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September 6, 2013

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NRP Seizes More Than 200 Undersized Bass

by Martha

bass underSilver Spring man to appear in court this fall

A Silver Spring man is scheduled to appear in Annapolis District Court on November 15 on charges he and three companions caught more than 200 undersized striped bass.

Natural Resources Police (NRP) Officer Jeff Beshore was on patrol at Sandy Point State Park on Aug. 31 at 1:30 a.m., when he stopped a boat returning to the marina.

After receiving permission to check the coolers aboard the 14-foot recreational vessel, Beshore found 228 striped bass under the legal minimum of 18 inches. The officer also found about 30 pounds of white perch in the coolers. No one on the vessel had a fishing license.

Hervino Nunez-Aleman, the owner and operator of the boat, received a citation for possession of undersize striped bass.

Citizens who see conservation violations, maritime emergencies and other law enforcement issues on the Chesapeake Bay or the state’s public lands are urged to call the NRP communication center at 800-628-9944.

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    1. BILL LITTLE
      Sep 10 2013

      Ashame all he’s gonna get is a slap on the wrist. Start takeing their boats and give them heavy fines and MAYBE people will start obeying the laws. You can take a deer Hunters car and Gun, why not start takeing their boats! Good job on the officer’s part, need more of them out there.

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      • dianna pollock
        Sep 11 2013

        I agree why are the boats not taken. And as far as the fine it is $1500 per fish over the limit. Well to me all 228 are over the limit. Their limit is 0 because 1) they don’t have a license and 2) the fish are undersize. $342,000.00

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    2. dianna pollock
      Sep 11 2013

      If he had possession of 228 striped bass than why was he not 1) arrested and 2) each fish is a count so I would hope the “citation” has all counts.

      NOTE: NR 4-1201(d) allows for the following additional penalties (above those listed in the Maximum Penalty column) for a violation of any provision of Title 4
      or regulations adopted pursuant to Title 4 concerning the taking of or creel limits for striped bass (rockfish):
      1st offense $1500 per fish
      2nd offense $2500 per fish and revocation of fishing license for one to two years
      3rd offense $2500 per fish and revocation of fishing license for two to five years

      I will continue to follow the outcome.

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