oyster http://delmarvapublicradio.net en Oyster Season Definitely Ends March 31 http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/oyster-season-definitely-ends-march-31 <p>There will not be a two week extension of the oyster season.</p><p>So, says the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.</p><p>Senator Richard Colburn asked for the extension saying that watermen had lost several days of work this season because of the winter weather and sub-freezing water temperatures.</p><p>But DNR said that the extension was not necessary because watermen did well this oyster season adding that only ten days were lost due to the weather.</p><p>The Oyster season ends March 31<sup>st</sup>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:06:16 +0000 Don Rush 51389 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Oyster Season Definitely Ends March 31 Essay: Reflections on the Oyster http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/essay-reflections-oyster <p>The Oyster. It has come to symbolize the Chesapeake Bay. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill reflects on its beauty and says, perhaps, we should treat it more kindly.</p><p></p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 17:22:16 +0000 Don Rush 44361 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Essay: Reflections on the Oyster Virginia Revamps Oyster Tax http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/virginia-revamps-oyster-tax <p>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is shedding its late 19th century oyster tax for an annual user fee.</p><p>The new system will spare watermen mounds of paperwork and return the proceeds of the user fee back to the Chesapeake Bay to replenish public oyster stocks. The new system begins July 1.</p><p>It will replace a system that required monthly reports and taxes on each bushel of oysters. The user fees apply to commercial oyster operations, not for individuals who grow oysters off their docks for their own eating enjoyment.</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 13:15:59 +0000 Don Rush 35374 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Virginia Revamps Oyster Tax Maryland Officials Looking for Help to Grow Oysters http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/maryland-officials-looking-help-grow-oysters <p></p><p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says it is looking for communities interested in helping raise baby oysters.</p><p>The department says the Marylanders Grow Oysters program raised more than 2 million oysters last year that were later planted in sanctuaries.</p><p>State officials say the program began six years ago with about 900 cages along the Tred Avon River. It has now has expanded to nearly 7,500 cages in 30 bay tributaries.</p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 15:12:56 +0000 Don Rush 32745 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Maryland Officials Looking for Help to Grow Oysters Restoring Oysters in Bay Tributaries http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/restoring-oysters-bay-tributaries <p></p><p>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal plan to restore the native oyster to the Chesapeake Bay identifies 24 tributaries in Virginia and Maryland that provide the best potential to bring back a coveted hard-shell that has declined to less than 1 percent of historic highs.</p><p>The plan was prepared by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as part of the federally directed effort to restore the environmentally battered estuary, the nation's largest. It concludes that 14 tributaries in Maryland and 10 in Virginia offer the best hope of restoring the bay oyster.</p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:06:25 +0000 Don Rush 29022 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Restoring Oysters in Bay Tributaries Tributaries Added to Oyster Growing Program http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/tributaries-added-oyster-growing-program <P>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland natural resources officials say seven tributaries are being added to a volunteer oyster growing program.</P> <P>The Department of Natural Resources says each year the program accepts applications from community groups and all seven applicants this year were accepted. The applications came from the Bodkin, Oyster, Pope's and Crab Alley Creeks as well as the Little Choptank and Rhode rivers, and Swan Cove in Harris Creek.</P> <P>Baby oysters, known as spat, will be delivered along with cages in September. Thu, 16 Aug 2012 13:19:42 +0000 Don Rush 19075 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Oyster Restoration Grant For Eastern Shore http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/oyster-restoration-grant-eastern-shore <p>&nbsp;</p><p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Two Eastern Shore waterways will get $7.5 million for oyster restoration under Maryland&#39;s proposed state budget.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Harris Creek and the Little Choptank River would receive funding for the placement of oyster shells, limestone, granite or other substrate to create habitat in the waterways, which are home to two of the state&#39;s new oyster sanctuaries. The Department of Natural Resources says it believes oysters will survive in the waterways if they have a substrate on which to grow.</p> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 14:21:59 +0000 Don Rush 7925 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net