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Fish ID Contest!

Correctly name the species of fish shown in this picture for a chance at to WIN a Maryland Seafood prize pack! We will randomly select three winners out of the correct answers!

HINT: these fish were caught by a waterman gill netting off Ocean City in October!
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64 days until the 2015 Maryland Blue Crab season! The season opens on April 1, but it typically takes a few weeks for the water to warm up enough before good numbers are landed.

In the meantime we have plenty of great fresh seafood being harvested from our waters: Rockfish, Yellow Perch, and Oysters... to name a few!
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Step Back in time Saturday #SBS!

Here is a satellite shot of the Chesapeake from January 30 2014 after a big snow. Nearly all of Maryland's rivers were locked up with ice and our oystermen could not get out to work. Thankfully this winter has been mild compared to last year.
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Yellow Perch are the first of the anadromous fish to spawn in the Chesapeake Bay tributaries. Spawning usually happens in late February and early March, depending on how cold of a winter we have.

Right now only a few watermen are targeting yellow perch. They are fishing in deep water where the perch are schooled up and staging for their spawning runs. As we get closer to the start of spring, more watermen will target perch and we will start to see more fish hitting the market.

NOTE: all yellow perch caught/sold in Maryland must be tagged, the tags on these fish were removed after the fish were landed.
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Maryland Seafood shared Support Maryland Watermen's photo. ...

awesome shot from Mike Cable Photography of workboats tied up in Rumbley!

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True Blue

True Blue, a new labeling  initiative is going to be your way to find out which restaurants are serving real Maryland crab meat.  It’s time to stand behind our crab cakes.

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Oyster Pledge

By having Maryland Oysters on your menu you are helping to improve water quality and habitat in the Chesapeake Bay while serving a great, healthy, locally grown seafood product.

 

Oyster Aquaculture

Oyster Aquaculture

Maryland Aquaculture is on the rise, aquaculture plays a significant role both in food production and in ecosystem restoration.

Check out  a list of licensed oyster aquaculture facilities that operate in the state of Maryland and learn more about our sustainable seafood practices.