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Maryland DNR proposes to suspend fishing privileges of 60 anglers

Ridge, Md. (September 13, 2011) – The Maryland Department of
Natural Resources (DNR) has proposed to suspend the fishing
privileges of 60 recreational fisherman for violating Maryland’s
fisheries laws.

“These are acts that violate the public’s trust,” said DNR
Secretary John Griffin. “These suspensions serve as a warning to
any would-be violators that we take any disregard for the laws that
protect our fisheries very seriously.”

The suspensions were proposed due to violations which include
taking fish during closed seasons, taking fish during spawning
seasons, taking fish in closed areas, exceeding daily catch limits
and possession of female crabs.

Recreational fisherman who commit violations are eligible for
suspensions ranging from 30 to 365 days, which become effective 30
days after the notice is mailed. All individuals have the
opportunity to request an administrative hearing in front of an
administrative law judge regarding their suspensions, which may
result in the lessening or the elimination of the suspension. The
judge may also uphold the Department’s suspension. In this case,
the suspension would not become effective until after the
hearing.

Over the past few years, DNR has ramped up its enforcement and
penalties of Maryland’s commercial and recreational fisheries
regulations to maintain sustainable fisheries and better serve the
citizens and businesses that rely on them to make a living.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources was given the power to
suspend or revoke recreational fishing licenses with the passing of
SB 164 in 2009 (Maryland Law Chapter 207, 2009).

The current regulations regarding the suspension and revocation of
recreational fishing licenses can be found
www.dsd.state.md.us/comar/comarhtml/08/08.02.13.05.htm.

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