The Civil Guard surprises three people in Murcia selling large quantities of fish in an itinerant way

It is a question of numerous pieces of anchovy, hake, horse mackerel, blue whiting, conger, red mullet, sardine, bonito, sea bream, sea bass and mussels

They used a child, the son of one of the accused, to warn of the police presence

The Civil Guard of the Region of Murcia, in collaboration with the Fisheries and Aquaculture Service of the Autonomous Community of Murcia (CARM) and within the framework of the 'Annual Plan for the Comprehensive Control of Fishing Activities (PACIAP)', has developed the operation 'Market', which has made it possible to detect the illegal sale of large quantities of fish in the vicinity of a market in the municipality of Murcia.

The operation has culminated with three people reported and with the fish seized.

Within the services established to fight against the commercialization of products from sea fishing, members of the Benemérita and inspectors of the Fisheries Service of the CARM started the operation having indications that several people were selling fish illegally in the municipality of Murcia, an activity that is prohibited.

The first signs allowed to verify that it was three people with three vans that moved from the province of Alicante to the weekly markets of Murcia.

Once in the vicinity of the market they offered fish without the required authorizations.

In one of the devices developed with the purpose of detecting this illegal activity, the agents located three vans in the Murcia hamlet of Sucina that were stationed in the vicinity of the weekly market, whose drivers were offering their products (fish) to the people they accessed the market.

He used his son as 'water carrier'

The agents also found that one of the people who was selling fish was using a child as a lookout, strategically placed on the roof of the van, from where he could see all the accesses and inform those now denounced of the presence of the agents.

Civil guards identified the three owners of the vans, inspected the interior of the vehicles and found a large amount of fish, whose origin and traceability generated considerable doubt, so they proceeded to seize the fish and denounce the people who were offering the fish for infractions to Law 3/2011, of Maritime Fishing of the State, to the Law 7 2/2007 of Maritime Fishing and Aquaculture of the Region of Murcia and to the Municipal Ordinance Regulatory of the Ambulatory Sale in the municipal term of Murcia.

The 28 fish boxes intervened, among which were different types of fish such as anchovy, hake, horse mackerel, blue whiting, conger, red mullet, sardine, bonito, sea bream, sea bass and mussel among others, valued between 800 and 1,000 euros, a Once analyzed by the inspectors, it was determined that they were not suitable for human consumption, so they were entered into the Wildlife Recovery Center "El Valle" in Murcia.

Activity with considerable danger to public health

The authors of this type of events can face fines ranging from 3,001 euros to 60,000 euros in the administrative channel, regulated by Law 2/2007 of March 2 on Maritime Fishing and Aquaculture in the Region of Murcia, as well as a fine of up to 3,000 euros, according to the Municipal Ordinance Regulating Mobile Sales in the municipality of Murcia.

In addition, these illicit activities pose a considerable danger to public health due to the lack or lack of any type of sanitary control over the products marketed.

The actions carried out have been sent to the Ministry of Water, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries General Directorate of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Aquaculture (Fisheries and Aquaculture Service) of the CARM and the City of Murcia.

Source: Ministerio del Interior

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