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Who is craving oysters? There are handful of watermen getting out to Patent Tong in the Patuxent River. The depth of the Patuxent and the swift current makes it one of the last rivers in the bay to ice up.

We have less than a month left in Maryland's wild oyster season. Lets hope that the bay is clear of ice soon so that our watermen can safely get back out!
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On Tuesday March 3, 2015 around 9:45AM, Capt Butch Baker and his crew lost the "Nancy Carol" near Love Point in an effort to make a living during this difficult time for watermen. Fortunately Butch and his crew were able to jump onto the surrounding ice and board the Bri-Stef with Capt. Don Pierce. No one was hurt!

As you enjoy Maryland Seafood products, please keep in mind that there are people out there risking their lives to make a living and provide you with the bounty of the Chesapeake Bay.

A fund has been set up to help get Butch back on the water:
www.gofundme.com/nxyjl8
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Ice is slooowly melting and watermen are able to get their nets in the water! Look for a big warm up next week! ...

These local beauties are a prize from the Chesapeake Bay this time of year. Just off the shallow water the ice breaks up enough for the Gill Net's to fill up with loads of White Perch. This small white flaky meat is perfect on the pan, and versatile for many applications. Question: Do you know what the Maryland Chesapeake Bay record white perch weighed? #whiteperch #chesapeakebay #seafood

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Additional Information Pertaining to the February 27, 2015 Public Notice for the 2015 Commercial Striped Bass Individual Transferable Quota (ITQ) Season Modification (March 3, 2015)



In response to inquiries about which areas are open during the 2015 Commercial Striped Bass ITQ Season Extension through March 13, 2015, the Department is providing the following information: 1) notification that the areas closed during this season are restricted to striped bass spawning rivers and areas as described in COMAR 08.02.15.03B; and 2) a map and coordinates on the MD DNR Fisheries Service website (dnr2.maryland.gov/fisheries/Documents/SBClosureAreas.pdf) of these closure areas. This information illustrates that not all rivers are closed, only those that are designated as a striped bass spawning river or area.
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If you are suffering from seasonal depression from this weather we don't suggest looking at this collage of satellites image from the past two weeks! ...

Chesapeake Bay ice & snow cover over the past two weeks.

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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.