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Governor O’Malley Lauds NRP Oyster Enforcement Efforts

Radar system, helicopter patrols deter poaching, protecting keystone species

Two officers check a waterman's catch.

Two officers check a waterman’s catch.

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 »


NRP Issues Upper Potomac River Advisory

Natural Resources Police LogoThe Maryland Natural Resources Police has announced ─ based on information received from the National Weather Service and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency ─ that boating and other recreational use of the Upper Potomac River, including its creeks and streams, should be avoided at this time. Due to recent precipitation, river levels are hazardous for recreational use on the main stem of the Upper Potomac River from Harpers Ferry to Little Falls.

The advisory is in effect until April 3, 2014 and will be updated at that time if necessary. Read more »


Two Watermen Charged with Harvesting Oysters in a Sanctuary

Oyster basketMaryland Natural Resources Police officers charged two Somerset County watermen Thursday afternoon with illegally harvesting oysters from a State sanctuary.

“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 »


NRP Blotter

Natural Resources Police LogoThe Maryland Natural Resources Police charged a North East man on Sunday with illegally catching striped bass.

An officer on patrol at Elk Neck State Park saw Alan Dion Smith, 46, fishing south of Rocky Point and noticed he had two striped bass. The angler received citations for fishing without a recreational license and possession of striped bass during a closed season. The fines total $575.

Smith is scheduled to appear in Cecil District Court on May 14.


Eastern Shore Waterman Charged with Oyster Poaching for the Fifth Time

Oyster basketThe 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 »


Silver Spring Man Found Guilty of Poaching 228 Undersized Striped Bass

bass underA Silver Spring man was found guilty last Friday in Annapolis District Court of possessing 228 undersized striped bass.

Hervin O. Nunez-Aleman, 34, pleaded guilty to a single violation. He was fined $2,000 and placed on unsupervised probation.  Read more »


NRP Blotter

Natural Resources Police LogoThe Maryland Natural Resources Police issued multiple citations for drug and fishing violations. Read more »


NRP Charges Crisfield Waterman with Seven Oyster Violations

Natural Resources Police LogoThe Maryland Natural Resources Police charged a Crisfield waterman on Thursday afternoon with possession of seven bushels of undersized oysters.

“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 »


NRP Charges Two Watermen with Harvesting Oysters from a Sanctuary

Oyster basketThe Maryland Natural Resources Police charged two Crisfield watermen this morning with harvesting oysters from a Tangier Sound Oyster Sanctuary in Somerset County.

“The oyster season is winding down, but our enforcement efforts are not,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “Our NRP officers have been relentless in their pursuit of those who would plunder Maryland’s waters and deprive our citizens and honest watermen of this precious natural resource.” Read more »


NRP Arrests Four Watermen with Help from State Police Helicopter

 An NRP officer (right) directs the State Police helicopter flight team toward a target.

An NRP officer (right) directs the State Police helicopter flight team toward a target.

Using a State Police helicopter as a surveillance platform, the Maryland Natural Resources Police caught four watermen last Friday harvesting oysters from a protected area in Somerset County.

The watermen, aboard three commercial boats, were charged with removing oysters from the Evans Harvest Reserve, a remote 69-acre site at the mouth of the Wicomico River and Tangier Sound. Read more »