winners pass polygraphs
OCEAN CITY, Md. — The organizers of a multimillion dollar fishing tournament held more than two months ago say they will now pay the winners their prize money after an investigation that included lie-detector tests.
The Daily Times reports the Ocean City-based White Marlin Open, billed as the world’s largest billfish tournament, released a statement Tuesday confirming winners had been validated.
Tournament winners had required to undergo polygraph tests to safeguard against cheating. After the August tournament, directors said one prizewinner failed a polygraph test and that further investigation was continuing.
That came after the tournament declined to pay the 2016 winner after a failed polygraph test.
The top prizewinner in 2017 won $1.6 million after catching a 96-pound (43-kilogram) marlin. Tournament officials said winner Glen Frost didn’t fail his polygraph.
Toxin forces shutdown
of crabbing in Oregon
PORTLAND, Ore. — Crabbing has been shut down along the southern Oregon Coast because of elevated levels of a naturally occurring toxin.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced late Monday that the closure encompasses the ocean and estuaries south of Bandon. Crab harvesting remains open from the north jetty of the Coquille River to the Columbia River.
The closure comes after Dungeness crabs were found to have high levels of domoic acid, a toxin produced by algae that can result in dizziness, headaches, vomiting and diarrhea.
State officials say crab and shellfish products sold in retail markets and restaurants remain safe for consumers.
NOAA approves changes
to NE scallop fishery
PORTLAND, Maine — Federal regulators say they have approved a change to fishing rules that will allow Maine and Massachusetts scallop fishermen opportunities to fish in state waters.
An arm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says both states qualify for a program called the State Waters Scallop Exemption Program. The program allows some fishermen who are permitted to fish in federal waters to harvest scallops in state waters.
NOAA says allowing Maine and Massachusetts into the program would have “no adverse impact” on the effectiveness of federal scallop management.
Massachusetts is by far the most productive scallop producing state in the country, with harvesters bringing more than 21 million pounds of the shellfish to land in 2015. Maine’s fishery is much smaller but about as valuable on a per-pound basis.
Feds allowing more
herring on East Coast
PORTLAND, Maine — Fishing regulators say they are increasing the amount that harvesters can catch of a key bait fish off the East Coast.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it is allowing about 2.2 million pounds more Atlantic herring quota in the inshore Gulf of Maine area until Dec. 31. The agency says the increase is due to an under-harvest by some fishermen in New Brunswick, Canada.
The fish are an important source of bait for the American lobster fishery, and availability of the herring has ebbed and flowed in recent years. They are also used as food.
Poachers face jail
time for killing deer
PRATT, Kan. — Two 20-year-old Missouri hunters have been sentenced to 60 days in county jail and ordered to pay $18,200 in fines for poaching deer in Kansas.
Pratt County Attorney Tracey Beverlin said in a news release that Hunter Bottcher, of Otterville, Missouri, and Samuel Hawieson, of Sedalia, also must pay $4,361 in restitution.
The two pleaded guilty Tuesday to seven hunting violations including criminal hunting, hunting with an artificial light and illegally taking trophy big game deer