A 37-year-old Townsend man was one of two people cited last week for illegal crabbing at the Collins Beach Boat Ramp near Smyrna.

A 37-year-old Townsend man was one of two people cited last week for illegal crabbing at the Collins Beach Boat Ramp near Smyrna.

Anthony F. Lewis III received a trio of criminal citations from DNREC Natural Resources Police after being stopped as a part of routine compliance and safety checks, the agency reported Thursday.

Lewis is charged with commercial crabbing without having a license in his possession, operating an unregistered vessel and operating an unregistered vehicle.

Ryan W. Moody, a 31-year-old Bear resident also was cited at the boat ramp Saturday. He is charged with commercial possession of undersized blue crabs and commercial crabbing without a license in his possession.

Sgt. Gregory Rhodes of DNREC's Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement said crabbers are typically cited for commercial crabbing without a license when they use commercial pots or attempt to sell crabs.

Fines for unlicensed commercial crabbing can range from $100 to $500, he said.

DNREC officials said the blue crab is the state's most valuable commercial species and the agency works to conserve them for commercial and recreational crabbers who abide by the law.