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NOAA Deploys New ‘Smart Buoy’ off Annapolis

Buoy Provides Near Real-Time Data for Boaters, Educators, and Scientists NOAA deployed the seventh in a series of “smart buoys” to monitor weather conditions and water quality in the Chesapeake Bay today. The buoy, located at the mouth of Severn River near Annapolis, Md., will be used by commercial and…


Federal Agencies Release Draft Reports Required by Chesapeake Bay Executive Order

WASHINGTON – Federal agencies today released the seven draft reports required by President Obama’s executive order on the Chesapeake Bay, which contain a range of proposed strategies for accelerating cleanup of the nation’s largest estuary and its vast watershed. The draft reports collectively call for increased accountability and performance from…


NOAA Reports Bay’s Crab Population Rebounds but Juvenile Numbers Remain Low

While the overall crab population in the Chesapeake Bay rebounded significantly last year, the number of juvenile crabs remained well below the historical average, according to a report published by the NOAA-chaired Fisheries Steering Committee. “New regulations implemented by the various bay jurisdictions in 2008 seem to be working,” said…


Maryland DNR Biologists Complete Annual Oyster Surveys

5th Consecutive Year of Good Native-Oyster Survivorship Oxford, Md. — Maryland Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologists recently concluded the 2008 oyster survey, an annual assessment of the health and population of oyster bars in Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay. Since 1939, each fall biologists use a dredge to…


Pennsylvania Governor Rendell Announces $44 Million Investiment in Recreation and Conservation Projects

HARRISBURG  — Residents will benefit from the investment of nearly $44 million for 316 conservation and recreation projects that are designed to help revitalize communities and protect natural resources, Governor Edward G. Rendell said today. “The health and vitality of our communities is reflected in the quality of their parks…


ASMFC Approves Maryland’s Request to Extend the 2008 and 2009 Recreational Striped Bass Seasons

Non-quota Management Approved for the First Time Annapolis, Md. — Today, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Striped Bass Management Board (ASMFC) approved Maryland’s request to extend the 2008 and 2009 recreational striped bass seasons. The decision also approved an alternative non-quota based management strategy for the fishery’s spring season….


Governor O’Malley Announces New Citizen Oyster-Growing Program, Maryland Oyster Planting Record

State and Partners Plant Nearly One-Half Billion Oysters in 2008; Create Stewardship Project to Grow One Million Young Oysters over the Next Year Easton, Md. — Governor Martin O’Malley today kicked off a new partnership aimed at increasing citizen involvement in oyster restoration, and announced that Maryland has planted more…


Commerce Secretary Determines Blue Crab Disaster in Chesapeake Bay

U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez today determined that a decline in the harvest of soft shell and peeler blue crabs in Chesapeake Bay is a commercial fishery failure. The declaration is an important step in making watermen and their communities eligible for economic assistance. The harvest value of soft…


Help Stop Sprawl That Threatens the Chesapeake Bay

One of the most fertile fish breeding grounds in the Chesapeake Bay is threatened by a  proposed four-lane highway that would pave wetlands and ignite sprawl in a wooded section of Southern Maryland. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is urging people to write the Maryland Department of the Environment and the…


DNR Encourages Anglers To Take Part In Summer Flounder Survey

Annual Survey Runs Until October, Provides Valuable Management Data ANNAPOLIS, MD – With the summer fishing season underway, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources encourages anglers to participate in the Maryland Volunteer Angler Summer Flounder Survey to provide input to the management of one of the state’s valuable commercial and…