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Five Plead Guilty to Illegal Catch, Sale of Fish in N.C.
By The Associated Press
(05/06/05 -- RALEIGH) ? Five commercial fishermen have pleaded guilty to federal charges for illegally catching and selling striped bass, red drum and tuna.
The five, who worked in the Manteo area in 2000 and 2001, failed to properly report their catches.
The men, who pleaded guilty this week and last month, landed their fish in North Carolina, then transported the catch to Virginia for sale. That travel violated the federal Lacey Act, which bars interstate transport or sale of illicit fish.
Jonathan Midgett, Richard Moore, Chas Rowe and Daniel Davis pleaded guilty to felony counts of violating the Lacey Act, while Matthew Huth pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor violation.
Midgett, Moore, Rowe and Davis could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison and a fine of up to 250-thousand. Huth could get a year in prison and a 100-thousand dollar fine. No sentencing date was set.
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Default Sept. 30, 2004 California Department of Fish and Game

DFG Arrests 4, Interviews 11 in North Coast Abalone Poaching
California Department of Fish and Game
NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 04:099 Sept. 30, 2004

Contacts: Troy Swauger, Office of Public Affairs, (916) 768-0564
Carrie Wilson, Marine Region, (831) 238-2044
Debbie Mesloh, San Francisco DA?s Office, (415) 553-1596

A five-month investigation into suspected Northern California abalone poaching by a band of San Francisco divers culminated Thursday with four arrests, the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) announced. A search warrant was served and at least one vehicle that was allegedly used in the illegal take of scores of red abalone was impounded as part of the investigation.
Wardens from DFG?s covert Special Operations Unit (SOU) launched the investigation in May after uncovering the alleged poaching ring. Surveillance by members of the unit eventually linked more than a dozen people from San Francisco, Richmond and Daly City to the ongoing illegal enterprise.
Charges of harvesting abalone for commercial purposes and unlawfully selling abalone taken under sport licenses have been filed with the San Francisco District Attorney?s Environmental Unit, and with the San Mateo County District Attorney?s Office.
California sport fishing regulations allow for the take of three red abalone per day, 24 per year, with a maximum possession of no more than three at any time. Sport fishing for abalone is allowed only north of San Francisco Bay from April 1 through November with July closed.
?Poaching continues to be a major concern to the long-term sustainability of the state?s red abalone population,? said DFG Capt. Tony Warrington. ?With the success of this operation and the arrest of these suspects, DFG is eliminating another threat to this valuable resource.?
Two dozen wardens involved in the operation knocked on the doors of 10 homes early Thursday where, in addition to the four taken into custody, they interviewed 11 people believed connected with the case.
Wardens arrested Li Sheng Chen, 52, when they served a search warrant at his apartment in San Francisco. Investigators believed Chen was the ringleader for the coordinated poaching operation.
Also taken into custody were Wu Qiang Zhang, 40, Nichole Zhang Li, 43, and Betty Ai Hang Guo, 30, all of San Francisco. Zhang and Li were booked into San Francisco County Jail on $10,000 bail. Guo was booked into the San Mateo County Jail.
Each charge of taking abalone for commercial purposes and selling or buying abalone is subject to up to a $40,000 fine and a year in county jail. That is in addition to the potential loss of fishing privileges for life.
The SOU is DFG's undercover law enforcement component. The unit uses wardens on long and short-term assignments to search out and apprehend unlawful commercial poaching operations. Past cases have also involved the unlawful sale of sturgeon and sturgeon parts, abalone, reptiles, and bear parts.
DFG launched the operation after wardens monitoring the northern coast off Mendocino County spotted the divers taking more abalone than the legal limit. Mendocino and Sonoma counties account for 96 percent of the state?s sport abalone activity.
Wardens watched the suspects for several weeks as they traveled between the north coast and the Bay Area where they sold the abalone. Twice, wardens watched while sales of numerous abalones occurred.
Abalone can cost up to $50 each on the black market.
Surveys have shown no significant reproductive events in red abalone in more than a decade. The growth rate of north coast red abalone is extremely slow, taking up to 10 years for abalone to reach legal size.
?Sale of abalone will not be tolerated in San Francisco. We will do everything we can to prosecute the offenders and protect this natural treasure,? said Debbie Mesloh, spokeswoman for the San Francisco District Attorney?s Office.
Red abalone is associated with rocky kelp habitat ranging from Oregon into Baja California. In northern and central California, red abalone is found from the inter-tidal to the shallow sub-tidal depths. The southern California fishery was closed in 1997 due to its near depletion. A successful red abalone sport-only fishery continues to the north of San Francisco County, where scuba has always been prohibited and commercial take was only allowed for a three-year period during World War II.
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Marine Patrol Nabs La. Menhaden Boat With Stripers
The N.C. Marine Patrol, the enforcement arm of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, cited the entire crew of a
Louisiana menhaden factory boat Dec. 28, 2004, for the illegal netting and filleting of striped bass.

