DNR Oyster Open House Attracts More Than 160 Visitors
Next open house scheduled for January 14 in Annapolis
ANNAPOLIS, MD (January 12, 2010) — More than 160 watermen, oyster
leaseholders, anglers, conservationists, and other citizens turned out on
January 7, for the Maryland Department of Resources’ (DNR) public presentation
of the proposed Oyster Restoration and Aquaculture Development plan at the
Easton. The DNR shellfish team assembled a 60-poster display to help guide
visitors through the history of oystering and oyster management on the Bay and
explain Governor Martin O’Malley’s recently-announced proposal.
“Maryland’s proposed oyster plan is a major change from past management approaches,” said DNR Fisheries Service Director Tom O’Connell. “It is imperative that we provide the public the opportunity to understand the status of oysters and the oyster industry and to recognize our responsibility to protect the resource and manage the fishery sustainably for the citizens of Maryland. These open houses are excellent events for stakeholders to examine the details of the proposed regulations and to become familiar with the issues and concerns we have already taken into consideration. We are also soliciting new information for review prior to our submission of the regulatory proposal in February.”
The proposed plan will:
At the 8-hour open house in Easton, 10 DNR staff along with representatives of the University of Maryland’s Horn Point Oyster Hatchery, Maryland Sea Grant and
the Oyster Recovery Partnership, were on hand to provide answers and accept feedback.
This was the first of four public scoping meetings, each of which allows for public comment. The full presentation is also available on line at www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/oysters. Visitors should anticipate it taking about one hour to review the displays.
Additionally, public comments are can be made by email or regular mail, submitted at:
Attn: Oyster Open House
Tawes State Office Building
580 Taylor Ave
Annapolis, MD 21401
The remaining open house schedule is:
Upper Western Shore: January 14th, 12:30 - 8:00 p.m.
MD Dept. of Agriculture, Harry S. Truman Building 50 Harry S Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401-8960
Lower Eastern Shore: January 20th, 12:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Black Diamond Lodge
PO Box 299, Rt. 13 North, Fruitland MD 21826
Lower Western Shore: January 26th, 12:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Solomons Volunteer Rescue Squad
13150 H.G. Truman Rd., Solomons, MD 20688
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Contact: Josh Davidsburg
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2009, is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 467,000 acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries, and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic, and cultural resources attract 12 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov