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Four New Maryland Fishing Records Set

Maryland angler catches first State record snakehead

Berry holding his record snakehead

Berry and his record snakehead

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources certified two northern snakehead, one cobia and one wahoo State record fish in June. The first-ever record snakehead was trumped in a matter of hours by another angler’s catch.   Read more »


NRP Launches “Don’t Get Pinched” Campaign to Catch Illegal Crabbers

NRP and DNR fisheries managers kick off the Don't Get Pinched campaign in Annapolis

NRP and DNR fisheries managers kick-off the campaign in Annapolis

The Maryland Natural Resources Police today rolled out its newest education and enforcement campaign ─ “Don’t Get Pinched­” ─ to help protect the Chesapeake Bay blue crab population.

“Our slogan, ‘Don’t Get Pinched,’ is a lighthearted way of reminding people to play by the rules while crabbing because rest assured, we will do everything in our power to catch violators,” said Col George F. Johnson IV, NRP superintendent. Read more »


National Oyster Cook-Off Call for Entries

2012 Winning Dish: Chesapeake Oyster Rockfish Ceviche & Cucumber Granita

Flambéed in white wine, sautéed in lemon butter, fried and served with chipotle grits ─ Chefs of all skill levels are invited to test their original oyster recipe against the best, in the 35th National Oyster Cook-off! Read more »


Governor O’Malley, NRP Urge Water Safety as Drownings Continue

NRP Officers searching for a drowning victim

NRP Officers searching for a drowning victim

After more than 13 drownings in Maryland waterways this year to date, Governor Martin O’Malley and the Maryland Natural Resources Police are asking everyone to use extra caution when out on the water. Read more »


State Approves Recreation Enhancements at Parks throughout Maryland

Children playing on tire swing Maryland families will continue to benefit from the State’s signature Program Open Space with today’s Board of Public Works’ approval of funding for recreational upgrades in Allegany, Anne Arundel, Cecil, Frederick, Montgomery and Somerset counties, and Baltimore City. Read more »


Maryland Coast Smart Council Holds First Meeting

Beach water rising under a pier. Photo by Ellen Christianson

Photo by Ellen Christianson

The Maryland Coast Smart Council met yesterday in Annapolis ─ the first of a series of meetings to take place over the next year ─ to develop new construction standards for State agency buildings in areas vulnerable to sea level rise and coastal flooding. Read more »


NRP Wins Conservation, Boating Court Cases

The Maryland Natural Resources Police gained convictions last week on seven men charged with conservation and boating crimes. Read more »


NRP Blotter

NRP logoThe Maryland Natural Resources Police issued citations this month for illegal crabbing, alcohol-impaired boating and driving, and responded to the report of a shark bite. Read more »


Qualification Shoots Scheduled for Managed Deer Hunts


Two deers looking around. Photo by Don Biresch

by Don Biresch

Maryland’s 2014-2015 Shooter Qualification Schedule is now available and includes more than 35 firearm qualification sessions at 18 locations across the State.  These events allow hunters to take the shooting proficiency test that is required before they can participate in many of the managed deer hunts held in Maryland. Read more »


Public Meeting: State of Deep Creek Lake and Watershed

Photo of boaters on the lake The “State of Deep Creek Lake and Watershed” will be presented on Thursday, July 24 at Garrett College Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

The meeting will be hosted by Secretary Joe Gill of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Garrett County Commissioners. It will include updates on the current state of the lake and its natural resources, the current state of growth in the watershed, and the official release of the Deep Creek Watershed Management Plan.  The public comment period for the Plan will be July 25 – August 23. Read more »