Environmental Police Seize Catch from Hyannis Charter Boat

55 out of 70 tautog were under legal size
One of the 55 under-sized tautog seized from a Hyannis charter boat's passengers today by Mass. Environmental Police. (MEP photo)

From the Massachusetts Environmental Police:

On Monday, November 19, 2018, Massachusetts Environmental Police Officers conducted a fishery inspection on a chartered fishing boat out of Hyannis Harbor with six out-of-state paying customers onboard. The customers catch was inspected as they departed the vessel and returned to their vehicle.

Upon completion of the inspection they were found to be in possession of seventy tautog; fifty-five ofwhich were under the legal minimum size retention limit of sixteen inches. The tautog limit for charter vessels is currently five fish per person with a minimum size limit of sixteen inches.

Each involved party received civil citations and the illegal catch was seized and destroyed due to health safety concerns resulting from the condition of the fish.

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