Pirate Poachers of the Chesapeake: Virginia cracks down on oyster thieving commercial watermen

“The Commission has no tolerance for oyster thieves, especially those who steal from a protected sanctuary. This matter will be resolved in court and if convicted, these individuals will stand in front of the Commission to determine whether their licenses should be revoked and for how long. In the past two years, the Commission has revoked 39 licenses for natural resources violations, which is the most in decades.”

Pirate Poachers of the Bay: Virginia gets tough with pirate water-men

“This Commission has revoked ten licenses so far this year, and the Commission is quite prepared to revoke more if necessary. We don’t ask much of those who fish in tidal waters: Just obey the law and file mandatory harvest reports accurately and on time,” said Commissioner John M. R. Bull.