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Contact: Sgt. John McDerby, Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, 302-739-9913 or 302-354-1386, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902  

Sussex waterman arrested
for multiple commercial crabbing violations

REHOBOTH BEACH (May 20, 2016) DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police arrested a Sussex County man May 19 for multiple commercial crabbing violations on the Inland Bays.

John L. Fabryka, 53, of Ocean View, was charged with one count of unlawful commercial crabbing in a non-commercial area, 10 counts of tending more than two recreational crab pots, 10 counts of improperly marked recreational crab pots and six counts of failure to tend recreational crab pots at least once within required 72-hour timeframe.

Fabryka pled guilty to all charges in Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown and was fined $2,558, including court costs. In addition to the fines, he received a court order prohibiting him from crabbing in the Inland Bays for one year.

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 & Wildlife works to conserve this valuable resource for commercial and recreational crabbers who abide by laws and regulations structured to more effectively manage the fishery.    

DNREC’s 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, 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

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Vol. 46, No. 183
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