Recent News


Our inaugural annual meeting was a great success! On November 10th, DFA hosted more than 30 people at Waterman’s Crab House in Rock Hall, Maryland. Members and guests gathered to hear about progress made in 2018 and share their thoughts about our priorities in 2019. It was a great opportunity to reaffirm our shared commitment to a Bay management plan that considers the health of both the human and natural environment in our region. If you were unable to attend the meeting, you can view the Annual Meeting Agenda & Mission Statement and 2018 Action Summary by clicking on the corresponding links.

Skipjack Windfarm Mariners Update
Deepwater Wind, 23 November 2018

An Island in the Chesapeake Bay is Eroding, and a UMD Researcher is Trying to Save It
The Diamondback, 16 November 2018

New Study: Chesapeake Oyster Decline Not Due to Overfishing
Bay Journal, 13 November 2018

Maryland Could See Smaller, and Fewer, Oysters this Year, You Can Blame All that Rain.
Baltimore Sun, 9 November 2018

PlasticWatch Effort in Solomons Aims to Keep Plastic Out of the Waterways
University of Maryland, 2 November 2018

eDNA Emerges as Powerful Tool for Tracking Threatened River Herring in Chesapeake Bay
EurekAlert!, 1 November 2018

Research Links Dramatic Declines in Chesapeake Bay Oyster Population to Warmer Winters – Not Overfishing
Baltimore Sun, 30 October 2018

Sturgeon Making a Comeback in James River
Chesapeake Bay Magazine, 30 October 2018

Editorial: The Chesapeake Bay’s Environmental Success Story is in Danger
The Washington Post, 26 October 2018

Sweet! Oysters Move into Domino Sugar Refinery
Chesapeake Bay Magazine, 25 October 2018

“In Another Decade or Two, We’ll See a Different Chesapeake”
Bay Journal, 18 October 2018

Md.’s Striped Bass Index Above Average, Va.’s Remains Stable
Chesapeake Bay Magazine, 18 October 2018

MD NRCS Assists Waterman with Oyster Restoration Projects in the Chesapeake Bay

St. Mary’s County Waterway Reclassified for Shellfish Harvesting
MDE, 15 October 2018

Baltimore City Judge Dismisses Conowingo Dam Lawsuit
WBOC, 12 October 2018

The Hurricanes, and Climate-Change Questions, Keep Coming
New York Times, 10 October 2018

New Study Helps Explain Recent Scarcity of Bay Nettles
EurekAlert!, 10 October 2018

Growing Tension Marks Simultaneous Uptick of Clam Dredging, Bay Grasses
Bay Journal, 9 October 2018

Abnormally Wet Summer Will Challenge Latest Gains in Bay Health
Maryland Reporter, 4 October 2018

Time Will Tell if Heavy Summer Rains Hurt Chesapeake Bay Oysters
WTOP, 2 October 2018

Oyster Season Opens
MDNR, 1 October 2018

Anne Arundel Stream Work Opens Up Fish Habitat
Capital Gazette, 30 September 2018

Statement on Recent Court Ruling on Aquaculture
NOAA, 26 September 2018

Gwynn’s Island Homeowners Vow to Protest Plan to Float 700 Cages at Commercial Oyster Farm
Daily Press, 25 September 2018

Chesapeake Sees Unprecedented Jellyfish Scarcity
Chesapeake Bay Magazine, 25 September 2018

Virginia, Feds Reach Agreement on Tangier Island Jetty
Chesapeake Bay Magazine, 25 September 2018

With Cultivation, Have Oysters Become Too Perfect?
New York Times, 20 September 2018

State Announces Blue Catfish Purchasing Initiative
MDGS, 19 September 2018

Fishermen Worry Heavy Rains Could Affect Conowingo Dam Yet Again
WJZ 13 CBS Baltimore, 17 September 2018

“Pollution Diets”: Federal Panel Plans Oyster Reed Restoration to Improve Chesapeake Bay Health
SouthsideDaily, 16 September 2018

For Chesapeake Watermen, Storm is Another Challenge in a Tough Year
The Washington Post, 13 September 2018

Southern Maryland County Puts Aquaculture Restriction on Hold
Bay Journal, 12 September 2018

Hurricane Florence, Already a Monster, is Due to Strengthen as 1 Million People are Told to Flee the US Coast
CNN, 11 September 2018

