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Commercial crabber cited for crabbing in prohibited area

On Aug. 15, following an investigation, DNREC Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents cited a commercial crabber, Steven L. Marvel, for crabbing in a tributary of the Delaware Bay. Marvel, 35, of Dover, was cited for illegally setting crab pots in Simons River near Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Dover.

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.

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.