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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Feds interview Tangier watermen, look into oyster sales records in Crisfield

Officers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service visited several watermen on Tangier Island and seafood businesses in Crisfield last week as part of an investigation they are conducting related to oysters.

The federal officials interviewed watermen on the Virginia island, asking for records related to oyster sales to Crisfield businesses. They took copies of records but did not seize any bivalves; it’s not harvest season.

Federal officials would not confirm or deny the existence of an investigation, saying that’s their policy. But Wyn Hornbuckle, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice, did confirm “federal law enforcement activity” in Crisfield and Tangier last Wednesday.

Tangier Mayor James “Ooker” Eskridge said the officials came in two boats and a helicopter; at first, he said, he thought President Donald Trump had arrived. Trump famously phoned the mayor earlier this month, having seen a program on CNN about how Tangiermen didn’t believe in climate change – their problem was erosion – and had overwhelmingly voted for him.

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Leave these watermen alone. Government overreach is out of hand. Stop this nonsense NOW!!!

Anonymous said...

"Coincidence???"

Anonymous said...

Don't lie just like the people being deported for "misstatements" on their naturalization documents.

Anonymous said...

Book Em Dano! The watermen would take every last oyster, crab, and fish out of the bay

Anonymous said...

I have seen this before back in the early 1990's. I represented about thirty of them and most were eventually accepted as filed.

Anonymous said...

The Government will only back off the seafood industry once they have turned it into the Chicken Industry, meaning they want 3 giant corporations buying and selling EVERYTHING and all Watermen as contract workers for these companies making slave wages. You think crabs are expensive now, just wait until 3 people have a monopoly. That is when they will finally back off and let their new formed monopolies get away with murder... because their "too big to fail".

Anonymous said...

One day "We The People" will be fed up with all the bull, but not yet I guess.