US: Conservationists targets retailers of illegally bought seafood – Fishupdate.com

US: Conservationists targets retailers of illegally bought seafood Published:  02 May, 2006

SEVERAL business owners in Florida have been caught in ‘Operation No More Back Door’ – Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) statewide effort to target people and businesses illegally buying seafood products. In the effort, FWC officers have reported stores when they suspect illegally bought seafood to the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, who reportedly have dispatched an inspector. “The FWC is dedicated to stopping the back door sales of fish. It’s the only way to guarantee that consumers are getting a safe product,” FWC Investigator Andy Hayes said. Investigators conducted a two-part operation that began on March 3 when they visited 10 bait shops and 10 seafood retailers in St. Lucie County. They issued 20 written warnings to 15 people for a lack of proper licenses, inadequate records or receipts on fish, and for undersize fish. “We let them know they needed these licenses to purchase and sell the fish legally, and then we gave them some time to comply.”

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