Maryland Commercial Fisherman Sentenced to Prison for Illegal Harvesting of Rockfish
Seafood Wholesaler and Owner Charged with Conspiracy
He was also fined
“Today’s prison sentence should serve as a warning to fishermen and wholesalers who may consider undercutting the market and risking the continuation of the striped bass population. You will be prosecuted and you face the possibility of serving time,” said
“If fishermen obey the rules, the rockfish population can be sustained forever,” said
In a related matter, charges were filed on
The charges contained in the criminal information are not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by criminal information is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. The Lacey Act carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of up to
Sentencing dates for the remaining six commercial fishermen who have pleaded guilty to similar charges as Hallock are listed below.
Cannon Seafood, a
As a result of the investigation and prosecution, two fish wholesalers and a total of 14 individuals have been charged, including today’s defendants.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney
SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice