Fishing crew found off SC coast with 800 pounds of illegally caught black sea bass

Black Sea Bass (NOAA, John Rosendale)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina fishing crew has received illegal fishing citations from the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard said in a news release that a boarding team issued the violations Thursday.

The violations were issued east of Cape Romain after the Coast Guard saw the crew set and retrieve pots in a prohibited area.

The Coast Guard found 800 pounds of illegally caught black sea bass aboard the 44-foot fishing vessel, which officials say is based in Little River.

The Coast Guard didn't release the names of the captain or others working on the boat.

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