Shrimpers Busted Shrimping During the Closed Season

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HOUSTON–The Coast Guard caught three more boatts shrimping in closed waters of the Texas Gulf coast and they seized nearly $70,000 worth of a catch.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Heron  along with the National Marine Fisheries Service seized most of the catch Wednesday in the Houston area and it brought in a fair market value of more than $47,000.

There also was a seizure Monday’s of nearly 15,000 pounds of shrimp, bringing in an additional $22,000,

Authorities said during the week, they have seized $69,000 of shrimp in the closed areas of Texas/

The National Marine Fisheries Service sells the catch at a fair market value and holds the proceeds from the sale in an escrow account until final adjudication of the case.

“Again, working alongside the National Marine Fisheries Service, we were able to enforce the Texas shrimp closure area designed to prevent over fishing and depletion of resource stocks,” said Cmdr. Richard Howes, chief response officer for Sector Houston-Galveston.  “The Coast Guard will continue to enforce the protection of our nation’s natural resources from those who would brazenly violate in place laws and regulations.”

Federal investigators will formally investigate to determine whether the vessels violated the shrimping closure.

Shrimping season in Texas opens up on July 15.

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