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Charter boat captain arrested for not having license

A Lewes man was arrested today for operating a charter boat without a charter captain’s license.

Fish and Wildlife agents arrested 61-year-old Herbert Shorthose earlier today, and he pled guilty to the charge.

He was fined $239, and his saltwater fishing license has been revoked for a year. Further charges are pending from the Coast Guard.

Charter boat captains are required to have both charter captain’s and saltwater fishing licenses under Delaware law.

Lewes man fined for no charter boat license

 

LEWES (Oct. 17, 2011) – DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement agents cited a Lewes charter boat operator today for not having a charter captain’s license.

 

Herbert Lee Shorthose, age 61, of Lewes, was taken into custody Oct. 17 and pled guilty to the charge in Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown. Shorthose was fined $239 and had his saltwater fishing license revoked for one year. Further charges are pending with the U.S. Coast Guard.

Under Delaware law, charter boat operators are required to purchase a charter captain’s license and a saltwater fishing license to operate in Delaware waters.

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15 Responses

  1. Infidel says:

    Ah, our beloved DNREC F&W agents protecting us from evil rogue fishermen. I feel so much safer now that this miscreant is off the seas for a year. Bend over, Mr. Shorthose, you’re about to get it from the USCG too.

    This is an example of the DNREC mission. You can pollute the air, land, and seas, rape the oceans and forests of fish and game all you want, as long as you purchase a permit from them.

  2. J says:

    Once again Infidel, this is what they are hired to do. Would you rather real police be taken off the streets? Its an example of nothing more than someone in law enforcement actually doing their job.

    Rape the oceans and Forrest of fish and game huh? Last time they were busting people for poaching and littering you AGAIN complained. Just shut up and realize how miserable your life must be living in one huge contradiction.

    There are dozens of valid reasons why they need licenses to operate a boat. The biggest one that comes to mind first is the fact that if I/we/you have to… so do they. Get over it. If this guy hit another boat and injured or killed someone you ALL would be slamming the guy saying it wouldn’t have happened if he wouldn’t have been out since he didn’t have a license. Don’t say its not true, history repeats itself time and time again.

  3. SHUTUP says:

    “J” won that one!

  4. Infidel says:

    Actually, “J” has, once again, proven himself to be so dependent on the government teat that he can’t hunt, fish, drive, etc. without depending on the government for in ensuring his safety. People survived hunting and fishing for thousands of years without government holding their hands.

    Petty thugs like F&W stock and trade is enforcing some of the most obscure laws in existence. Today’s government is one huge extortion scheme, and DNREC enforcement is their muscle.

    “Just doing their jobs”? I guess there will always be the week minded and incompetent fools such as “J” who will need protection from himself, and other simpletons, because he can’t go through life taking care of himself. He can’t imagine not being regulated.

    It’s clear who the loser is.

  5. guest says:

    Infidel won that one :) Does J even fish???

  6. MDM says:

    What is this guy was trying to make ends meet? Plenty of folks boat with some $ from friends for gas or sandwiches…will all boaters now be looked at? True that he was acting as a “captain” for taking people out on a regular basis… Too much regulation.

  7. sussex anon says:

    Having a licence to operate a charter boat is hardly an obscure law.

    Think about an unregulated highway system. No traffic lights, no speed limits, etc.

    Unregulated fishing? Without regulations, what little sport fishing is still here, would be totally gone. The technology today is not what it was for thousands of years. We aren’t hunter gatherers. Today, man can harvest entire populations of fish in a short period of time.

    Sport fishermen and hunters know and appreciate the value of regulation to ensure their existence to future generations.

    Regulations are necessary for society, get over it. If you don’t like it, move to Somalia, I hear they are pretty regulation free over there. A libertarian utopia they say. Say hi to the pirates there for me, they were once fishermen until their waters were overfished.

  8. rock, paper, scissors

  9. Grace says:

    Infidel – I sooo agree. You can also place a pretty good bet that J waits patiently at his mailbox for some form or another of government payment on a biweekly basis and that makes him/her a big cheerleader for ever more and more “authority” that will shake the rest of us down in the name of the “law” to make sure the goodies keep on flowing in a timely and uninterupted manner to the faithful.

  10. sussex anon says:

    Having a captains license is hardly a obscure law.

    Yes hunting and fishing have existed for thousands of years. But man has developed ways of harvesting fish on a magnitude that would threaten a species without regulation.

    Real fishermen and hunters understand the value of regulation as a way to continue the sport for generations.

  11. Mr.Sir says:

    YOU can win an arguement with someone that rides the fence just call me CAPTAIN Mr.Sir i have a boat too . just because i own a boat ENTITLES ME TO SELL TICKETS and take peoples lives in my hands because i OWN a boat . wow talk about ENTITLEMENT.

  12. J says:

    “Petty thugs like F&W stock and trade is enforcing some of the most obscure laws in existence. Today’s government is one huge extortion scheme, and DNREC enforcement is their muscle.”

    Please tell me how? They ask for less than 10 dollars to fish legally. That goes to lots of useful things, it just doesn’t wipe Infidels anarchist/hypocrite a$$ so he is pissed!

  13. JoeJoe says:

    J we need to put you in charge of these post or blogs… sometimes common sense goes a long long way…

  14. J says:

    To bad they get flagged and edited. Again someone stands up for themselves and the losers at WGMD tries to stop it from happening.

    “Infidel – I sooo agree. You can also place a pretty good bet that J waits patiently at his mailbox for some form or another of government payment on a biweekly basis and that makes him/her a big cheerleader for ever more and more “authority” that will shake the rest of us down in the name of the “law” to make sure the goodies keep on flowing in a timely and uninterupted manner to the faithful.”

    All I have to say THIS TIME is that making sure you stay out of prison by abiding by a few simple laws doesn’t mean I stand near any mailbox and collect any checks from anyone. It means I enjoy freedom and spending my hard earned money OUTSIDE the prison system. People who complain about senseless crap like this really do make them selves look like half the problem.

    You truly take the cake.

  15. Guest says:

    I’m sure boats have sank and people lost lives so you need a license which means you have some training for an emergency situation. That water is dangerous in many ways, and the Captain better know what he’s doing out there.

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