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Posts tagged ‘Illegal Fishing’

7
Apr

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 »

26
Mar

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.

24
Mar

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 »

17
Mar

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 »

13
Mar

NRP Blotter

Natural Resources Police LogoThe Maryland Natural Resources Police recently issued numerous citations for violations on the Eastern Shore, and in Southern and Western Maryland. Read more »

16
Jan

NRP Seizes Virginia Tractor-Trailer Carrying 50 Bushels of Undersized Oysters

An NRP officer adds another bucket of undersized oysters to the truckload that was returned to an Eastern Shore sanctuary.

In one of the largest oyster cases in recent years, the Maryland Natural Resources Police Wednesday night arrested a Virginia truck driver and seized a tractor-trailer filled with oysters, many of them undersized. Read more »

7
Jan

NRP Blotter

Natural Resources Police LogoThe Maryland Natural Resources Police arrested several people in Baltimore, on the Eastern Shore and in Western Maryland during the holiday period for conservation law violations. Read more »

20
Dec

NRP Blotter

Natural Resources Police LogoThe Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) charged watermen with oystering and fishing violations in Calvert and St.Mary’s counties. Read more »

26
Nov

NRP Radar Network Continues to Thwart Oyster Poachers

A screen shot from MLEIN of the targeted dredge boat inside the boundary of the oyster sanctuary.

A screen shot from MLEIN of the targeted dredge boat inside the boundary of the oyster sanctuary.

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 »

22
Nov

Suspected Rockfish Poachers Indicted After Two-Year Investigation

AV Sandusky pulls up a massive, old gill net found at Bloody Point from the poaching operation.

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 »