Fish sniffing dog cracks down on fillet smuggling

Fish sniffing dog cracks down on fillet smuggling
The fish sniffing dog program was developed to battle the growing problem of fishermen illegally filleting their catch offshore and smuggling the fresh fillets to the dock. (Photo source: WLOX)
The fish sniffing dog program was developed to battle the growing problem of fishermen illegally filleting their catch offshore and smuggling the fresh fillets to the dock. (Photo source: WLOX)
The dog took less than 30 seconds to find a bag of fish fillets hidden inside a garbage can. (Photo source: WLOX)
The dog took less than 30 seconds to find a bag of fish fillets hidden inside a garbage can. (Photo source: WLOX)

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - He's a specially trained English cocker spaniel that sniffs out fish fillets. That's right, fish fillets.

The Alabama Department of Marine Resources gave a working dog presentation at today's Commission on Marine Resources meeting.

The fish sniffing dog program was developed to battle the growing problem of fishermen illegally filleting their catch offshore and smuggling the fresh fillets to the dock.

The dog took less than 30 seconds to find a bag of fish fillets hidden inside a garbage can.

Alabama has two working spaniels assigned to fish fillet detail. The program cost about $55,000 to start from the ground up.

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