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DNR: Two Watermen Charged with Illegally Harvesting Oysters

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CRISFIELD, Md. – Two watermen have been charged with illegally harvesting oysters from protected waters, according to Maryland Natural Resources Police.

It happened Monday at 10 a.m. near Tangier Sound.

DNR officials say two officers were monitoring Paul Franklin Tyler III, 29, and Jeffrey Alan Cuff Jr., 31, as they dredged for wild oysters in the buffer zone surrounding the Somerset Oyster Sanctuary.

Police say Tyler saw the officers and quickly left the sanctuary.

The officers stopped them and saw 14 bushels of oysters on board.

Authorities say the officers checked all four corner buoys marking the sanctuary boundaries to ensure they were on station as defined by state regulation.

The 14 bushels of oysters were returned to the waters of the state.

The two watermen are scheduled to appear in Somerset District Court on March 10.

If found guilty, Tyler and Cuff each could be fined as much as $3,000 and have their tidal fish licenses suspended for six months to a year.

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