BILOXI, Miss. – When Marine Patrol Officers with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources investigated Captain Ben’s Seafood Market they found them in violation of state law.
The market received two violations. One was for possession of recreationally harvested finfish in a commercial establishment and the other was for possession of illegal oysters. Each fine could range from $100 to $500 plus additional court costs.
Once the violations were found the Marine Patrol was notified and officers seized seven sheepshead that they determined were caught by recreational fishermen. They also found 12 trays of individually quick-frozen oysters that the market was not licensed for, nor did it have proper documentation on them.
The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is dedicated to enhancing, protecting, and conserving marine interests of the state by managing all marine life.