Two Queen Anne’s County men were charged with illegal clamming Monday after a Maryland Natural Resources Police officer spotted them while on surveillance patrol aboard a State Police helicopter.
Observers aboard Trooper 6 spotted the watermen before 8 a.m. as they harvested clams on and near oyster beds in Eastern Bay.
Edward Ellsworth Grimes Jr. 63, of Stevensville*, and Bryan Richard Grimes, 39, of Chester, were each charged with dredging for soft clams within 150 feet of a natural oyster bar and dredging for clams on a natural oyster bar.
The men are scheduled to appear in Queen Anne’s District Court on Nov. 5. If found guilty on all charges, they could face fines exceeding $1,000 each.