Federal funds aimed at boosting Chesapeake Bay oyster population

WASHINGTON – Efforts to increase Chesapeake Bay’s oyster population – a key indicator of the bay’s health – have received $800,000 in federal funding.   “This money will allow us and our partners – including the Maryland Department of Natural Resources…

Maryland hunters can soon wear pink, thanks to two sisters

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Thanks to the work of two novice hunters — young sisters from the Eastern Shore — Maryland hunters may soon be allowed to wear bright pink safety gear. Before taking a hunter safety class in October 2016,…

Trump’s proposed Chesapeake Bay cleanup cuts face Hill battle

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s plan to slash 90 percent of Chesapeake Bay cleanup funding, which could dismantle several decades of environmental restoration, met resistance from Maryland’s Democratic congressional delegation. The cuts, which would drop the budget for Chesapeake Bay…

Trump administration dives into fish fight with conservationists

WASHINGTON – An unprecedented Trump administration decision over the summer that overruled an interstate fishing commission has drawn the ire of critics who worry that keeping a healthy and viable supply of flounder in the Atlantic Ocean is being sacrificed…

Ornery, ugly and wild – turkeys you won’t look forward to seeing

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland – With numerous reports of wild turkeys infiltrating urban areas of New England, will Maryland be next? You have to wonder, given the birds’ increasing attraction to the bright lights of the big cities, the approach of…

State slashes oyster restoration acreage goal

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — The state of Maryland has decided to reduce the large-scale oyster restoration project goal in the Little Choptank River after boaters ran aground at another sanctuary and some of the man-made reefs there had to be rebuilt.…

Oyster sanctuary bill finds support in House of Delegates

The House of Delegates voted 102-39 on Thursday in favor of a bill that would keep intact existing oyster sanctuaries on the Chesapeake Bay.

Bill to Make Development Guidelines for Sea Level Rise Passes

The Maryland General Assembly passed a bill April 5 to create a council charged with minimizing the impact of sea level rise on new state buildings. House Bill 615 would establish the council and task it with establishing guidelines for how future state development and renovation projects can avoid damage from rising sea levels and flooding.

Strong Bay Harvest Brought Few Undersized Oyster Violations

Few undersized oyster possession violations this year indicate a strong harvest in the Chesapeake Bay, officials with the Department of Natural Resources said.

DNR Breaks Ice to Help Watermen

Maryland Department of Natural Resources ice breakers hit the frozen waters around the Chesapeake Bay to open up the channels for area watermen who’ve been frozen out of business since the sub-freezing temperatures hit the area.