Amateur fisherman Jon Apothaker could face up to a $1,000 fine and/or 6 months in jail for unintentionally capturing a giant black sea bass, which, due to overfishing, has been a protected species since 1982 and is therefore off-limits to anglers. Apothaker struggled with the sea bass for almost an hour, while a crowd of approximately 45 spectators gathered around him, cheering and waiting to see what he had caught. Eventually the fish surfaced, and with the help of a local boater, the sea bass was brought onto the sand. Once Apothaker realized it was a protected species, he did everything he could to resuscitate the fish and attempted to get the fish to swim on its own. Unfortunately, his efforts failed and the fish ultimately succumbed to injuries. The District Attorney's office is looking into the matter and has not yet reached a decision whether or not to formally charge Apothaker.