Newport Police Officers stopped a vehicle early Saturday morning for a traffic violation but suspected something fishy may be going on. And they were right.
While talking with the driver and passengers, the officer noticed multiple coolers and crabbing rings in the vehicle. The occupants admitted they had been crabbing from public docks in Newport, and allowed the officer to inspect their catch. Officers opened two large coolers full of crabs, many of which were undersized and/or female. A final inspection of the catch determined that only two persons in the group had Oregon Shell Fish permits; they were in possession of 75 female crabs and five undersized male crabs. The group did possess three legal Dungeness crabs and 17 legal Red Rock crabs.
Toan Van Hynh and Anh Quoc Bui of Portland were both cited and released for the crimes of Possession of Undersized Crab, Exceeding Crab Limits, and Possession of Female Crabs. Neither of them possessed a measuring device or an Oregon Fish and Game synopsis. Many of the crabs were dead or dying. All were returned to the waters of Yaquina Bay by the officers in the hopes that at least some of them would survive.
The Newport Police Department reminds everyone that flagrant abuse of the fish and game laws adversely affects everyone who lives in and visits Newport, and who enjoys crabbing in Yaquina Bay. Crab measuring devices and the Oregon Fish and Game synopsis pamphlets are readily available in almost all businesses that offer sporting goods equipment.