Watermen charged with oyster violations

An Eastern Shore watermen faces up to $28,000 in fines for multiple oystering violations in Dorchester County, the Maryland Natural Resources Police said Thursday. Officers charged Joshua T. Tieder, 23, of Taylors Island with 13 counts of possessing undersized oysters, 14 counts of failing to tag the location of his harvest and one count of exceeding the daily catch limit.

Tieder was seen leaving the Wingate harbor boat ramp with oyster bushels that he later put in a nearby marsh, according to police. Officers inspected the catch and found 13 of 14 bushels had excessive undersized oysters, none was properly tagged and the overall catch was two over the dozen-bushel daily limit. The case is set to be heard in Dorchester District Court in Cambridge on Feb. 15.

Tieder is the fourth Shore watermen cited this month for oystering violations. Richard N. Roe Jr. 32, from St. Michaels was charged Dec. 8 at the Nanticoke Harbor with possessing undersized oysters, according to the NRP. On Dec. 9, Ralph L. Kraft Jr., 61, from Princess Anne, was charged with undersized oysters in the Wicomico River, and David T. Messick, 27, from Parsonsburg, was charged with undersized oysters and harvesting without a license on the same location. The three cases are set for trial Feb. 7 in Wicomico District Court in Salisbury.

Tim.wheeler@baltsun.com

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