I didn't know rockfish are on the endangered list.
Fishermen charged with illegally harvesting endangered bass
By Bill Myers
Examiner Staff Writer 1/30/09
Five commercial fishermen, a fish wholesaler and his son have been charged with illegally harvesting hundreds of thousands of pounds of the [b]endangered striped bass[/b] from the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River.
Fishermen Thomas Crowder, John Dean, Charles Quade, Thomas Hallock and Keith Collins, and wholesalers Robert Moore Sr. and Robert Moore Jr., have been charged by information with poaching and fabricating fishing records. It's an indication that the men have reached a plea agreement, because a defendant can only be charged by information if he waives his right to appear before a grand jury.
They follow into court two other fishermen, father and son Joseph Peter Nelson Sr. and Jr. The Nelsons were indicted in October on charges that they were illegally fishing for the bass.
The fish, known as rockfish, come back to the estuaries or rivers where they were born to spawn, then return to the ocean. They have long lives, up to 30 years, and can reach up to 50 pounds in weight. Their population depends on older, larger females to reproduce.
[b]Their populations have dropped dramatically and they have been on the endangered species list for decades.[/b] Their numbers dipped critically low in the 1980s, but they have rebounded over the past few years.......
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