(PRWEB) January 26, 2005 -- The N.C. Marine Patrol, the enforcement arm of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, cited the entire crew of a Louisiana menhaden factory boat Dec. 28, 2004, for the illegal netting and filleting of striped bass.
A striper angler at the scene told North Carolina Sportsman approximately two dozen recreational boats were fishing ?between the Cape Lookout jetties and the Dead Tree Hole (off Shackleford Banks). First, a (menhaden boat) spotter plane shows up, then the factory boat, and it dropped off a (purse-seine) boat.

?(The purse-seine boat) used a net to make a circle (around the menhaden school), then tightened it down. Then the factory boat came alongside and sucked up the menhaden with a big vacuum hose.?
During that process, anglers saw workers tossing striped bass, that had been feeding on the menhaden, out of the nets. One of the recreational anglers called the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Marine Patrol.
?Yes, we got a call from one of (the striper anglers),? Capt. Steve Anthony said. ?We always appreciate any calls (the fishing public makes to the Patrol). It works out well for everybody.?
Within a few minutes and after a MP helicopter, piloted by CWO Rock Newman, had surveyed the menhaden boat?s netting operation, a DMF vessel, captained by Sgt. Herb Orama, arrived with officers Mitch Stone, Brian Gillis and two Coast Guardsmen from Fort Macon.
?The helicopter pilot saw big stripers on the deck of the boat,? Sgt. Orama said. ?He called me while we were checking another (factory) boat.?
?(Marine Patrol officers) boarded the boat and stayed on it for two hours at least,? the striper angler said. ?They ended up writing 24 violations. They wrote everyone on the boat a ticket for illegal possession of striped bass and possessing mutilated finfish.?
Col. Joe Lynch, head of the Marine Patrol, confirmed the angler?s account.
?They had 13 whole striped bass on the boat, a couple of tails and some fillets,? he said. ?The boat, the Albert J. Bourg, had 12 members including the captain. Each crew member received two citations. The boat has a Louisiana homeport.?
Menhaden factory boats working N.C. waters are usually in the employ of Beaufort Fisheries of Beaufort or Houston, Texas-based Omega Protein.
Lynch said the officers also checked a Mississippi menhaden boat, the Grand Batture, but found no violations.
Orama estimated the stripers ranged in size from 15 to 35 pounds.
The Bourg?s crew used gaffs to remove stripers from the purse seines.
?They were going to eat the stripers,? Sgt. Orama said. ?The captain said he didn?t realize they couldn?t keep striped bass.?
Orama said a regulation allows commercial boat crews to keep 1 percent of their catch for personal consumption, but that rule doesn?t apply to striped bass.
?First, the (netting) season?s closed and second, no one can take stripers with purse seines, only gill nets,? Orama said.
The DMF had set a Jan. 4-5 gill-netting season for ocean stripers with two additional days, Jan. 11-12, to be added if the poundage quota wasn?t reached Jan. 4-5.
In addition to a fine for possessing stripers illegally, Lynch said the menhaden boat crew, if found guilty, could pay replacement costs for each dead fish.
?The total fine, if they plead guilty or are found guilty, will depend on how serious the judge is,? Lynch said. ?(The fine) would be based on a per-pound fee.?
The recreational striper angler said the purse-seine boats didn?t encircle any sport-fishing boats while setting their nets.
?They made small circles to avoid that,? he said. ?But if we weren?t there, they would have made a larger set. If we hadn?t been there, you wonder how many stripers, red drum or whatever else they might have netted (in the bycatch). Even though they didn?t encircle us, the impression was terrible. You have these two huge boats come in where you?re fishing and put out nets and seem to catch everything.?
The recreational angler said the best aspect of the incident was the Marine Patrol?s quick response.
?It was super quick,? he said. ?(Recreational striper anglers) were impressed with how quickly (the arrest) went down.?
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26 Jan 2005
Rockfish violators caught ? The Maryland Natural Resources Police recently apprehended three watermen for illegally harvesting striped bass (rockfish) in the Chesapeake Bay near Swan Point, on the Eastern Shore north of the Bay Bridges.
David L. Haas, 46, William A. Beck, 39, and David L. Haas Jr., 26, all from Rock Hall, were issued citations for violating the commercial gill net restrictions with an anchored gill net to harvest striped bass. They also were charged with fishing for rockfish with a gill net during restricted times and days. In addition, they were charged with failure to mark a gill net properly when fishing for striped bass and were found to possess striped bass less than 18 inches long, which is another violation.
Two gill nets, a mud anchor and 305 pounds of rockfish were seized as evidence. All of the charges carry a maximum fine of $500 for first time offenders. In addition, if found guilty, a person could be fined $1,500 a fish for a first offense and $2,500 a fish plus revocation of a fishing license for one to two years for a second offense.
Fourteen other illegally set gill nets were seized by the NRP in the Rock Hall area of the Chesapeake Bay. These nets are still under investigation.
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INDICTMENTS FILED AGAINST LAKE ERIE COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN
Fourteen individuals and five businesses charged with racketeering, money laundering
Felony indictments were filed Wednesday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court against 14 individuals and five businesses associated with Ohio?s commercial fishing industry.
