ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Officials with Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources say the agency can use tracking devices while investigating poachers.

Dorchester watermen complained of finding the tracking devices on their boats in January.

On Tuesday, department spokesman Sgt. Art Windemuth said use of the devices is legal and common in the law enforcement community.

The secretary of department, John Griffin, told Eastern Shore lawmakers on Friday that officials can use the devices to investigate repeat offenders if they have probable cause.

Last week, natural resources officials shut down Maryland’s striped bass gill net season for February after more than 10 tons of illegally caught fish were seized.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (5)
  1. willie joe wanker says:

    Good, Watermen have been playing cowboy for years & getting a free ride. They have ruined my props & block all the waterways. I just cut their ^&%$#@ nets.

  2. Jason says:

    The boats are private property, and the government needs a warrant.
    Lets not start a whole slippery slope debate over fish.
    Just because they’ve done it before does not mean it was legal the first time.

  3. willie joe wanker says:

    Jason, Your home is private property but if you commit a nefarious criminal act, a search warrant can be executed & property confiscated. Get tough on law breakers. They have arrogant attitudes as well.

    1. overregulated says:

      Jason is spot on, since it this is about fish means it is ok for NRP to be nazis. “nefarious” criminal act? Aren’t we the tall poppy? What was done was a gear violation, thats all. The amount of fish in question is within quota limits, and the fisherman have the proper licenses. They have ruined my props, waa waa waa. Learn how to pilot your boat and pay attention to whats around you. What if NRP suspected YOU of “poaching”, and boarded your boat, drilled holes somewhere and mounted devices? You would have a different take.

  4. mark says:

    Jason- “let’s not start a whole slippery slop debate over fish”? How about all the guys who fish legally and its now ruined for them. Its probably a tight knit group of a half dozen people that ruined it for all the people trying to make an honest living

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