| Jul 26, 2011
| 1:50 PM
Virginia regulators moved Tuesday to ban the winter harvest of blue crabs despite the crustacean’s comeback in the Chesapeake Bay.
The Virginia Marine Resources Commission set a public hearing in August to ban dredging of hibernating female crabs,...
| Jul 27, 2011
| 8:30 AM
A watermen’s cooperative suffered a setback Tuesday when state regulators denied most of its application to grow oysters in a Chesapeake Bay tributary.
The Oyster Company of Virginia, which includes a dozen watermen, received permission to set...
| 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 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...
| Sep 28, 2011
| 7:06 AM
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...
| Sep 28, 2011
| 7:10 AM
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...
| Sep 28, 2011
| 7:14 AM
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...
| 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...
| Oct 30, 2011
| 4:07 PM
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...
| Nov 4, 2011
| 7:26 AM
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,...
| Nov 9, 2011
| 4:19 PM
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...