In a recent news story, “Illegal Fishing Sting Nets 17 Violations”, Mike Capanelli, Watermellon Park marketing director, said that the popular camping and fishing site planned to take steps in response to complaints of illegal fishing practices in the Shenandoah River.
According to an e-mail message from Capanelli;
“I wanted to follow up with you regarding Watermelon Park and ‘Net Casting’. We have put into action the policies that I previously stated we would do. As you can see by the photos Watermelon Park is serious about doing our part to help protect the Shenandoah River. This 36″x36″ sign is posted at the entry point of the park and 12 additional 12”x10″ signs are posted at various river access points throughout the park.”
Four Virginia conservation enforcement officers converged on the Shenandoah River near Watermelon Park on July 17th for two days of targeted enforcement designed to stem a rash of illegal cast net and spear-gun fishing that has devastated wildlife populations in the area. The “sting” operation resulted in seventeen misdemeanor citations for ten illegal anglers and impoundment of six cast nets. The anglers were alleged to be in possession of over 300 fish and were charged with ten Class 2 misdemeanors and seven Class 3 misdemeanors.
For background on this story please see:
“Illegal Fishing Sting Nets 17 Violations”