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NRP and NOAA Fisheries Service Seize Striped Bass

Maryland DNR NRP and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Office for Law Enforcement seized 2,702 pounds of striped bass from the commercial fishing vessel Rita Diane in West Ocean City on Friday, Nov. 4. The vessel was allegedly fishing for striped bass within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), an area exceeding three miles offshore, of the Atlantic Ocean. Additional investigations related to the Rita Diane's fishing activity led to the seizure of proceeds from the catch caught on the preceding day as well for similar violations. The total amount seized over the two-day period was 7,990 pounds of striped bass. The fish is valued at approximately $15,800.
 

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one bad guy caugth,tuff thig is we will soon see a reduction in our catch limmits because of stuff just like this, we seen this in the tog fishery and will see it in bass too. they raised the commerical catch 46% & say we rec fishermen are still catchin more 8 year plus fish.which will soon amount to a reduction to our bag limmits.
 

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crazy thing is, i hardly ever see striper on a menu and if i do, its usually a 16incher whole cooked... its a shame the commercial fisherman are causing all the problems and the regulators are looking at the average joe to see if they are breaking the law... WHAT A JOKE!!!!
 

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Illegal as hell I know the boat. Tisk tisk on them they will pay dearly. Before everybody starts hangin all dragger's and gillnetters remember they are allowed to have these fish in MD, Just like you guys are in NJ.

Now to add some fuel to this fire since BOBECT felt the need to light it.

Can anybody tell me how far Sea Isle ridge or Five fathom bank is ????

Isn't it funny what happens when a guy trys to be cute and throws a rock. There was well over 100 boats 16 mile out fishing for Striped Bass But they are ok because they are from your side.

WRONG is WRONG

HYPOCRITES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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I dont think BobECT is lighting any fire or attacking anyone, he's just informing everyone about a commercial fishing violation and pointing out the facts. They were fishing illegally and got busted. End of discussion. You say "There was well over 100 boats 16 mile out fishing for Striped Bass" I can't verify this statement but if they were, they are wrong as well and two wrongs don't make a right. Everyone likes to take some shots everynow and then but don't go categorizing everyone as hypocrites!
 

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When did I ever say that was OK? I told you many, many times call the CG. Have you called them? Ever?

Lots of recs and charters got busted for the 3 miles limit last year.
 

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Just another little tasty tid bit for ya to digest.

On Monday a small dragger that many of you might see during the winter months hauled out at Brezzelee. Was out fishing on Five Fathom Now keep in mind he was 100% legal, A 75 year old man by himself was boarded by the Coast Guard. They pulled along side of him with there guns drawn and on the attack. When he was made to haul his net back all he had was a load of dogs and two ling.

My point is this as many of you might but now realize where was the enforcement on a beautiful Saturday ????? It is total discrimination all political. Lets not kid ourselves any longer YOU know it as well as I do.

NOW ONCE AGAIN WRONG IS WRONG if your a 200 foot dragger or a guy casting in the surf.
 

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Didnt we have this argument last year about the 5 fathom bank? Your right fishpicker wrong is wrong and its a shame some people dont play by the rules. It only ends up hurting everyone in the end.

5 fathom bank, 15 miles is my guess
 

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While we're pissing in your wheaties Marty...

I 100% agree with you except that you can't very well practice catch and release with a net...

We've been through this so many times. We have the purist that say you can't wet a line in the EEZ for fear of hooking a striper by accident, then those of us who believe if you ain't killin it don't count, then the pure outlaws...

This was 8000 lb of dead fish so I think it's different than 100 boats on five fathom if the 100 boats are just giving the fish some excercise.

Nothing against anyone who is a professional at fishing, it's a tough way to make a living. Personally I think the fine should be $5000 per fish you kill + 2 times you lose your license. That would stop the recreational outlaws... and the the commercial ones...

[ 11-16-2005, 07:16 PM: Message edited by: Darrin G. DGREENEMACHINE ]
 

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"guns drawn and on the attack"......

Right, sure, I bet they did??????

Do you have any idea what assets the CG has on hand to carry out all that is expected of the service? Not enough. Don't like it? Contact your government. Don't slander people who put themselves in harms way to serve.
 

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Just for the record you can practice C/R with a Net. Not many know this but because I'm one of the last Gillnetters in Cape May County I have been givin the responsibility of taking a Federal OBSERVER with me on about 75% of my fishing days this fall. Now there observation will hopefully be made public in the very near future. Thus far this year right smack dab in front of the Gov, 4 bass have come over my stern all 4 swam away. Personally I think one of the fish we caught twice. SO yes indeed C/R can happen with nets.

As far as C/R out there all your doing is fooling yourself. Ya ain't gonna steam 16.7 miles to C/R.

100 boats if each one catches 3 fish that would certainly exceed 8000. Plus some of those boats were party and charter boats carrying quite a few anglers.

Son the moral to this story is don't be so quick to point fingers !!!!!!!!!
 

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CatpGFB I'm far from slandering anybody I have been boarded and yes gun were out. I'm talking about a 75 year old man by himself. Maybe you need to be in our boots when the raft come along side. Then make your opinion.

I was even made to come home one day in my old boat escorted by the raft. With a man standin by the mounted gun on the bow of the big boat.

I'm not a criminal nor have I broken any laws but yet I have less right then a sex offender or drug dealer. Don't even tell me about slander pal !!!
 

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Fishing is no different than anything else in life. There are people who feel rules do not apply to them, or the benefits of breaking them are worth the risk. There simply are not enough resources to police them or high enough penalties to curtail them. I am sure there are just as many offenders on the recreational side as the commercial side. It is up to those of us that do follow the rules, to do whatever we can, to see that they are enforced, which includes reporting illegal activity when we suspect it, commercial or recreational.

As far as coast guard with guns drawn. This is no different than hand on gun during a routine traffic stop. They have a very dangerous job and must set and follow procedures that ensures their missions are executed as safely as possible. If that appears a bit harsh at times, that is just a fact of todays world we all must accept and live with. I admit it is easy for me to state the above without ever experiencing what you have, but at the same time, have you experienced what the C/G must experience on a daily basis, pulling up to, and boarding unknown vessels suspected of illegal activities?
 
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