Maryland Department of Natural Resources

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9:02 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Maryland DNR Secretary Embroiled in Controversey

Department of Natural Resources Secretary Joe Gill
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Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary Joe Gill’s reconfirmation could be in trouble.

It began following a hearing on a measure last week that would allow DNR to open, close or modify fisheries in a 48 hour period.

Maryland Watermen’s Association president Robert Brown said Gill came up to him and said that if the legislation did not pass he could curt quotas that would hurt him.

Gill says that his comments were misunderstood.

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9:10 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Volunteers Sought for Bay Education Program

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says it is seeking volunteers to teach children about the Chesapeake Bay and other state waterways.

The volunteers will be part of the Teaching Environmental Awareness in Maryland program. More than 1,200 classroom presentations have been given since the program was started in 1998. Students are told about the bay's six-state watershed, oysters, oyster reefs, horseshoe crabs and Chesapeake watermen.

8:25 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Maryland Officials Seek Public Input on Hunting in Lower Eastern Shore

SNOW HILL, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says it is seeking the public's input on proposed changes to hunting areas in the Chesapeake Forests on the lower Eastern Shore.

The department says it is accepting public comments until Aug. 11 on the changes proposed for the 2012-2013 hunting season. DNR owns the Chesapeake Forests, which cover nearly 67,000 acres in six lower Eastern Shore counties. The proposed changes affect more than 7,800 acres.

8:36 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Dead Zones in Chesapeake Bay Down

The Chesapeake Bay has seen a good year so far when it comes to – what are called – dead zones.

Because of the mild winter, a dry spring and a hot summer not much rain has been around…to move pollution from farms and city streets into water ways.

As a result the dead zones that usually show up this time of summer…are much smaller.

The nutrient pollution feeds algae blooms that eventually eat up the oxygen in the water.

12:06 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Dead Zones Down in Chesapeake Bay

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Chesapeake Bay dead zones are down this June from last spring when heavy rains pushed them to levels not seen in decades.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says samples collected in early June show 12 percent of the bay's main stem had low oxygen levels, down from the same period last spring when a third had levels too low for life. The long-term average is 17 percent.

DNR says warmer, drier conditions this winter, compared to the extremely wet spring last year may be the difference.

8:31 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Poachers Beware on the Chesapeake Bay

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is clamping down on poaching in the Chesapeake Bay with radar and more cameras.

Later this year the maritime Law Enforcement Information Network is set to go online with 24/7 surveillance of areas in the Chesapeake Bay.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that more than a year ago there were efforts to put GPS units on all boats.

But that was turned down by the US Supreme Court on a 5-to-4 vote ruling that it was a violation of the Constitution and would require a warrant or a judge’s consent.

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8:16 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Anglers Begin Search for Diamond Jim


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland natural resources officials say Diamond Jim is on the loose.

The first specially tagged Diamond Jim was among dozens of striped bass released Thursday into the Chesapeake Bay as part of an annual fishing challenge. Anyone who catches the fish wins a prize that increases the longer the fish goes uncaught. Diamond Jim is worth $10,000 to the angler who catches it before midnight June 30. A new Diamond Jim is released each month and the prize increases to $20,000 in July, and $25,000 in August.

9:39 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Oyster Restoration Planned for Harris Creek


     ST. MICHAELS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says state and federal officials are planning a major oyster restoration effort for Harris Creek on the Eastern Shore.

     DNR officials along with their counterparts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to discuss the effort Wednesday at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels.

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