Working closely with our partners to rehabilitate degraded habitat, improved bar quality and to plant disease-free hatchery oysters
Helping individuals or business persons apply for leases
Provide resources to watermen about the public oyster fishery
Monitoring and Assessment
Collecting data to guide decisions regarding protection, restoration and commercial harvest of oysters in Maryland.
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.
Two Watermen Charged with Harvesting Oysters in a Sanctuary | (3/31/2014)
Maryland Natural Resources Police officers charged two Somerset County watermen Thursday afternoon with illegally harvesting oysters from a State sanctuary. "I want to commend the leadership at DNR and NRP for developing a successful enforcement strategy that...
Eastern Shore Waterman Charged with Oyster Poaching for the Fifth Time | (3/25/2014)
The Maryland Natural Resources Police last Friday charged two watermen with violating the State's oyster laws in Talbot County. Benjamin Leonard Reihl, 26, of Chestertown was charged with eight counts of possession of undersized oysters, marking the fifth tim...
NRP Charges Crisfield Waterman with Seven Oyster Violations | (3/24/2014)
The Maryland Natural Resources Police charged a Crisfield waterman on Thursday afternoon with possession of seven bushels of undersized oysters. “On the water, from the air and on land, NRP officers are making it clear that oyster poaching will not be t...
NRP Charges Two Watermen with Harvesting Oysters from a Sanctuary | (3/21/2014)
The Maryland Natural Resources Police charged two Crisfield watermen this morning with harvesting oysters from a Tangier Sound Oyster Sanctuary in Somerset County. "The oyster season is winding down, but our enforcement efforts are not," said Governor M...
Oyster Poachers Found Guilty with Help of New Radar Network | (3/12/2014)
In the first major courtroom test of the Maryland Natural Resources Police's newest enforcement tool, two Somerset County watermen were found guilty Monday of harvesting oysters from a State sanctuary. Officers used the Maritime Law Enforcement Information Ne...
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