Tag Archives: Fishery Viololations

Louisiana crabber busted twice with too many young females

A Violet commercial crabber failed to heed a warning about harvesting immature female crabs , and that resulted in a citation that could put him in jail for up to 60 days, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reported Thursday. On Jan. 20, enforcement agents say they found Allan Campo, 51, to be in violation of the state’s new crabbing regulations, and issued him a written warning. Less than two weeks later, however, agents were on patrol in Plaquemines Parish’s Shell Lake when they observed Campo actively crabbing, the department said. The agents stopped Campo, and found him to be in possession of two crates of crabs holding an illegal amount of immature female crabs, according to the department. Under new regulations, no more than 2 percent of a commercial crabber’s take may be immature females. Read the story here 10:48

Almost 20 years ago, a big bust! – Cape Cod brothers, scallopers face possible $5.8 million fines

clip_image002_001In what officials say are the largest fisheries sanctions ever sought in the Northeast two Cape Cod brothers and their fleet of scallopers out of Fall River face proposed civil penalties of more than $5.8 million. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has cited James G. Spalt of Barnstable and Peter Spalt of Marston Mills their fish processing corporation Cape Spray Fisheries five fishing boats and 12 fishing captains for some 300 fisheries violations under the Magunson Fisheries Conservation and Management Act. “It certainly is the biggest (fine) in this region within anyone’s memory” said Terry Frady a public affairs spokesman for the National Marine Fisheries Service. Read the rest here – This is how it ended up, Brothers to pay $2 million to settle fishery fraud – Read the rest here 16:42

Marathon man jailed for 121 illegal lobster – Second man escaped by jumping off boat

14NGU.AuHeEmMore than 100 marine-resource conservation counts were filed against a Marathon man late Monday after law officers surprised a boat making a nocturnal landing. Jose Carlos Acosta Arias, 37, was carrying a mesh bag with 77 wrung lobster tails when he stepped off a “blacked-out vessel” near the oceanside of 74th Street in Marathon. A second man aboard the small boat jumped overboard and escaped by swimming away. The man’s identity is known and warrants for his arrest were being filed, FWC Officer Bobby Dube said. Read the rest here 12:33