Atlantic Angel Sharks illegally caught in Mississippi
Marine Patrol Seizes Two Sharks and 4,000 Pounds of Shrimp in Federal WatersNews Release by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR)
14. September 2011
BILOXI, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources’ (MDMR) Marine Patrol was
patrolling in federal waters under the Joint Enforcement Agreement (JEA) on Wednesday, Sept. 14 2011.
Marine Patrol Officers Dwayne Armes, John Grimsley and Leo De George boarded the shrimp vessel
Sally Kim IV to check for permits and proper usage of Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs). Once on board,
the officers found that the vessel had no permit for shrimping in federal waters and were in
possession of approximately 4,000 pounds of shrimp and two Atlantic Angel sharks, which are a prohibited species.
The vessel was escorted back to safe harbor by Marine Patrol Officer Brian Wallace who was serving
as captain for the day patrol. The case will be transferred to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) for judgment.
On Aug. 1, 2001, the MDMR entered into the JEA with the U.S. Department of Commerce NOAA to
provide law enforcement of federal regulations in both state and federal waters.
The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is dedicated to enhancing, protecting and
conserving marine interests of the state by managing all marine life, public trust wetlands, adjacent
uplands and waterfront areas to provide for the optimal commercial, recreational, educational and
economic uses of these resources consistent with environmental concerns and social changes.
Source and Photo Credit: The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR)