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
Two commercial crabbers
cited for violations at Collins Beach
DOVER (Aug. 29, 2013) – On Aug. 24, DNREC Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents cited two commercial watermen for crabbing-related violations during routine compliance and safety checks at the Collins Beach Boat Ramp near Smyrna.
Anthony F. Lewis III, 37, of Townsend, was cited for one count each of commercial crabbing without license in possession, operating an unregistered vessel, and operating an unregistered vehicle.
Ryan W. Moody, 31, of Bear, was cited for one count each of commercial possession of undersized blue crabs and commercial crabbing without license in possession.
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. 337