Rhode Island Poachers Caught with 116 Scup Over the Limit


(Above) Photo courtesy of Rhode Island’s Department of Environmental Management

Last week, Environmental Police Officers (EPOs) in Rhode Island were performing a routine patrol when they came across a vessel just off of Napatree Point. Upon further investigation, the EPOs discovered a total of 206 scup on board; for a boat carrying only three licensed anglers, that’s 116 fish over their collective 90-fish limit, per DEM regulations.

According to EPOs, one of the poachers had a bench warrant out for failure to appear in court for a summons from a separate fisheries violation. That individual was arrested, and the vessel’s operator was given a civil citation for a boating safety violation, along with a district court summons for both exceeding the daily possession limit of scup and possession of undersize scup.

This article was originally published by Onthewater.com. Read the original article here.

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