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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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Less than a month until crabbing season starts! Lets hope that the weather pattern it taking a turn towards spring.

The rain forecasted later this week should help get rid of the ice on the bay.

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Use the hashtag #mdseafood on all of your Maryland Seafood related posts and pictures! We will search through all of the hashtags every two weeks and give away hats, cookbooks, calendars, oyster knives and stickers!

Hope to see your #mdseafood hashtag soon!
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Patrick Mahoney Sr. and Patrick Mahoney Sr. of Wild Country Seafood did some hand tonging thru the ice last week. Talk about dedication!

Nice work guys!

photographs by Rema Ramhan of the The Capital

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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.