Maryland officials just don’t get it: taking away the license of waterman who poached is silly — he doesn’t need a license!

Joseph Bruce Janda Jr., 28, of Wittman, had his commercial license permanently revoked a year ago by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Over a decade, Janda has been charged more than 60 times and been found guilty on numerous occasions for poaching oysters, illegal striped bass fishing and harvesting undersized crabs. In addition, he has been convicted of fishing without a license and fishing on a suspended license.

In 2011, Janda was cited for two crabbing violations within a two-year period worth 35 points on his licenses, which triggered a revocation hearing by an administrative law judge.

In writing last Friday, Judge J. Owen Wise rejected Janda’s appeal, calling him a “chronic offender” who had accumulated 415 days of suspensions.

Hola Hombres! This ain’t a free beach for fishing from…freeloaders carted off by cops

ST. GEORGE ISLAND — According to St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron on June 17, 2014 at 12:04 AM, while conducting a premise check, Deputy A. Cole and Deputy L. Johnson located Yoni A Alvarez Granados, 37, of Bryans Road, and Arturo Ernesto Rosa-Lopez, 33, of Woodbridge, Virginia, on the property of Camp Merryelande located in Piney Point, likely to get in some free fishing. The investigation revealed Rosa-Lopez and Granados had walked across another property owned by a citizen to get to the Camp Merryelande property and were fishing when they were found by deputies. “No Trespassing” signs were clearly posted on both properties. Both suspects were charged with Trespass: Private Property by criminal citation.

Oyster sanctuaries working; oyster populations largest since 1985

Governor Martin O’Malley today announced good news regarding the State’s ongoing work to restore the Chesapeake Bay’s native oyster population. Results of Maryland’s 2013 Fall Oyster Survey indicate populations are continuing to increase: The oyster population has more than doubled since 2010, reaching its highest point since this type of monitoring began in 1985.

Natural Resources Police hook up spawning rockfish poachers with big fines, confiscate gear

An investigation by the Maryland Natural Resources Police and allied State and local agencies resulted in the charging of five anglers in Charles County last Friday for illegally fishing for Striped Bass in a spawning area and catching other protected fish.
Acting on information gathered during surveillance, NRP officers and members of the Southern Maryland Information Center watched as a group of people caught and kept Striped Bass from an area of the Potomac River that is closed to allow spawning. As the anglers left at 1:50 a.m., NRP officers and units from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office stopped them.

Comptroller Peter Franchot’s Agents Arrest Four in Cigarette Smuggling Busts in Worcester County

Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced that members of his Field Enforcement Division arrested a man from New Jersey and three men from New York accused of bringing loads of cigarettes from Virginia into Maryland. The men were arrested during a sting operation conducted from April 15 to 18 in Worcester County. Agents seized a total of 24,750 packs of contraband cigarettes and three vehicles. The seized cigarettes are valued at more than $159,000.
“Cigarette smuggling not only takes revenue out of state coffers but also makes cigarettes easily accessible to young people,” said Comptroller Franchot. “I am delighted my agents made these arrests and will prosecute the smugglers to the fullest extent of the law,” he added