Natural Resources Police Serve Warrants Relating to the Rockfish Poaching Bust

Several Natural Resources Police officers searched a home on Tilghman Island Friday, where they served search warrants related to the 10-ton rockfish poaching bust last week.

That poaching find resulted in fisheries agencies closing gill net fishing early and offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the fishermen responsible.

Natural Resources Police Sgt. Art Windemuth said that officers served the warrants but that the warrants were subsequently sealed by court order and he could not talk about them any further.

Police were seen going back and forth from a garage and a home on Tilghman Island, carrying boxes and an open laptop computer.

People watching from the street said the officers had been there for several hours by Friday afternoon.

Natural Resources Police found poaching sites of rockfish, or striped bass, in anchored gill nets on the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay three days in a row last week. The nets were all discovered near each other off of Bloody Point on Kent Island.

Anchoring gill nets with weights has been illegal since 1985.

Natural Resources Police have not made any arrests in the case.

– By Capital News Service’s Kerry Davis