Oysters have been struggling to hang on in the bay, but now there’s a glimmer of hope on the half shell.
The Maryland Attorney General’s office has confirmed that the Department of Natural Resources sought court orders allowing the placement of tracking devices on the boats of watermen.
Five watermen have been charged with oyster violations in Dorchester County.
In an effort to stop poaching on the Chesapeake, police are going high-tech.
Watermen and lawmakers on the Eastern Shore are asking state natural resources officials to ease tougher striped bass harvest regulations.
Way too much of a good thing is officially the cause for a die-off of oysters in the upper Chesapeake.
A massive die-off of oysters in the Chesapeake is placing livelihoods on the brink.
Maryland watermen say they are finding most of the oysters dead on bars above the Bay Bridge. And they are blaming heavy rains this fall from Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene.
A quiet wave of worry is washing ashore north of the Bay Bridge.
Watermen often haul blue crabs out of the Chesapeake Bay by the bushel — but a purple crab? Queenstown waterman Jake Marzucco told The Star-Democrat of Easton that he recently netted the uniquely colored crab and took photos of it before returning it to the bay.
Finding and arresting outlaws on the water is forcing Maryland to consider tougher rules for watermen. It all goes back to massive striped bass poaching this past winter.
Maryland watermen could hear this week whether crabbing harvest regulations will be changed.