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Maryland's oyster industry hopes for a rebound this season

Nov. 27, 2021 11:07 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Folks working in Maryland's oyster industry are hoping for a rebound this season after seeing demand and prices plummet this time last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Baltimore Sun reports that COVID-19 depressed demand. That's in part...

Nonprofit: American shad on brink of collapse in James River

Nov. 17, 2021 16:36 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — American shad, often referred to as the “founding fish” for its historical and cultural significance, is on the verge of collapsing in the James River, according to an organization that has been tracking the fish for years. The fish's population...

Paddle a string of islands in the lower Susquehanna River

Nov. 06, 2021 09:18 AM EDT

WRIGHTSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Summer was fading into autumn as I glided into a labyrinth of wooded and grassy islands and exposed necks of mud — the Conejohela Flats in the lower Susquehanna River. There may be no other place on the Susquehanna that surrounds you by so...

Chesapeake Bay Foundation chooses new president and CEO

Nov. 01, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Chesapeake Bay Foundation announced a new president and chief executive officer on Monday. Hilary Harp Falk, who has served as the National Wildlife Federation's chief program officer, will start as the foundation's new chief on Jan. 3. ...

Maryland governor declares state of emergency for flooding

Oct. 29, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency Friday for counties affected by severe weather, as the National Weather Service warned that the mid-Atlantic region could see one of the biggest tidal floods in a decade or two as heavy rain and winds pummeled the...

Report: Few poultry farms pay fines when concerns raised

Oct. 28, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Regulators’ inspections of Maryland poultry farms in recent years turned up water pollution concerns in the majority of cases, but only a few of those operations paid fines, an environmental watchdog group has found. An Environmental Integrity Project...

Maryland sees increase in precipitation, sea level, flooding

Oct. 13, 2021 17:05 PM EDT

Over the past 20 years, rainfall, flooding and sea level have increased across Maryland, according to data collected from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). From 2000 to 2020, precipitation in Maryland increased by 2.63 inches per decade,...

Paddling the Susquehanna in search of adventure, history

Sep. 18, 2021 03:04 AM EDT

MANHEIM, Pa. (AP) — Mark Heller, of Manheim, wanted to paddle 444 miles down the Susquehanna River for a sense of adventure. A year of COVID-19 claustrophobia and a similar yearning for exploration did it for the Rev. John Laughlin, a Millersville resident and pastor of...

Va. regulator worried about Chesapeake Bay menhaden catch

Sep. 12, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — This year’s menhaden catch so far in the Chesapeake Bay is worrying Virginia’s top fisheries regulator, but the company harvesting most of the oily fish say they won’t exceed a set quota. Virginia Marine Resources Commissioner Steven...

Brown pelican population is growing on Virginia’s coast

Sep. 12, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Squadrons of brown pelicans glide over the ocean at Virginia Beach’s North End on most summer mornings. Their pointy beaks and grayish-brown wings stand out against the blue horizon. They are latecomers to Virginia — breeding here was...