Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Cape Fear River Basin Action Plan for Migratory Fish

The Cape Fear River Partnership recently announced a request for public comment on its “Cape Fear River Basin Action Plan for Migratory Fish.”

The plan identifies threats to migratory fish populations, outlines actions to improve water quality, habitat conditions and fish passage, and will determine the community and economic benefits of improved migratory fish populations.

The Cape Fear River basin stretches from North Carolina’s Triad area near Greensboro to the mouth of the Cape Fear River near Wilmington. At more than 9,000 square miles, the river basin is North Carolina's largest watershed.

Poor habitat quality in the watershed's rivers and streams threaten American shad, striped bass, river herring, American eel, endangered Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon, and other fish species. Dams and other structures limit the passage of migratory fish.

The Cape Fear River Partnership is a coalition of state and federal natural resources agencies, academic entities and private and non-governmental organizations, will accept public comments through Dec. 19.

For more information, visit

source: Cape Fear River Partnership

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

2012 New York - New Jersey Fisheries Disaster

On November 16, 2012, officials from the Department of Commerce declared a fishery resource disaster in New Jersey and New York.

Under Section 308(d) of the Interjurisdictional Fisheries Act and Section 315 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Commerce Secretary can declare a fishery resource disaster and a catastrophic regional fishery disaster, respectively, which allows Congress to appropriate federal relief funds for assistance to alleviate harm resulting from a natural disaster.

If money is appropriated, financial assistance plans will be developed to help the fishing industry and coastal communities.

In 2010, New Jersey and New York commercial fisheries landed almost 190 million pounds of fish, valued at more than $210 million dollars.

source: NOAA Fisheries

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

USGS Hurricane Sandy Storm Damage Aerial Photos

A recently released collection of USGS photographs provide shocking evidence of Hurricane Sandy’s impacts on the Atlantic Coast. The collection includes hundreds of aerial photographs that were taken before and after Hurricane Sandy.

The photos, part of a USGS assessment of coastal change, show that the storm caused dramatic changes to portions of shoreline extending hundreds of miles. The area documented ranges from Massachusetts to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Pre- and post-storm images of the New Jersey and New York shoreline in particular tell a story of a coastal landscape that was considerably altered by the historic storm.

Photo pairs from North Carolina to Massachusetts will be made available online as the coastal change assessment continues.

According to USGS oceanographer Nathaniel Plant:

"This storm's impact on sandy beaches included significant beach and dune erosion and minor disruption of infrastructure in the south to extreme and often catastrophic erosion, overwash and sediment deposition, and inundation on northern beaches like Mantoloking, New Jersey."

Overwash occurs when storm surge and waves exceed the elevation of protective sand dunes, thereby transporting sand inland. In addition to threatening infrastructure like roadways, it can bury portions of buildings and cause extensive property damage. Since beaches and dunes serve as a first line of defense against extreme storms, this could further compromise the safety of coastal populations.

Data collected from these surveys are also used to improve predictive models of potential impacts from future severe storms. Before a storm makes landfall, USGS makes these predictions to help coastal communities identify areas particularly vulnerable to severe coastal change, such as beach and dune erosion, overwash, and inundation.

Preliminary analysis suggests that Hurricane Sandy rapidly displaced massive quantities of sand in a capacity that visibly changed the landscape.

The USGS worked closely with the National Park Service to gather field data on pre- and post- storm conditions at Fire Island National Seashore on Long Island. The field team went to Fire Island in advance of the storm to capture the morphology of the beach and dunes.  The team re-surveyed the beach to capture its state immediately after the storm, and they found drastic changes.

"We found that there was widespread dune erosion and overwash," said St. Petersburg-based USGS coastal geologist Cheryl Hapke. "On average the dunes eroded back 70 feet - the equivalent of 30-years of change, which had previously been measured. Our data also showed that dunes lost as much as 10 feet of elevation."

This rapid response data was used to help the National Park Service assess the areas of the coast that were most vulnerable to a nor'easter that impacted the coast a week after Sandy.

The USGS is also processing pre- and post-landfall airborne lidar data to gather information on the extent of coastal change caused by Sandy. Lidar, or light detection and ranging, is an aircraft-based remote sensing method that uses laser pulses to collect highly detailed ground elevation data.

source: USGS

Friday, November 2, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Dangers

Hurricane Sandy (photo credit NASA)

According to U.S. Coast Guard 5th District, Mid Atlantic boaters could face a number of challenges as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Although the immediate threat of strong winds and rain has passed, there are still a lot of hazards people can encounter on and near the water.

