RI Charter Boat Captain Charged with Fisheries Violations

Last week, while on patrol in Westerly, a Rhode Island Environmental Police Officer from DEM’s Division of Law Enforcement approached a charter boat that had just docked. As he walked up, he heard one of the customers alert everyone on board to his presence and make a quick movement over the side of the boat. When the officer reached the boat, he found several black sea bass floating nearby, which he was able to recover.

After questioning the captain and customers, one customer admitted to dumping an overload of black sea bass in the water as the officer approached. A subsequent search of the boat also revealed several undersized fluke (summer flounder).

The captain was charged with exceeding the daily limit of black sea bass, possession of undersized summer flounder, and several boating safety violations. This particular captain was also charged in 2019 with several other marine fisheries violations.