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Natural Resources Police Keeping Pace With Oyster Violators
HILLSBORO — Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) report a busy oyster season on the Chesapeake Bay this winter. So far officers have charged 16 individuals with oyster harvesting violations in Talbot County; charges are pending on eight other individuals.
David Wayne Crow, 48, of Tilghman and Kevin Steven Tarleton, 36, of St. Michaels were charged with taking oysters after hours on December 29, in Broad Creek. Crow was also charged with possession of unculled oysters and operating without navigational lights at nighttime.
Tilghman Anthony Brown, 51, Thomas Keith Smith, 46 and Terrance Dale Roy, 42, of Stevensville, and Bryan Carroll Ford, 53, of Queenstown were charged with diving for oysters in a hand tong only area in the Wye East River on January 3.
On January 9, Norman Benjamin Murphy, 55, Norman Brandon Murphy, 29, Bartlett Wade Murphy Jr., 32 and Edward Bruce Lowery Jr., 41, all of Tilghman, along with David Bryan Phillips, 43, and Anne Willis Phillips, 40, both of Wittman, were each charged with power dredging in an area reserved for hand tonging only in Broad Creek. Bartlett Wade Murphy, Jr. and Lowery were also charged with failure to have license available for inspection.
On January 18, William Thomas Cummings, 52, of Tilghman was charged with possession of unculled oysters.
On January 23, Burton Robert Curtis, 21, of Tilghman was charged with taking oysters from an area closed by the Maryland Department of the Environment in Cummings Creek.
And on January 31, Charles Daniel Haddaway, 19, and James Brent Haddaway, 25, both of Tilghman, were charged with power dredging in an area reserved for hand tonging only in Harris Creek.
The commercial oyster season for tonging and diving runs through March 30, Monday through Friday from sunrise to 3 p.m., with a limit of 15 bushels per licensee and not to exceed 30 bushels per boat.
The commercial oyster season for power dredge also runs through March 30 in designated areas of Calvert, Dorchester, Somerset, St. Mary's and Talbot counties, Monday through Friday from sunrise to 3 p.m., with a limit of 12 bushels per licensee and not to exceed 24 bushels per boat. A permit is required for power dredge.
February 6, 2007
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