The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will have four boats available this winter to break up ice on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The cleared passageways allow for watermen, tug boat and barge captains, and marine crews to continue work through the season. Read more
The busiest weekend of deer hunting season was a safe one for the thousands of men and women who used the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while filling their freezers for the months ahead.
Maryland Natural Resources Police statewide checked 1,639 hunters and wrote 96 citations and 247 warnings. In all, NRP spent 1,791 hours on game patrols.
Using its newest enforcement tool, Maryland Natural Resources Police detected two watermen encroaching on an oyster sanctuary in Tangier Sound and arrested them Monday for poaching.
William Cloyde Catlin, 64, of Upper Fairmount, and Irving Lee Catlin, 55, of Westover, were each charged with unlawfully harvesting wild oysters up to 150 feet inside a sanctuary. Seven bushels of oysters were returned to the sanctuary. Read more
Conservationists, watermen and anglers are applauding efforts by the Maryland Natural Resources Police and its federal law enforcement partners in obtaining indictments of four Talbot County watermen accused of running a striped bass poaching ring that spanned four years and was worth nearly a half million dollars on the wholesale market. Read more