A Maryland fisherman has been sentenced to a year and a half in prison for his role in the illegal harvesting nearly 200,000 pounds of striped bass.
Fishing lands a man in federal prison. In this case, it’s 92 tons of illegally caught rockfish worth half a million dollars.
A sophisticated radar and camera system installed along the Chesapeake Bay is acting as another set of eyes for Maryland Natural Resources Police who have successfully tracked watermen poaching oysters from state sanctuaries — and already won their first court case against two of them — since the system went online Oct. 1.
Crime bust on the Chesapeake Bay! Two Baltimore County men face nearly a million dollars in fines after they’re caught stealing hundreds of pounds of striped bass. It happened on the Patapsco River.
It’s a poaching case that could bring prison time. That’s unusual but then the charges are substantial.
A commercial fisherman faces federal charges. He’s accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in rockfish from the Chesapeake Bay. Even worse, prosecutors say he threatened witnesses in the case.
A western Maryland man has had his hunting privileges suspended for two years to resolve charges that he shot two black bears out of season.
A husband and wife from western Maryland have been charged with poaching deer.
In an effort to stop poaching on the Chesapeake, police are going high-tech.
Finding and arresting outlaws on the water is forcing Maryland to consider tougher rules for watermen. It all goes back to massive striped bass poaching this past winter.
The discovery of miles of illegal nets in the Chesapeake earlier this year has sparked a sweeping plan to crack down on striped bass poaching.
An unpleasant reminder of the massive striped bass poaching last winter has surfaced in the bay. Like past cases, an illegally anchored gill net was used.