VA Gets a Year to Comply with Menhaden Limits or Face Moratorium
Bay Journal, 10 September 2018

Chesapeake Crab Industry Pinched by Work Visa Shortage
Bay Journal, 6 September 2018

Young Right Whale Likely Died from Entanglement
NOAA Fisheries – Greater Atlantic Region, 6 September 2018

MD Changes Plans, Picks Manokin River for Oyster Restoration Effort
Bay Journal, 5 September 2018

Chesapeake Bay Magazine, 4 September 2018

Oyster Farmers, Southern Md. Residents Clash Over Water Rights
Chesapeake Bay Magazine, 28 August 2018

Study of Chesapeake Bay Cownose Ray Urges Caution in Managing Population
WTOP, 24 August 2018

Raw Sewage Making Way from Erupting Manhole to Chesapeake Bay
WBALTV 11, 24 August 2018

Record Rains Continue to Pummel Clam Populations
WJZ 13 CBS Baltimore, 24 August 2018

Pollution, Freshwater Killing Clams in Chesapeake Bay
WBOC, 23 August 2018

Senate MSA Reauthorization a Step Back for Fishing Communities
The Hill, 21 August 2018

On Tape: Wind and Solar Leaders Plead for MD Legislation
Chesapeake Climate Action Network, 17 August 2018

Ocean City Officials Strengthen their Opposition to Proposed Wind Farms
Institute for Energy Research, 17 August 2018

Fresh Water Impact Concern Chesapeake Bay Watermen
WJZ-TV CBS, 17 August 2018

Md. Governor Reacts to Conowingo Dam Debris in Chesapeake Bay
WBOC, 16 August 2018

Second Wave of Debris, Pollution Enter Bay After Conowingo Dam Opens Gates
WBOC, 15 August 2018

Op-Ed: As Weather Worsens, We Must Double Down on Chesapeake Bay Protection
Baltimore Sun, 14 August 2018

Chesapeake Bay Program Keeps Hogan as Chairman
The Star Democrat, 10 August 2018

A Day of Chesapeake Bay Politics: Plenty of Harmony, Some Discord
Maryland Matters, 7 August 2018
DFA Chairman Rob Newberry was on hand at the meeting of the Executive Council for the Chesapeake Bay in Baltimore. Gov. Hogan was unanimously re-elected as Chairman of the Council and acted as host to Governors from Delaware and Virginia, as well as the Acting Director of the EPA, the Deputy Mayor of DC, and proxies for the Governors of Pennsylvania, New York, and West Virginia. Member States renewed their commitment to meeting the EPA’s pollution goals but acknowledged that there is plenty of work left to do before the 2025 deadline.

Facing an Onslaught of Debris in the Chesapeake, Gov. Hogan Asks Other States to Do More
The Washington Post, 7 August 2017

Along with Debris Littering Waterways Comes Another Concern: Pollution
Capital Gazette, 3 August 2017

31 July 2018
It seems unlikely that anyone could blame the working watermen for the horrifying results of last week’s storms. The Conowingo Reservoir has reached dynamic equilibrium; it’s full. It is no longer trapping the junk streaming downstream from NY and PA; it is loading that phosphorus, nitrogen, sediment and debris into the bay in shocking proportions every time spill gates open and water rushes through at higher than 100,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). Last week it came through at 400,000 cfs. We’re all feeling the results. As are the Bay’s submerged aquatic plants, oysters, crabs and other marine life. It’s time to come up with a plan to deal with that material behind the Dam. And Exelon has a responsibility to share the burden of the cost; they are are making money off a public resource and not taking appropriate steps to ensure that their business is run safely.

WJZ 13 CBS Baltimore, 30 July 2018

“Working with our partners and stakeholders, we can help rebuild the oyster population while also improving the health of Chesapeake Bay,” Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “This funding will go toward ongoing oyster industry programs and projects, and help design and develop new initiatives that could benefit both the bay and our working watermen.”
Hogan Administration Announces Additional Funding for Bay Oysters
MDNR, 23 July 2018

Why the Fishing Industry is Against Offshore Wind Farms Near Ocean City
Delmarva Now, 20 July 2018

EXCLUSIVE: DPW caught dumping chlorinated water into the Jones Falls
WBOC, 20 July 2018

