Maryland charges multiple oyster fishermen

January 17, 2014|By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun

Four Maryland men were charged with power dredging for oysters in a sanctuary on Tilghman Island, the state's Department of Natural Resources said Friday.

DNR police charged Bartlett Wade Murphy Jr., 39, Benjamin Murphy, 62, both of Tilghman Island, and Willis Leanard Coleman Jr., 59 of Cambridge, and Robert Andrew Walker, 43 of Hurlock, with removing oysters from the Harris Creek Sanctuary. The state is rebuilding reefs within the sanctuary to restore the bay's oyster population.

A day later, Maryland Natural Resources police arrested a Virginia truck driver and seized a tractor-trailer filled with oysters, many of them undersized. Rhoderick J. Newman, 66, of Tappahannock, Va., was charged with one count of attempting to transport undersized oysters out of state and five counts of possession of undersized and unculled oysters, police said.

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