- Dec 19, 2018
ECOs Pansini and Currey with illegal marine species sold in Kings County
There was a time not too long ago that you could walk the streets and docks of Sheepshead Bay and buy the freshest seafood around. It's sad that it's gone now . . . or is it?
On Nov. 15, ECOs Pansini and Currey from the Marine Enforcement Unit conducted a patrol on 8th Avenue in Kings County, a location known for illegal sales of seafood. The ECOs checked for regulated species offered for sale by markets and sidewalk vendors. During their patrol, the ECOs seized 24 untagged and undersized striped bass offered for sale on the street. In addition, the Officers seized 12 untagged tautog, as well as 80 undersized oyster toadfish offered for sale by multiple seafood retail markets along 8th Avenue. All seized marine species determined to be safe for consumption were donated to a local charity. When not conducting boat patrol, Officers assigned to the Marine Unit typically conduct patrols that focus on commercial fishing violations in retail markets.