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1
Aug

Two Tilghman Island Watermen Plead Guilty to Poaching Striped Bass

NRP Officers sorting through the illegally caught striped bass

NRP Officers sorting through the illegally caught striped bass

Michael D. Hayden and William J. Lednum, both of Tilghman Island, pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to conspiring to violate the Lacey Act and to defraud the United States through their illegal harvesting and sale of 185,925 pounds of striped bass. Read more »

1
Aug

261 Young People Graduate from Conservation Jobs Corps

Successful summer parks program completes seventh year

Today marked a momentous occasion for the 261 young men and women ─ joined by their friends, families and mentors ─ who graduated from the Maryland Conservation Jobs Corps (CJC) at a ceremony at North Point State Park in Baltimore County. During their work with the six-week summer jobs program, geared toward disadvantaged teens, Corps members helped enhance park land while gaining green jobs experience and an appreciation for nature.

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31
Jul

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 »

30
Jul

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

29
Jul

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 »

24
Jul

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, Governor Martin O’Malley and the Maryland Natural Resources Police are asking everyone to use extra caution when out on the water. Read more

23
Jul

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 »

23
Jul

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 »

21
Jul

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 »

17
Jul

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 »