An Anne Arundel County man was charged Thursday with oyster violations after he was stopped by Natural Resources Police at a commercial seafood buyer during a routine inspection.
Christopher Michael Sullivan, 31, of Glen Burnie, received a criminal summons for failing to deliver his harvest to a certified dealer on the same day, failing to have shellfish maintained at a temperature established by the state and disorderly conduct. He also received natural resources citations for reusing state-issued oyster tags and leaving old tags on oyster baskets. A hearing date in Queen Anne’s County District Court has not been set.
An officer saw Sullivan drive into Harris Seafood in Grasonville Feb. 22 with 26 bushels of oysters in the truck bed — more oysters than a single daily license allotment would allow. Sullivan said his harvest included 13 bushels from the previous day, which he kept in a residential refrigerator. Officers seized 15 bushels that had tags from previous days or were untagged and returned them to a closed shellfish area.
An investigation determined Sullivan violated Maryland Department of Health regulations because he was not legally permitted to store oysters overnight.
If found guilty of all charges, Sullivan could be fined as much as $3,500.