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Default The Commercial and Recreational Poachers and General Public

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Be mindful that this time they were caught.

February 2009
North Carolina
Gill Net Anglers run afoul of fishing Laws
Since setting nets in these inland waters is illegal the netters usually use sink nets that leave no above water signs that the nets are there. Poachers commonly practice their trade during the night to escape detection by the authorities.
Reports from the upset anglers who'd observed the violation(s) were that the nets had been placed under surveillance by the game wardens and when the netters returned to fish their nets, they were cited (some say arrested) for numerous violations of the NCWRC regulations. The authorities impounded the nets and took the fish that were entangled in the nets.


January 31 2009
State, federal investigators uncover extensive poaching ring in Md., Va
The watermen and fish dealers have been charged under the Lacey Act, which prohibits the illegal taking of wildlife in one state for the purpose of selling it in another. Violations of the act carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, plus potential forfeiture of the boats and vehicles used.

A task force conducted undercover purchases and sales of striped bass in 2003, engaged in covert observation of commercial fishing operations in the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River area, and conducted detailed analysis of area striped bass catch reporting and commercial business sales records from 2003 through 2007.

U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, criminal complaints were filed against these watermen: Thomas L. Crowder Jr., 40, of Leonardtown; John W. Dean, 53, of Scotland; Charles Quade, 55, of Churchton; Keith Collins, 57, of Deale; and Thomas L. Hallock, 48, of Catharpin, Va.

Disposition pending

JAN 6 2009.
Natural Resources Police seized nearly 3 tons of striped bass Sunday from a trawler. It was the second time in less than a week that officers had charged Jack C. Colbourne, owner of Colbourne Seafood Inc.

Dec. 30, 2008
Officers boarded the Mount Vernon in West Ocean City and charged Colbourne with exceeding his 1,900-pound seasonal allocation of striped bass, or rockfish, by 138 pounds, Turner said.

Fined $250.

These guys are considered recreational towards the count but I totally believe they should be count towards the commercial quota

November 14, 2008
Jerome E. Hurd of Avalon and Steven N. Forsberg of Montauk, N.Y., were charged with illegal fishing and filing false reports relating to two trips last fall in which their boats traveled outside state boundaries and came back with striped bass. Charles also were filed against Viking Starship, owner and operator of the vessel Forsberg ran.
Jeffrey Ray, a special agent with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said Hurd took patrons last December anywhere from 12 to 15 miles offshore for striped bass, and Forsberg brought customers last November about 4 miles off the coast of Montauk. Each boat carried between 30 and 40 passengers, he said.

Hurd's boat caught nine striped bass and Forsberg's passengers hauled in 75 to 100 of the fish, Ray said.

September 24th 2008

A Connecticut fisherman and a Rhode Island seafood dealer were arrested, accused of the illegal sale of striped bass.
The fisherman, Sean Bradshaw, 44, of Pawcatuck, was charged with the landing and sale of striped bass without a commercial license, commercial fishing without a vessel permit, possession of untagged striped bass and the commercial sale of scup without a license and during the closed season.
The seafood dealer, John Guerrieri, 50, of South Kingstown, R.I., was charged with buying seafood without a Connecticut seafood dealers license and operating a motor vehicle without a license.

At the time of the arrest, Connecticut and Rhode Island officers seized 42 striped bass weighting a total of 971 pounds, and 89 scup weighting a total of 87 pounds. The estimated commercial value of the bass was $2,913,
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