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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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12:22 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Essay: Reflections on the Oyster

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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.

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9:15 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Virginia Revamps Oyster Tax

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is shedding its late 19th century oyster tax for an annual user fee.

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.

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.

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11:12 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Maryland Officials Looking for Help to Grow Oysters

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says it is looking for communities interested in helping raise baby oysters.

The department says the Marylanders Grow Oysters program raised more than 2 million oysters last year that were later planted in sanctuaries.

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.

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9:06 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Restoring Oysters in Bay Tributaries

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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.

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.

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9:19 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Tributaries Added to Oyster Growing Program

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland natural resources officials say seven tributaries are being added to a volunteer oyster growing program.

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.

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9:21 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Oyster Restoration Grant For Eastern Shore


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Two Eastern Shore waterways will get $7.5 million for oyster restoration under Maryland's proposed state budget.

     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'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.

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