Buzzards Bay Poaching Continues

The poachers keep on poaching in Buzzards Bay—and getting caught.

On Sunday, June 9, Massachusetts Environmental Police Officers made yet another bust of piscatorial scofflaws. While conducting fisheries inspections on Buzzards Bay, crew of the EP patrol boat Jessie came upon a vessel with 7 individuals actively engaged in fishing. As the officers approached, passengers aboard the boar were observed dumping fish over the side. Subsequent inspection of the vessel found that the individuals were in possession of 89 black sea bass and 157 scup, resulting in 64 sea bass and 7 scup over the legal limit. Additionally, 31 of the sea bass and 2 scup were undersized.

All individuals aboard the vessel were criminally summonsed for the following:

– Possession of Black Sea Bass over the legal limit;
– Possession of undersized Black Sea Bass;
– Possession of Scup over the legal limit;
– Possession of undersized Scup;
– Failure to display catch.

Additionally, two individuals onboard were cited for fishing without a valid recreational saltwater permit.

The catch, totaling 272 pounds, and all gear, coolers, and buckets were seized.