More MA Poachers Busted

The Massachusetts Environmental Police have been busy in recent weeks, as illegal fishing activity seems to be in full gear. Here are some recent arrests and citations:

During the weekend of June 1, Massachusetts EP officers conducted patrols in the greater Buzzards Bay area via land and water. Fishing activity was extremely heavy due to the amount of black sea bass being caught in the area. Officers issued upwards of $3,000 in fines for various fishing and boating-safety violations.

Fishing violations included exceeding the bag limit of black sea bass and possession of undersized sea bass, striped bass, fluke, and tautog. Additionally, several citations were issued to individuals who did not possess a valid saltwater fishing license.

On Saturday, June 1, Massachusetts EPO received information from a concerned citizen regarding individuals actively taking white perch in excess on the Taunton River and storing them in a vehicle. Officers were able to locate the individual based on the description provided. Further investigation showed that the individual was in possession of 68 white perch (shown above)—43 fish over the legal limit.

Citations were issued for possession over the limit and failure to display catch. The fish were not fit for human consumption due to improper storage and were subsequently destroyed.

On the morning of May 27, 2019, at the mouth of Falmouth Harbor, an Environmental Police Officer investigated a tip provided by the Falmouth Marine Environmental Services (MES) which resulted in the arrest of a fisherman for striped bass violations. The individual was found to be in possession of 11 undersized striped bass. Each fish measured between 19 and 22 inches.

The individual was arrested and charged with possession of undersized striped bass and being over the daily retention limit. The individual’s rod and reel, tackle box, and catch were seized; the catch was subsequently donated.

The individual was arraigned in Falmouth District Court on Tuesday, May 28, and is scheduled for a pretrial hearing in early July.


Fisheries violations can be reported 24 hours a day to Massachusetts Environmental Police at (800) 632-8075.