Shellfish Related Programs

Ecological Restoration

Working closely with our partners to rehabilitate degraded habitat, improved bar quality and to plant disease-free hatchery oysters

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Helping individuals or business persons apply for leases

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Commercial Fishing

Provide resources to watermen about the public oyster fishery

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Monitoring and Assessment

Collecting data to guide decisions regarding protection, restoration and commercial harvest of oysters in Maryland.

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Citizen Outreach

Initiated in 2008, the citizen outreach program know as Marylanders Grow Oysters is managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in conjunction with the Oyster Recovery Partnership, the University of Maryland and local organizations.

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NRP Blotter | (12/23/2013)
The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) charged watermen with oystering and fishing violations in Calvert and St.Mary's counties. Calvert County - A joint enforcement operation by NRP and the U.S. Coast Guard in the Patuxent River resulted Thursday in t...

Governor O’Malley Announces Innovative Oyster Restoration Partnership with CSX | (12/13/2013)
Fossilized oyster shell from Florida to become home to Maryland oysters Governor Martin O'Malley was joined by more than 100 partners and stakeholders at the Port of Baltimore this morning for a first-hand look at approximately 2,750 tons of fossilized oyster...

NRP Radar Network Continues to Thwart Oyster Poachers | (11/26/2013)
Using its newest enforcement tool, Maryland Natural Resources Police detected two watermen encroaching on an oyster sanctuary in Tangier Sound and arrested them Monday for poaching. William Cloyde Catlin, 64, of Upper Fairmount, and Irving Lee Catlin, 55, o...

NOAA Fisheries announces funding for habitat restoration | (11/04/2013)
NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) has announced more than $6 million in funding for habitat restoration projects in Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Virginia to restore more than 11,000 acres of habitat, and open more than 200 stream...

NRP Boosts Enforcement as Oystering Kicks into High Gear | (10/31/2013)
New radar network provides 24-hour coverage With the most active part of Maryland's six-month oyster season opening tomorrow, Natural Resources Police (NRP) is employing a three-pronged approach to catch poachers with stepped-up patrols on water and in the ai...

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  • Dates have been set for four public hearings on the proposed regulations submitted in May as part of the implementation of the Governor's Oyster Restoration and Aquaculture Development Plan. Read more.
  • The Shellfish Program is holding elections for county oyster committee representatives. Please review the public notice for further details on voting.
  • As announced at the June 3rd Chesapeake Bay Executive Council meeting by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, the Marylanders Grow Oysters (MGO) program is once again expanding to include seven new tributaries in its oyster gardening network for 2010. The new tributaries, located on Maryland's Eastern Shore and in AnneArundelCounty, are: the Chester River, the Miles River, the Wye River, Bodkin Creek, Cox Creek, Harris Creek and Swan Creek. MGO oysters grown during the 2009-10 season are currently being retrieved for placement in sanctuaries and cages will be refilled with new spat on shell later this summer.
  • MSU's Estuarine Research Center dedicates new oyster hatchery at ERC - Morgan State University's Estuarine Research Center (ERC) unveils its new oyster hatchery on Monday, May 3, 2010, Click here for full story.
  • The Oyster Recovery Partnership recently launched Maryland's first Oyster Shell Recycling Alliance. Oyster shell is a limited resource that should not be thrown away. Reused oyster shell provides crucial natural habitat for new oysters in the Chesapeake Bay. Click here to learn more.