ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Five watermen have been charged with oyster violations in Dorchester County.

Natural Resources Police said they found four watermen illegally diving for oysters Friday in the Little Choptank River.

Officers charged 36-year-old Bryan Grimes of Chester, 61-year-old Edward Grimes of Stevensville, amd 19-year-old Christopher Marvel of Grasonville with catching oysters for commercial purposes by diving in an area reserved for hand-tonging. Another man is also facing charges. Officers returned four bushels of oysters to the water.

About a half hour later, police say officers found Nelson Goslin Jr., 42, of Cambridge power dredging for oysters in Fishing Bay. Goslin is charged with possessing unculled and undersized oysters and power-dredging in a hand-tonging area. Three bushels of oysters were returned to the water.

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  1. Tiffany says:

    Sooo…it’s illegal to eat oysters for free? Can someone explain this story. So I couldn’t just go pick up oysters for dinner?

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