Drayden Man Continues to Illegally Harvest Crabs and Oysters Again and Again in Maryland

January 11, 2017

Court records show that since 2010, Adams has been convicted of five natural resources offenses involving illegal oyster and crab harvesting

A St. Mary’s County was charged Friday with multiple violations of regulations after he was seen harvesting oysters inside a sanctuary.

Officers on surveillance saw Steven Gary Adams, 68, of Drayden, hand tonging more than a mile inside the St. Mary’s River Oyster Sanctuary at 4:15 a.m.

When Adams returned to shore a short time later, officers stopped him. They found seven untagged plastic containers with unmeasured oysters behind a tree. The federal Food and Drug Administration requires tagging so that contaminated oysters can be tracked back to their point of origin and the area can be placed off limits.

Adams was issued citations for harvesting inside a sanctuary, possessing oysters outside legal hours, failing to tag the containers and operating without running lights. The oysters were returned to the sanctuary.

Court records show that since 2010, Adams has been convicted of five natural resources offenses involving illegal oyster and crab harvesting and fined $960.

Adams is scheduled to appear in St. Mary’s County District Court March 2. He must appear in court on the sanctuary violation, which carries a maximum fine of $3,000 and possible license suspension or revocation. The three other charges carry a total maximum fine of $2,500.


32 Responses to Drayden Man Continues to Illegally Harvest Crabs and Oysters Again and Again in Maryland

  1. Anonymous on January 11, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Obviously the 5 slaps on the wrist he’s been given since 2010 are not enough! Slap that azz in the slammer and see how that works out!

    • Anonymous on January 11, 2017 at 10:02 pm

      Or cut his damn hands off so maybe he can’t do this type of sh*t anymore…there is another one that is on here often..CLEARLY they don’t get the law so if they aren’t going to get in trouble…hands chopped off.. QUIT EVEN BOTHERING WITH HIM!

  2. Joe on January 11, 2017 at 9:47 am

    WOW I’d be interested to hear his reason/ Justification for continuing this> Political, anti government control, worth the risk compared to money he makes, traditionalist? Gonna get very costly very soon.

  3. Anonymous on January 11, 2017 at 10:32 am

    “Adams has been convicted of five natural resources offenses … and fined $960.”

    Well there’s your problem! A lot of these watermen are extremely wealthy. $960 is probably pocket change to this guy, and will do nothing to deter him.

    • Gary on January 12, 2017 at 6:18 am

      I don’t condone his actions but I’ve lived here all my life and I don’t know any “extremely wealthy” watermen. The ones I know are extremely hardworking and trying to scratch out a living doing what they’ve done for generations.

      • Ginger on January 13, 2017 at 6:29 am

        And do things “under the table” or skirt the edge of existing law when legislators left space for common sense to prevail. Keep doing that and laws will be so specific, none of us will be able to fart unless the government taxes the methane release.

  4. Anonymous on January 11, 2017 at 10:46 am

    The headline says it all. But what’s the big deal, right? This is petty and don’t officers have anything better to do?

    • seth on January 12, 2017 at 2:25 am

      I sincerely hope you’re just a troll and not really this stupid….

      • Willie on January 12, 2017 at 11:30 pm

        That was sarcasm dummy, anyone can see that.

      • Anonymous on January 13, 2017 at 9:30 am

        Pretty sure that was sarcasm.

  5. Anonymous on January 11, 2017 at 11:00 am

    What a real POS. They need to star taking anything that aides him in continually harvesting illegal oysters and crabs. Start with his boat and all his harvesting tools and if he still won’t stop they should take his vehicle and house since they were used to catch store and distribute the illegal catch. Eventually they will hit him with something that will hurt enough and he will stop. This guy obviously has no respect for the law or the wimpy punishments he has received thus far.

  6. Rob Stark on January 11, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Your consciences for violators is a JOKE! what do you expect??!!

    • Rob Stark Sr on January 12, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      To: The fake Rob Stark,

      I started using this name on the site so that everyone could recognize my posts as coming from a single person and I could keep track of what I’ve opined upon. Obviously that isnot possible any more. I don’t know why you’ve chosen to hijack the name, and frankly, I don’t really care. I’ll find another that suits me. The name is all yours. I suppose the reason that you chose to hijack the name is that my writings and opinions were so superior to what you were able to say that you thought you’d get credit for all my past writings. You can take all the credit. JUst say “You’re welcome”.

      To all the other regulars on this site, I’ll keep posting and reading your posts. It is a great way to keep up with the local news and the thoughts of those in this area. I may not always agree, but I support your right to offer your opinions. Be well all. Rob Stark, I feel sorry for you. You’re pitiful and intellectually retarded.

