Missouri conservation agents bust illegal paddlefish operation

Missouri Conservation Agents Bust Illegal Paddlefish Operation 1

MORGAN COUNTY, Mo. – Missouri Department of Conservation investigators find an illegal paddlefish operation.

According to MDC, agents conducted 13 hours of surveillance before apprehending three out-of-state individuals. The suspects had five whole paddlefish and about 75 pounds of paddlefisheggs, or roe.

It happened in Morgan County (central Missouri) near the Lake of the Ozarks.

People seek roe for wildlife trafficking and illegal caviar markets, according to the MDC.

Officials are seeking charges in the case.