My computer illiterate buddy needs some advice. He's been working as deckhand on a saltwater charter. At the captain's direction he tells me they have been cutting dogfish off by slicing through their jaws to release them and "fishing for the boat".
That is to say, pretty much everyone fishes until the "boat's limit" has been achieved. No matter who hooks or reels in the fish. Folks are given their limit in fillets at the dock.
The captain and deckhand also regularly set the hook and then pass the rods to the clients.
I've told him all of these practices are illegal. The captain tells him "everyone does it" and that it is near impossible to run a six pack charter operation without breaking these rules.
He needs the job and is otherwise enjoying the work but cringes at violating fish & game laws.
Are these practices really that common in the salt water charter fleet?
Has anyone else gone on a saltwater charter and found these rules either broken or strictly adhered too?
If he quits & looks for another deckhand job will he just find himself in the same situation? (I'm sure no captain is going to admit to a prospective deckhand "Yes, I break those laws, but come work for me anyway".)
Is he legally at risk for simply carrying out the captains orders in the performance of his duties?
Please no flames here, just some reasoned and principled responses for me to pass along to him.
Silk Hope in AK