Three Charged With Commercial Fishing Violations

Maryland Natural Resources Police charged Rock Hall residents Daniel L. Dierker, 30, William M. Ashley III, 30, and Anthony Vandewal, 42, with fishing for striped bass with a gill net during a restricted time, unlawful use of an anchored gill net, improperly marking gill nets and unattended gill nets. The violations occurred in the Chester River near Piney Point. The men allegedly were fishing gill nets in pre-dawn hours on December 18 when NRP boarded their vessel. Dierker also was charged with failure to obey a lawful order issued by a police officer and littering upon the waters of the state after he cut a line attached to an anchor at the end of one of the nets. NRP seized as evidence one box of stretched mesh gill net, five anchors, one drag bar and 385 pounds of striped bass. A court date of March 26 has been scheduled in Kent County District Court.