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The Civil Guard surprises a poacher with more than 20 kilos of octopus during the closed season (22/05/2020)

| He has been denounced for four violations of fishing regulations | He has also been denounced for breaching the confinement established in the state of alarm The seized octopus, once declared fit for consumption, has been donated to the charity The Civil Guard of the Region of Murcia, within the framework of the 'Annual Plan for the Comprehensive Control of Fishing Activities (PACIAP)', has carried out an investigation in El Gorguel-Cartagena against poaching that has allowed a diver to be detected red-handed.

22 kilos of octopus caught illegally committing four violations of fishing regulations and one more for breaching the confinement established in the current state of alarm. In order to pursue the practice of poaching, members of the Benemérita Group of Specialists in Underwater Activities (GEAS) opened an investigation to detect the commission of these types of cases and, where appropriate, clarify them. In one of the devices developed in the vicinity of El Gorguel, Cartagena municipality, one of the vehicles that was in the place and its occupants generated certain suspicions to the civil guards, so a specific monitoring of their activity was established . After the corresponding fencing device, the GEAS of the Benemérita identified the two suspects and inspected the vehicle, which allowed them to find a bucket in the trunk of the vehicle with a large amount of octopus that was found at the time of the closure, which had been captured instantaneously.

Before and abundant material used for diving, such as a diving suit, a belt with weights, a diving mask with a snorkel, a submersible flashlight, a stainless steel skewer, gloves and booties. The exhaustive inspection carried out by the civil guards made it possible to locate in the engine area of ??the perfectly coupled tourism, between the hood and the propeller, the spearfishing rifle allegedly used for the illegal capture of the octopus. The Civil Guard seized all the captured specimens, which yielded a total weight of 22 kilograms, and all the effects related to the furtive practice of fishing. In the case of octopus, once its fitness for consumption has been declared, the Benemérita has donated it to the Hospitalidad de Santa Teresa, San Antón-Cartagena charity center. The alleged poacher has been sued for four infractions of the regulations that regulate the exercise of fishing for fishing without the required license, for exceeding the number of octopus catches allowed, for fishing octopus during the closed season and for practicing diving without of buoy, and the Law of Protection of Citizen Security, for breaching the confinement established in the current state of alarm.

Source: Ministerio del Interior

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