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State Game Wardens Conclude Fish-Selling Sting
AUSTIN — State game wardens have issued citations to nine businesses which illegally purchased game fish from undercover officers during a 21-month sting conducted by the Special Operations unit of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Law Enforcement Division.
In an operation that dates to June 2010, wardens in plain clothes began offering Texas saltwater species including spotted sea trout, red drum (redfish), red snapper, southern flounder and golden croaker to seafood markets and restaurants along the upper Texas coast. Of 42 businesses approached, only 9 of those illegally purchased game fish.
Wardens made video and audio recordings of each illicit sale in addition to preserving cash received and receipts as evidence.
“While we were disappointed that some businesses knowingly purchased game fish for resale, 33 Texas businesses did the right thing and turned our wardens down,” said Col. Pete Flores, Law Enforcement Division director.
In all, wardens sold 418 pounds of fish for prices ranging from 60 cents to $4 a pound.
The number and type of misdemeanor citations filed include:
Two for purchase of protected fish (spotted sea trout and red drum; seven for purchase of aquatic products by a wholesale fish dealer; two for having no retail fish dealer’s license; three for purchase of aquatic products by retail fish dealers; two for purchase of aquatic products by restaurant owner, operator or employee; two for possession of undersize spotted sea trout; two for possession of undersize red drum; two for possession of undersize red snapper and two for possession of undersize flounder.
For each of these 23 Class C misdemeanors, fines can range up to $500.
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