More MA Poachers Arrested, Fined
October 2, 2017
On Sunday, September 24, at approximately 2:30 p.m., an Environmental Police Officer was conducting recreational marine fisheries inspections on vessels returning to Taylor Point Marina in Bourne, Massachusetts, when he noticed the occupant of a boat that had just been hauled run up a nearby hill and dump the contents of a white bucket behind some bushes.
The officer approached the man and observed 6 small black sea bass on the ground. The officer placed the man in handcuffs, recovered the fish and escorted the man back to his vessel. A subsequent inspection of the boat revealed 17 more sea bass and 5 scup hidden in the transom of the vessel. All fish were found to be below the legal limit.
All 4 occupants of the vessel were taken into custody and transported to the Bourne State Police Barracks. The vessel, trailer, and vehicle were impounded, and all fishing gear was seized as evidence. The men were booked on the following charges:
1. Failure to display catch upon demand
2. Possession of 23 Black Sea Bass during the closed season for Black Sea Bass
3. Possession of 23 Black Sea Bass less than the legal size
4. Possession of 5 Scup less than the legal size
Son Nguyen, Hai Nguyen, Lam Nguyen, and Raymond Ung, of the greater Springfield area, were each arraigned at Falmouth District Court on September 25, 2017, and pleaded guilty. They were each fined $1,000 and the fishing gear and coolers used in the commissions of the violations were forfeited to the Commonwealth.