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Governor O’Malley Kicks Off From The Bay, For The Bay Dine Out Week

Hundreds of restaurants to feature fresh Maryland seafood October 2-9

DNR Secretary John Griffin, Governor Martin O’Malley
and Hell’s Point  Executive Chief James Huff

Annapolis, Md. (September 30, 2011) — Governor Martin O’Malley and Natural Resources Secretary John Griffin today visited Hell Point Seafood in Annapolis to kick off From the Bay, For the Bay, a week-long celebration promoting Maryland seafood that begins Sunday. Executive Chef and co-owner James Huff presented the two with a preview lunch that included striped bass, blue crabs, bay oysters — the type of fresh, Maryland seafood that will be featured at more than 200 restaurants in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia during the promotion.

“We are incredibly pleased by the enthusiasm surrounding our Dine Out celebration,” said Governor O’Malley. “Restaurants from across the mid-Atlantic have joined this effort to promote our Maryland seafood and that speaks volumes about the quality and variety that we have to offer. By promoting the bounty of the Chesapeake Bay and encouraging Marylanders to buy local, this program supports local economies and jobs among watermen, seafood wholesalers and retailers, and the restaurant industry.”

The promotion will run October 2-9, 2011, with more than 200 regional restaurants-- including Clyde’s Hank’s Oyster Bar, DC Coast, McCormick & Schmick’s, Matchbox and Equinox -- featuring fresh Maryland Seafood dishes. Hells Point Seafood has been open in Annapolis since 2009, and employs 35 people.

“This program is really a win-win for everyone involved,” said Chef Huff. “Here at Hell Point we are committed to serving fresh local foods and supporting our watermen and other local businesses, and are thrilled to be giving something back to the Bay as well. Given the public’s ever-increasing interest in where their food comes from, and a genuine desire to help restore the Bay, I believe this endeavor will not only be a great success, but will provide a foundation for future efforts to keep menus local and sustainable.”

Participating locations will also donate $1 from every dinner sold during the week to the Oyster Recovery Partnership, a non-profit organization working to rebuild the Chesapeake Bay’s native oyster population.

“Donations from this promotion will go directly back into the Bay by supporting Maryland’s native oyster restoration efforts, including producing and planting tens of millions of spat on shell (baby oysters) back into the Bay, while expanding the regional Shell Recycling Alliance that recycles restaurants’ used oyster shells,” said Stephan Abel, Executive Director of the Oyster Recovery Partnership. "Oysters are paramount to the bay's long-term recovery and the reefs they create are the foundation for the Chesapeake Bay's ecosystem." Over the past decade, the Oyster Recovery Partnership has replanted hundreds of millions of oysters in the Bay. Oysters are a critical species to the Bay’s long term recovery. A healthy oyster reef not only filters the Bay’s waters, but also provides habitat for other marine life such as blue crabs and striped bass. “From striped bass and yellow perch, to our blue crab and native oyster, Maryland seafood is beyond compare,” said Secretary Griffin. “Whether dining out or eating at home, we encourage everyone to enjoy our great fish and shellfish, and in so doing support our watermen and other local businesses.”

For more information and to view the full list of participating restaurants please visit dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/fromthebay/ and look for the From the Bay, For the Bay mobile web app, on the fisheries mobile page on any web-capable mobile device.


   September 30, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly a half-million 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 11 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