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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.

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.

05.12.10

By JENNIFER HLAD Capital News Service

CAMBRIDGE - Two years after Maryland and Virginia implemented major restrictions on crab harvesting, the Chesapeake Bay's crab population has more than doubled. Now state officials hope an oyster hatchery, combined with new oyster sanctuaries, can help bring that population back from the brink.

04.20.10

By Ben Giles Maryland Newsline

SMITH ISLAND, Md. - Capt. Larry Laird ferries passengers and cargo to and from Smith Island twice a day, each time navigating the narrow channel that grants passage to his boat through the shallow Chesapeake Bay waters.

 A wrong turn to the left or right, and he’ll run his vessel aground.

04.20.10

By Ben Giles Maryland Newsline

SMITH ISLAND, Md. - Capt. Larry Laird ferries passengers and cargo to and from Smith Island twice a day, each time navigating the narrow channel that grants passage to his boat through the shallow Chesapeake Bay waters.

 A wrong turn to the left or right, and he’ll run his vessel aground.

04.09.10

By MORGAN GIBSON Capital News Service Friday, April 9, 2010

CAMBRIDGE - Rep. Frank Kratovil is diving into a key issue in his district, hoping to learn more about Chesapeake Bay oysters and efforts to save them.

Kratovil, D-Stevensville, went out on the Choptank River late Friday morning with some of Maryland's watermen and environmental scientists to watch how they study and restore oysters.

12.18.09

"I'm getting more optimistic than I was, say, five years ago, particularly with the federal government taking the action they're taking," said former Gov. Harry Hughes.

12.03.09

By JAMES B. HALE Capital News Service Thursday, December 3, 2009

ANNAPOLIS- Gov. Martin O'Malley announced plans to drastically change Maryland's oyster industry Thursday in the hopes of stimulating the state's economy and growing the dwindling oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay.

The three-pronged proposal includes plans to increase Maryland's network of oyster sanctuaries, expand areas available for aquaculture and private leasing of oyster harvesting, and protect current fisheries from leasing.

10.05.09

Megan Brubaker dove into the Choptank River in Cambridge for the ChesapeakeMan Ultra Distance Triathlon last month, well aware of the high levels of pollution in the bay, but with no concerns for her health.

Unlike Brubaker, some Maryland residents are terrified at the prospect of swimming in the Chesapeake Bay. But scientists and regular bay swimmers assure there are little to no negative side effects of taking a dip in the water -- as long as you do it at the right time.