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Wicomico County Man Charged with Illegal Crabbing

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WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. – Maryland Natural Resources Police say a Tyaskin man was caught retrieving crab pots in an area closed to harvest.

NRP said Vaughn Edward Collins Jr., 44, was caught while officers were out on saturation patrol on Tangier Sound.

Officers said Collins was using a grappling hook to snag a line attached to a line of unmarked pots. A total of 60 pots were recovered by NRP.

Collins is scheduled to appear in Wicomico District Court on Oct. 1 on a charge of setting commercial crab pots in a prohibited area. If found guilty, he faces a maximum fine of $1,000.

Police said they are cracking down on illegal crabbing activities as part of their “Don't Get Pinched” campaign.

From seafood shops to recreational crabbers and watermen, officers checked catches, licenses and records across the state of Maryland.

“Marylanders are taking our campaign seriously,” Col. George F. Johnson IV, NRP superintendent, said. “The public is fed up with illegal crabbing. They are leaving comments on our Facebook page, sending us direct messages on Twitter, writing emails and calling our communications center. The tips are coming from people who have spotted illegal crabbing or seen undersized crabs at restaurants, markets and on docks.”

Last weekend, NRP patrols checked 50 recreational and commercial crabbers and seafood markets. DNR said more than a dozen citations and nearly two dozen warnings have been issued.

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