- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 22, 2015

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Officials say four people have been charged with illegal shark fishing in Delaware.

State wildlife officials said Monday that 32-year-old Gary Messick, of Milford, 61-year-old Willard Millman Jr., of Milford, 49-year-old Jerson Sefil, of Frederica, and 55-year-old Ernest Edwards, of Wilmington, were all cited over the last two weeks for illegal shark fishing.

Cpl. John McDerby of Fish & Wildlife Resources Police says shark fishing along the coast has grown in popularity over the past several years.

McDerby says many different species of sharks may be found in the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean. McDerby says anglers may also encounter prohibited species, including sand tiger, dusky and sandbar sharks.

Officials are urging anglers to familiarize themselves with shark fishing regulations, which are published in the 2015 Delaware Fishing Guide.

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