Falmouth District Court Fines Northfield Man $600 for Poaching Stripers

Caught by Environmental Police back in August...
Striped bass seized from a Northfield man in August along the Cape Cod Canal. (MEP evidence photo)

From the Mass. Environmental Police:

On Friday, December 14, 2018, a Northfield man appeared in Falmouth District Court and was found responsible for various marine fisheries violations occurring on August 15, 2018 at the Cape Cod Canal; he was subsequently ordered to pay $600 in fines.
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On Wednesday, August 15, 2018, Environmental Police Officers responded to complaints of striped bass poaching along the Cape Cod Canal. 

An Officer patrolling the Canal observed an individual, who was not carrying a fishing rod, rush to his vehicle and stow a striped bass. The Officer conducted a fisheries inspection and found that the individual was in possession of two striped bass, both with their right pectoral fin intact. The inspection further revealed that the individual was a permitted commercial angler with a striped bass endorsement; however, Wednesday is a closed fishing day for the striped bass commercial fishery. All commercial permit holders are required to immediately remove the entire right pectoral fin on a closed commercial day if the fish is 34 inches or greater. The removal of the pectoral fin marks the fish so that it cannot be sold or enter commerce.

The striped bass were seized and donated to the Plymouth Area Coalition; the individual was criminally summonsed for multiple marine fisheries violations.

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