Recent News



Shore fishermen fight federal catfish regulations
The Star Democrat, August 13, 2017

USDA rules on wild harvested Catfish must be repealed
Bob Jones, Southeastern Fisheries Association, July 27, 2017

New rules threaten growing blue cat industry
WYPR (public radio)  

MD CATFISH INDUSTRY IMPERILED: In recent years, Chesapeake watermen and seafood processors have begun developing a market for blue catfish, that invasive species that has exploded in regional waters vacuuming up baby blue crabs, shad, striped bass and other economically important fish. But new USDA inspection rules that hold foreign imports to U.S. standards could threaten that growing market, Pamela D’Angelo reports for WYPR. And you can blame it all on Mississippi Congressman Thad Cochran, who was trying to protect local catfish farmers who were feeling the pressure of Asian imports.

IMPORTANT RECENT DEVELOPMENTS: House Committee Approves Harris Chesapeake Bay Amendment
Press Release from the office Congressman Andy Harris, M.D., July 13, 2017

Letter to Congressman Andrew Harris from Kent County Commissioner Ron Fithian representing the Clean Chesapeake Coalition re: Endangered Species Act Rule for Atlantic Sturgeon Critical Habitat. (7-13-17)

Harris Creek “promising,” but at what cost?
The (Easton, Md.) Star Democrat, July 14, 2017

Rock solid: Oysters abound on restored reefs in Harris Creek, survey finds
Bay Journal, July 13, 2017

NOAA 2016 Oyster Reef Monitoring Report – Analysis of Data from Large-Scale Sanctuary Oyster Restoration Projects in Maryland (July 2017)

Maryland shortens crab season by 10 days in response to population loss
The Baltimore Sun, June 27, 2017

MD, VA move to trim Bay crab harvest
Bay Journal, June 27, 2017

Seafood distributors taking greater measures to keep catch cold for safety
Bay Journal, May 26, 2017

All Eyes on the Little Choptank, part 1
Dorchester Banner, May 24, 2017

All Eyes on the Little Choptank, part 2
Dorchester Banner, May 24, 2017

Conowingo Dam on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at approximately 3:30 pm
This video by Chip MacLeod was taken at the foot of Conowingo Dam on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at approximately 3:30 pm – when the Susquehanna River flow was 109,000 cfs and a reported 2 spill gates where open.

Students observe importance of fishery at Omega Protein
Westmoreland News (Montross, Va.), May 8, 2017

New seafood industry group lobbies against oyster project
Bay Journal March 21, 2016


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