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3 Eastern Shore Watermen Fined For Oyster Poaching

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BALTIMORE (AP) — The Maryland Attorney General’s office says three watermen will pay fines and serve probation for taking oysters from a sanctuary.

The attorney general’s office announced Monday that Benjamin Byers, 20, Brandon Mende, 22, and Brian Hambleton, 24, were each found guilty of the misdemeanor charge of removing oysters from a sanctuary bed. Mende was also fined for oystering without a license. Byers and Hambleton are from Bozeman and Mende is from Centreville. The poaching occurred on the Corsica River in Queen Anne’s County.

Each was ordered to serve 18 months of probation and pay a $1,500 fine with $1,000 suspended. Mende was also fined $300 for oystering without a license.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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