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Silver Spring Man Found Guilty of Poaching 228 Undersized Striped Bass

bass underA Silver Spring man was found guilty last Friday in Annapolis District Court of possessing 228 undersized striped bass.

Hervin O. Nunez-Aleman, 34, pleaded guilty to a single violation. He was fined $2,000 and placed on unsupervised probation. 

An officer with the Maryland Natural Resources Police was on patrol at Sandy Point State Park on August 31 at 1:30 a.m., when he stopped a boat returning to the marina.

After receiving permission from Nunez-Aleman, the boat owner, to check the coolers aboard the 14-foot recreational vessel, the officer found 228 striped bass under the legal minimum of 18 inches. The officer also found about 30 pounds of white perch in the coolers. None of the four people on the boat had a fishing license.

The trial of a fishing companion, Amaya Chicas, is set for April 18 in Annapolis District Court. The district courts in Anne Arundel County participate in a program that highlights natural resources cases on specific day each month. Under the program, cases including fishing, hunting, boating and tree expert violations are heard on a specific day each month in the region where they occurred.

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