MA Tautog Poacher Nabbed in Rhode Island

On October 22,  while on a National Marine Fisheries Service boat patrol, Environmental Police Officers from Rhode Island’s DEM Division of Law Enforcement boarded what they thought was a recreational fishing vessel.

During the boarding, officers discovered that the operator and only occupant of the vessel held a Massachusetts commercial fishing license. The operator was found to be in possession of 27 tautog, 22 of which were under the legal length limit. All 27 fish were seized and donated to the Amos House in Providence. The poacher was charged with exceeding the daily limit of tautog and possession of undersized tautog.