The ocean and rivers could be full of debris that can cause major damage. Buoys and other navigation aids may also be missing or in different locations following a major storm.

The Coast Guard also warned beachgoers and surfers of risks. The agency suggests that enthusiasts should remain off beaches, piers, and jetties until authorized by local officials since rip currents will still be dangerous.

source: USCG 5th District

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

HMS Bounty Disaster

On Monday, October 29, 2012 Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received a call from the owner of the 180-foot, three mast tall ship, HMS Bounty, saying she had lost communication with the vessel's crew late Sunday evening.

Eventually, the Coast Guard 5th District command center in Portsmouth received a signal from the emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) registered to the Bounty, confirming the distress and position.

When Coast Guard crewmen aboard an HC-130 Hercules aircraft, arrived on scene, They found the Bounty taking on water and without propulsion in 40 mph winds and 18-foot seas.

The 17 person crew donned cold water survival suits and lifejackets before launching in two 25-man lifeboats with canopies.

According to the ship's Facebook page, the HMS Bounty appeared in the 1962 film "Mutiny on the Bounty" and the more recent "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest."

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fall Trout Stocking in White Clay Creek

Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife recently announced that White Clay Creek in Northern Delaware has received its fall stocking of trout. DNREC Fisheries staff, along with volunteer help, stocked 1,000 pounds of rainbow trout throughout White Clay Creek from near the border with Pennsylvania downstream to Newark.

The volunteers used float boxes to carry hundreds of fish upstream and down from the truck access points along White Clay. Fisheries staff noted that the fish arrived healthy, most of which exceeded 12 inches in length.

Delaware’s trout stocking is conducted under the Federal Aid in Sportfish Restoration program administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Trout anglers support the program directly through the purchase of the required trout stamp along with the normal resident or non-resident fishing license. Proceeds from trout stamps go directly towards the purchase of rainbow trout for stocking.

To purchase a fishing license or trout stamps, or for more information about trout fishing in Delaware, visit, or call the Fisheries section at 302-739-9914.

Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Harris Creek Oyster Sanctuary

During the 2012 season, Maryland initiated oyster plantings aimed at fulfilling the goals set by federal agencies to restore oyster habitat and populations in 20 Bay tributaries by 2025.

Workers deployed 634 million spat on shell in Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay, with most of those deployed into the Harris Creek oyster sanctuary.

The effort involved the Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP), the University of Maryland Horn Point Lab Hatchery (UMD HPL), along with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Army Corps of Engineers Baltimore District

Nearly one third of the 360 acre goal in Harris Creek has been planted with enhanced substrate and spat on shell. In addition, portions of the Upper Bay were restocked with oysters after last year’s wide-scale mortality from excessive fresh water.

Harris Creek, a tributary of the Choptank River, is the first river targeted for large-scale, tributary-based oyster restoration. This area was chosen collaboratively by Maryland DNR, Army Corps Baltimore District and NOAA because of its high likelihood to succeed. Construction of the Harris Creek oyster sanctuary is funded primarily by Maryland DNR, the Army Corps and NOAA.

source: Oyster Recovery Partnership

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Rising Mid Atlantic Sea Surface Temperatures

According to the latest Ecosystem Advisory issued by NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC), temperatures in the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays were more than 6 degrees C (11°F) above historical average at the surface and more than 5 degrees C (9°F) above average at the bottom during the first six months of 2012.

During the same period, sea surface temperatures off North America's Atlantic Coast were the highest ever recorded. The affected area, known as the Northeast US Continental Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem (LME), extends from the Gulf of Maine to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

The Spring 2012 Ecosystem Advisory is available online at:


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Atlantic Coast Shark Regulations

Shark fishing remains popular along the Mid Atlantic Coast, despite a number of changes.

In the mid-1980s, sharks were considered an under-utilized resource by fisheries managers and increased fishing pressure was encouraged.

Over the next several years, fishing effort increased considerably and the impact of unregulated harvest was beginning to take its toll on some shark species.

In the early 1990s, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) implemented a Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Sharks of the Atlantic Ocean.

In May 2008, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission adopted an Interstate FMP for Atlantic Coastal Sharks to complement federal management actions and increase protection of pregnant females and juveniles inshore in nursery areas.

The Shark Conservation Act of 2010 instituted additional measures to protect shark species from illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities, as well as allowed for the continued, regulated harvest of smooth dogfish within U.S. waters.

source: ASMFC

Friday, August 17, 2012

North Carolina To Consider Reorganization of its Fisheries Agencies

North Carolina officials are looking for ideas from the public on how three different agencies can cooperatively provide more efficient, productive and enjoyable uses of the state's fisheries resources.

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will accept comments on this subject at its August meeting in Raleigh on behalf of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Legislation passed and signed into law this summer directs these agencies to study the current organization of the state’s fisheries management agencies and whether these agencies should be reorganized.

Currently, the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries manages coastal fish species while the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission manages inland fish species.

The commission will take public comment at 6 p.m. Aug. 22 and 9 a.m. Aug. 23 at the Brownstone Hilton DoubleTree Hotel, 1707 Hillsborough St., Raleigh.

The chairman will allow each commenter to speak for five minutes during the Aug. 22 session and three minutes during the Aug. 23 session. Due to time constraints, those making comments will be asked to speak only once, either at the Aug. 22 or Aug. 23 sessions. Individuals will not be allowed to speak during both public comment periods.

The Wildlife Resources Commission will also receive public comment on these issues during its Aug. 29 committee meetings at the Wildlife Resources Commission Headquarters Conference Room, 1751 Varsity Drive, N.C. State University Centennial Campus, Raleigh.

Additionally, the agencies will hold two joint meetings in coastal areas for the sole purpose of taking comments on this issue.

The meetings are scheduled for:

6 p.m., Sept. 5
Craven County Cooperative Extension Office
300 Industrial Drive, New Bern

6 p.m., Sept 6
Dare County Administration Building
Commissioners Meeting Room
954 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo

The public may comment in writing online at or by mail to S821 Comments, 1701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1701. Deadline for receipt of written comments is Sept. 7.

All comments offered on this issue will be presented for joint consideration by all three agencies.

source: N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Ocean City Maryland Saltwater Fishing

Ocean City is one of Maryland's top saltwater fishing spots. Its popularity as a vacation resort and fishing destination is due to its unique location. Ocean City has beaches, fishing piers, bridges, coastal bays, Atlantic Ocean access, fishing charters, and other resources for fishermen.

This incredible diversity of saltwater fishing allows anglers of all ages, skill levels and budgets to participate. Much of the fishing action can be combined with family vacations or weekend getaways.

For example, the Route 50 bridge, Ocean City Jetty, Oceanic Fishing Pier, OC Fishing Pier are all located within a few blocks of the beach. Fishermen can access these areas while family members enjoy the nearby boardwalk, beaches, amusements, or other attractions.

Northside Park is located where 125th Street meets Assawoman Bay, and features a fishing pier, concessions, playgrounds, a picnic area, walking paths, playing fields and a sports center. Northside Park is a designated free fishing area.

The Chicago Avenue Boardwalk, also known as the "2nd Street Bulkhead" is popular fishing spot. Located between 2nd and 4th streets, the park has metered parking, wheelchair access, and a fish cleaning station. The Chicago Avenue Boardwalk is a designated free fishing area.

Surf fishing is also popular along the less crowded stretches of Ocean City and nearby Assateague Island. Surf fishing is usually best in the fall, although good catches may last into December.

A small fishing and crabbing pier is located beside the Verrazano Bridge on Maryland Route 611, near Assateague State Park.

Ocean City has a number of headboats and fishing guides that offer inshore fishing. Most of the inshore boats fish for flounder, croaker, and bluefish. For anglers that want to go deeper, there are offshore fishing trips.

Ocean City is the home port for hundreds of charter boats that offer deep sea fishing trips. Most deep sea fishing trips leave around sunrise and fish until late in the day. Some captains even offer overnight fishing trips that last for 24 hours or more.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Rehobeth Beach Delaware Fish Kill

On July 4, DNREC responded to reports of a fish kill in Rehoboth Beach’s Silver Lake that initially involved an estimated 1,500 gizzard shad 2 to 4 inches long along with 800 white perch the same size, plus a few bluegills and a largemouth bass.

By the following day, biologists observed approximately 5,000 to 6,000 dead gizzard shad, 600 adult white perch, adult bluegills, and largemouth bass.

Surface water testing on both days by fisheries biologists indicated that dissolved oxygen levels in the water were low enough in Silver Lake, freshwater impoundment, to be lethal for fish.

