Lawrence “Daniel” Murphy, 37, of St. Michaels, pleaded guilty today to attempting to violate the Lacey Act by trafficking in illegally harvested striped bass.
The plea agreement was announced by Rod J. Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland; Col. George F. Johnson IV, Superintendent of the Maryland Natural Resources Police; Sam Hirsch, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division; and Honora Gordon, Regional Special Agent in Charge for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Read more
Michael D. Hayden and William J. Lednum, both of Tilghman Island, pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to conspiring to violate the Lacey Act and to defraud the United States through their illegal harvesting and sale of 185,925 pounds of striped bass. Read more
An investigation by the Maryland Natural Resources Police and allied State and local agencies resulted in the charging of five anglers in Charles County last Friday for illegally fishing for Striped Bass in a spawning area and catching other protected fish. Read more
Radar system, helicopter patrols deter poaching, protecting keystone species
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
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.
Hervin O. Nunez-Aleman, 34, pleaded guilty to a single violation. He was fined $2,000 and placed on unsupervised probation. Read more
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