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Don't Get PinchedA follow-up visit to a Hagerstown seafood shop charged earlier in the month with selling illegal crabs yielded more of the same last Thursday, the Maryland Natural Resources Police reported.

An officer conducting an inspection at Cameron’s Seafood on Dual Highway discovered one bushel with 82 undersized crabs and another with 42 undersized crabs. On Aug. 1, he found one bushel with 110 undersized crabs and another with 59 undersized crabs. Read more »


NRP’s “Don’t Get Pinched” Campaign Nets Violators Across Maryland

An NRP Officer measures crabs

The Maryland Natural Resources Police made good on its promise last weekend to crack down on illegal crabbing activities as part of the “Don’t Get Pinched” campaign.

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Two Tilghman Island Watermen Plead Guilty to Poaching Striped Bass

NRP Officers sorting through the illegally caught striped bass

NRP Officers sorting through the illegally caught striped bass

Michael D. Hayden and William J. Lednum, both of Tilghman Island, pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to conspiring to violate the Lacey Act and to defraud the United States through their illegal harvesting and sale of 185,925 pounds of striped bass. Read more »


Four New Maryland Fishing Records Set

Maryland angler catches first State record snakehead

Berry holding his record snakehead

Berry and his record snakehead

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources certified two northern snakehead, one cobia and one wahoo State record fish in June. The first-ever record snakehead was trumped in a matter of hours by another angler’s catch.   Read more »


NRP Launches “Don’t Get Pinched” Campaign to Catch Illegal Crabbers

NRP and DNR fisheries managers kick off the Don't Get Pinched campaign in Annapolis

NRP and DNR fisheries managers kick-off the campaign in Annapolis

The Maryland Natural Resources Police today rolled out its newest education and enforcement campaign ─ “Don’t Get Pinched­” ─ to help protect the Chesapeake Bay blue crab population.

“Our slogan, ‘Don’t Get Pinched,’ is a lighthearted way of reminding people to play by the rules while crabbing because rest assured, we will do everything in our power to catch violators,” said Col George F. Johnson IV, NRP superintendent. Read more »


National Oyster Cook-Off Call for Entries

2012 Winning Dish: Chesapeake Oyster Rockfish Ceviche & Cucumber Granita

Flambéed in white wine, sautéed in lemon butter, fried and served with chipotle grits ─ Chefs of all skill levels are invited to test their original oyster recipe against the best, in the 35th National Oyster Cook-off! Read more »


NRP Wins Conservation, Boating Court Cases

The Maryland Natural Resources Police gained convictions last week on seven men charged with conservation and boating crimes. Read more »


Public Meeting: State of Deep Creek Lake and Watershed

Photo of boaters on the lake The “State of Deep Creek Lake and Watershed” will be presented on Thursday, July 24 at Garrett College Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

The meeting will be hosted by Secretary Joe Gill of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Garrett County Commissioners. It will include updates on the current state of the lake and its natural resources, the current state of growth in the watershed, and the official release of the Deep Creek Watershed Management Plan.  The public comment period for the Plan will be July 25 – August 23. Read more »


DNR Brings the Great Outdoors to the Maryland State Fair!

Bird as part of the Scales and Tales program at the State Fair Discover the beauty and wonder of Maryland’s great outdoors through an interactive exhibit hosted by the Department of Natural Resources at the 133rd State Fair in Timonium, August 22 through September 1. The exhibit will be open Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Monday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Read more »


Judge Permanently Revokes Commercial Fishing License of Repeat Offender

oysterA Talbot County Circuit judge has upheld a lifetime fishing ban on a former waterman with a record of multiple poaching convictions.

“The court’s decision affirms the wisdom of the General Assembly, which recognized the significance of crimes against the public trust and the severity of their impact on our natural world,” said DNR Secretary Joe Gill. “Stealing from our public fishery is an offense against all of us, and especially the State’s honest, hardworking watermen.”

Joseph Bruce Janda Jr., 28, of Wittman, had his commercial license permanently revoked a year ago by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Over a decade, Janda has been charged more than 60 times and been found guilty on numerous occasions for poaching oysters, illegal striped bass fishing and harvesting undersized crabs. In addition, he has been convicted of fishing without a license and fishing on a suspended license. Read more »