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05.06.11

The fruit of a third of the work done by state agencies, organizations and fisheries to restore the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay is being stolen through illegal harvesting, according to biologists who research oyster beds in the bay.

03.28.11

By Kerry Davis Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS -- A bevy of poaching bills is making its way through the House and Senate, highlighting divisions among lawmakers who are trying to address poaching problems in different ways.

03.04.11

This year's fishing season has seen the largest rockfish poaching bust in more than 20 years. Officers found nearly 13 tons of illegally caught fish over the next few weeks, sometimes working 18-hour days to haul in nets.

02.22.11

ANNAPOLIS -- Rockfish season will re-open for two days this month beginning on Friday.

02.18.11

ANNAPOLIS -- A Maryland delegate intends to file a bill Monday that would add up to two years of jail time to a list of penalties for first-time rockfish poachers.

02.03.11

KENT ISLAND -- Maryland Natural Resources Police found nearly seven tons of poached rockfish in illegally anchored fishing nets on the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay Tuesday night and Wednesday, bringing the total this week to 10 tons of rockfish, authorities said.

01.13.11

By LAURA E. LEE Capital News Service Thursday, January 13, 2011

COLLEGE PARK - Local and state governments could see stormwater management fees from the federal government in "a matter of weeks," Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., said Thursday about a new law he co-sponsored.

04.07.10

By BRADY HOLT Capital News Service Wednesday, April 7, 2010

ANNAPOLIS - Maryland's watermen returned to Annapolis Wednesday to support a bill that would increase penalties on oyster poachers and delay the state from designating additional portions of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries as oyster sanctuaries.

03.12.10

By JENNIFER HLAD Capital News Service Friday, March 12, 2010

ANNAPOLIS - For 20 years, Roy Rafter made his living as a waterman, catching fish, crabs and oysters. Now, Rafter spends hours in a dark boat, working to catch poachers.

"It's kind of like fishing. Sometimes you catch them, sometimes you don't," said Rafter, a Natural Resources Police corporal, as he finished up a predawn patrol of the Chesapeake Bay Wednesday morning.

03.05.10

By JENNIFER HLAD Capital News Service Friday, March 5, 2010

ANNAPOLIS - The chairman of Perdue Farms called a lawsuit against one of the company's contract farms "one of the largest threats to the family farm in the last 50 years," and asked Maryland's Eastern Shore delegation to help.

03.02.10

By JENNIFER HLAD Capital News Service Tuesday, March 2, 2010

ANNAPOLIS - A coalition of environmental groups is suing Perdue Farms Inc. and a farm that contracts with Perdue, saying the farm illegally discharged "harmful pollution" into the Pocomoke River.

11.13.09

By LINDSAY GSELL Capital News Service Friday, November 13, 2009

MOUNT RANIER - On a brisk fall night here, Brent Bolin fires up his corn-burning stove.

"It's great you can have some heat while you're sitting in your living room or doing whatever," said the 33-year-old National Institutes of Health employee. "It's a cozy, nice thing to have."

10.15.09

By ALEKSANDRA ROBINSON Capital News Service Friday, October 16, 2009

LUSBY - The shining black Labrador retriever's tail snapped back and forth like a flag in the wind as he jumped happily in the tall grass -- Blu completed his mission and gleefully attacked a black Kong toy in a victory dance.

"Good boy!" said Blu's handler, Department of Natural Resources Police Officer Curt Dieterle, retrieving the unloaded gun that had been pitched into the tall grass minutes earlier while 5-year-old Blu was still in the truck.

09.30.09

By JAMES B. HALE Capital News Service Thursday, October 1, 2009

EDGEWATER - Tricia Murray is used to working at an HSBC bank in the prairies of Canada's Saskatchewan province.

But for two weeks, the bank paid its assistant manager to drop what she was doing and work with a kind of green found in the remote forests of Maryland.

HSBC sent 12 employees to work with researchers at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater as "climate champions." They were directed to learn about climate change and come back with ideas to make the company more eco-friendly.