PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - No records. No flounder. A Pascagoula seafood dealer learned a hard lesson about bookkeeping Tuesday when Marine Patrol officers asked to see purchase records for flounder he had for sale.
The officers were performing routine compliance checks at seafood shops when they found flounder stored in five onion sacks at Friendly Seafood in Pascagoula. Owners Sau Van Nguyen and Thuy Cam Duong, both of D'Iberville, were issued a citation for failure to keep records after they couldn't produce a receipt showing where they had purchased the fish. The investigation is ongoing, and more charges may be filed.
The officers estimate the five sacks held between 100 and 150 pounds of flounder, which was donated to Loaves and Fishes, a community kitchen in Biloxi.
"We continue to strive to satisfy our mission of conserving Mississippi's natural resources," said Keith Davis, MDMR's Marine Patrol chief. "We will use all necessary tools, including state laws, to achieve this goal. We are pleased we could donate the fish to an organization that will put it to good use during the holiday season."