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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by tvfisherman, Jun 3, 2005.

  1. We ran this story this morning. Good to know Wildlife officials are aware that this stuff is going on.

    Prosecutors say yellow perch fishing exceeded quotas

    CLEVELAND (AP) - Prosecutors and state wildlife officials say
    they've broken up a scheme suspected of draining Lake Erie of
    yellow perch by fishing beyond quotas.
    Fourteen commercial fishermen, two fishing companies and three
    wholesalers have been indicted on charges that they exceeded their
    quotes for yellow perch in 2002 and 2003, then tried to cover it
    Police seized the fishermen's boats and nets yesterday,
    culminating an investigation that began more than a year ago.
    Prosecutors in Cleveland say the defendants are suspected of a
    scheme in which 600-thousand dollars worth of yellow perch was
    caught and sold in excess of the companies' fishing quotas.
    Each defendant could face three to 10 years in prison, plus a
    20-thousand dollar fine, if convicted of racketeering. Companies
    convicted of racketeering can be fined up to 100-thousand dollars.
  2. Who Wants To Bet They Get Off Easy?

  3. mrfishohio

    mrfishohio Recovering Fishaholic

    Hard to say. If they know the company actually did profit an extra $600,000 then they may go hard on them. Hate to see they made $600k and only get a $100K max fine. :confused: Not much incentive....where do I sign up for a 1/2 mill$ profit after fines?
    Please keep us posted.
  4. Hook N Book

    Hook N Book The Original Hot Rod Staff Member

    Here's what I'd like to know. Exactly who are these individuals that are allowed to obtain a commercial fishing license? Are they Native Americans or just your everyday Joe-Bag-of-donuts? Not that ethnicity matters, it's just that I was under the impression that commercial netting was illegal for US citizens. Can anybody shed any light on this???
  5. Lundy

    Lundy Staff Member

    Commercial fishing for walleye is prohibited, but there is a fairly large commercial fishery for yellow and white perch, white bass and carp still ongoing on Lake Erie.

    I don't know the exact details, catch limits, etc, of the commercial fishery, but there surely are plenty of nets to dodge out on the lake especially around the sandbar near Lorain at this time of year.
  6. That is a great point. How could they possibly set the fine at a lower value than the profit? That seems ridiculous. That is like saying that I don't have to pay my $19 for a fishing license. I will just gamble that they don't catch me but if they do I will get a $3 fine.:mad: