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I can see that there are more than a few unscrupulous charter fishing operations up and down the coast . Will they get a substantial fine or a slap on the wrist ? Funny , federal fisheries violations are civil matters , not criminal , according to the report :NOAA Charges Charter Operators with Illegal Fishing for Striped Bass
November 14, 2008

Striped Bass.

A joint undercover operation by NOAA's Fisheries Service Office of Law Enforcement and New York and New Jersey enforcement agents has uncovered evidence of alleged illegal fishing by two charter operators.

The operators, Steven N. Forsberg and Viking Starship Inc. of Montauk, N.Y., and Jerome E. Hurd of Avalon, N.J., have been charged by NOAA with taking their patrons to catch striped bass in federal waters, where capture of the prized sport fish is prohibited.

During the undercover operations, federal agents and state officers posed as patrons on several charter vessels operating in New York and New Jersey.

Striped bass are one of the most sought-after species for both commercial and recreational fishermen from Maine to Cape Hatteras. The popularity of this fish, the complex nature of its migration, and its decline in harvest and recovery, led to significant management efforts in state waters by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, and a ban on fishing in federal waters since 1990.

"Unscrupulous charter and party boat captains quietly promote their willingness to take patrons into federal waters, primarily when striped bass are scarce in state waters," said NOAA special agent Jeffrey Ray. "This creates an unfair business environment that penalizes law-abiding charter and party boat captains who refuse to break the rules."

Forsberg and Viking Starship, the operator and owner of the FV Viking Starship, has been notified by NOAA of the charges of fishing, harvesting, possessing and retaining Atlantic striped bass illegally from federal waters, and submitting false oral or written statements about the catch to authorized federal officers. The agency also issued to Forsberg a notice of a potential $30,000 fine and a 30-day permit suspension for the alleged violations.

Hurd has been notified by NOAA of the charges of fishing, harvesting, possessing and retaining Atlantic striped bass illegally from federal waters, and then submitting false oral or written statements about the catch to authorized federal and state officers. The agency also issued to Hurd a notice of a potential $25,000 fine.

Violations of federal fishery rules are civil, not criminal matters. Disputed allegations are heard before an administrative law judge, whose decisions can be appealed to the NOAA administrator and through the federal court system. NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - NOAA Charges Charter Operators with Illegal Fishing for Striped Bass
 

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It's a shame that they feel the need to go into restricted waters to catch rock. If a couple of charters are doing this, I can't help but wonder how many private citizens are also
 

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Nobody should be breaking rockfish rules. It's even more heinous given the declining rockfish population. The vast majority of us check the rules wherever we are fishing to make sure we are in compliance. And it's a real shame when a charter captain, who knows the rules better than anybody out there, who often has many new folks on board, wastes an opportunity to teach new folks properly. If other charter guys guys turned these clowns in, then they have our thanks.
 

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It's a shame that they feel the need to go into restricted waters to catch rock. If a couple of charters are doing this, I can't help but wonder how many private citizens are also
Right, and just think how many murders they might be committing. :rolleyes: Come on, Flatty, I thought smoke and mirrors went out of style. Give us some facts!:yawn:
 

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Seems to be on both sides of the aisle. Taken from the crabbing board.

"My buddy lives in NJ, not far off the Delaware memorial Bridge. His brother owns a home improvement and landscaping business. Every weekend during the summer and fall he drives down to the Wye and catches 2 bushel takes them back to NJ and sells them for $150 a bushel. Every Saturday and every Sunday. he writes off the mileage as a business expense and makes $600 a weekend for about 20 weekends a year. He makes $12,000.00 a year selling MD crabs. It pays for his Christmas and every winter he goes to Islamorada FL. for a week of bill fishing and relaxation. That $100 permit isn't going to stop him BUT he will pay it. If they are going to come anyway, I say will make them pay more."
 
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