The Coast Guard and NOAA just seized 6,000 pounds of shrimp from a 68-foot commercial fishing boat near the Dry Tortugas Shrimp Sanctuary Preservation Area. They cited the boat, the Ronald E., for fishing inside a national marine sanctuary and for various safety violations.
The Ronald E. had been seen fishing inside the sanctuary, which is about 70 miles from Key West. A Coast Guard and NOAA response team from the Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans boarded the Ronald E. and found the shrimp, which the government says is worth about $60,000.
Capt. Jeffery Janzsen, commander of Coast Guard Sector Key West, said, “Boaters and fishermen should familiarize themselves with the boundaries of the sanctuary to make sure they are complying with federal law.” Read more: