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Jun 21, 2010 12:29 PM by Melissa Canone

Shrimpers Trawling in Restricted Areas

NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) - The Coast Guard says it seized 30,000
pounds of brown shrimp after being tipped that boats were trawling
an area closed because of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The Lady Monica and La Borrachita were boarded Sunday about 35
nautical miles south of Terrebonne Bay.
The Coast Guard says La Borrachita held about 20,000 pounds of
shrimp and the Lady Monica about 10,000 pounds. It was all dumped
back into the water, and both vessels were given written violation
notices.
An online National Marine Fisheries Service database shows both
boats are home-ported in Brownsville, Texas, but registered to
different owners.
A Florida-based shrimper was cited June 13 in another closed
area.

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