State v. Rodney Allan Clark
Sentencing in Illegal Harvesting of Shellfish: The former owner of a local shellfish company was sentenced today to 66 months in prison for selling uncertified shellfish for public consumption. Rodney Allan Clark, who owned G & R Quality Seafoods, pled guilty last month to 17 counts of Trafficking in Stolen Property First Degree and one count of Reckless Endangerment. Clark, along with several of his employees, illegally harvested over $700,000 worth of oysters and clams from beaches that were owned by Washington State or private individuals. He directed his employees to secretly harvest oysters and clams at night from isolated beaches in Jefferson and Kitsap Counties. The stolen shellfish was then trafficked into the Seattle area and other parts of Western Washington and sold at a profit to restaurants, fish markets and seafood wholesalers. G & R Seafoods, which is no longer in business, concealed the enterprise from the State Dept. of Health, which requires that shellfish harvesting sites are certified and that the product is documented and handled appropriately to eliminate public health risks. Eight co-defendants charged with Unlawful Trafficking in Shellfish pled guilty to misdemeanor fishing violations and have been sentenced. Charges were dismissed against two other defendants and one defendant remains on warrant status. Clark, 50, faced a range of 63 to 84 months. The case was handled by Senior DPAs Amanda Froh and Patrick Hinds and investigated by Detectives Paul Buerger and Brad Rhoden of the Washington State Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.