Tag Archives: Commercial Fishing Violations

Virginia Delegate moves to roll back penalties for commercial fishing violations

Virginia’s 18-month-old effort to crack down on oyster theft and other fisheries violations with stiffer penalties for offenders would be rolled back with a bill sponsored by Del. Gordon Helsel, R-Poquoson. Another measure would end a six-decade-old prohibition on taking oyster dredges through the sanctuaries the state set up to give undersized oysters a chance to grow. Helsel is proposing to cut the maximum penalty for violating state rules for harvesting shellfish and fin-fish to a two-year license suspension from the five-year limit the General Assembly unanimously approved in 2015. Helsel voted for the measure, which had strong backing from commercial fishermen. His bill, H.B. 1573, would also allow offenders to continue to catch other fish or shellfish than the type they took illegally — so, a waterman who violated rules about taking oysters from polluted waters or from a sanctuary would be allowed to continue crabbing or gill-netting. Legislation in 2013, which also passed unanimously, allowed the state to suspend all tidal water fishing privileges for offenders. Read the story here 07:48

Astoria man cited for commercial fish-related charges

Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife troopers cited an Astoria man on several commercial fish-related charges after seizing 748 pounds of illegally caught Chinook salmon on the Columbia River near the Willamette River. Troopers also seized an illegal 1,200 foot gillnet used to catch the fish. Read the rest here 14:10

Marrero Man Sentenced for Illegal Fish Sales in Plaquemines Parish – Takes Undercover Agents on Illegal Charter!!!

Joseph Morris III, 30, pleaded guilty to selling fish without a fresh products license, failing to maintain records, taking commercial fish without a vessel license, selling game fish illegally, selling spotted sea trout without a permit, selling spotted sea trout without a rod and reel license, taking/selling undersized spotted sea trout, possessing commercial red drum illegally and failing to comply with charter boat regulations. Read the rest here 08:57

Southern California Man Ordered To Pay $10,000 for Commercial Fishing Violations

Adam Crawford James, 32, of Winnetka was sentenced to three years probation and revocation of all California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) licenses for the duration of his sentence. In addition, he was ordered to pay $7,000 to the Fish and Game Preservation Fund and an additional $3,000 to the city of Santa Monica in fines and penalty assessments. Read more here 12:46

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Division of Law Enforcement busy with a series of commercial fishing violations.

Officer Allen was on water patrol on the Apalachicola River when he observed a vessel operating without navigational lights pull into some sawgrass in an attempt to conceal the boat. He followed the vessel into,, Read more here  apalatchtimes.com  14:42

2 Men Found Guilty of Commercial Fishing Violations

A couple of commercial fishermen were found guilty of violations last week in Naknek. 46-year old Sergie Chukwak of Naknek was cited by the State Troopers for fishing during a closed period near Naknek and he was found guilty of that charge during a bench trial on August 26th in the Naknek District Court. [email protected] 14:41