The Maryland Department of Natural Resources today announced that the 2014 juvenile index ─ a measure of striped bass spawning success in Chesapeake Bay ─ is 11.0, nearly equal to the 61-year average of 11.7. The results indicate a healthy level of reproduction for Maryland’s state fish. Read more
In a sure sign that fall is here, watermen in Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore today are kicking off the beginning of the six-month oyster harvest season.
“As the weather cools, the transition from harvesting blue crabs to oysters begins and we are again reminded of the bounty of the Chesapeake Bay and how it helps define us as Marylanders,” said DNR Secretary Joe Gill. “It is our responsibility to be good stewards and ensure that this tradition is protected for generations to come.” Read more
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service has certified a new freshwater division white perch record and an Atlantic division cobia record.
On September 5, James Stiars of Baldwin caught a 1.7-pound white perch in the Loch Raven Reservoir, breaking the previous record of 1.62 pounds set by John Williams in 2008 also in Loch Raven.
“It was my first cast of the day,” he said. “I was using a Shad Rat crank-bait, and I thought I had a largemouth bass on the line. When I saw it was a perch, I knew it could be a record.” Read more
Maryland Natural Resources Police officers last Wednesday charged a Grasonville man with operating an illegal fishing service as part of a continuing state and federal investigation into charter boats on Kent Island. Read more
First recorded captures in more than 40 years
Over the past several weeks Maryland Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologists have located, tagged and released eight adult Atlantic sturgeon in an Eastern Shore tributary of the Chesapeake. This is the first time in more than 40 years that mature female sturgeon have been documented in Maryland upstream habitats. Read more
Department of Natural Resources Secretary Joe Gill today announced the winners of the 11th annual Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest. Approximately 150 photographers entered nearly 800 photographs this year. Laurie Brice of Annapolis earned the grand prize for her up-close Red-footed Cannibalfly taken at the Glendenning Butterfly Garden within the Jug Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Read more
Maryland Natural Resources Police officers continue to press their “Don’t Get Pinched” crab enforcement campaign, inspecting seafood dealers, roadside stands and commercial and recreational crabbers. Read more
Diamond Jim Anglers split $25,000 cash
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources presented more than $70,000 in cash, prizes and merchandise to lucky anglers this morning at the 2014 Maryland Fishing Challenge Finale. Nearly 2,000 people, including sponsors, contestants and their guests, attended the celebration of fishing, held in conjunction with the Maryland Seafood Festival at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis. Read more
Lawrence “Daniel” Murphy, 37, of St. Michaels, pleaded guilty today to attempting to violate the Lacey Act by trafficking in illegally harvested striped bass.
The plea agreement was announced by Rod J. Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland; Col. George F. Johnson IV, Superintendent of the Maryland Natural Resources Police; Sam Hirsch, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division; and Honora Gordon, Regional Special Agent in Charge for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Read more