The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will have four boats available this winter to break up ice on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The cleared passageways allow for watermen, tug boat and barge captains, and marine crews to continue work through the season. Read more
Using its newest enforcement tool, Maryland Natural Resources Police detected two watermen encroaching on an oyster sanctuary in Tangier Sound and arrested them Monday for poaching.
William Cloyde Catlin, 64, of Upper Fairmount, and Irving Lee Catlin, 55, of Westover, were each charged with unlawfully harvesting wild oysters up to 150 feet inside a sanctuary. Seven bushels of oysters were returned to the sanctuary. Read more
Conservationists, watermen and anglers are applauding efforts by the Maryland Natural Resources Police and its federal law enforcement partners in obtaining indictments of four Talbot County watermen accused of running a striped bass poaching ring that spanned four years and was worth nearly a half million dollars on the wholesale market. Read more
Great news for Chesapeake Bay boaters: The Maryland General Assembly this year passed legislation capping the five percent vessel excise tax at $15,000. The new law ─ which offers a financial incentive for boaters to trade-up, or register an out-of-state vessel in Maryland ─ was signed by Governor Martin O’Malley, effective July 1, 2013. Read more
Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) charged four men on Saturday with overfishing and with catching 131 undersized striped bass in Dorchester County. Read more
Wind-whipped waters this morning slowed the start of Maryland’s power dredge oyster season, typically the most active segment of the six-month harvest.
Maryland Natural Resources Police officers patrolling the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries cited one waterman for possession of undersized oysters and issued 25 warnings primarily for commercial equipment violations. Read more
New radar network provides 24-hour coverage
With the most active part of Maryland’s six-month oyster season opening tomorrow, Natural Resources Police (NRP) is employing a three-pronged approach to catch poachers with stepped-up patrols on water and in the air augmented by the latest detection equipment. Read more
Innovative partnership with EcoMedia helps Maryland agricultural business connect with stewardship program
Today, Perdue Farms Chairman Jim Perdue presented $50,000 to the Marylanders Grow Oysters Program. Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary Joe Gill and Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance accepted the contribution which will help fund citizen stewardship oyster projects throughout the State. Perdue was able to make this donation through an innovative partnership with CBS EcoMedia. Read more
Maryland Natural Resources Police today charged a Queen Anne’s County waterman crabbing near the Bay Bridge with violating the terms of a State order prohibiting him from engaging in any commercial fishing until next March. Read more