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Rockfish poaching nets waterman federal prison term

A Tilghman Island fisherman will have to serve time in federal prison for his role in a striped-bass poaching ring that spanned four years and netted  185,000 pounds of stolen fish valued at close to half a million dollars.
U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced William J. Lednum, 41, to one year and one day in jail, followed by six months home detention and three years’ probation. Lednum, along with his co-defendant in the case, Michael D. Hayden, will have to pay $498,923 in restitution to the Department of Natural Resources for the theft. Lednum also must pay a $40,000 fine.

Hayden, is scheduled to be sentenced Friday, February 27. Two more defendants in the Tilghman Island poaching case have upcoming court dates. Lawrence “Daniel” Murphy, 37, of St. Michaels, will be sentenced in federal court tomorrow (Friday, December 18th). Kent Sadler, 31, of Tilghman, will be sentenced January 7. Both have pleaded guilty.

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When the Chesapeake restoration effort began, scientists and policymakers raised red flags on the problem: continued rapid growth could easily counter any potential gains from ecological improvements. Twenty-five years later, the clean-up effort lags and the topic of growth receives little serious engagement. Even those who express concern about the true costs of growth tend to accept it as unavoidable reality, treating growth as an unquestioned force of nature that must be “accommodated.” Questioning traditional concepts of growth is avoided among political leaders and environmental groups, and little is taught or discussed in the region’s academic institutions. This makes it critical to re-examine concepts of growth, or the acclaimed bay’s restoration — and quality of life in the region — may be jeopardized.
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