MONTAUK, N.Y. (AP) — Three Long Island fishermen are accused of illegally spearing striped bass for commercial sale.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation says the men were found illegally spearing the fish in Block Island Sound in late August.
According to Newsday (http://bit.ly/17srjUT ), 74 striped bass with spear wounds were seized by authorities. The catch was valued at more than $4,000.
The three were charged with felony taking striped bass for commercial purpose with prohibited spears. They also were charged with taking undersized fish and holding untagged striped bass.
They surrendered to state police on Oct. 4. Calls to the three were not answered or returned.
State conservation law forbids commercially spearing fish mainly because it's difficult to determine if they're legal size until after they have been mortally wounded.
Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com