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NRP Charges Five Watermen with Oyster Poaching
Radar system continues to protect resource The Maryland Natural Resources Police charged five Queen Anne's County watermen Wednesday with illegally taking 51 bushels of oysters from a protected area near the mouth of the Wicomico River within Tangier Sound. Acting on a tip, officers used the Maritime Law Enforcement Information Network (MLEIN) - a series of radar units and cameras - to track several work boats patent tonging in the remote 69-acre Evans Oyster Harvest Reserve Area. Once officers established and recorded the boats' activities, they moved in and issued citations. "The message is out," said Col. George F. Johnson IV, NRP superintendent. "Whether it's patrolling the waters, checking seafood trucks on the highways and back roads, or conducting surveillance from the air with MLEIN, we will do whatever is necessary within the law to protect Maryland's natural resources." Ryan Daniel Baxter, 20, of Queen Anne, was charged with one count each of harvesting oysters from an oyster reserve area and possession of unculled oysters, and two equipment violations. Benjamin Leonard Reihl, 26, of Rock Hall, and Adam Vincent Reihl, 21, of Church Hill, were charged with harvesting oysters from an oyster reserve area and possession of unculled oysters. The three watermen are scheduled to appear in Somerset District Court on May 13. Harvey Thomas Bowers, 49, of Chestertown, and George Albert Lee, 45, of Dominion, were charged with harvesting oysters from a oyster reserve area and failure to tag oysters prior to leaving the oyster bar. They are schedule to appear in Somerset District Court on June 10. The oysters were seized and returned to the Evans harvest reserve. The 2010 Oyster Restoration and Aquaculture Development Plan fostered by Governor Martin O'Malley contained a robust enforcement component to protect these resources and their habitat. Reserve areas are set aside by Department of Natural Resources regulations for special management. With less than one month left in the season, most oyster bars have very few market-sized oysters left. Opening a few areas late in the season gives watermen more bottom on which to work. These areas typically provide a boost in harvest for a few days at a time, when bushel prices are high. Nine managed reserve areas were scheduled to open for harvest on March 7, but at the request of the Somerset County Oyster Committee, Evans Bar was delayed until March 24. "These watermen apparently chose not to wait," said Johnson. "Watermen who jump the gun deprive hard-working, honest watermen a chance to harvest." State records indicate that over the past six years, Benjamin Reihl has been convicted of numerous oyster and fishing violations, including fishing without a commercial license. He failed to appear in St. Mary's District Court last fall on a charge of taking oysters from a sanctuary. Court records show Adam Reihl also is facing October 2013 charges in St. Mary's County of possession of a harvest containing 15 percent undersized oysters and failure to appear in court. Bowers has been found guilty of two dozen oyster, crab and clam violations dating back to 1992, records show. Lee has been found guilty of several natural resources violations.
DNR Launches Sport Fishing Guide Cover Photo Contest
Calling all photographers! The Department of Natural Resources has a Maryland Fishing Guide cover in need of an exciting snapshot! The shot that best showcases Maryland sport fishing will be featured on the cover of the 2015 Maryland Fishing Guide. The winner will also receive a one-year subscription to the Maryland Natural Resource magazine along with a 2015 State Park Passport, which will provide unlimited day-use entry for everyone in the car and unlimited boat launching at all State Park facilities for the entire year. The contest is open to everyone with no limit to the number of photographs an individual may submit. Photos must be unedited digital images captured in Maryland. Each submission should be portrait (vertical) orientation, high resolution (a minimum of 1600px x 2000px at 300 dpi) and free of date stamps or other markings. To enter, photographers must submit their work to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on July 31, 2014. The guide's publisher and DNR Fisheries Communications staff will select and announce a winner in August 2014. For more information and complete guidelines click here. The Maryland Fishing Guide is the State's official publication for recreational fishing seasons dates, harvest limits and regulations. The guide is available online and in hard copy at DNR Service Centers and tackle shops statewide.
Winners Named in Maryland Volunteer Angler Survey Contest
DNR seeks fishing observations from anglers statewide Two anglers won $100 Bass Pro Shop gift cards for providing fishing trip information to the Maryland Volunteer Angler Survey last year. Taking home the prizes were Alisha Duquin of Hagerstown for reporting her observations to the multispecies freshwater portion, and Matt Stahl of Essex for supplying Yellow Perch information from his outing. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources relies on such anglers to provide data to help with fishery monitoring and management efforts. "The angler survey is an important resource for fisheries science and management," said DNR Recreational Fishing Data Coordinator Dr. Linda Barker. "For some species, this is our only source of information on released fish - an important part of analyzing fish populations and angler trends." This year's winners were randomly selected from anglers who together submitted more than 800 reports. The contest is ongoing, so anyone who participates this year is automatically entered in the 2014 drawing. To enter, an angler must simply log in to the survey and fill in their trip information with location, date, hours, number of anglers, method of fishing, and how many fish were kept and/or released. The more submissions, the better the odds. "With March being the prime time for Yellow Perch fishing, we are calling on anglers to add observations on this species to the survey," said Barker. "We also want to remind participants that reporting an outing with no caught fish is just as important for our studies as sharing days when the fishing was more successful." DNR revamped Maryland's online Volunteer Angler Survey last year with a new look, more user friendly submission process, added fish species and prize incentives. The survey seeks fishing trip information involving Striped Bass, Summer Flounder, Yellow Perch, Bluefish, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Muskellunge, Blue Crabs, Catfish, Crappie, Bluegill, Pickerel and Northern Snakehead. The survey is Iocated at dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/survey/index.asp. Keep up with DNR Fisheries news on Facebook, Twitter and through email subscription.
March 7, 2014
Ice Conditions Still good at Deep Creek
by Matt Sell
March 7, 2014
Good Ice Fishing in Western MD
by Dave Liberatore
March 4, 2014
Rain and Snow Doesn't Stop This Kid
by Ethan Fike
March 4, 2014
Yellow Perch Update
by Tom O'Connell
March 4, 2014
Kent County Ice Fishing
by Lex Price Sr
Aquaculture Coordinating Council