Contact: Lt. Douglas Messeck, Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement, 302-739-9913 or 302-258-4045, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Commercial crabber from Maryland cited
for crabbing without a Delaware license
NEAR FENWICK ISLAND (April 29, 2014) – On April 28, DNREC Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents cited William S. Papa, 60, of Salisbury, Md., for one count each of commercial crabbing for blue crabs without a Delaware license, over the limit of commercial crab pots, and improperly marked commercial crab pots on Big Assawoman Bay/Roy’s Ditch near Fenwick Island.
Papa, who is a Maryland-licensed commercial crabber, set 12 crab pots for the purposes of commercial crabbing in Delaware waters, said Lt. Douglas Messeck of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement, noting that a Delaware commercial license is required for anyone engaging in commercial crabbing in Delaware waters.
Papa faces fines of up to $242 in Justice of the Peace Court, where he has the option of paying the fine or requesting a court date. All of the blue crabs were returned to the water and the illegally set crab pots were removed, Lt. Messeck said.
“The blue crab is Delaware’s most valuable commercial fisheries species – more than six times the value of all other commercial fisheries combined,” said Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis. “Our blue crab licensing and method of harvest requirements are designed to properly manage this important resource for sustainable access to the fishery by law-abiding commercial and recreational crabbers.”
The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife recognizes and thanks the majority of anglers, hunters and boaters who comply with and support Delaware’s fishing, hunting and boating laws and regulations. Citizens are encouraged to report fish and wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section by calling 302-739-4580. Wildlife violations may also be reported anonymously to Operation Game Theft by calling 800-292-3030 or online at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Hunting/Pages/OpGameTheft.aspx .
Vol. 44, No. 130