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January 17, 2013

4 fined for illegal fishing catch

BILOXI, Miss. — The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources has fined four recreational fishermen for possession of fillets and red drum caught in federal waters.

The captain of the vessel, Alexander Fogg of Pascagoula, was fined $1,000.

The others — Holland McCandless and Andrew Lamier of Ocean Springs and Justin Goggins of Pascagoula — were each fined $1,000. Officials say $500 would be suspended contingent on no new fishing violations being committed in any jurisdiction for two years and with payment of $500.

Marine Patrol officers stopped a boat coming into the Pascagoula Ship Channel about 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

The officers found an ice chest containing red drum, triggerfish and a white bag containing fish fillets which appeared to be red snapper. It is illegal to possess fish with heads, tails or flesh removed until final destination.

The officers also found the red drum were caught in federal waters. They issued a citation to Fogg.

The three fishermen were issued citations after officers found Internet posts on two separate fishing websites by "afogg" dated Jan. 15 stating that he and his friends had moved offshore into 60 feet of water and caught red snapper, catfish, triggerfish and a red drum.

The posts included photos of the catch and the fishermen, who were later identified as McCandless, Lamier and Goggins.

 

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