St. Mary’s County oyster shipper cited for failing to follow sanitation regulations
HOLLYWOOD, MD. – According to the Maryland Natural Resources Police, a commercial inspection of a St. Mary’s County aquaculture company April 23, 2018, resulted in citations for violations of the state’s oyster regulations.
Officers checked a site on the Patuxent River and Hog Neck Creek leased by the Hollywood Oyster Co., in Hollywood. The company was cited for failing to attach state-issued tags to oyster containers before leaving the site and failing to comply with National Shellfish Sanitation Program regulations. The company also was issued five written warnings.
The charges require the company to appear in St. Mary’s County District Court. It could be fined as much as $1,000 on each citation. A hearing date has not been set.
Police say that a separately written warning was issued to a company manager for having untagged oysters March 15, 2018.