WMDT 47 News - The Ocean City Coast Guard wants to remind all commercial and recreational fishers about poaching laws on Atlantic Striped Bass, also known as Rockfish. It is illegal to fish for striped bass beyond three nautical miles of the shoreline.
The Coast Guard is strictly enforcing these laws by sending out additional crews to patrol the area. We're told the poaching of Atlantic striped bass is pretty common, as it's an extremely popular fish, especially this time of year. "Since the 1980's it's been over-fished. The recreational public has been fishing for it, the commercial industry has been fishing for it. How we find out is, we do we're going to enforce U.S. Laws on each boat, and there's a process for that. Once we're on board, we'll determine if someone is illegally fishing," said Officer Jeffrey Jonsson of the Ocean City Coast Guard.
If you're caught you will receive a violation for having the fish on board and a federal fishery hearing officer will determine the penalties.