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Maryland Seafood Month Kicks Off With From The Bay, For The Bay Dineout

Annapolis, Md. (October 4, 2011) - Governor Martin O’Malley has declared October Maryland Seafood month, one of the best times of the year to enjoy fresh Maryland seafood.

“With fresh Maryland blue crabs, Chesapeake Bay oysters, white perch, flounder and striped bass available, this is an ideal time to enjoy Maryland’s bounty of delicious seafood,” said Governor O’Malley. “Eating locally supports our watermen and our seafood industry. Maryland Seafood month is a tribute to Maryland’s communities of watermen and a celebration of our greatest natural resource.”

Maryland boasts deep family traditions that have been forged around tables piled with steamed crabs, smoky plates of roasted oysters, and baked filets of rockfish. Many Marylanders choose pan fried white perch or flounder to top their menu. Croakers and bluefish are also popular and available this time of year.

Maryland’s iconic blue crabs are at their best this time of year as they are fattening up for the winter. Due to encouraging crab population numbers, there is an abundance of crabs and crab meat in the markets, and prices are good. Visit the Marylandseafood.org to find recipes, tips, and sources for local seafood - www.marylandseafood.org.

Until October 9, restaurants from Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia are featuring fresh Maryland seafood dishes as part of the From the Bay, For the Bay dine out, a week-long celebration promoting Maryland seafood. More than 200 regional restaurants-- including Clyde’s Hank’s Oyster Bar, DC Coast, McCormick & Schmick’s, Matchbox and Equinox – are participating, with $1 from every dinner sold during the week being donated to the Oyster Recovery Partnership, a non-profit organization working to rebuild the Chesapeake Bay’s native oyster population.

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.

Recently updated U.S. Department of Agriculture dietary guidelines recommend that consumers eat at least two servings of seafood each week and that women who are pregnant or breastfeeding eat eight to 12 ounces of seafood per week.

Other Maryland seafood events in October include:

October 8 - 9: The 33rd annual Patuxent Appreciation Days at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, Md. For information, visit pradinc.org.

October 15: Tilghman Island Day, at the Tilghman Island Voluntary Fire Company. For information, visit www.tilghmanmd.com/.

October 15 - 16: St. Marys County Oyster Festival in Leonardtown featuring the National Oyster Cook-Off. For information, visit www.usoysterfest.com.


   October 4, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
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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 one-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.