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Friday, 16 November 2012 12:34

DNR, local law enforcement help nab sturgeon poacher in St. Clair County

(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- A Sterling Heights man has been arraigned on charges of poaching sturgeon during the closed season in St. Clair County. A joint effort between the DNR and Clay Township Police Department resulted in the citation against Wadhah Noori Jabro after an anonymous citizen tip of illegal activity. Clay Township Police found Jabro in possession of a 61-inch sturgeon. Along with poaching, the Sterling Heights man was found fishing without a proper license or a mandatory sturgeon tag. Taking a sturgeon during the closed season is punishable by up to 180 days in jail, $3,500 in fines and restitution and a loss of fishing licenses for 3-years. Jabro was arraigned Tuesday in 72nd District Court in Marine City on the misdemeanor charges. His pretrial hearing was set for Wednesday, November 28. Anglers, in possession of an all-species fishing license, are allowed to harvest one sturgeon per year, which must be tagged immediately. Sturgeon season on the St. Clair River closed September 30. Anyone who witnesses illegal hunting, trapping or fishing is encouraged to call the DNR's Report All Poaching line at 1-800-292-7800.