Maryland DNR Proposes to Suspend Fishing Privileges of 60 Recreational Anglers

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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


Retired2hunt's picture

  Great option now available


Great option now available for the Maryland DNR.  I would have thought they had this power already and that year long suspensions would be the norm for various infractions.  Recreational fishermen and women obviously need to know their fishing regulations prior to going out... and have ethics in their actions.  I applaud this change as it gives more sting to those breaking the laws.  As for the 60 recreational fishermen they still have the ability to fight the suspension of their licenses in any case wanted to discuss with a judge.