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
Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) charged four men on Saturday with overfishing and with catching 131 undersized striped bass in Dorchester County. Read more
Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) charged two Rock Hall watermen Wednesday afternoon with harvesting 26 bushels of oysters—many of them undersized—from a Patuxent River sanctuary.
“Poaching oysters is a crime against law-abiding watermen and Maryland citizens and will not be tolerated,” said Col. George F. Johnson IV, NRP superintendent. “In this case, the public supplied information and the diligence of our officers paid off.” Read more
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