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Old 09-14-2005, 11:03 AM
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COMMERCIAL FISHERMAN SENTENCED TO 18 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR ILLEGALLY CATCHING AND SELLING FISH

RALEIGH, NC - Four men who had pled guilty to felony violations for illegally selling fish unlawfully caught in North Carolina, were sentenced on September 8, 2005, in Federal District Court in Raleigh. According to the indictment, which was returned by a Federal Grand Jury on January 5, 2005, the defendants, JONATHAN MIDGETT, RICHARD MOORE, CHAS ROWE, MATTHEW HUTH, and DANIEL DAVIS, were commercial fishermen in 2000 through 2001 in and around Manteo, N. C. The defendants landed their catch of striped bass, red drum, and tuna in North Carolina without properly reporting it as required by North Carolina law, usually because their catch included fish that were out of season, undersized, or over the legal limits. North Carolina prohibits fishing for certain species such as striped bass and red drum during certain times of the year; requires that the fish be a certain size before they may be kept; and restricts the numbers of fish an individual may catch and sell. In addition, reporting commercial catch assists the state in its efforts to manage and regulate its fish resources. After catching the fish, the defendants would transport and sell it in Virginia, in violation of the Lacey Act, which prohibits the interstate transport or sale of fish that are illicit.

JONATHAN MIDGETT was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment and 3 years supervised release on four felony Lacy Act violations for his catch and sale of over 1,900 pounds of striped bass, 340 pounds of red drum, and 450 pounds of tuna from June 13, 2000, through October 12, 2000. Midgett also forfeited to the Government $4,643 in illegal proceeds. RICHARD MOORE was sentenced to 8 months imprisonment, four of which will be served in federal prison facility, four of which will be served in home detention with electronic monitoring, and 3 years supervised release, on three felony Lacy Act counts for his illegal catch and sale of over 900 pounds of striped bass from February 12, 2000, through February 26, 2000. CHAS ROWE was sentenced to 4 months home detention, 100 hours of community service, and 2 years supervised release for two felony Lacey Act counts concerning his involvement with the catch and sale of over 1200 pounds of striped bass and 250 pounds of red drum in September of 2000. Rowe forfeited to the Government $1,096 in illegal proceeds MATTHEW HUTH was sentenced to 1 year probation, 50 hours of community service, and forfeit $1,400 in illegal proceeds for one misdemeanor Lacey Act violation concerning his role in the sale of over 450 pounds of tuna in June 2000. One defendant, DANIEL DAVIS, awaits sentencing on two felony Lacey Act violations for the sale of over 550 pounds of striped bass and 600 pounds of red drum in late 2000.

Commenting on the convictions, Frank D. Whitney, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, said, "These sentences demonstrate that poachers who harvest fish out of season and over legal limits will be punished so that we can continue to protect North Carolina’s fishing industry.”

The investigation was conducted jointly by the NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Virginia Marine Police Special Investigative Unit. The case was prosecuted by the U. S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina and the Environmental Crimes Section of the U. S. Department of Justice.
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Old 09-14-2005, 11:09 AM
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Too bad they all didn't get a year and a half with "Bubba".
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Old 09-14-2005, 01:33 PM
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THEY WERE PROBABLY RECS WITH FISHING POLES,,,,,,but they use the word COMMERCIAL
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Old 09-14-2005, 06:18 PM
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The netting of fish in both Carolinas is still legal and very popular. I'm not in favor of it, but it is allowed. The N.C. rule book is very lengthy and detailed.
You break it.....you buy it.
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Old 09-14-2005, 07:22 PM
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It isn't to harsh if the same punishment is handed out to the other side of the tracks. I have yet to see that so I doubt that it ever will.
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Old 09-15-2005, 12:13 PM
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GEAR UTILIZED TO get 18 months in prison is what i want to know. i SAY FISHING POLES are deadly weapons,,,and then if you fish with more than one,,,,LOOK -OUT.....
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Old 09-15-2005, 12:43 PM
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What does it matter, how they caught the fish? Seriously?

Rod and reel, net, longline, the laws are the laws and they got caught breaking the law. Sadly for every one guy they do bust, 100 more slip through the cracks. To me thats even more of a reason to hand down stiff penalties to hopefully discourage others from breaking the law.
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What does it matter, how they caught the fish? Seriously?

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i feel 18 months in a federal prison is a STIFF SENTANCE......crime being 1900 pounds of striped bass...was this horrific act done with a GILL NET OR A FISHING POLE........??????
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Old 09-16-2005, 09:56 AM
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i feel 18 months in a federal prison is a STIFF SENTANCE......crime being 1900 pounds of striped bass...was this horrific act done with a GILL NET OR A FISHING POLE........??????
My guess is a net. Why you ask? 1900 pounds of stripers, at 20 pounds a piece, thats 95 fish the story also said some of those fish were shorts, and 20 pounds is a very kind and generous estimate. Do you know how long it would take for a couple of guys to get that many fish on a rod and reel?
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Old 09-16-2005, 11:59 AM
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I'd love to hear the wisdom on why it matters what the fish were caught with. Aren't there commercial fisherman who fish with a rod and reel?

Good job by the guys in VA, NC would have turned a blind eye if they didn't push the issue. These guys sold off alot more then what they were charged with.

Hopefully someday you'll realize the people getting hurt by guys like these are the legit commercial fisherman out there following the rules.
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i just wish i could DRIVE THE PADDY WAGON ,,,, up and down the three mile line this fall,,,,,,,
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Old 09-16-2005, 02:46 PM
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I wish you could too Mr. Bentrod. Seriously, everyone who breaks the laws should get busted. Absolutely no argument from me there buddy.
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Old 09-16-2005, 03:34 PM
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Like others have stated, finally caught, probably have been doing illegal things for years. Take the boat, all their trucks, the trailer, their Momma's- times the $ penalty by 10X to cover all the costs of enforcement and investigation (+overtime) FISHSLIME
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I agree, that is not to harsh! If they were doing it now, they were probally doing it for the longest time.

What ever happened to the poacher who owned the bait shop in Long Beach, Long Island last year?

Nothing that is Bents point. They were up to fun and games again this summer.
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