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More from DNR​​​

Regulations that focused on female crabs starting in 2008 helped bring a back the population of the iconic crustacean in the Chesapeake Bay. Photo by Stephanie Kendall​​​​

At Another Key Juncture for Blue Crabs, Scientists Look Back at Two Decades of Management

For Maryland Department of Natural Resources fisheries managers, the new assessment is a chance to look back at the last assessment and related management decisions—both as a model for collaborative management and a foundation to continue to buil​d from.
Harper Burton is happy with this Choptank River white perch. Photo by Seth Burton​​​​

Maryland Fishin​g Report – July 10​​

It is time for summer vacations. Our youngest anglers are off from school and many parents and grandparents are creating lifetime memories with them, often through fishing together.​
A mix of tall, mature trees as well as a developed underbrush in Chesapeake Forest Lands, showing a diversity that forest managers say is important to biodiversity and resiliency. MD DNR photo​​​​​​​​​

Certification Recognizes Maryland State Forests as Sustainable ​​​​

Independent auditors recently reviewed the Pocomoke State Forest and Chesapeake Forest Lands, two state forests on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and recertified them as sustainable, meeting international standards for forest management.

Buy Your Fishing License​​

​Our online COMPASS portal gives you 24/7 self service access to our entire product catalog of recreational licenses, permits and stamps.
Ground is broken for the Hanover Street Wetlands, part of the Middle Branch Resilience Initiative,  which is adding wetlands, natural shorelines, boardwalks, and fishing areas in South Baltimore. Maryland Department of Natural Resources photo.

Secretary’s Message: Maryland is Stronger with Planned Climate Resilience

The recent dry spell notwithstanding, the Atlantic hurricane season is underway. NOAA National Weather Service forecasters’ outlook for the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season, which spans from June 1 to November 30, predicted an 85% chance of an above-normal hurri​cane activity​ in the Atlantic basin this year. ​​

Blue Catfish illustration by Duane Raver

The Blue Catfish Problem​​​

Blue catfish are large, fast predators that can ​​​spread quickly and take over ecosystems. They haven’t been here long, but they’re already present in huge numbers and only expanding further.​




Hike the Maryland Ice Cream Trail

To encourage families to extend their trip and get outside, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has identified corresponding hiking trails. If you visit all 11 (Moo Cow Creamery is a bonus location), you will be entered to win an annual Maryland Park Service Passport, valued at $75 or a free one-year subscription to AllTrails.

Click here for more!​​​ ​
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