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  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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 —...
  • 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...
  • 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...