobsters offloaded, 183 were determined to be in violation: 144 lobsters were undersized, 37 lobsters were v-notched, and 2 were egg-bearing.

Criminal summons were issued to the vessel operator for the violations. The 183 lobsters were returned to the sea.