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We had a great trip today with Samuels & Sons Seafood today! The Philadelphia based company brought out chefs from Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Thanks to the help of Dot Ruark from WT Ruark Co. and Hoopers Island Aquaculture Co. We were able to teach chefs about the crabbing industry and the oyster industry on the Chesapeake Bay with the generous help of Dot Ruark, Ricky Fitzhue and Johnny Shockley. (9 photos)
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Three more pounds of Jumbo Lump crab meat to give away??? Thats SIX total!

Since there was such a great response to our contest yesterday, we are going to give away another an additional three pounds of Jumbo Lump from the JM Clayton Company in Cambridge.

You MUST like, share and comment 'I Love Maryland True Blue Crabs' on our contest post from yesterday. People who comment on this post will not be eligible to win.
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RIP Turk Cannon, one of the last African American watermen in Talbot County. He passed away on Friday.

Turk went to work on the water when he was 19. He joined the crew of our E.C. Collier in the early 60s. Recognized as one of the best local oyster cullers, he stayed with the boat until 1983 when Cpt. Larrimore passed and the boat stopped fishing. Appearing at the very beginning of our planning, his input was crucial when putting together exhibits at the Chesapeake Maritime Museum.

He had THE LAST workboat in St Michaels on this side of the harbor- mooring his deadrise by Honeymoon Bridge. In the past, he could be seen coming back in after a long day of trotlining for crabs. Always willing to talk and share stories, Turk would often chat with people as he baited his line or worked on his boat. He ALWAYS would be smiling.

"I loved the water. I tried some other work...moving houses, stuff like that. That didn't stick too well, so I went to work on the water..and that just hit it, you know. I have been out there ever since." - Turk Cannon

photographs courtesy of Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (3 photos)
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the crab steamer at Russell Hall Seafood on Hoopers Island ...

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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.