Va. fishermen plead guilty to rockfish trafficking
Greenbelt, Md. (AP) – A St. Mary’s County seafood company owner
has pleaded guilty to creating false records and transporting
illegally harvested wildlife.
Robert Lumpkins, who owns Golden Eye Seafood LLC, falsely
recorded the amount and weight of striped bass so fishermen could
use all their tags while appearing not to reach the maximum
poundage allowed. He pleaded guilty on Thursday.
Jerry Decatur Sr. of Stafford, Va. and Kenneth Dent of Dumfries,
Va. have pleaded guilty to illegally taking striped bass.
Authorities said the men, along with fish wholesalers Robert Moore
Sr. and his son Robert Moore Jr., illegally harvested and sold
hundreds of thousands of pounds of highly protected striped
Golden Eye Seafood faces maximum fines of $500,000 on each of
three counts Lumpkins pleaded guilty to.