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Vessels get surprise inspections

From Press staff reports

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP - A surprise inspection of recreational and commercial clamming vessels in Little Bay last week yielded only two minor violations, State Police said.

The State Police Marine Services Bureau's Atlantic City Station planned Friday's four-hour operation with the state Division of Fish & Wildlife's Marine Enforcement Unit at Nacote Creek in Port Republic, State Police Sgt. 1st Class Chris Simmermon said Monday.

State Police used an airboat to reach the delicate and shallow-water clamming areas, Simmermon said.

The purpose of the inspection was "to make sure everyone was doing what they were supposed to be doing," he said. "All in all, we were pleased that for the most part, everyone was in full compliance (with state clamming regulations)."

Of 15 vessels checked, only two were cited for minor violations, Simmermon said.

He said the State Police will continue to make compliance checks in area waters with the Division of Fish & Wildlife.
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