DNREC announced today, Aug. 23, that Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents have cited a commercial crabber for crabbing in a tributary of the Delaware Bay in violation of Delaware Code.
Steven L. Marvel, 35, of Dover, was cited on Aug. 15 for illegally setting crab pots in Simons River near Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge southeast of Smyrna, according to a DNREC press release
Under Delaware Code, it is unlawful for any commercial crabber to catch or take, or attempt to catch or take, for commercial purposes any hard-shell, soft-shell or peeler crabs from any waters of the rivers and bays of this state and the tributaries thereof or sell, offer for sale or buy any hard-shell crabs taken from said waters, except the Delaware Bay and the Delaware River and that area of Roy's Creek which lies south of Fenwick Island Ditch.
According to DNREC, the blue crab is Delaware's most valuable commercial species – more than six times the value of all other commercial fisheries combined. Dating back to at least 1970, the above law was put in place to conserve Delaware's blue crab resource and ensure compatible access to the fishery by recreational and commercial crabbers by providing recreational crabbers with access to additional waters.
"The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife recognizes and thanks the majority of anglers, hunters and boaters who comply with and support Delaware's fishing, hunting and boating laws and regulations," the press release said.
However, when citizens see suspected violations of fish, wildlife, and boating laws, they are encouraged to make a report to the Delaware Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section by calling 1-302-739-4580. Wildlife violations may also be reported anonymously to Operation Game Theft by calling 1-800-292-3030 or online at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Hunting/Pages/OpGameTheft.aspx .