Anyone observing an unusual number of dead or dying fish in Delaware ponds, rivers or other waterways are encouraged to report their observations, including an estimate of how many fish are involved, and, if known, the species of fish.

To report a suspected fish kill, please call the Fisheries Section at 302-739-9914 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and DNREC’s citizen complaint hotline at 1-800-662-8802 after hours and on weekends.

source: DNREC

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

2013 Boating Infrastructure Grants

North Carolina's Division of Marine Fisheries recently announced that the agency is accepting proposals for the Boating Infrastructure Grant, or BIG, Program for federal fiscal 2013.

BIG, a program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, reimburses up to 75 percent of costs for projects that construct, renovate or maintain tie-up facilities and related amenities for recreational transient vessels that are at least 26 feet long. The grant program was authorized by Congress in 1998 and is funded by excise taxes on fishing equipment and motorboat fuel.

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries serves as the liaison between projects in North Carolina and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the BIG Program. Proposals must be submitted to the division to be considered for this funding opportunity.

Some examples of potentially eligible activities include transient slips, mooring buoys, day-docks, floating and fixed piers and breakwaters, dinghy docks, restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, retaining walls, bulkheads, dockside utilities (water, electric, telephone, Internet), sewage pump-out stations, recycling and trash receptacles, navigational aids and marine fueling stations.

BIG funds are distributed each year. Grants are available on a two-tiered basis. For Tier 1 (Basic) grants, all states may receive up to $100,000 per grant cycle as long as proposals meet the program's guidelines. Tier 2 (Competitive) grants are reserved for large-scale, more expensive undertakings and are awarded on a nationwide competitive basis. For fiscal 2013, applicants may apply for up to $88,000 under Tier 1 and up to $1.5 million under Tier 2.

For information about grant availability, project eligibility and proposal development, please visit the division’s website at, or contact Kelly Price, the division’s federal aid coordinator, at 252-808-8168 or 800-682-2632 (in North Carolina only) or The deadline for applications to be received by the division is Aug. 16. Electronic submission is preferred.

source: N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries

Monday, July 9, 2012

North Carolina Daytime Fox Sightings

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission recently issued a reminder to its residents concerning sightings of foxes during daylight hours, or in urban and suburban settings.

According to the Commission, there a number of steps that people can take to avoid conflict with foxes, including:

 - Do not approach foxes or fox dens.

 - Do not approach, touch or feed foxes or their pups.

 - In situations where foxes have become habituated to people, people should take steps, such as yelling, banging pots and pans and setting off legal fireworks, to chase foxes from yards and neighborhoods. Be aggressive and repeat these actions if the foxes do not leave.

For additional information, download “Coexisting with Foxes.”

source: N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

2012-2013 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations

The 2012-2013 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary brochure is now available at West Virginia hunting and fishing license agents, Division of Natural Resources district offices, the Elkins Operation Center and South Charleston Headquarters.

The regulations summary is also available online at:

According to West Virginia DNR, several significant changes will be in place this fall during the hunting and trapping seasons.

source: West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

Monday, July 2, 2012

Chesapeake Bay Diamond Jim Rockfish

The Diamond Jim component of the 2012 Maryland Fishing Challenge entered its second phase when Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) biologists caught, tagged and released more than 100 striped bass into the Chesapeake Bay.

One of the tagged fish is the official Diamond Jim. The other tagged rockfish will be known as imposters worth at least $500 each if caught and registered before September 3, 2012.

Over the summer, as many as 600 imposters worth at least $500 each and one genuine Diamond Jim will be pursued by anglers.  Each month Diamond Jim goes uncaught the bounty increases - from $10,000 in June, to $20,000 in July, and $25,000 in August.

The contest features a guaranteed $25,000 payout: If one of the three authentic Diamond Jims is not caught by Labor Day, the cash prize will be split equally among the anglers who catch imposters this summer.

Additionally, if an angler catches the August Diamond Jim they will receive a set of one-carat total weight, round, brilliant diamond stud earrings from Zachary’s Jewelers in Annapolis. Zachary’s is also providing five- to six-carat blue topaz charms for anglers who catch imposter fish.

Anglers who catch and register any of the more than 80 Maryland Angler Award eligible sport fish species categories will receive certificates of achievement and free passes to the Maryland Fishing Challenge Finale, which will be held in conjunction with the Maryland Seafood Festival at Sandy Point State Park on September 8, 2012.

