Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties set monthly dates for violations
A Maryland program that sets aside certain days to hear only natural resource cases has expanded to Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties. The program ensures that natural resource related violations are tried under the same precedent, so that judgments are just and equal. Read more
NRP continues to crack down on illegal fishing
Since April, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has suspended 63 recreational fishing licenses, three commercial fishing authorizations, and one commercial fishing license. The Department has also revoked five commercial fishing authorizations and one commercial fishing license.
The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) is continuing to step up enforcement to stop commercial and recreational fishermen from illegally catching striped bass and punishing offenders to the fullest extent of the law. Officers have charged numerous individuals with catching undersize striped bass in the past month.
“While our State, our partners and our citizens diligently work to restore and protect the Bay and use our resources responsibly, a few bad apples make it difficult for everyone,” said Secretary John Griffin. “Our new progressive penalty system allows for the just and due penalization of those who repeatedly show blatant disregard for our natural resources.”