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Bounty Of The Bay Dinner Sees Great Success

Diners enjoying the Bounty of the Bay event

Annapolis, Md. (March 6, 2012) - More than 150 diners consisting of watermen and seafood enthusiasts recently gathered to celebrate Maryland Seafood at the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Bounty of the Bay. Boatyard Bar & Grill in Annapolis co-hosted the dinner, which featured a raw bar and five-course meal of local oyster, crab, striped bass and yellow perch dishes.

“Events such as the Bounty of the Bay celebrate Maryland seafood and show appreciation for our watermen,” said DNR Secretary John Griffin. “By continually promoting local seafood we are reminding citizens not only how convenient and delicious the Bay’s bounty is, but the importance of supporting local watermen and restaurants, and keeping Bay health a priority.”

From smoky plates of roasted oysters to baked rockfish filets, Maryland seafood is legendary. Through events like the Bounty of the Bay, DNR and its partners are working to highlight the State’s down-home delicacies and the hardworking men and women behind them.

“Sometimes people forget that our Bay produces delicious seafood even during the winter months- this dinner definitely served as a reminder,” said Steve Vilnit, DNR Fisheries Marketing Director. “We couldn’t have asked for a better event, the food was delicious and the turnout was great. You could literally see everyone coming together over their love of local seafood.”

The dinner came on the heels of the successful From the Bay, For the Bay Dine Out, which took place in early October. More than 170 restaurants from Pennsylvania to Virginia donated $1 from every dinner Maryland seafood dinner sold during that week to the Oyster Recovery Partnership, a non-profit organization working to rebuild the Chesapeake Bay’s native oyster population. DNR, the Oyster Recovery Partnership and the participating restaurants raised more than $20,000 to help restore Maryland’s native oyster.

To see a video from last year’s event, A Celebration of Maryland Seafood, visit

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   March 6, 2012

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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. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at