The vast majority of watermen who work the Chesapeake Bay make good faith efforts to stay within the many rules, regulations, and laws that govern the catching of fish, clams, crabs, and oysters.
While the vast majority of Chesapeake Bay watermen are law-abiding and work hard to understand and be in compliance with the myriad set of rules set down by Bay regulators, there are others who just don’t give a damn. According to the NRP, these watermen allegedly are among the latter, especially the father who has a long line of poaching convictions with which he can add notches to his boat and boast about in the tavern.
The enforcement action was held on Oct. 24, 2017, at a popular place for poachers by the officer on surveillance at Fishing Creek Bridge in Dorchester County.
Daniel Powell is currently serving as the State’s Attorney for Somerset County; he has held this position since 2011.
About the same time of the year that the annual J. Milliard Tawes Crab & Clam Bake was being held in Crisfield, drawing politicians from all over Maryland, the State Police held a fruitless search for Honesty.
Another outlaw Waterman has been nabbed in the process of raiding an oyster sanctuary and doing so out of season
Bartels was already facing DUI-drugs charges in Howard Count
The next night, officers watched as five men from Prince George’s County caught fish and placed them in the trunk of an SUV. When officers stopped the vehicle and searched it, they found 73 striped bass in a duffel bag.
The Virginia Marine Resources Commission at its November 1, 2016, meeting revoked the fishing licenses of seven commercial watermen for egregious or repeated violations of Virginia’s fishing laws and regulations
Judge ruled that state officials had “established by a preponderance of the evidence that [Kuntze] took oysters located more than 200 feet within a closed or prohibited area.”