NMFS issues report on N.C. bass poaching ring

Fortunately, these criminals are off the water.

In early November, NMFS released its final report on a striped bass poaching ring in North Carolina that’s taken the better part of a decade to investigate.

Thirty co-conspirators were part of the alleged illicit activity, but only 12 were charged in the case. Arrests and charges were made over the past few years. According to investigators, the 12 fishermen charged were prosecuted for illegally harvesting 31,306 pounds of Atlantic striped bass in 2009 and 102,296 pounds in 2010. The annual trawl quota for the state is only 160,160 pounds.

LINK (via: National Fisherman)

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