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Striped Bass Survey Reveals Healthy 2014 Reproduction

Maryland Fisheries biologists counting juvenile striped bass

Maryland Fisheries biologists counting juvenile striped bass

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


Maryland’s 2014-15 Oyster Harvest Season Opens Today

Raw oysters staged deliciouslyIn 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 »


Maryland Anglers Set New White Perch and Cobia State Records

State Record White Perch

James Stiars and his record white perch

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 »


NRP Charges another Charter Captain with Operating Illegally

Natural Resources Police LogoMaryland 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 »


NRP Charges Two with Fishing, Crabbing Crimes; Penalties Could Total $200,000

NRP LogoMaryland Natural Resources Police officers charged two Anne Arundel County men in separate cases with illegal fishing and crabbing activities.

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Mature Endangered Atlantic Sturgeon Discovered in Marshyhope Creek

DNR Fisheries Biologist Mark Bowermaster with recently caught  Atlantic Sturgeon

DNR Fisheries Biologist Mark Bowermaster with recently discovered Atlantic Sturgeon

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 »


Annapolis Woman Wins Top Prize in DNR Photo Contest

Winnning Photo: Red-footed Cannibalfly by Laurie Brice

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 »


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

Don't get pinched logo 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 »


Pennsylvania Man Wins Boat Grand Prize at Maryland Fishing Challenge Finale

Rick Snider, winner of Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats boat/trailer package

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 »


St. Michaels Waterman Pleads Guilty in Federal Striped Bass Poaching Case

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 »