Public asked to report illegal fishing on Coast Guard tip line following the big bust

uscg logoDays after the owner of a large-scale New Bedford fishing operation was arrested on federal charges that he has been falsifying records to conceal quota violations for years, the U.S. Coast Guard in Boston is asking the public to report illegal fishing by calling a toll-free tip line. A news release issued Wednesday said confidential tips can be left anonymously at (844) 847-2431. Petty Officer Andrew Barresi said Thursday that the tip line isn’t new, but the Coast Guard wanted “to really get out the word” to anyone who knows of illegal activity that “there’s a place that you can report it.” People who might call the number could be fishing boat captains, deck hands, family members, “anybody who sees something suspicious,” Barresi said. well, alrighty then! Read the rest here 16:05

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