MA Charter Boat Captain, Anglers Busted for Poaching

On the afternoon of Tuesday, June 25, Massachusetts Environmental Police Officers were on patrol in the area of the West Island Marina in Fairhaven when they observed 5 passengers disembark from a local charter boat (the name of the charter boat was withheld). An inspection of the catch revealed the fishermen were in possession of 32 black sea bass over the legal limit (8 of which were undersized) and 74 scup over the legal limit.

All five passengers, each from out of state, received citations with monetary fines. The captain of the charter vessel was criminally summonsed for the violations. The catch was seized and subsequently donated to the New Bedford Salvation Army.