Get caught poaching fish one too many times in Northwest waters and you’re likely to lose your sport fishing license.
Do the same under a commercial license, on a much larger scale, and you’ll likely avoid the same fate.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has suspended thousands of recreational fishing licenses since 2003 because of rule violations, according to agency data. It has revoked zero licenses for commercial fishing violations since then. They're almost as uncommon in Oregon.