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By NICOLE DAO Capital News Service Friday, November 5, 2010

DEAL ISLAND - J.R. Gross, a veteran waterman, will drive two hours from his home on Monday to his boat in St. Jerome Creek to begin harvesting oysters off the shores of Southern Maryland.


By JENNIFER HLAD Capital News Service Wednesday, February 17, 2010

ANNAPOLIS - As Grant Corbin testified to a House of Delegates committee Wednesday, he held up a rusty metal plate about the size of a dining tray.

"If this is the devil, then I'm not scared of the devil," he said.

Corbin, of Deal Island, was one of about 30 watermen who traveled to Annapolis in support of legislation that would allow the use of "devil divers" in oyster dredging.

The diver is a plate that fastens to the dredge and uses water pressure to keep the dredge on the bottom, Corbin said.


ANNAPOLIS - More than 150 watermen took a day off from the water Tuesday to protest a proposed oyster restoration plan and support a bill they say will help them hang on to their livelihood.