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Lednum shipped and sold striped bass to wholesalers in New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland, in violation of the Lacey Act.
Credit: Cody Meshes/USFWS

Chesapeake Bay fisherman sentenced to prison for poaching striped bass

William J. Lednum, a Tilghman Island ship captain, was recently sentenced to a year and a day in prison at the U.S. District Court in Baltimore for illegally catching and selling almost 200,000 pounds of striped bass. The 41-year old fisherman's sentence also included six months of home detention, almost $500,000 in restitution to the State of Maryland for damage to the striped bass fishery and a fine of $40,000.

Department of Justice press release
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region Law Enforcement

Published on: Thursday, December 18,2014

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