Fishing license for muskie, bluefin tuna and bluegill in the Gulf of Mexico has been revoked after the Department of Fish and Wildlife reported that it was unable to prove that the species of fish were protected under federal law.
The move comes after the department said it was receiving reports that bass caught in the Atlantic Ocean had been contaminated by the same bacteria found in the bay, causing the fish to swell to an abnormally large size.
“We are still awaiting final verification of the fish’s presence in the water,” a department spokesman told The Jerusalem Report on Friday.
“We do not have any confirmation yet of what type of fish it is.
The fish are not the species they were identified as.”
The fish are the species listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which states that “any one of approximately 8,000 species of sharks, rays, rays and sea urchins can be found in our waters and that the Gulf is a rich source of many species of marine life, including mussels, crab, sea ursine, molluscs, octopus, and other marine life.”
However, the ministry of environment and sport has said the fish were not identified as endangered under federal regulations, and it was unclear if they were protected.
It has also been reported that bluefin caught in some of the Gulf’s more productive fishing waters, such as the Louisiana and Alabama waters, was contaminated with a species of bacteria that was not considered endangered.
The ministry of environmental and sport, however, did not say which fish had been affected.
A spokesperson for the Department for the Environment and Sport said the department was aware of the situation and that it had contacted local authorities to investigate.
The Department for Fish and Fishery, however did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A Bluefin Tuna Association of America, which represents fishermen, told The Associated Press that the association was “confident in the accuracy of our reporting.”
“Bluefin tuna are protected by federal law and the regulations that govern their protection,” the statement said.
“The only concern is that this was an inadvertent error.”