Police Seize More Rockfish From Illegal Nets

STEVENSVILLE, Md. (AP) — Maryland Natural Resources police say they’ve found two more illegal nets in the Chesapeake Bay, filled with nearly two tons of striped bass.

Police have been investigating a poaching operation since the seizure last week of nearly 10 tons of illegally caught striped bass, or rockfish. The illegal fishing prompted state officials to close the commercial gill net season three weeks early.

The nets found Friday appeared to be fresh, indicating that poachers are continuing to operate despite the probe and public awareness.

Police also say they served search warrants at a Tilghman Island home Friday and removed boxes and a laptop computer. NRP spokesman Sgt. Art Windemuth says the seizure was related to the ongoing probe and that the warrants have been sealed by court order.

One net was found Friday about a mile south of Bloody Point, while the other was inside Eastern Bay.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. Janeen Reavis says:

    I certainly don’t even pretend to know anything about fishing but I do know that by these poachers continuing what they’re doing, they’re ruining the waters and the fishing for the people who depend of this for their livelihood. And it needs to be stopped!!!

  2. ralph jenkins says:

    Sounds like the NRP is doing an outstanding job, and will eventually catch those responsible. Keep up the good work.

  3. RON H. says:

    A THIEF IS A THIEF STOP PLAYING GAMES WITH THEM.$10,000 WORTH OF SEAFOOD CAUGHT ILLEAGALY SHOULD BE A $20000 FINE,NOT $2000 AND SLAP ON A LOSE OF BOAT,MOTOR AND GEAR

  4. FRANCES KEMP & SAM BOWEN says:

    SAM B. YOU KNOW THAT THEY ARE BREAKING THE .LAW-IS WRONG. WHAT HAPPENED TO SEIZED FISH -THROWN OUT? LET GO? DONATED TO PEOPLE WHO NEED ;AND COULD BENEFIT FROM THIS GIFT? SENT TO PROCESSING PLANT – MD COULD USE PROFIT TO PAY COST OF PROCESSING AND KEEP PROFIT MADE FROM SELLING FRESH ROCK FISH TO MARKETS; AND OR TAKE IT TO FERTILIZER PLANT IF FISH SPOILED. I BET IT WAS TAKEN TO THE,”DUMP.)

    1. Herb says:

      Why offer something so off base when you don’t know. I don’t mean to sound like a jerk, there are certainly enough around, but you just sound stupid saying something that’s not remotley true when you admit you don’t know. They have stated many times the fish are being sold. Think first next time.

  5. Ryan says:

    According the the last news report on this, the fish were donated and sold with the money going back to the NRP.

  6. Charlie says:

    The DNR needs to catch these people ASAP or before you know it they will be closing Trophy rock fish season for the average angler.

  7. Owings Mills says:

    Stop poaching stupid dummies. You’re ruining Rockfish season for everyone.

  8. Enough is Enough says:

    All nets should be banned in Maryland waters of the Chespeake Bay. Until the nets are banned, this is going to happen. If this is happening off Kent Island, how many more nets are being set around the bay? I am personnally for gamefish status for striped bass. That is the only way to protect the striped bass fishery. However, if there is going to be a commercial strped bass season, then it should be hook and line. All nets should be banned from the Chesapeake. Netting is devastating to any species. When they catch these poachers, they should receive substantial jail time in addition to any monetary fines, loss of license and comfiscation of boats and gear. DNR should be given substantially more resources to deal with poachers.

  9. Bill says:

    Has anyone thought maybe that the commercial boys are not the culprits? Seems to me all the tools they have to catch duck hunters and recreaction crabbers would easily be able to track a few big boats on the bay. Our DNR boys and girls reflect the Key Stone cops. I say let the Feds come in and catch the criminals. We need real officers and not recreation or park police!

    1. Ridiculous says:

      Something needs to be done. If it takes the feds then invite them in. Or, if any fish is sold across state lines the Feds should be brought in. This poaching thing has gone on long enough. If the poachers work at night then NRP should also be out at night. Heaven help us, does anyone think that terrorist only work during the day. Its ridiculous to think that just because the poachers work at night they can’t be caught. Does the NRP really lack the needed resources that badly. The DNR should request Coast Guard assistance with night vision, helicopters and better radar. This poaching needs to end now.

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