MA Raises Fines for Fishing Violations


Cape Cod Times: [Massachusetts fish] Poachers will face stiffer penalties starting later this year under new laws aimed at cracking down on illegal fishing.

Under an environmental bond bill that passed last month, noncriminal fishing fines that were established about 25 years ago will be doubled. The fine for poaching a striped bass, for example, will increase from $50 to $100.

Noncriminal fines will be raised to $100, $200 or $400, with the latter reserved for the most egregious violations, said Jared Silva of the state Division of Marine Fisheries.