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Long Island Fisherman, Restauranteurs Indicted In Federal Overfishing Case

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Federal prosecutors have indicted a Montauk fisherman and two members of the Gosman family for illegal overfishing in connection to their Hamptons seafood restaurant.

For two years, fisherman Chris Winkler caught 74,000 pounds of fluke and black sea bass over the legal limit, and sold a portion of his catches to Bryan and Asa Gosman, who help manage the family business.

The amount of fish caught over the limit is estimated to be worth around $250,000.

The Bob Gosman Company, the family members and the fisherman have been charged with conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, obstruction of justice and the illegal harvest and sale of fish caught above legal limits.

The Gosmans are also charged with withholding documents and records subpoenaed by a federal grand jury for the case.