      • Big Dookie on January 13, 2017 at 3:19 pm

        and you care this deeply about an anonymous name on a random message board because why again? Get a life loser.

      • seth on January 13, 2017 at 8:54 pm

        Oh you know you care, that’s why you cry everytime he posts and that’s why he continues to use it, can u say TROLL…

  7. Stop&Think on January 11, 2017 at 11:59 am

    If I got caught hunting out of season, they would probably seize my gun … can they seize his boat since it was used in the commission of a crime?
    I don’t know if just another slap on the wrist will really be a future detirat.

  8. Anonymous on January 11, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    No pictures of the guilty party? Every 20-something that gets busted has their mug shot smeared all over the place, why should a senior citizen get an exemption?

    • seth on January 12, 2017 at 2:27 am

      He wasn’t arrested…

  9. Big Dookie on January 11, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Brother man is trying to just earn a living- go after the thieves in Washington D.C aka the Federal government- leave the little man trying to feed his family alone for Christ sakes

    • Anonymous on January 12, 2017 at 11:02 am

      Really? You do realize if they let everyone do this there would be no oysters left and it would put thousands of legal harvesters out of work. Just like everyone else he needs to follow the rules. He was in a sanctuary which is used to replenish the bay with oysters, it is like shooting fish in a barrel and is morally and legally wrong. There are plenty of legal ways to earn a living in this area if people are willing to look. I don’t buy the whole feeding the family argument. True waterman have families too and they follow the rules. I also guarantee he paid zero taxes on his profits which makes him an even bigger POS.

      • Willie on January 12, 2017 at 11:32 pm

        Don’t waste your time on that troll. Surprised he didn’t call the oysters racists for being poached by a white man.

  10. Anonymous on January 11, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Confiscate his ‘trade’ tools, his boat, and vehicle! For the love of oysters!!! He laughs all the way home from the court house each time!

  11. Anonymous on January 11, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Crab lives matter

    • ThrowUpTheX on January 12, 2017 at 11:13 am

      Oh wow….a “POSSIBLE license suspension or revocation”. That’s sure to teach him a valuable lesson and prevent him from re-offending. Like above, why don’t they just confiscate his fricking boat? Or Lo-Jack/track it….

  12. Sean on January 12, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Time to take his boat and Commercial fisherman licenses.

  13. Hard working watermen on January 12, 2017 at 9:15 am

    The area that this gentleman was caught in should have been opened for legal harvest over 3-years ago, WHERE HE ALONG WITH MANY OTHER WATERMEN HELPED WORK THIS AREA IN THE COLD OF WINTER WITH VERY LITTLE PROFIT FOR A DAYS WORK, ALL TO HELP CLEAN THE BOTTOM FOR NEW GROWTH, which the area has greatly improved and grown with oysters, But certain advisory boards and members of different organizations have lobbied to keep it closed which the watermen know this over time (which is over 3-years over due) will cause a die off of the oysters because of not being cultivated on a regular basis. So this 68 year old gentleman who lives on this river the St.mary’s has worked this area all his life and undoubtably knows that the longer the watermen are not allowed to cultivate this area will cause it to die off as it has done before. So his actions are not with in the law, or should we say (the ruling of the board)But the area does need to be opened to be recultivated and to be worked which was the agreement between the watermens association and the natural resources dept. and the afore mentioned boards over 3 years ago. This argument was heavily argued Monday night at a local meeting. BOTTOM LINE THIS PORTION OF ST.MARY’S river should already be OPEN FOR OYSTER HARVESTING!!!!

    • annoyed on January 12, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      The same old lie…. leave the oysters in the Santa rise so they can reproduce!!!! Why do you think the spat was so good last year in the st. Marys… maybe because the sanctuary oysters had time to mature and reproduce!!
      Waterman can’t stand money laying on the bottom, and they can’t get to it. The sanctuary oysters will be just fine if left alone.
      Take clowns licence who was stealing them in the middle of the night.

      • annoyed on January 12, 2017 at 9:06 pm

        Santa’s rise… should have read St. Marys

    • Anonymous on January 13, 2017 at 9:32 am

      Just because you think that area should be opened, doesn’t mean he can just go do whatever he wants. Follow the law. I mean really, how hard is that?

  14. Anon on January 12, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Oyster lives matter

  15. Gary on January 12, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    They ought to catch all the oysters up so nobody has anything to complain about anymore.

  16. Dr. Seussman on January 13, 2017 at 7:49 am

    They need to slice off his “oysters”! That would “fix” him!