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Commercial Crabber From Md. Cited for Crabbing Without a Del. License

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FENWICK ISLAND, Del.- Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents on Monday cited a commercial waterman from Salisbury, Md., accused of commercially crabbing for blue crabs in First State waters without a Delaware license.

William S. Papa, 60, is facing one count each of commercial crabbing for blue crabs without a Delaware license, over the limit of commercial crab pots, and improperly marked commercial crab pots on Big Assawoman Bay/Roy’s Ditch near Fenwick Island.

Papa, who is a Maryland-licensed commercial crabber, set 12 crab pots for the purposes of commercial crabbing in Delaware waters, said Lt. Douglas Messeck of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement. Messeck noted that a Delaware commercial license is required for anyone engaging in commercial crabbing in Delaware waters.

Papa faces fines of up to $242 in Justice of the Peace Court, where he has the option of paying the fine or requesting a court date. All of the blue crabs were returned to the water and the illegally set crab pots were removed, Messeck said.

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