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Biloxi seafood market accused of 2 violations

Fish and oysters were seized by Marine Patrol officers on Tuesday.
Fish and oysters were seized by Marine Patrol officers on Tuesday.

A Biloxi seafood market was cited for two violations by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources on Tuesday.

Captain Ben’s Seafood Market at 152 Oak St. was cited by DMR Marine Patrol officers on one count each of possession of recreationally harvested finfish in a commercial establishment and possession of illegal oysters.

A press release from the DMR said Seafood Technology inspectors with the DMR discovered the violations and notified the Marine Patrol. Officers seized seven sheepshead they determined were caught by recreational fishermen. They also seized 12 trays of individually quick-frozen oysters because the business was not licensed to sell them and did not have the required documentation.

The market faces fines of between $100 and $500 plus court costs. This is the first time the market has been cited, the DMR release said.

The case will be handled by Harrison County Justice Court, DMR spokeswoman Melissa Scallan said.

Paul Hampton: 228-896-2330, @JPaulHampton

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