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St. Mary’s County Oysterman Banned from Working Potomac

Natural Resources Police Investigate Boating Accident, Charge Deer Poacher, Cite Fishing Violators 

A St. Mary’s County man whose Maryland commercial waterman’s license was revoked in 2015 for oyster harvesting violations has been banned from any oystering activity on the Potomac River for the coming season.

Photo of James Phillip Nelson

James Phillip Nelson, 41, of California, was convicted in St. Mary’s County District Court in February of harvesting oysters from a closed area on the river near Point Lookout. Maryland Natural Resources Police officers determined that Nelson was well within the marked boundary for the protected area.

At its meeting Sept. 7, the Potomac River Fisheries Commission decided that Nelson’s “brazen” actions required punitive measures. Read more…

Oyster Poacher Charged with New Violations

Deer Poacher Pleads Guilty

Maryland Natural Resources Police officers secured a guilty verdict in a highly publicized deer poaching case and charged a banned oysterman with new violations in recent days. Read more…

St. Mary’s Waterman has Oyster License Permanently Revoked

James Phillip NelsonA St. Mary’s County waterman had his commercial license permanently revoked by a district court judge after a hearing on multiple poaching charges. Read more…

NRP Charges Two Watermen with Oyster Violations in Final Days of Season

Natural Resources Police LogoDuring the final days of the 2014-15 oyster season, Maryland Natural Resources Police officers charged two watermen with illegal harvesting. Read more…

Helicopter Assists in Arrest of Two Somerset County Watermen

Photo inside Natural One, the department’s helicopter

Maryland Natural Resource Police officers using radar, patrol boats and Natural One, the department’s helicopter, caught and arrested two Somerset County watermen Thursday for taking oysters from a state sanctuary.

David Thomas Wheatley Sr., 53, of Princess Anne and David Thomas Wheatley II, 30, of Deal Island, were each charged with one count of illegally harvesting oysters more than 250 feet inside the Manokin River Oyster Sanctuary. Read more…

Officers Rescue Injured Boater; Arrest Three for Impairment

Maryland Natural Resources PoliceMaryland Natural Resources Police officers rescued an injured boater, arrested an impaired boater and driver, and won convictions in two fisheries cases over the past week.

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