September 26, 2008

Fisherman, Seafood Dealer Facing Charges


The police say a Connecticut fisherman was catching striped bass without a license, and a South Kingstown dealer bought it from him.

A Rhode Island seafood dealer and a Connecticut fisherman have been charged in connection with the illegal landing and selling of striped bass.

The dealer, John J. Guerrieri, 50, of South Kingstown, was charged with buying seafood without a Connecticut seafood dealer's license, the state Department of Environmental Management said in a news release yesterday.

Fisherman Sean W. Bradshaw, 44, of Pawcatuck, Conn., was charged with the landing/sale of striped bass without a commercial license, commercial fishing without a vessel permit, possession of untagged striped bass, and the commercial sale of scup without a license and during the closed season.

They were arrested Monday at Bradshaw's residence in Pawcatuck after a joint investigation by the Rhode Island Environmental Police and the Connecticut Environmental Conservation Police. They will be arraigned in Connecticut.

The police said they acted on information that Bradshaw was catching bass and bringing striped bass to his dock on the Pawcatuck River. He would store the fish on ice at his residence and Guerrieri would come to the house to buy fish.

Officers seized 42 striped bass weighing a total of 971 pounds and 89 scup weighing a total of 87 pounds.

The DEM put the fair market value for commercial striped bass at around $3 per pound, so the estimated value of the fish was $2,913.

The fish have been donated to Amos House in Providence. [email protected] / (401) 277-7447

Originally published by MIKE McKINNEY, Journal Staff Writer.

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