Is a fish a tangible object?

One of the drivers of some aspects of information governance is 18 USC 1519, a provision of the Federal criminal law dealing with obstruction of justice. The provision was added by Sarbanes Oxley.

A fisherman gets prosecuted under this law and his conviction turns upon whether his disposal of a fish equaled the destruction of a document or other tangible object to influence a matter within the jurisdiction of an agency of the US government.

Is this what Congress either said or meant?

“Prosecutors Used Sarbanes-Oxley to Hook a Fisherman,” Wall Street Journal, April 28, 2014, online. http://on.wsj.com/1ivuPC8

Had it been a gun, an easier question. But a living or dead animal?

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