Fish Poachers Caught in Newport, RI

Last week, an RI Environmental Police Officer spotted two men returning to a vehicle parked near Brenton Point State Park in Newport. The men were carrying buckets and fishing equipment. When the officer turned back to check them, he noticed that one of the buckets had disappeared.

After searching the area, the officer found the bucket hidden behind a stone wall. It contained several undersized tautog, as well as one of the men’s cell phones. The officer also found several undersized striped bass in the bucket held by the second man.

Both poachers were found to have extensive histories of warnings and arrests with the RI Division of Law Enforcement for past fishing violations. They were charged with exceeding the daily limit and possession of undersized striped bass and tautog. The seized fish were returned to the water due to their condition.