The Celebration will include chances to win a boat, trailer and motor package from Tracker Marine, a tropical vacation package from the World Fishing Network, tackle packages from Bill’s Outdoor Center and Bass Pro Shops and collectable Maryland Fishing Challenge shirts from Under Armour.

This year’s challenge honors the life and times of world renowned fly-fishing legend Lefty Kreh. Over his remarkable 75-year career the Maryland native has shared his enthusiasm and skill for fishing through his columns, books and presentations.

The Maryland Fishing Challenge runs annually from Labor Day through the day before the following Labor Day. To be eligible for the contest, all fish must be caught recreationally by rod and reel. To see the Angler Award species list and the official Maryland Fishing Challenge and Diamond Jim contest rules, visit

source: MD DNR

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Harris Creek Oyster Restoration

Harris Creek, a tributary of the Choptank River, will be the site for the first large-scale, tributary-based oyster restoration project in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Harris creek was chosen by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Army Corps Baltimore District, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) because of its high likelihood to succeed. The same team is developing a scientific “blueprint” to guide restoration in the creek.

The project will include the planting of oysters on nearly 100 acres in 2012, with a long term goal of restoring 300-600 acres. The Army Corps is also scheduled to plant 20 acres of new shell and stone substrate to enhance the river bottom to support the new oyster reefs.

If current funding levels continue, the restoration project should take between 2-5 years to complete. Funds for these restoration activities are provided primarily by DNR, the Army Corps and NOAA.

source: MD DNR

Saturday, May 5, 2012

2012 Mid-Atlantic Waterways Conference

The U.S. Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, towing industries, passenger vessel industries, and other maritime industrial stakeholders met April 23-25, for the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Waterways Conference in Norfolk.

During the conference, participants focused on the agenda of "Streamlining Cooperation, Knowledge and Assets."

The conference allowed multi-agencies, including military, industrial and local governmental, to discuss in an open forum lessons, dangers, problems and solutions to all maritime industry.

Hosted by the Passenger Vessel Association, the event featured speakers from the Coast Guard, the Army Corps of Engineers, NOAA, and Virginia Department of Transportation.

Among the topics discussed were new commercial fishery regulations, issues on navigation in the mid-Atlantic region, hurricane Irene, future roles of the Coast Guard, marine casualties, and offshore wind farms.

source: USCG 5th District

Friday, April 6, 2012

BOEM Offshore Renewable Energy Program Public Listening Session

On Tuesday, April 10, 2012, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) will host a Public Listening Session in which Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) representatives will take questions and input from fishermen and other stakeholders regarding offshore renewable energy projects (see below for registration).

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is engaged in siting offshore renewable energy facilities along the Atlantic seaboard.  As part of the planning and analysis for the offshore renewable energy process BOEM is reaching out to fishers to solicit their thoughts regarding offshore renewable energy as well as informing fishers about the offshore renewable energy leasing process.

BOEM will also provide an update on offshore renewable energy activities in the Mid-Atlantic (New York to North Carolina). Updates on the status of other BOEM-funded studies will also be presented during the meeting.

BOEM staff, MAFMC leaders, National Marine Fisheries Service personnel will be present to answer questions. The public can attend in person or via the internet.

For online webinar access register at: This is the same link for listening-in to the MAFMC meeting Agenda.

For questions regarding the Listening Session process, contact Jason Didden at or (302) 526-5254.

Information regarding BOEM’s renewable energy program can be found at:

Meeting Time and Location:

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) Meeting
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Sanderling Inn, 1461 Duck Road, Duck, NC

And Via the Internet at

source: MAFMC

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

2012 Virginia Fly Fishing Festival

The 2012 Virginia Fly Fishing Festival will be held April 21-22, 2012 on the banks of the South River in Waynesboro, Virginia. The event features lectures, fly fishing tips, live music, and more.

The South River, which flows through the center of Waynesboro, is used extensively for demonstrations during the festival. The convienent river access allows anglers to head straight to the river to practice newly learned techniques. The river can be accessed from the festival grounds or by visiting any of the bridge crossings in town.

In urban Waynesboro, the South River is populated by smallmouth bass, bluegill, rainbows, and brown trout. The South River has one of the only urban trout fisheries in Virginia. The river is stocked periodically by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Delaware Spring 2012 Trout Season

Delaware's DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife recently announced that its spring 2012 downstate trout season will begin Saturday, March 3 with the opening of two ponds stocked with rainbow trout.

