Bristol, CT, Man Charged for Fishing Violations

Bristol, CT, Man Charged for Fishing Violations
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Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Environmental Conservation Police have charged Jose Medina, 22, of Bristol, CT, for marine fisheries and motor vehicle violations. The arrest stemmed from a complaint concerning illegal fishing activity in Long Island Sound off of Waterford. Medina’s fishing privileges are currently under suspension until September 30, 2014, due to previous convictions for marine fisheries violations.

EnCon Officers discovered a striped bass, scup and several bluefish contained in a cooler on the boat’s deck, along with fishing equipment. They also found that the vessel was not legally registered, that Medina’s motor vehicle operator’s license was suspended and that the registration on his pickup truck had expired.

Medina’s vessel and its contents were seized as evidence.  During an inventory, officers discovered an additional 20 bluefish, 6 tautog (blackfish) and a striped bass in a hidden compartment under the deck. In addition, the outboard motor did not have any serial number.

Mr. Medina was charged with the following violations:

Fishing under a suspended license, Purchasing a license while existing license was under suspension, Illegal operation of an unregistered vessel, Operating an unregistered motor vehicle, Operating a vehicle while under suspension, Possession of over the creel limit of bluefish (20 counts), Possession of tautog during closed season (6 counts), Possession of tautog less than legal size limit (6 counts), Possession of striped bass less than legal size limit (1 count), and Possession of an outboard motor having a defaced factory or engine number.

Mr. Medina was released on a promise to appear with a court date of July 8, 2014, in New London Superior Court.