A sophisticated radar and camera system installed along the Chesapeake Bay is acting as another set of eyes for Maryland Natural Resources Police who have successfully tracked watermen poaching oysters from state sanctuaries — and already won their first court case against two of them — since the system went online Oct. 1.
Crime bust on the Chesapeake Bay! Two Baltimore County men face nearly a million dollars in fines after they’re caught stealing hundreds of pounds of striped bass. It happened on the Patapsco River.
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Officials with Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources say the agency can use tracking devices while investigating poachers.
They cheat and steal, while those who play by the rules are being hurt. Poachers on the Chesapeake have taken so much fish that their actions have triggered drastic action by the state.