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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - With Virginia oyster stocks on the rise, so is poaching and that has caught the attention of regulators.

The public oyster season opened Tuesday and the Virginia Marine Police are taking aim at what they call an epidemic of poaching. Last month, for instance, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission revoked the fishing licenses of five commercial oyster harvesters who pleaded guilty to poaching by overharvesting.

Marine Police will seek out oyster poachers by air, land and sea. The force has dedicated officers to seek out offenders as a top priority.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A new Delaware law targets poachers by allowing the review of wildlife violations in 39 other states.

Gov. Jack Markell signed legislation Monday to join the Wildlife Violator Compact. State regulators can now use member states' suspension data to deny applicants with records of poaching and other wildlife violations. Delaware's records will be open to other members.

The House passed the legislation near midnight June 30, the final night of the legislative session.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is clamping down on poaching in the Chesapeake Bay with radar and more cameras.

Later this year the maritime Law Enforcement Information Network is set to go online with 24/7 surveillance of areas in the Chesapeake Bay.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that more than a year ago there were efforts to put GPS units on all boats.

But that was turned down by the US Supreme Court on a 5-to-4 vote ruling that it was a violation of the Constitution and would require a warrant or a judge’s consent.