Dover waterman Richard Hand Jr. arrested on 93 charges related to commercial crabbing near Port Mahon.
Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police arrested a Dover waterman Dec. 12 on 93 charges related to commercial crabbing activities in the Delaware Bay near Port Mahon.
Richard Hand Jr., 38, of Dover, was charged with 20 counts each for: crabbing without a commercial crab pot license, crabbing during pot closure season, crabbing from a vessel not associated with the operator’s commercial license number and crabbing from a vessel not displaying the required color panel matching the commercial operator’s markers.
Hand also was charged with 10 counts of failure to tend crab pots every 72 hours and one count each of operating an unregistered vessel, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and operating an unregistered trailer.
Hand was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover, pleaded not guilty and was released. He will make an appearance later at the Kent County Court of Common Pleas. If convicted on all charges, he could face up to $13,150 in fines, plus court costs.
The blue crab is Delaware’s most valuable commercial species. Delaware’s 2014 blue crab harvest brought in nearly $4.4 million.