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Fisherman Cited, 2014 Horseshoe Crab Season Over in Del.

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CEDAR CREEK, Del. – A commercial fisherman has been cited for failing to report his horseshoe crab harvest, according to Delaware's Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement.

Officials said Travis Mick, 31, of Milford, was fined for harvesting 3,000 horseshoe crabs over a two-day period without reporting it. Mick submitted his harvest report after he was fined by Fish and Wildlife Enforcement.

This year’s quota of 160,435 crabs has already been hit, so the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control closed the 2014 horseshoe crab harvest at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.

To harvest horseshoe crabs in Delaware, commercial fishermen have to get a permit from DNREC. Delaware adheres to an annual harvest limit set by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, as part of the Commission’s Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Horseshoe Crabs.

Commercial fishermen must report their harvest within 24 hours.

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