New York Officers Bust Striper and Tuna Poachers

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K9 Cramer Finds Illegal Catches – Nassau County
On April 8, seven days before the opening of striped bass season, ECOs Pabes and Macropoulos conducted surveillance at a popular fishing spot where the Officers watched a group of anglers catch at least two bass without releasing the fish. The ECOs observed the fishermen walk out of sight with their catch and return without the fish. The ECOs, including K9 Cramer, approached the fishing party who claimed they had not caught anything. K9 Cramer quickly alerted the Officers to an area where the anglers had stashed a total of 11 out-of-season striped bass, most of which would have been undersized if the season were open. Officers issued tickets to four fishermen for possession of striped bass out of season, returnable to the First District Court of Nassau County.

ECO and K9 pose for photo with bass on ground in front of them
K9 Cramer and his “catch” for the night

A Dog’s Nose Knows- Nassau County
On April 23, ECOs called in K9 Cramer to investigate two anglers observed catching a striped bass that appeared to be undersized. When confronted, both fishermen insisted they did not catch anything. ECO DeRose brought in K9 Cramer and the four-legged officer quickly located a fully concealed undersized striped bass under a fallen tree. Before long, K9 Cramer found three more undersized fish in the area. The ECOs issued both fishermen tickets for possessing undersized striped bass and possessing over the daily limit of one striped bass. One of the anglers was well known to both ECOs, as this incident marks the third time this season officers have caught him with illegal striped bass. Consequently, the ECOs seized his fishing poles and tackle. The tickets are returnable to the First District Court of Nassau County.

Fish Bag Snagged – Nassau County
On April 24, ECO DeRose received a call from a complainant reporting nearby anglers who had caught a small striped bass but did not return it to the water. ECO DeRose reached out to ECO Perkins to assist and both Officers quickly responded. While ECO Perkins interviewed the fishermen, ECO DeRose and K9 Cramer searched the adjacent area. Although the fishermen all said they did not catch anything, K9 Cramer’s nose proved otherwise. The dog detected a bag hidden in a space in the bulkhead just above the incoming tide. Confronted with the evidence, one fisherman stepped forward and admitted the fish belonged to him. Officers seized the fish and ticketed the angler.

Catching the Run – Suffolk County
ECOs Simmons and Della Rocco worked a late shift on April 24 in hopes of protecting the striped bass migrating through Long Island waters. What started as a slow night picked up quickly when rumors spread among anglers that there were fish to be caught on the North Shore near Stony Brook. Using night vision, ECO Simmons lasered in on a group of anglers. After a while, the group started pulling striped bass up on the beach. In a matter of minutes, two anglers had caught and kept five undersized striped bass. ECO Simmons and Della Rocco confronted the subjects, found the fish, and issued four tickets for possession of undersized striped bass over the possession limit.

(Illegal) Catch of a Lifetime – Ambrose Channel, Marine District
On May 8, Sgt. Auguscinski and ECO Brussell inspected a vessel in Queens County and found the crew in possession of a 700-pound Bluefin Tuna. ECOs were tipped off by a Facebook post to meet the vessel at the dock. Upon inspection of the vessel, the Officers found that the crew did not possess the Federal Highly Migratory Species permit needed to fish for tuna. Officers in DEC’s Region 2 are also deputized NOAA Officers and referred the case to the federal agency to adjudicate.

Huge fish on a boat
Big tuna caught illegally

10 on “New York Officers Bust Striper and Tuna Poachers

  1. Jay

    Going to have to throwing the book at these guys. Im talking fines of $10’000 per fish take their gear, vehicle and put some weights on their ankles and toss them in.

  2. Dave

    Thanks for all the work you guys doing for us!! I love the taste of fish myself but there’s a right way of putting it on are tables!! I agree the fines have to get bigger!!! we will always get the scum bags that when you break the laws! So happy we have dogs out there working for us also!!

  3. Nick

    3rd time this year!!? Well if that doesn’t tell you something I’m not sure what will

  4. Brennan

    While im totally against poaching the real problem is commercial fishing companies that overfish and leave their run down useless fishing nets in the ocean . just look at the pacific ocean in particular the trash that coagulates their is just as much fishnets as it is garbage

  5. Greg

    Is this more destructive to our fisheries than commercial draggers? If not, then why are we up in arms about these small scale issues while our fishing is more substantially damaged from commercial fishing.

  6. Michael MCELROY

    SWEET RI DEM could learn from you ////////// the don,t even act on 99% of the tips they receive<

  7. Robert Thomson

    This is great but why dont they spend that much time and effort on catch some drug dealers .

  8. Craig

    It is the same. Do you really think these 4 people are the only ones poaching striped bass. There are 1000s of poachers a day keeping 1000s of fish

  9. Eric Blair

    Even if it’s a drop in the bucket in terms of how many scumbag poachers are out there, catching and punishing these creeps is better than doing nothing. And give K9 Cramer a raise! Good boy.

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