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Virginia Marine Resources Commission

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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Number of young striped bass in Chesapeake Bay spikes

    Number of young striped bass in Chesapeake Bay spikes
    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...
  • 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...
  • Oyster gardeners: Partnership with Virginia Institute of Marine Science productive

    Oyster gardeners: Partnership with Virginia Institute of Marine Science productive
    A recent gathering of “Master Oyster Gardeners” at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science is the latest chapter in a fruitful partnership between VIMS scientists and members of the Tidewater Oyster Gardeners Association, or TOGA, according...
  • State extends ban on winter crab dredging

    State extends ban on winter crab dredging
    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...