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NRP Charges Two With Striped Bass Violations

Annapolis, Md. (June 8, 2011) The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) charged two commercial fisherman with striped bass violations during the commercial hook and line and pound net season. The pound net season opened on June 1 and the commercial hook and line season opened June 7.

On June 7, at 7 a.m., NRP charged Dolan Lee Hurley, 67, of Cambridge, Md., with failure to tag striped bass within 200 yards of his pound net. While patrolling the area of Cooks point in the Choptank River, officers boarded a commercial fishing vessel, stopped over 1,000 yards from the pound net, and located 500 pounds of untagged stripped bass.

On June 7, at 7:45 a.m., NRP charged Robert Hodge Newberry, 52, of Crumpton, Md., with possessing undersize striped bass, fishing for striped bass without a commercial hook and line allocation card and possessing untagged commercially caught striped bass. While patrolling the area of the Chesapeake Bay near Sharps Island, officers boarded the commercial fishing vessel Open Ticket and located13 untagged striped bass and two undersize striped bass.

Both men are scheduled for trial August 17 in the District Court of Maryland for Dorchester County.

   June 8, 2011

Contact: Sgt. A.A. Windemuth
410-260-8003 office | 410-713-8449 cell

The Maryland Natural Resources Police is the enforcement arm of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With an authorized strength of 247 officers and a dedicated staff of civilian and volunteer personnel, the NRP provide a variety of services in addition to conservation and boating law enforcement duties throughout the State of Maryland. These services include homeland security, search and rescue, emergency medical services, education, information and communications services on a round the clock basis. NRP is the only police force aside from the Maryland State Police that has statewide jurisdiction.

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