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.
Remember the terrapin when you set out crab pots this year.
The head of Maryland’s watermen’s association says new thinking is needed about how to manage the crab harvest.
Maryland Natural Resources officials say more than 750 watermen will restore oyster bars over the next month.
Maryland watermen plan to hold their second meeting on crab management alternatives.
It’s the count that sets the limits and, down the road, what you’ll be paying for that summer crab feed.