Feds, states concerned about striped bass poaching, mortality

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission remains concerned about striped bass poaching in both Maryland and federal waters, and is working on a comprehensive plan to combat fishing mortality in general, according to officials. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources discovered illegal drift nets and seized more than 12 tons of illegally caught striped bass…

NRP finds hundreds of pounds of dead striped bass caught in illegal net on Sunday May 1st

BOARD THE SANDUSKY —— Natural Resources Police on Monday morning began pulling more than 600 yards of illegal net filled with hundreds of pounds of dead striped bass.The netting was discovered Sunday by a recreational angler trolling off Tilghman Island.The commercial season has been closed since the end of February and isn't scheduled to reopen…

Dover Man Arrested for Commercial Fishing Violations

DOVER, Del.– Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement agents have arrested a commercial fisherman on charges related to illegally taken striped bass. Paul A. Satterfield, 36, of Dover, was arrested and charged on April 7 with 53 counts of attempting to sell striped bass prior to having the fish lawfully weighed and tagged by…

9 Charged With Rockfish Poaching in Choptank River

PRESTON, Md.- Maryland Natural Resources Police have charged nine recreational anglers from Delaware and Texas for illegally fishing in a designated striped bass spawning area in the Choptank River. The charges come just days before the opening of trophy striped bass season on April 16. On April 9, NRP officers set up surveillance in the…

Angler says it wasn’t hard to document illegal rockfish charters

Jim Price saw first hand how charter boats out of Virginia Beach and North Carolina illegally fish for striped bass in federal waters each winter. Price, a former charter captain and waterman, told law enforcement officers this week that he was a paying customer aboard two such boats just last month. One of his trips…

Virginia charter outlaws: Be afraid, be very afraid

  t was surprising to read the account in the Virginian-Pilot about last week's raid by federal agents on charter fishing boats tied up on the Northern Neck and Rudee Inlet. As first reported by the Sun, special agents of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration armed with search warrants boarded at least four boats…

Va. boats raided in federal rockfish investigation

  Several Virginia fishing boat captains were confronted Thursday in what officials said is the result of a three-year undercover investigation into striped-bass fishing in federal waters known as the Exclusive Economic Zone. The zone is an area between three and 200 miles off the coast where fishing for striped bass, also known as rockfish,…

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