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Maryland imposes oyster harvest limits, but drops plan to shorten season

Maryland officials placed new restrictions Monday on harvesting wild oysters this fall and winter but dropped a plan to shorten the season that had drawn fire from watermen and seafood dealers.

Instead of delaying the opening of the harvest season, the regulations posted online by the Department of Natural Resources trim the number of days per week when watermen can harvest oysters — something its own staff has suggested wouldn’t do much.

The leader of a watermen’s group praised the state’s revision as “common sense,” but the Chesapeake Bay Foundation called it a "half-hearted" attempt to deal with overharvesting of the economically and ecologically important shellfish..

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  • Timothy B. Wheeler
  • Fisheries

One last look is rewarded with an unexpected blue-headed vireo

The sun was finally low enough that the heat of the day was starting to ease. We were just about to head home after a pleasant afternoon at the always popular Lake Artemesia Park in College Park, MD. There had been resident...
Michael Burke | On the Wing 09/06/19

Promise to protect fully Rappahannock site still a cliffhanger

I first saw Fones Cliffs in spring 1997. I was in the company of the renowned author and naturalist John Page Williams, and I was there to help celebrate the establishment of the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife...
Joe McCauley | Forum 09/13/19

Paddle through past landscapes along remote Cat Point Creek

Early morning light beckoned me upstream into the green, marshy world of Cat Point Creek, a tributary of Virginia’s Rappahannock River. I paddled the creek’s narrow path through pastures of arrow arum, past tight...
Leslie Middleton | Bay Journeys Article 09/12/19
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