Contact: Senior Cpl. Carl Winckoski, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement, 302-739-9913 or 302-542-2115, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Crabber cited for multiple commercial crabbing violations
NEAR FENWICK ISLAND (May 28, 2014) – DNREC Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents cited Ronald T. Cagle Sr., 70, of Selbyville, for two counts each of commercial crabbing for blue crabs without a Delaware commercial crabbing license and possession of undersized blue crabs, and for three counts each of over the limit crab pots and improperly marked crab pots, out of Roy’s Ditch near Fenwick Island.
The May 24 citations were in connection with an investigation into illegally harvested blue crabs, said Senior Cpl. Carl Winckoski of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement, noting that a Delaware commercial license is required for anyone harvesting crabs from Delaware waters. Seafood sellers are required to obtain blue crabs legally from a licensed commercial crabber.
Cagle pled guilty to all charges in Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown and paid fines and court costs totaling $360, Senior Cpl. Carl Winckoski added.
“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. 178