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Two Local Commercial Fishermen Charged with Harvesting Oysters in a Restricted Area

Two commercial fishermen were charged with harvesting oysters in an area that is unsafe for human consumption. Police charged George Fish, 59, of Ridge and Benjamin Goddard, 75, of Piney Point for harvesting oysters in a restricted area near the Naval Air Station Patuxent River wastewater treatment facility, which had been closed by the Maryland Department of Environment.

Police seized 20 bushels of oysters that were caught. If convicted, Fish and Goddard each face up to $1,000 in fines.

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