Late Commercial Harvest Reports
08/19/2010 | Posted by mluisiTags: Commercial Fisheries
Timely and accurate commercial harvest reports are essential to effective fisheries science and management. DNR's requirement that harvest reports be up to date in order to renew a license has not been effective. An alarming number of commercial fishing reports continue to be missing even 12 months after they were due. Going forward, DNR will suspend the licenses of those who fail to submit their monthly reports within 50 days of the due date twice or more times during any 12-month period. Commercial fishing/crabbing licenses may be suspended for anywhere from three days to a year depending on the number of late reports violations.
A report is considered late if DNR has not received it within 10 days after the end of the reporting month. For example: A Crab Report for the month of April is due to DNR by May 10th. If we do not receive the report by May 10th, that report will be marked as being late. An official violation will occur 50 days after the report due date. Therefore, if an April Crab Report is not received by June 30 (50 days after the May 10th due date) an official violation will occur. The following link will take you to a table showing the various late harvest reporting lists. dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/commercial/
When a violation occurs, the Department will issue a warning letter for the first late report and a letter for a suspension hearing for additional late reports. The Department will no longer send out post cards notifying individuals of late reports. Instead, a list of individuals with missing reports will be posted on the Fisheries Service website and at each Service Center after the due date. This list will be updated weekly to account for reports that have been received. DNR will also submit the list to The Waterman’s Gazette for publication each month.
We ask that you spread the word to anyone whose name you recognize so the reports can be brought up to date. DNR’s goal is not to penalize people. The goal is to inspire timely reporting in support of informed fisheries science and management.