Fishermen caught with over 348 pounds of illegally caught red snapper

Some fishermen are in hot water this morning after being caught red-handed for a slew of fishing violations off the Louisiana coast.

According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the crew of a cargo ship was charged with possessing more than their limit of red snapper, angling without a non-resident license and angling without a saltwater non-resident license.

Two agriculture specialists assigned to U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s area Port of New Orleans made the bust back on June 19th after discovering the crew of the cargo ship had reeled in more than 348 pounds of red snapper from the Gulf of Mexico at the southwest pass.

The confiscated fish were turned over to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. The red snapper is a protected species because it has a history of being overfished and the species is now in the process of being rebuilt in the Gulf of Mexico, a process that could take until 2032.

Fishermen are limited to two red snapper per licensed fishermen. The snapper must be 16 inches or larger.

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