| Feb 8, 2012
| 6:32 AM
Last year was the Virginia oyster industry’s best since 1989, a sign that sweeping regulations are helping restore the Chesapeake Bay’s signature bivalve, state officials said Tuesday.
Watermen harvested 236,000 bushels during the 2011...
| Feb 10, 2012
| 6:47 PM
— A mesh net tips onto the stern of the work boat "Mydra Ann," and out tumbles a community of crabs: fist-size blues with claws raised in attack mode, tan adolescents trying to scuttle for cover and translucent babies no bigger than a thumbnail....
| Feb 21, 2012
| 6:59 AM
Update: Researchers from the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center initially misidentified the whale the washed ashore in Norfolk on Sunday. It is a fin whale, not a sei whale, Joan Barns, an aquarium spokeswoman, said Tuesday.
| Nov 20, 2012
| 1:24 PM
Winter dredging for blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay is closed for the fifth year in a row as the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) moved Monday to continue to protect and rebuild the stock of pregnant hibernating females.
To offset the impact...
| Oct 18, 2011
| 4:35 PM
After several years of discouraging results, Maryland fisheries officials say the number of juvenile striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay this summer was the fourth highest in the 58-year history of their annual census.
The abundance of palm-sized newborns...
| Apr 4, 2011
Doug McMinn would rather work on the Rappahannock River than talk to politicians.
Yet that's exactly what he was doing over the winter when state lawmakers began tinkering with Virginia's oyster aquaculture laws.
McMinn and fellow oyster growers...
| Sep 10, 2010
| 11:17 AM
The Potomac River Fisheries Commission voted Thursday to revoke or suspend the fishing privileges of eight watermen convicted in federal court in the largest rockfish poaching scheme in the history of the Chesapeake Bay and the river.
| Jul 9, 2011
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...
| Aug 9, 2011
| 6:58 PM
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...
| Aug 11, 2011
| 4:03 PM
A Virginia man has been charged in connection with the July 2 boating death of a former Hagerstown woman, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission said this week.
Jay H. Fowler Sr., 72, of Colonial Beach, Va., was charged Tuesday with one count each of...
| Aug 16, 2011
| 12:15 PM
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...