Approved Amendment Strips EPA’s Role in Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Efforts
WBOC, 20 July 2018

As the Tide Rises Against Them, Deal Islanders Hold Their Ground
Bay Journal, 19 July 2018

Army Corps Commander Retires from Baltimore District with a Legacy of Oyster and Island Restoration
Bay Journal, 18 July 2018

Chesapeake Bay Media, 13 July 2018

Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team June 2018 Meeting Summary
Chesapeake Bay Program, 12 July 2018

MAFMC and NEFMC Launch Northeast Offshore Wind Webpage
MAFMC, 11 July 2018

Fox 5, 7 July 2018

Scientists Scrutinize Virus, Contaminants in Smallmouth Bass Die-Off
Bay Journal, 5 July 2018

Blue Crab Population in Chesapeake Bay Down for a Second Year
Delmarva Now, 2 July 2018

MDNR: The Seafood Marketing Program, 29 June 2018

Congress is Considering Big Changes to Longstanding Federal Fisheries Regulatory Act
Pensacola News Journal, 29 June 2018

Man-made Oyster Reef near Key Bridge ‘Flourishing,’ Chesapeake Bay Foundation Says
Baltimore Sun, 28 June 2018

Amid Rising Waters, Smith Island Puts Faith in God, Jetties
Bay Journal, 28 June 2018

New Report Evaluating US Shellfish Aquaculture Permitting Systems Now Available
NOAA Fisheries, 27 June 2018

Summer Dead Zones in Chesapeake Bay Breaking Up Earlier, 27 June 2018

US Commerce Department Announces Appointments to Regional Fishery Management Councils for 2018
NOAA Fisheries, 27 June 2018

Hogan Administration Awards $22 Million for Chesapeake Bay Restoration Projects
MDNR, 26 June 2018

Flotilla of Saildrones Deploy to Arctic and Pacific for Earth Science Missions
NOAA Fisheries, 26 June 2018

Virginia Shore Dredging Projects Get Federal Funds
Delmarva Now, 19 June 2018

Feds Give Qualified Okay to Dredge Oyster Shells from Man O’ War Shoal
Bay Journal, 18 June 2018

WIP Plans out Phase Three
The Star Democrat, 18 June 2018

Scientists Say They’re Confident Chesapeake Bay Health is “Significantly Improving”
Baltimore Sun, 15 June 2018

Army Corps Rejects Request to Fund Maryland Oyster Restoration
Bay Journal, 13 June 2018

Hurricane Season 2018: Experts Warn of Super Storms, Call for New Category 6
Inside Climate News, 2 June 2018

Data the New Driver in Conservation decisions Regarding Bay
Bay Journal, 1 June 2018

Report: Chesapeake Bay Improving but Huge Challenges Remain
The Star Democrat, 31 May 2018

A Dynamic Ocean Management Tool to Reduce Bycatch and Support Sustainable Fisheries
ScienceAdvances, 30 May 2018

Pearl in the Making, Programs Bolster Oysters in the Chesapeake
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 29 May 2018

Maryland Waterway Improvement Fund Awards 12.5 Million
Maryland DNR, 23 May 2018

A Bi-Product of the Rainy Weather: Sewage Overflows
Baltimore Brew, 22 May 2018

NOAA Response to FERC re: Conowingo and Sturgeon
NOAA Fisheries, Greater Atlantic 18 May 2018

Researchers Hopeful of Chesapeake Bay Health after Dolphin Sightings
WBAL TV11, 15 May 2018

Over-Fished List Drops to a New All-Time Low
NOAA Fisheries, 14 May 2018

DFA Responds to MDE WQC for Exelon, Conowingo Dam
Delmarva Fisheries Association, 4 May 2018

DFA Supporter Named to Oyster Advisory Commission
Maryland DNR

DFA Response to The Star Democrat Article re: Rockfish
Delmarva Fisheries Association 18 April 2018
(Published in The Star Democrat 20 April 2018)

MDNR Response to Oyster Season Extension Request
Maryland Department of Natural Resources, 28 March 2018

Hogan Responds to DFA Oyster Advocacy
National Fisherman, 27 March 2018

DFA Urges Secretary Belton to Extend Oyster Season
5 March 2018

Heavily lobbied menhaden bill finally emerges
Daily Press (Newport News, Va.), 28 February 2018

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