2014 Maryland Striped Bass Survey

October 30th, 2014

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources recently announced that the 2014 juvenile striped bass index is 11.0, slightly below the 61-year average of 11.7. Striped bass, also called rockfish, spawn in Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries each spring. The survival of striped bass eggs and larvae is largely influenced by environmental factors such as water [...]

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Chesapeake Bay Trust 5K for the Bay Part Deux

October 11th, 2014

On Saturday, October 25, the Chesapeake Bay Trust will host its 5K for the Bay…Part Deux at Seneca Creek State Park in Montgomery County. This 3.1 mile run/walk will start at 7:45 am with all proceeds benefitting Chesapeake Bay restoration and educational programs. Earlier this year the Trust held its annual 5K for the Bay [...]

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Maryland 2014-15 Oyster Harvest Season

October 11th, 2014

Maryland commercial fishermen recently began harvesting oysters in the first phase of the state’s six-month oyster season. Only hand tonging, patent tonging and diving are permitted in October. Power dredging season begins on Nov. 1, when harvest activity rises dramatically. Last season was a good one for Maryland’s watermen, who harvested a total of 422,382 [...]

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2014 Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race

October 11th, 2014

Starting on Oct. 16, more than 30 schooner-rigged vessels will race in the open waters of the Chesapeake Bay in the 25th Annual Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race. The race begins near Baltimore, Md. Schooners will sail 127 nautical miles through the night and cross the finish line in Hampton Roads, docking in Portsmouth, Va., [...]

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NOAA Derelict Fishing Traps Report

September 23rd, 2014

Thousands of fishing traps are lost or abandoned each year in U.S. waters and become what are known as derelict traps, which continue to catch fish, crabs, and other species, according to a newly published NOAA study. The report, published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin, is the first of its kind to examine the derelict [...]

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