- Associated Press - Friday, November 27, 2015

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Virginia Marine Police say 12 commercial watermen have been charged with violating the state’s oyster laws in the Rappahannock River.

Marine Police said Friday that the men face a total of 48 violations, including plundering an oyster sanctuary and oyster theft. The charges include both felonies and misdemeanors. Police say the violations occurred in October.

Marine Resources Commissioner John M.R. Bull said if the men are convicted, the commission will decide whether their licenses should be revoked.

The commission has revoked 39 licenses for natural resources violations in the last two years.

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