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The oyster restoration project has been wrapped up at Harris Creek.  

Over the last four years the area has been declared a sanctuary keeping watermen from harvesting oysters there.

But WBOC reports that yesterday the last of the oysters were thrown overboard to settle on the bottom of the river.

Peyton Robertson, director the Chesapeake Bay office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told the station that around 2 billion oysters have been plants over the 350 acres.

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Maryland’s oyster season could be extended until mid-April after this winter’s icy waters kept many watermen from their harvest.

Watermen are seeking an extension of 10 days until April 14th.

Johnny Shockley of Hooper’s Island told the Salisbury Daily Times that it had been a particularly brutal winter and that the watermen could not get those days back.

Most of the harvesting is done before the New Year but the freeze could have affected many who come to the bay to harvest oysters.

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The popular channel near Hoopers Island finds the Dorchester County Council struggling to get it dredged.

The channel has not been cleaned up in the last four years.

Council president Jay Newcomb tells WBOC that the Army Corp of Engineers has cut back on the general maintenance of the channel.

He adds there is no specific project that would result in clearing up the waterway and no funding for dredging.

The Army Corp of Engineers also told the television station that while they recognize the importance of dredging the channel there was no money for it now.

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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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Maryland watermen say that the striped brass have been feeding on crabs leading to their low numbers.

And, now they are circulating a picture on the Internet that shows a striped bass cut open with around 20 small crabs inside.

Waterman Larry Powley on Hooper’s Island told WBOC that his happens all of the time.

He said with the underwater grasses disappearing from the bay the crab sit on the bottom an easy target for the fish.


Crabbing season could be getting off to a slow start this year.

Watermen say they generally see crabs by March…as the oyster season wraps up.

But watermen say they have not.

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.

If the number of crabs does not pick up customers are expected to pay top dollar for the Eastern Shore delicacy.