A Solomons Island charter boat captain was one of five men indicted on federal charges for allegedly catching and selling striped bass from an off-limits area of the Atlantic Ocean, the Department of Justice announced.
David Dwayne Scott, 41, of Lusby, the captain of Stoney's Kingfisher, was charged Thursday with trafficking in illegally caught striped bass and destruction of evidence while he was operating out of Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach in February 2009.
In March 2011, federal agents seized electronics and records from a number vessels that primarily operate out of the Northern Neck and Rudee Inlet in winter to take advantage of the migration of large striped bass, also known as rockfish. Officers posing as clients were able to take photos and videos of illegal fishing; those materials helped build the case, a source who has been briefed on the investigation said.
The maximum penalty for a violation of the Lacey Act is five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and forfeiture of the vessel.