Environmental Police Remove Illegally-Placed Conch/Whelk Pots

Live catch was returned to waters of Buzzards Bay...
An Environmental Police officer removes illegal conch/whelk pots discovered in Buzzards Bay (MEP photo)

From the Massachusetts Environmental Police:

Officers onboard the Patrol Boat Jessie observed approximately fifty conch/whelk pots set within Buzzards Bay.

It is prohibited to take whelk by pots or set/abandon any gear during the closed season (‪December 15th thru April 15th‬).

The gear was hauled and removed; the trapped whelks were alive and released back to the waters. The investigation remains ongoing.

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