Coast Guard Seized $100,000 Worth of Illegal Shrimp Last Week

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STOP BEING GREEDY, GUYS.
Only a couple of weeks prior to the Gulf of Mexico commercial shrimp season opening, the Coast Guard has been busy seizing thousands of pounds of illegally harvested shrimp in Texas waters.

Last Monday, the Coast Guard Cutter Heron caught two shrimping boats hauling up their catches in closed waters and seized nearly 15,000 pounds of shrimp, which have a value of roughly $22,000. And, according to News 92 FM, that seizure "made for a total of more than $69,000 worth of shrimp seized within the last week."

On top of that haul, the Coast Guard caught another boat this past Wednesday working in conjunction with National Marine Fisheries Service for a total haul of $47,000 worth of shrimp from three separate shrimping boats off the coast of Galveston.

It's worth a reminder that the commercial shrimp season has a pretty solid reason for closing each year, and that's to protect the shrimping industry as a whole.

Says the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department: "The purpose of the closed Gulf season is to protect brown shrimp during their major period of emigration from the bays to the Gulf of Mexico until they reach a larger, more valuable size before harvest and to prevent waste caused by the discarding of smaller individuals."

Commercial shrimp season will open again this year on Sunday, July 15. And if you're curious as to what happens to the shrimp that are seized by the Coast Guard, News 92 FM has your answer:

When shrimp are illegally caught in closed waters the fisheries service, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, sells the illegal catches at a fair market value and holds the proceeds from the sale in an escrow account until final adjudication of the case is reviewed by authorities.


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Urban Swank
Urban Swank

Maybe you should reread the article: "...holds the proceeds from the sale in an escrow account UNTIL final adjudication of the case is reviewed by authorities." This statement does not discuss what happens AFTER final adjudication. If I read that incorrectly, then I stand corrected. Please tell me where in the article it states what will become of the fund after final adjudication?

Guest
Guest

You can bet this was not their first time poaching.  Their boats should be impounded and auctioned off.  Period.

usb2011
usb2011

Although this stream completely took a left turn for an innocent remark, I will respond: 1. I love breakfast cereal and still enjoy it as do many adults.2. Please read my comment again...I in NO manner defended the illegal actions. 3. In regards to "free market price"...my quotes were not questioning the definition. It was a question of monetary gain from the sell. I know what fair market price means. 4. In summary, my only comment was made around the monetary gain by the association. I would be happy if they gave it away to shelters quite honestly. Selling it or dumping it are not the only options. You should have just asked the question, "What are you trying to say?", instead of assuming and taking stabs before getting to your point. Now, that is "reserved for adults". This was all in fun and an attempt to add a little humor to rude remarks directed towards me. No harm; no foul.

Mtdaly
Mtdaly

To both --Once upon comment were resaerved for adults. And really breakfast cerals is for kids as is the stupid asinine remarks Urban S. what this a defense of illegal shrimping? Why should the illegal shrimpers keep their illgotten gains or are would you prefer that the shrimp just be dumped and wasted? "Free market price" any good dictionary can give you the meaning.And all thing considered the qiestion remains---"What are you trying to say?"

Urban Swank
Urban Swank

I see you are jumping on the "comment bully bandwagon". I ate guys like you for lunch in high school. Guys, seriously, this is a food blog. I left a funny comment...didn't think it would start a political debate. Cheer up a bit, go have a cocktail, and enjoy your day. If you want to know what Urban Swank is, you can hyperlink on my name. I am not anonymous. Good day gentlemen. ~ UG 

Urban Swank
Urban Swank

Why thank you "ToastPosties"! That is the best compliment I've had all summer (even though I am not 100% sure what "ingnorance" is). I actually prefer Cocoa Puffs; they are a little sweeter :-) ~ UG

ToastPosties
ToastPosties

If ingnorance was breakfast cereal you'd be kellogg's.

Urban Swank
Urban Swank

Seizing the goods just so they can go back and sell it themselves! Ha! Seems pretty typical and I am not surprised. I wonder what the "fair market value" really is and what happens to the money if the culprit is found guilty. I guess mama needs (and gets) a new pair of shoes. ~UG

DesiDogg
DesiDogg

urban swank, u sound like a complete buffoon. Go back an reread the article - it now clearly states what will become of the funds.

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