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Virginia Marine Resources Commission

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  • Living shorelines bring beauty and benefits

    Living shorelines bring beauty and benefits
    More than 1,700 bags of oyster shells are stacked on pallets along an eroding shoreline at Charles Hogge's home on Sarah Creek in Gloucester. One by one, each 30-pound mesh bag of shells is handed down a human chain of two dozen USS Truman sailors...
  • Study urges greater protection of Chesapeake Bay's female crabs

    A new scientific study finds that though the Chesapeake Bay's blue crab population is basically healthy, it has yet to recover enough from trouble a few years ago to be considered completely stable. What that means for watermen, the seafood industry...
  • Bay crabs: protect the females

    It has been a good summer for Chesapeake Bay crabs. They have been heavy and sweet, a gustatory delight. Beyond the dinner table, the picture is looking better as well. A recent scientific study done for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration...
  • Catch limits debated for 'most important fish in sea'

    Catch limits debated for 'most important fish in sea'
    A big fight is brewing over a little fish — a fish that no one wants to eat but that many regard as the most important in the sea. Catch restrictions loom on menhaden, which is too unsavory to grace a dinner plate but much sought by commercial...
  • The Chesapeake Bay's new oyster war?

    The Chesapeake Bay's new oyster war?
    While not as pugnacious as William Cameron, Virginia regulators are following in the footsteps of the state’s 39th governor. Cameron, who personally led expeditions in the 1880s to stop Marylanders from illegally taking oysters in Virginia waters,...
  • Commission votes to curb menhaden catch by 37 percent

    Commission votes to curb menhaden catch by 37 percent
    The interstate panel that oversees fishing along the Eastern Seaboard voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to cut the menhaden catch by up to 37 percent next year in an effort to protect the species and, by extension, striped bass. The 14-3 vote by the...
  • Bay sediment plume under study by VIMS

    Bay sediment plume under study by VIMS
    Chesapeake Bay water isn't just salty anymore. It's gritty. An eye-popping sediment plume caused by torrential rains from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee has drifted into Chesapeake Bay and is under study by Virginia Institute of Marine Science...
  • Permits OK'd for 3rd reactor at North Anna

    Permits OK'd for 3rd reactor at North Anna
    NEWPORT NEWS — Weeks after a rare earthquake forced the shutdown of North Anna nuclear power plant, state regulators approved a permit enabling a proposed third reactor to inch forward. The Virginia Marine Resources Commission on Tuesday voted...
  • Virginia cancels winter crab dredge season fourth year in a row

    Virginia cancels winter crab dredge season fourth year in a row
    NEWPORT NEWS — Despite objections from the seafood industry, Virginia regulators canceled the winter dredging of blue crabs for the fourth consecutive year. The move, part of an effort to rebuild stocks of the Chesapeake Bay delicacy, will have...
  • STORY: One dead, one missing after sailboat capsizes on James River

    STORY: One dead, one missing after sailboat capsizes on James River
    One man is dead and another is missing after a boating accident on the James River early Friday that sent 10 people into the water. The boaters -- six men and four women, all in their 20s -- were crammed into a 22-foot sailboat that left Deep Creek in...
  • Don't give up on the Chesapeake Bay oyster

    Don't give up on the Chesapeake Bay oyster
    For nearly a century, oysters have been pummeled from two sides: us and nature. Our appetite for oysters has spurred overharvesting; at the same time, pollution has made oysters more vulnerable to disease, and sediment has smothered oyster beds....