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Fishy problem in College Pt.

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Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014 10:30 am

Oi Ming Chen of Ridgewood, who owns a Flushing seafood company, has been convicted of storing fish at a College Point warehouse without having the proper state permits, and of possessing undersized fish.

Chen, 46, is the owner of Ace Group Seafood International Trading Corp., at 133-38 32 Ave. He was convicted last week of purchasing, packing, holding or storing marine food fish without a license and violating size and catch limits.

Chen has been free on his own recognizance since his arrest in 2011 and will return to court on April 11 for sentencing. He faces up to four years in prison.

According to trial testimony, the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Services executed a search warrant in 2011 at the 119th Street warehouse, which was not licensed by the state for the commercial use, harvest or distribution of fish.

Inside the facility were large tubs of water that contained 50 crates of fish. Several dozen contained blackfish and toadfish that were less than the required 14 inches long.

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