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  • Va dredges 10,000-year-old fossilized oyster shells for new reefs

    Va dredges 10,000-year-old fossilized oyster shells for new reefs
    A superstructure some 70 feet high is anchored in the James River across from King's Mill, harvesting barge after barge of fossilized oyster shells. The shells have been buried in sediment for 10,000 years, ever since the planet began to warm after the...
  • Virginia oyster industry fights off aquaculture bills

    Virginia oyster industry fights off aquaculture bills
    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...
  • 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....
  • Kayaks and stripers: Virginia authorities see dangerous trend

    Kayaks and stripers: Virginia authorities see dangerous trend
    A fish is not worth risking your life for. That’s the message authorities in Virginia delivered Friday, a day after rescuing six capsized striper anglers from the chilly waters of the Chesapeake Bay. The incidents, which occurred near the...
  • U.S. struggles to track illegal marlin trade

    Revered by Ernest Hemingway and other anglers, Atlantic blue marlin is among the most sought-after fish in the sea. It’s also traded on the black market at levels that federal investigators can’t define. “We don’t know how...
  • Atlantic sturgeon in Chesapeake Bay to be listed endangered

    Atlantic sturgeon in Chesapeake Bay to be listed endangered
    Atlantic sturgeon in Chesapeake Bay and elsewhere will be designated an endangered species, federal regulators announced Tuesday. Effective April 6, the listing will provide greater protection for the dinosaur-like fish and may add irksome regulations to...
  • Virginia's oyster harvest surges in 2011

    Virginia's oyster harvest surges in 2011
    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...
  • Counting crabs in the Chesapeake

    Counting crabs in the Chesapeake
    — 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....
  • Beached sei whale a big attraction in Norfolk's Ocean View

    Beached sei whale a big attraction in Norfolk's Ocean View
    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.     NORFOLK —...
  • 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...