Officers of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Marine Patrol issued citations to owners of a Pascagoula seafood dealer on Tuesday and confiscated over 100 pounds of undocumented flounder.
According to a DMR news release, Lt. Jack Ewing and Cpl. Leo DeGeorge were performing routine compliance checks when they found flounder stored in five onion sacks at Friendly Seafood of Pascagoula.
When owners Sau Van Nguyen and Thuy Cam Duong, both of D’Iberville, could not produce a receipt showing where they had purchased the fish, they were cited for failure to keep records.
DMR said the investigation is ongoing and more charges could be filed.
Ewing and DeGeorge estimated there was between 100 and 150 pounds of flounder in the five mesh sacks. They were confiscated and donated to Loaves and Fishes, a community kitchen in Biloxi.
“We continue to strive to satisfy our mission of conserving Mississippi’s natural resources,” said Marine Patrol chief Keith Davis. “We will use all necessary tools, including state laws, to achieve this goal.
“We are pleased we could donate the fish to an organization that will put it to good use during the holiday season.”