Vaughn Edward Collins Jr. and Kristopher Daniel Graves were charged, [Maryland\ natural police said.
Maryland Natural Resources officers on the Eastern Shore recently charged two men with oyster poaching and hunting violations.
Officers conducting surveillance of the Nanticoke River Oyster Sanctuary in Wicomico County on Friday shortly after 4 a.m. saw two men dredging within its boundaries, police said. The officers intercepted the unlighted vessel after it finished dredging and began heading upstream.
Aboard, they found 32 bushels of oysters, four of which contained undersized oysters, police said.
Vaughn Edward Collins Jr., 44, of Nanticoke, and Kristopher Daniel Graves, 20, of Salisbury, were each charged with illegal oyster harvesting more than 150 feet inside a sanctuary, harvesting oysters before legal hours, possessing oysters onboard a vessel between two hours after sunset and before sunrise, being over the daily harvest limit, failing to tag oysters and two charges each of possessing unculled oysters at 40 percent below legal size, police said. Collins also was cited for operating a vessel without running lights, police said.
Police said the 32 bushels of oysters were returned to the sanctuary and the dredge was seized.
Both men are scheduled to appear in Wicomico District Court on March 3, police said. If found guilty of all charges, each man could be fined a maximum of $6,000.