What is poaching?

In maritime law, poaching refers to illegal fishing or hunting in the water. Fishing may be illegal due to restrictions placed on fishing in certain territorial waters by specific nations or it may be illegal to hunt certain fish species at specific times of the year or in numbers greater than the legal quotas. Fishermen or others who are found guilty of poaching may face legal penalties.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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