The licensed commercial fishermen and fish wholesale businesses involved allegedly took more yellow perch from Lake Erie than their quotas allowed, filed false reports, and sold unreported yellow perch. Each defendant could face up to 10 years in prison, plus a $25,000 fine if convicted of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity - a first-degree felony and the most serious of the charges involved.
Since 1996, Lake Erie?s yellow perch have been managed through a quota system. Quotas are set in order to balance Ohio?s share of the lake?s yellow perch harvest between sport anglers and commercial fishermen. Commercial fishermen are required to keep accurate and legible catch reports and to stay within their licensed yellow perch quota in a given year. Safe harvest levels of yellow perch are determined by fisheries biologists to maintain healthy fish populations and provide quality fishing opportunities on Lake Erie.
Lake Erie?s yellow perch fishery is cooperatively managed by five agencies: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
A list of individuals and businesses charged follows:
Richard Stinson, 41, Castalia - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), theft (2 counts), forgery (2 counts), uttering (2 counts), tampering with records (2 counts), receiving stolen property, (2 counts), and possessing criminal tools (1 count)
Orville Stinson, 66, of Port Clinton - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), theft (2 counts), forgery (2 counts), uttering (2 counts), tampering with records (2 counts), receiving stolen property, (2 counts), and possessing criminal tools (1 count)
Lori Colvin, 41, Oak Harbor - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), forgery (2 counts), uttering (2 counts), tampering with records (2 counts), receiving stolen property, (2 counts), and possessing criminal tools (1 count)
Billy Mitchell, 48, Port Clinton - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), theft (2 counts), forgery (2 counts), uttering (2 counts), tampering with records (2 counts), receiving stolen property, (2 counts), and possessing criminal tools (1 count)
Michael Maloney, 25, Port Clinton - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), theft (2 counts), forgery (2 counts), uttering (2 counts), tampering with records (2 counts), receiving stolen property, (2 counts), and possessing criminal tools (1 count)
Mark Mitchell, 31, Port Clinton - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), theft (2 counts), forgery (2 counts), uttering (2 counts), tampering with records (2 counts), receiving stolen property, (2 counts), and possessing criminal tools (1 count)
Joseph Smith, 36, Sandusky - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), theft (1 count), forgery (1 count), uttering (1 count), tampering with records (1 count), and possessing criminal tools (1 count)
Elizabeth Smith, 43, Sandusky - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), theft (1 count), forgery (1 count), uttering (1 count), tampering with records (1 count), and possessing criminal tools (1 count)
Roy Greene, 45, Vermillion - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), theft (1 count), forgery (1 count), uttering (1 count), and tampering with records (1 count)
Darlene Ernande, 44, Vermillion - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), tampering with records (1 count), and receiving stolen property (1 count)
Vito Ernande, 47, Vermillion - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), tampering with records (1 count), and receiving stolen property (1 count)
Gary Rowan, 54, Painsville - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), tampering with records (1 count), and receiving stolen property (1 count)
Dale Trent Jr., 43, Port Clinton - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), tampering with records (1 count), and receiving stolen property (1 count)
Craig Carr, 39, Oak Harbor - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), tampering with records (1 count), and receiving stolen property (1 count)
Port Clinton Fish, Inc, Port Clinton - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), theft (2 counts), forgery (2 counts), uttering (2 counts), tampering with records (2 counts), receiving stolen property, (2 counts), and possessing criminal tools (1 count)
Smith Fisheries, Inc., Sandusky - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), theft (1 count), forgery (1 count), uttering (1 count), tampering with records (1 count), and possessing criminal tools (1 count)
Westwater Fisheries, Inc., Vermillion - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), tampering with records (1 count), and receiving stolen property (1 count)
State Fish, Inc., Cleveland - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), tampering with records (1 count), and receiving stolen property (1 count)
Lake Fish, Inc., Sandusky - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1 count), money laundering (1 count), tampering with records (1 count), and receiving stolen property (1 count)

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Fish Poachers Sentenced South Dakota.

Conservation Officer Lee Leuning of Pierre caught two brothers from Chadron, Nebraska with 110 walleyes for three days of fishing. The daily limit is four fish with a possession of eight total. One was fined $2350, sentenced to one year in jail but served 96 days on conditions of the court, he may not hunt or fish in South Dakota for five years and must also pay $50 per fish for a total of $2350 in civil damages. He was also fined $500 and must pay $1000 restitution for damages to the motel where he stayed.
His brother was fined $2350, sentenced to one year in jail but served 120 days on condition of the court, may not hunt or fish in South Dakota for five years and must also pay $50 per fish for a total of $2750 in civil damages. He must pay $962.61 in restitution to the motel for damages.
These two poachers took a daily limit for over 24 fisherman. One concerned citizen's call is all it took. For there three day fishing trip, it cost them over $12,000 and they did not get to keep any fish.
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