| Jul 15, 2013
| 9:49 AM
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...
| 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...
| May 14, 2011
| 7:00 AM
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...
| May 16, 2011
| 3:00 AM
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....
| Dec 16, 2011
| 10:04 AM
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...
| Dec 19, 2011
| 6:58 AM
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...
| Feb 1, 2012
| 7:05 AM
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...
| 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.
| 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...