Crabbing at safe levels, additional management protections for females planned
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources today released the 2014 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey results, which showed the abundance of spawning-age females was 69 million, declining just below the minimum safe level of 70 million.
While the crabbing harvest remained at a safe level for the sixth consecutive year, and juvenile crabs increased 78 percent from 2013’s record low, the total abundance of crabs — which include juveniles, and adult males and females ─ has returned to pre-2008 levels of approximately 300 million. Read more
Who: Open to the public
When: April 3 at 6 p.m. Where: Takos Visitor Center in North Point State Park (8400 North Point Road; Edgemere, MD) Contact: (410) 260-8161 or e-mail email@example.com
The Maryland Park Service Superintendent and staff will hold a public information meeting for the purpose of presenting the plans for the North Point State Battlefield Park Project, which is planned for the intersection of North Point Road and Trappe Road in Dundalk, Maryland.
DNR launches mobile app featuring recreation opportunities and news updates
Enjoying Maryland’s great outdoors has never been easier with the Department of Natural Resource’s new mobile app! The AccessDNR app provides the State’s hunters, anglers, boaters, park-goers ─ anyone seeking outside adventure ─ all of the latest in nature-related recreation, information and news right at their fingertips.
Three agency veterans promoted as Griffin heads to State House
Following Governor Martin O’Malley’s appointments of John R. Griffin as Chief of Staff and Joseph P. Gill as Secretary of Natural Resources, the two this morning announced additional changes to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) leadership team. Read more
The Maryland League of Conservation Voters honored Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary John R. Griffin with the 12th annual John V. Kabler Memorial Award on the evening of October 11, 2012 in Annapolis. Griffin was recognized for his many years working asa powerful leader and dedicated advocate of Maryland’s environment.
“I want to congratulate my good friend and colleague, John Griffin, on his receipt of the John V. Kabler Memorial Award, a well deserved honor,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “For four decades, in both the public and private arena, John has worked tirelessly, passionately and wholeheartedly to serve our citizens and protect our natural resources. For the past six years he has been at the heart and soul of Maryland’s environmental agenda, lending his wisdom, expertise, kindness and humor to the progress we have made in protecting and restoring our land, water, fish and crabs.” Read more
Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary John Griffin today announced the winners of the 9th Annual Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest. Nearly 200 photographers entered approximately 1,000 photographs this year. Christine Edwardsof Annapolis took overall top honors with her bird photograph, Black Crowned Night Heron, with the bright, white-bodied bird in a dark shadowy tree.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is offering a tool for educators across the State to teach their students about Maryland’s wildlife. Teachers are invited to borrow wildlife education trunks, which feature unique, hands-on, interdisciplinary lesson plans on white-tailed deer, black bears and the State’s 14 furbearer species. Read more
Bay Harbor Boatyard, a family run facility on Rockhold Creek off of Herring Bay, has been certified as the newest Maryland Clean Marina.
“We really wanted to make our place the best it could be, so we decided to go for the Clean Marina Award,” said Co-owner Denise Klein. “The improvements are noticeable as soon as you walk in.” Read more
More than 70 Restaurants Have Signed Up
Governor Martin O’Malley today announced the return of the From the Bay, For the Bay Dine Out, a week-long celebration of Maryland seafood benefiting the Oyster Recovery Partnership. More than 70 high-profile restaurants have already signed up, including Ryleigh’s Oyster House, Woodberry Kitchen, Equinox, and Matchbox. Last year’s inaugural promotion proved a success, raising $25,000 for oyster restoration projects.