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Five Somerset County Watermen Charged With Illegal Harvesting

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TANGIER SOUND, Md. – Five watermen have been charged with illegally harvesting oysters in Somerset County.

According to the Maryland Natural Resources Police, officers established surveillance posts at the Somerset Oyster Sanctuary in Tangier Sound Thursday morning, acting on a tip.

Officers say they saw four vessels enter the sanctuary shortly before 9 a.m. and begin to harvest oysters.

Ronnie Lynn Carman, 59, of Marion, Barry Clark Chew Jr., 39, Jason Filmore Evans, 39, Ronald Lee Hall, 47, and Ronald Lee Hall Jr., 27, all of Crisfield, were charged, according to officers.

They are scheduled to appear in Somerset District Court on April 7. If found guilty, each waterman could be fined a maximum of $3,000 and have his commercial license suspended by the state for up to one year.

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