Bill would end commercial fishing for striped bass

  In the wake of this winter’s uproar over striped bass kills off the Outer Banks, state lawmakers have introduced a bill that would designate the species a gamefish and prohibit commercial catches in North Carolina waters. The House bill also would add red drum and speckled trout to the list of gamefish, putting all…

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…

Feds move against charter boats poaching striped bass

  A three-year federal undercover investigation into Virginia-based charter boats illegally fishing for striped bass more than 3 miles off the coast led to the seizure Thursday of electronics and records from a number of vessels. Special agents from the law enforcement office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration served search warrants on at…

Total of 10 tons of illegally caught striped bass found over three days

For the second consecutive day, Natural Resources Police officers pulled illegal nets from the Chesapeake Bay Wednesday filled to the brim with striped bass. In total, they have seized 10 tons of illegally caught fish, the largest haul of its type since the end of the rockfish moratorium more than two decades ago. After detecting…

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