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13 fisherman charged with illegally harvesting & selling Atlantic striped bass

Posted January 21, 2015

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— Thirteen commercial fishermen in North Carolina and Georgia were indicted in federal court in Raleigh on Wednesday for illegally harvesting, selling and falsely reporting approximately 90,000 pounds of Atlantic striped bass – valued at approximately $1.1 million – from federal waters off the North Carolina coast in 2009 and 2010, federal officials said.

“The illegal poaching of striped bass by commercial fishermen can have a huge collective impact on the fish resource and has the potential to devastate the future livelihoods of law abiding commercial fishermen,” Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden of the U.S. Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division said in a statement. “The vast majority of fishermen do respect the law and carefully monitor their harvest to ensure they stay within the well-researched limits.”

Under federal law, Atlantic striped bass may not be harvested from or possessed in federal waters. The ban has existed since 1990 due to drastic declines of the stock that occurred in the 1970s, federal officials said.

The following fishermen, who federal officials said are only licensed to fish for striped bass in state waters, are:

  • Gaston Saunders Jr. of Wanchese
  • Bryan Daniels of Belhaven
  • Ellis Leon Gibbs Jr. of Engelhard
  • David Saunders of Poplar Branch
  • Michael Potter of Bayboro
  • Steven Daniels of Wanchese
  • James R. Craddock of Manns Harbor
  • James K. Lewis of Gloucester
  • Joseph H. Williams of Brunswick, Ga.
  • Dewey W. Lewis, Jr. of Newport
  • Dwayne J. Hopkins of Belhaven
  • Ronald W. Berry of Kill Devil Hills
  • John F. Roberts of Engelhard
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  • btneast Jan 22, 2015

    Wow, what an irresponsible post! With your keen sense of civic responsibility, I can imagine you may already be sitting around claiming disability.
    Ummm, I am pretty sure he was being sarcastic.......

  • savannahn8v Jan 22, 2015

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    I was thinking the same thing.....

  • flyfish42 Jan 22, 2015

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    Wow, what an irresponsible post! With your keen sense of civic responsibility, I can imagine you may already be sitting around claiming disability.

  • Obama-in-2016 Jan 22, 2015

    Thank you legal system for getting these HORRIBLE dangerous folks off the street....

  • Justice is coming Jan 22, 2015

    They broke the law. Throw them in prison for 20 years! If the law is unfair, change the law. Until then, it should be followed.

  • NotAgain Jan 22, 2015

    Too much government regulation, keep the government out of the way. We will fish until they are all gone and then do something else. Maybe claim disability and sit for a while.

  • snakeman65 Jan 22, 2015

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    So, the 13 people who were charged with "illegally harvesting, selling and falsely reporting approximately 90,000 pounds of Atlantic striped bass" shouldn't be convicted?

  • Just another bad guy Jan 22, 2015

    Many of these guys are from Pamlico sound areas which has (or used to have) much stricter limits than the Albermarle for striped bass. NC is one of the few that still allow gill nets which catch/kill both targeted and non-targeted species which also helps deplete populations.

  • Simply Hans Jan 22, 2015

    Throw the book at them!

  • John McCray Jan 22, 2015
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    The only people mismanaging it are the ones who severely deplete the resources for their own personal, short term gain.

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