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Sunday, May 5, 2013
NORFOLK - A pair of captains licensed to run charter boats in Virginia were sentenced on April 25 for trafficking in illegally caught striped bass.
Jeffrey S. Adams of Hudgins was sentenced to 180 days of home confinement to be followed by three years' probation. The 41-year-old's company - Adams Fishing Adventures Inc. - received three years of probation. Adams' vessels must maintain Vessel Monitoring Units during the probation.
David Dwayne Scott of Lusby, Md., was sentenced to three years' probation. He also must pay $5,600 to the Lacey Act Reward Account and $1,900 in restitution to NOAA. Lusby, 41, cannot work as a charter captain or commercial fisherman anywhere in the world.
The pair earlier this year pleaded guilty to Lacey Act violations, which make it unlawful to transport, sell, receive, acquire or purchase any fish or wildlife taken, possessed, transported or sold in violation of any U.S. law.
The two admitted they took anglers into the Economic Exclusive Zone, an area in the Atlantic between 3 and 200 miles off the coast where it is illegal to target or possess striped bass.
State parks hosting youth summits
RICHMOND - More than 100 young people are expected to attend three outdoors summits hosted by Virginia State Parks this summer.
The three-day summits will be held June 7 to 9 at Natural Tunnel State Park in Duffield, July 12 to 14 at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach and Aug. 1 to 3 at Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield.
Virginia State Parks is partnering with Outdoor Nation and America's State Parks Foundation's Ambassador Program to hold the summits.
Participants must be between the ages of 18 and 28.
State parks director Joe Elton says in a news release that the summits are an opportunity for outdoor-minded young people to gather and obtain information that they can use to inspire others to get outside.
Creeper Trail volunteer honored
DAMASCUS - A volunteer who often pedals more than 30 miles a day assisting hikers along a popular southwest Virginia trail is being recognized by the U.S. Forest Service.
Doug Goss of Ashe County, N.C., is being honored with the 2012 National Trails Volunteer of the Year award for his service on the Virginia Creeper Trail, which covers 34 miles from the North Carolina state line to the town of Abingdon in Virginia.
The Forest Service says Goss began volunteering at the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area in 2009. Forestry officials say he commonly bikes 30 or miles a day to provide information to trail users, first aid, bike repairs and training for other volunteers. He also helps maintain and repair the trail, which has nearly 200,000 visitors each year.
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