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STATE CHARGES MEN WITH ILLEGALLY HARVESTING SEAFOOD

njdep_bob_martinThe Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife has issued summonses charging the owner and the captain of a commercial fishing trawler with illegally harvesting thousands of pounds of flounder and black sea bass.

The trawler Atlantic Queen harvested nearly 2,400 pounds of summer flounder and more than 1,200 pounds of black sea bass in excess of state limits.

“Our coastal waters support rich and diverse commercial fisheries, but it is imperative that everyone * from captains and owners of ocean-going commercial vessels to the individual angler casting a line from the beach or a pleasure boat * obey the regulations that are in place to protect these resources,” said Division of Fish and Wildlife Capt. Mark Chicketano. “This was a significant violation of those regulations.”

The owner of the trawler is Alda Gentile, 53, of Speonk, N.Y. The captain is William Jeffery Stanley, 44, of Brick.

Gentile and Stanley were each charged with landing summer flounder and sea bass without valid permits, harvesting both species in excess of 10 percent of total weight of species brought to the dock, failing to notify the Division of Fish and Wildlife that it was fishing for these species, and harvesting summer flounder during a closed season.

The owner and captain could face penalties up to $21,000 each.

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