Annapolis, MD- The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) charged the following individuals for oyster violations in the past couple of days.

On December 6 at 11:45 a.m. in Deale Island Harbor in Somerset County, NRP charged Patrick B. Murphy, 49 of Tilghman, with possession of undersized oysters.

On December 6 at 10 a.m. in Broad Creek in Talbot County, NRP charged George F. Pepper, 49 of Tilghman, with power dredging for oysters in an area reserved for hand tonging. A trial date has been set for January 19, 2012 in the District Court of Maryland for Talbot County.

On December 6 at 12:30 p.m. in the Choptank River in Talbot County, NRP charged Alan R. Layman, 47 of Royal Oak, with possession of undersized oysters and failing to cull and return oysters to the natural oyster bar from which they were caught. A trial date has been set for January 19, 2012 in the District Court of Maryland for Talbot County.

On December 7 at 11:30 a.m. in the Broad Creek in Talbot County, NRP charged David A. Hambleton, 47 of Bozman, with possession of undersized oysters. A court date has been set for January 19, 2012 in the District Court of Maryland for Talbot County.

The Maryland Natural Resources Police would like to remind citizens that they may report conservation violation, maritime emergencies, and criminal activities occurring on public lands to the Maryland Natural Resources Police Communication Center at 800-628-9944. Callers that wish to remain anonymous and be eligible for cash rewards for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of a violator should call the CATCH-A-POACHER hotline at 800-635-6124.

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