Contact: Sgt. Gregory Rhodes, Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement, 302-739-9913 or 302-542-6102, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Middletown man charged with damaging numerous commercial crab pots
MIDDLETOWN (Sept. 6, 2013) – DNREC Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents arrested a Middletown man on Sept. 5, following an investigation involving numerous commercial crab pots that were damaged in August on the Delaware River near Wilmington.
Anthony P. Foster Sr., 73, was charged with 75 counts of criminal mischief under $1,000. Foster was released on $3,750 unsecured bond after entering a not guilty plea in Justice of the Peace Court 9 in Middletown. The case was transferred to the New Castle County Court of Common Pleas for trial at a later date.
The blue crab is Delaware’s most valuable commercial species – more than six times the value of all other commercial fisheries combined. The Division of Fish and Wildlife works to conserve this valuable resource for commercial and recreational crabbers who abide by laws and regulations structured to manage the fishery more effectively.
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. 43, No. 346