Christopher Shawn Jester, 31, was advertising on the Internet that he was selling “wild-caught” oysters harvested in Virginia. Jester has a Virginia aquaculture license that allows him to sell oysters from aquaculture beds only to a licensed seafood dealer.
A Lanham man pleaded guilty Friday, April 18, in Annapolis District Court to charges he caught 228 undersized striped bass during a fishing trip last summer.
Jose R. Amaya Chicas, 34, was fined $2,000 and given probation before judgment.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources today launched a statewide campaign to educate citizens about invasive Blue and Flathead Catfish – their impact on native species and what anglers can do to help. Partners and stakeholders joined DNR staff at Smallwood State Park on the Potomac River for a catfish cooking demonstration and tasting to kick off the effort. Read more
Radar system, helicopter patrols deter poaching, protecting keystone species
Governor Martin O’Malley today thanked the Maryland Natural Resources Police for its enforcement efforts during the six-month oyster season, which ended March 31.
“When we began this large-scale oyster restoration initiative nearly four years ago, we promised to turn things around and do everything within our power to protect this vital species,” said Governor O’Malley. “I want to thank our NRP officers ─ the men and women who continuously put their hearts into protecting our State’s natural resources ─ for their hard work and dedication not only this past oyster season but every single day.” Read more
Qualifies State for Federal Land Acquisition Funding
The National Park Service has approved Maryland’s five-year Land Preservation and Recreation Plan, allowing the State to move forward with a variety of projects that will enhance recreation areas and services on public lands, and protect natural resources and open space. Developed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in cooperation with federal, State, county and local officials, and stakeholders and citizens, the plan’s approval qualifies the State to receive land acquisition money through the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. Read more
“I want to commend the leadership at DNR and NRP for developing a successful enforcement strategy that has resulted in the issuing of more than 75 citations for oyster violations to date,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “This season, we used officers along the shoreline, on the water and in the air to protect an essential species in the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.” Read more
Now Accepting Online Submissions
Calling all photographers ─ novice, professional and those who just happen to snap a great picture! The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now accepting entries for its annual Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest. New this year, the contest now features an additional category and an online submission option! Read more
The Maryland Natural Resources Police last Friday charged two watermen with violating the State’s oyster laws in Talbot County.
Benjamin Leonard Reihl, 26, of Chestertown was charged with eight counts of possession of undersized oysters, marking the fifth time he had been caught oyster poaching this season. Adam Vincent Reihl, 21, of Church Hill, was charged with six counts of possession of undersized oysters. Read more
Hervin O. Nunez-Aleman, 34, pleaded guilty to a single violation. He was fined $2,000 and placed on unsupervised probation. Read more
“On the water, from the air and on land, NRP officers are making it clear that oyster poaching will not be tolerated,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “Poaching oysters not only robs Maryland citizens and law abiding watermen of this important resource, it hampers our efforts to restore the health of our Bay.” Read more