Missouri men facing commercial fishing violations – unlawful harvest of shovelnose sturgeon on the Mississippi River

For the Daily Gate City WAPELLO – Two southeast Missouri men face 74 counts and more than $43,000 in fines and civil damages for the alleged unlawful harvest of shovelnose sturgeon on the Mississippi River in Louisa County. Robert Housman, 43, of Sikeston Mo., was charged with 35 counts of unlawful take and possession of shovelnose sturgeon and two counts of setting entanglement gear (commercial fishing nets) in a closed zone for a total of $3,671 in fines. The state also is seeking $18,000 in liquidated damages from Housman. Michael Dye, 39, of Charleston, Mo., was charged with 34 counts of unlawful take and possession of shovelnose sturgeon, two counts of setting entanglement gear (commercial fishing nets) in a closed zone and one count of no commercial fishing license for a total of $3,772.50 in fines  http://www.dailygate.com/news/article_ccca543c-1c7d-11e2-8439-0019bb2963f4.html