Kristin, a fisherman in New Mexico, is suing a company that makes gear for the fishing industry, alleging that it has violated state fishing laws.
The suit filed in New Hampshire, which was filed Thursday, alleges that Kristin is owed $5,000 in damages from the company and its affiliates for fishing gear used by Kristin and her husband, Joe, a retired U.S. Marine Corps lieutenant colonel.
The suit also alleges that the fishing gear is used by several other families who are members of the family.
The Fishers’ suit seeks a declaratory judgment that Kristi Fisher, Kristin’s son, is the rightful owner of the fishing equipment.
Kristin told the Associated Press that the suit is meant to send a message that there is no excuse for people to fish without a license.
“We want to make sure that our fishing gear that we use is made by someone who has a license to fish,” Kristin said.
“If they’re going to make that equipment, they should be made by a licensed manufacturer.”
The lawsuit filed by Kristi and Joe Fisher was filed last week in New Jersey.
The family is represented by the New Jersey attorney general’s office and the New Mexico attorney general, the AP reported.
The family said in a statement that it was pleased to win the case, and that they hope that others who are fishing illegally will be deterred.