Local fire captain suspected of fishy behavior

February 20, 2012 by  

A Redondo Beach fire captain is accused of selling some of the more than 800 pounds of tuna he proudly caught on a recent sport fishing trip. Captain Scott Harper allegedly setup a makeshift fish shop in the back of his truck to sell a portion of his prime catches. It’s against the law for sport fishermen to sell the fish they reel in.

Although it’s perfectly legal to give catches away to family or friends you are prohibited from making a profiting over the fish you catch, said California Fish and Game Department spokesman Andrew Hughan. Mr Hughan offered few details into the allegations against Harper other than to say that the investigation is ongoing. Additional details will be released once the investigation wraps up.

Redondo Beach Fire Chief Dan Madrigal said he plans to conduct his own investigation in the case against Harper. Madrigal said Harper is an excellent employee who faithfully adheres to the Redondo Beach Fire Department’s policies and procedures.

Harper caught four fish ranging in weight from 160 to 293.6 pounds on a February 3 trip aboard a 105-foot sport fish yacht called the Red Rooster III. The outing occurred while Harper was off duty.

Poster printing services could be used to remind sports fishermen that it’s against the law to sell any fish they might catch on their excursions. Harper could face an $8,000 fine if charged and convicted of the misdemeanor crime of illegally selling fish catches. Harper was not available for comment.