Stonington lobsterman faces license suspension

STONINGTON — A Marine Patrol investigation into illegal lobster harvesting earlier this month netted a long list of charges against lobsterman Benjamin Weed, 29, of Stonington.

Weed has been charged with fishing with untagged lobster traps, fishing more than the legally allowed percentage of his traps in a limited entry zone, fishing 287 traps without proper tags and improperly declaring both lobster management zones as the one he was licensed to fish in. He was also charged with three violations of federally imposed whale protection regulations.

Weed faces potential fines totaling $17,250 and the possibility of a one-year suspension of his lobster harvester’s license and the right to obtain any other license. In addition to a lobster license, Weed also held a commercial fishing license and shrimp license last year.

“The potential fine he is facing is substantial,” Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher said in a statement Thursday afternoon. “But the possibility of a one-year loss of income could have a far greater consequence.”

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