Contact: Sgt. John McDerby, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, 302-739-9913, or 302-354-1386, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Lewes waterman arrested for undersized
channeled conch violations
DOVER (Nov. 10, 2015) – DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers arrested a commercial waterman from Lewes Nov. 6 after discovering a hidden catch of undersized channeled conch on his vessel during a compliance check boarding. Channeled conch are also known as smooth conch, smooth whelks or channeled whelks.
Shawn P. Moore, 40, was charged with 305 counts of possession of undersized channeled conch on Delaware waters. He was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown and released on $3,050 unsecured bond, pending a later court date. If found guilty in court, Moore could face up to $100 per count in fines, plus court costs.
Channeled whelks are both a food fishery and sold as bait when legally and sustainably harvested in Delaware waters by commercial fishermen. The channeled whelk also was proclaimed Delaware’s official state shell last year by Governor Jack Markell, after the General Assembly passed House Bill 199, introduced in 2013 by State Representative Quinn Johnson recognizing the shell’s economic significance.
The DNREC Division of Fish & 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 & Wildlife Natural Resources Police by calling 302-739-4580. Wildlife violations may also be reported anonymously to Operation Game Theft by calling 800-292-3030 or online at http://de.gov/ogt.
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