Commercial shrimper caught with illegal red snapper catch — Owner could face $20,000 fine

The crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Heron seized approximately 120 red snapper from the U.S. flagged shrimping vessel Capt. Wallace B from Brownsville, last week.

At approximately 2:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, the Heron was on a routine patrol when they conducted a law enforcement boarding on the fishing boat Capt. Wallace B and discovered the illegal catch. Currently, the red snapper fishery in federal waters is only by commercial fishing vessels with reef fish permits with an individual fishing quota for red snapper. The recreational fishing season for red snapper in federal waters is closed.