NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A charter boat fishing captain has been fined $3,500 for selling illegally harvested striped bass.
Nolan L. Agner pleaded guilty in May to violating the federal Lacey Act.
The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/HpgaOU ) reports that a federal judge fined Agner on Monday and ordered him to serve three years of probation. While on probation, Agner must pay for and maintain a monitoring device on any vessel that he or his company, Agner, Inc., operates.
Agner was one of five charter boat fishing captains indicted in November 2012. All five operated out of Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach.
They were accused of selling charter fishing trips and harvesting striped bass from the United States exclusive economic zone. Since 1990, the U.S. has imposed a moratorium on fishing for striped bass within that zone.
Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com
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