Maryland’s newest tool to detect natural resources lawbreakers, protect the homeland and assist boaters in distress was recognized earlier this month by the Maryland Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration at its annual meeting in Baltimore.
The Agency Award for Innovations in Public Service was presented to DNR Deputy Secretary Frank Dawson and Capt. David Larsen of the Maryland Natural Resources Police on May 13 for the development and use of the Maritime Law Enforcement Information Network (MLEIN). Read more
Christopher Shawn Jester, 31, was advertising on the Internet that he was selling “wild-caught” oysters harvested in Virginia. Jester has a Virginia aquaculture license that allows him to sell oysters from aquaculture beds only to a licensed seafood dealer.
A Lanham man pleaded guilty Friday, April 18, in Annapolis District Court to charges he caught 228 undersized striped bass during a fishing trip last summer.
Jose R. Amaya Chicas, 34, was fined $2,000 and given probation before judgment.
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
“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
The ranks of the Maryland Natural Resources Police grew by 19 with the graduation Friday of its latest class of recruits.
The new officers took their oath, administered by Col. George F. Johnson IV, NRP superintendent, at AnneArundelCommunity College before a large audience of family and friends. Read more
Matthew Alexander Dates, 21, has been charged with one count of felony theft over $1,000, two counts of misdemeanor theft under $1,000, and three counts of fourth-degree burglary theft. Read more