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12:15 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

New Restrictions on Jetpacks in Maryland

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has enacted regulations on water jetpacks, which are becoming popular in Ocean City.

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9:03 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Delaware Has New DNR Secretary

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware has a new secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

WDEL-AM reports that Dave Small was sworn in Wednesday morning.

He has been deputy secretary since 2001. Small has been an employee of the department for 27 years. He has served six different cabinet secretaries.

Small lives in Dover. He replaces Colin O'Mara, who left the department to become president and chief executive officer of the National Wildlife Federation.

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8:47 am
Mon May 5, 2014

DNR Gets New Boat for Ocean City Area

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The Department of Natural Resources got a new police boat for search and rescue as well as enforcement of fishing regulations in the Ocean City area.

The new 29-foot aluminum vessel has been designated NRP 150.

The gas-power craft cruises at a speed of 30 knots and can stay out in the water for up to 6 hours.

Its top speed is 47 knots.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the federal government paid for the craft that had a price tag of $265-thousand.

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10:04 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Mosquito Spraying to Begin in Delaware's Wooded Wetlands

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware is starting its annual spring woodland-pool spraying this week.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says its mosquito control section will treat wooded wetlands near select populated areas in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties.

Officials say about 4,000 to 7,000 forested acres that produce large numbers of early season mosquitoes will be strategically sprayed by helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft.

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9:06 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Oyster Season Definitely Ends March 31

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There will not be a two week extension of the oyster season.

So, says the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

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.

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.

The Oyster season ends March 31st.


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10:56 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Contoversial DNR Nominee Up For Vote in Annapolis

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is preparing to take up the embattled nomination of its new Department of Natural Resources secretary.

Joseph Gill's confirmation hearing is set for Friday morning. A nominations committee voted Monday to recommend him for the job. He is already the interim secretary.

Gill was the DNR's chief attorney for 14 years and has been its deputy director since 2010.

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8:50 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Big Change Possible for Bear Hunting in Maryland


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is considering a big change in the black bear hunting season.

The agency said Monday it may eliminate the quota system that has dictated the length of each season since bear hunting resumed in 2004 after a 51-year ban.

Instead, the season would be of a predetermined length. That's how hunting seasons for other species are run.

The proposal will be considered at stakeholders meeting in Owings Mills on Feb. 12. 

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9:06 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Maryland Sued Over Menhaden Quota Reductions


Watermen and farmers have filed a lawsuit against the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to over turn new regulations that reduce the Menhaden quota.

Captain Robert Newberry, a spokesman for the group, told WBOC that he believes the Chesapeake Bay should not be regulated like the Atlantic Ocean.

The cut in the quota is the result of the state seeking federal grant money.

Meanwhile, the Maryland Attorney General issued a statement last yesterday saying that the new rules are lawful.

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9:04 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Crab Population Down This Year

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Not as many crabs are showing up this year on the boats of watermen in the Chesapeake Bay this year.

Jack Brooks, a co-owner at J.M. Clayton Company in Cambridge told WBOC that he believes Hurricane Sandy which killed a large number of crabs last October may be one reason for the decline.

Other reasons he said include an overabundance of striped bass and other fish that are feeding on small crabs.

He said the protected fish like striped bass need to be fished more to even out the ecosystem.

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9:34 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Rationing Oyster Harvesting Permits

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Big numbers for his year’s oyster harvest and 300 new watermen on the Chesapeake Bay means state rationing of oyster tags to prevent them from completely running out.

The agency issues the tags at the beginning of the season in October based on the number a waterman used the previous season.

Those with no history get 200 tags.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Mike Naylor, director of the shellfish program for the Department of Natural Resources, says that when the harvest began getting bettermore people signed up.  

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11:12 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Taking Pictures of King Tides

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland's Department of Natural Resources says the public can help the state prepare for future superstorms by taking photos of higher than normal King Tides expected next week.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

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9:29 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Bear Hunting Season Opens in Maryland

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland's black bear hunting season is opening with an expanded kill quota and more hunters to help manage the growing population.

The season opens Monday, with hunting restricted to the two westernmost counties, Allegany and Garrett.

The season will end Saturday or sooner, depending on how quickly hunters reach the Department of Natural Resources' quota of 80 to 110 bears.  Last year, the agency let hunters to kill 65 bears.

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12:31 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Boaters Beware of Effects from Hurricane Isaac


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Department of Natural Resources is reminding boaters heading out on the water for the Labor Day weekend to be prepared for the remnants of Hurricane Isaac.

DNR officials say boaters should be prepared for high tides, debris and missing or misplaced navigational aids.

And boaters should inspect their vessels for damage before leaving the dock. Natural Resources Police will also be out on state waters to make sure boaters aren't drinking or operating their vessels negligently.


11:31 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Opening Tract in Chesapeake Forest for Hunting

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SNOW HILL, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Department of Natural Resources says it has decided to open the 4,800-acre Foster tract in the Chesapeake Forest to public hunting.

The department also announced Thursday that it plans to move 15 other smaller tracts from public hunting to leased hunting. DNR has been gathering the public's input on proposed changes to hunting areas in the Chesapeake Forest, which cover nearly 67,000 acres in six lower Eastern Shore counties.

8:47 am
Tue August 7, 2012

MD Boat Excise Tax Could Be Hurting State Sales

The Maryland’s vessel excise tax of 5 percent of a boat’s value could be driving owners to other states like Delaware.

Brokers say that purchases lag in the state because residents go to tax-free Delaware or Virginia where the rate is only 2 percent with a $2-thousand cap.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the excise tax is becoming a key issue for the boating industry with some saying that it’s why Maryland did not enjoy a rebound in boat sales last year.

Maryland sales fell from $183 million in 2010 to $162 million last year.

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9:15 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Maryland Officials Scale Back Boating Fee Hikes


     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Department of Natural Resources says it's scaling back proposed increases in boat registration fees.

     Department officials say the changes were made after meeting with boaters and others who would be affected.

     Boat registration currently costs $24 every two years. DNR says it will now propose fees ranging from $25 for boats under 16 feet up to $300 for boats more than 65 feet long. A bill before state lawmakers originally called for fees ranging from $50 to $700.

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8:34 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Boat Registratrion Fees In Maryland Could Soar


            Boat registration rates could more than triple in Maryland under a measure sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources.

            The legislation is aimed at raising money for projects like dredging and maintaining buoys.

            DNR’s Director of Boating Services Robert Gaudette told the Salisbury Daily Times…that the rate hike would raise – what he called – critically needed funding.

            Under the measure the $24 paid by a boat owner for a two year vessel registration would rise depending on the size of the boat.

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