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6,000 pounds of shrimp seized from fishing vessel near Dry Tortugas shrimp sanctuary

A Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration joint boarding team board the 68-foot commercial fishing vessel Ronald E. near the Dry Tortugas Shrimp Sanctuary Preservation on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018.

U.S. COAST GUARD

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: January 17, 2018

The Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sized about 6,000 pounds of shrimp from a fishing vessel near the Dry Tortugas Shrimp Sanctuary Preservation area.

The 68-foot vessel Ronald E. was observed fishing inside the marine sanctuary on Friday and then boarded by a joint cutter Raymond Evans-NOAA team, according to a news release from the Coast Guard. The team cited the Ronald E. for illegally fishing inside a national marine sanctuary and safety violations. The National Marine Fisheries Service will determine if a formal notice of violation will be issued.

The seized shrimp was worth about $60,000.

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