oysters http://delmarvapublicradio.net en Phillips Seafood Celebrates 100th Anniversay http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/phillips-seafood-celebrates-100th-anniversay <p>Phillips Seafood held a party yesterday for its 100th birthday at its 20th street restaurant in Ocean City to honor the establishment of the A. E. Phillips seafood packing plant in 1914.</p><p>CEO Steve Phillips recalled his maternal grandfather was a waterman on Hooper's Island, who would take him crabbing and oystering when he was a boy.</p><p>The 67-year-old Phillips told the celebration that the Phillips family owes its success to Maryland watermen and the Chesapeake Bay.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:58:49 +0000 Don Rush 57991 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Phillips Seafood Celebrates 100th Anniversay Artificial Reefs in Choptank Near Cambridge http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/artificial-reefs-choptank-near-cambridge <p>CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) - An artificial oyster reef made up of 300 concrete balls has been completed in the Choptank River.</p><p>The reef was finished Saturday in the Bill Burton Fishing Pier adjacent to the Fredrick C. Malkus Bridge in Cambridge.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The two foot-tall igloo-like reef balls were set with baby oysters, or spat, by submerging them in large tanks of Chesapeake Bay water.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 12:28:02 +0000 Don Rush 42536 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Artificial Reefs in Choptank Near Cambridge Virginia Cracks Down on Oyster Poaching http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/virginia-cracks-down-oyster-poaching <p>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - With Virginia oyster stocks on the rise, so is poaching and that has caught the attention of regulators.</p><p>The public oyster season opened Tuesday and the Virginia Marine Police are taking aim at what they call an epidemic of poaching. Last month, for instance, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission revoked the fishing licenses of five commercial oyster harvesters who pleaded guilty to poaching by overharvesting.</p><p>Marine Police will seek out oyster poachers by air, land and sea. The force has dedicated officers to seek out offenders as a top priority.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 12:58:06 +0000 Don Rush 42217 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Virginia Cracks Down on Oyster Poaching Oyster Reef Balls Placed in Lafayette River http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/oyster-reef-balls-placed-lafayette-river <p>NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has lowered 25 concrete oyster reef balls into the Lafayette River in Norfolk.</p><p>Oyster harvesting has been banned on the Lafayette since the 1920s because of contamination from industries and storm water runoff. The work Tuesday is part of an initiative to restore the Lafayette to health.</p><p>Reef balls are dome-shaped concrete structures that provide a surface on which swimming oyster larvae can attach. Balls are seeded with live baby oysters called "spat." They also provide the benefit of shoreline stabilization.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 13:04:53 +0000 Don Rush 36698 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Oyster Reef Balls Placed in Lafayette River Crabbing Season: Off to a Slow Start http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/crabbing-season-slow-start <p></p><p>Crabbing season could be getting off to a slow start this year.</p><p>Watermen say they generally see crabs by March…as the oyster season wraps up.</p><p>But watermen say they have not.</p><p>In Cambridge Waterman Jason Mills told WBOC that last year had been a good season…but that he and others were concerned about what this year might bring.</p><p>If the number of crabs does not pick up customers are expected to pay top dollar for the Eastern Shore delicacy.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 12:45:50 +0000 Don Rush 31766 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Crabbing Season: Off to a Slow Start Oysters Population Up in Chesapeake Bay http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/oysters-population-chesapeake-bay <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland&#39;s Department of Natural Resources</p><p>says oysters are surviving at the highest rate since 1985.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The department says results of its fall oyster survey show 92</p><p>percent of oysters were found alive in samples taken baywide. The</p><p>two-month survey sampled 263 oyster bars throughout the bay.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; While heavy rains last year caused high mortality in some areas,</p> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 13:47:30 +0000 Don Rush 7791 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net