Tidbury Pond near Dover in Kent County and Newton Pond outside of Greenwood in Sussex County will open for trout fishing beginning at 7 a.m.

According to officials, the ponds will receive 2 stockings of trout, including a few trophy-sized trout weighing more than 2 pounds.

Newton Pond, a restored borrow pit, will be stocked for its third year. The 10-acre site was renovated using Federal Aid in Sportfish Restoration funds and features a boat ramp for car top boats and canoes with no gasoline motors allowed, a fishing pier, and shoreline access for fishing.

According to DNREC, anglers fishing in Newton Pond are allowed to keep up to six rainbow trout, as they are a cold water species and can only survive while water temperatures in the pond remain cool.

Tidbury Pond is owned and managed by Kent County Parks and Recreation, and anglers are asked to be respectful of the vegetation and fences erected to protect landscaped areas. Newton Pond is owned and managed as a state wildlife area by the Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Each pond will initially be stocked with about 300 pounds of rainbow trout, average size 11 to 13 inches. Some “trophy-sized” rainbows weighing 2 pounds and measuring well over 14 inches also will be included. Stocking will be repeated Thursday, March 15 with the same amount of fish in each pond.

source: DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

2012 Mid Atlantic Salt Water Fishing Expo

The Mid Atlantic Salt Water Fishing Expo will be held March 30-April 1, 2012 at The Show Place in Richmond Virginia.

The Expo showcases Mid Atlantic pier fishing, surf fishing, spear fishing, inshore, and offshore fishing.

According to organizers, The Mid Atlantic Salt Water Fishing Expo is the largest salt water fishing show in Virginia.

Admission is $10.00 for adults and free for children 15 and under when accompanied with a paying adult. Parking is Free.

Show Hours:

Friday, March 30 - 4:00pm-9:00pm

Saturday, March 31  - 9:00am-6:00pm

Sunday, April 1 - 10:00am-6:00pm

Chesapeake Bay Oyster Restoration Master Plan Public Meetings

In April, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will hold public meetings around the Chesapeake Bay to discuss plans to restore native oyster populations in the watershed.

During public meetings, audiences will have opportunities to ask questions and provide feedback. Members of the Norfolk and Baltimore district's oyster teams will be present at all meetings.

USACE will also be using Social Media via Facebook ( Questions posted during the meeting(s) will be shared and discussed at the public meetings and responses will be posted on Facebook.

People can also email questions and comments prior to the meetings to:

The Native Oyster Restoration Master Plan is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' plan for large-scale, science-based oyster restoration throughout the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

Public meeting dates and locations are:

April 10 from 3-8PM
The Philip Merrill Environmental Center (Chesapeake Bay Foundation)
6 Herndon Ave., Annapolis MD 21403

April 19 from 3-8PM
Chesapeake College (Route 50)
1000 College Circle, Wye Mills MD 21679

April 17 from 4-9PM
Thomas Nelson Community College
99 Thomas Nelson Drive, Hampton VA  23666

source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Friday, February 10, 2012

Green Streets - Green Jobs - Green Towns Grants

On February 8, 2012, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the state of Maryland unveiled an expanded Green Streets-Green Jobs-Green Towns grant initiative. The initiative is intended to help cities and towns in the Chesapeake Bay watershed accelerate greening efforts that improve watershed protection, community livability, and economic vitality.

The grant program is open to local governments and non-profit organizations in urban and suburban watersheds in the Chesapeake Bay region of Maryland, D.C., Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia who are interested in pursuing green streets, green infrastructure, and green jobs as part of their community or watershed planning.

Grant assistance up to $35,000 is available for infrastructure project planning and design, and up to $100,000 for implementation and construction. The strongest proposals will incorporate innovative green infrastructure and best management practices that maximize cost-effectiveness.

Projects selected will enhance sustainable watershed protection and green infrastructure stormwater management through low impact development practices, renewable energy use, local livability and green job creation. The request for proposals is available at  with a deadline of March 9, 2012 for all applications.

The Green Streets-Green Jobs-Green Towns grant initiative will award more than $400,000 in 2012, double the funding from 2011. For more information on the Green Streets grant program please visit

source: Chesapeake Bay Trust

Monday, January 30, 2012

Mild Winter In Mid Atlantic

Throughout much of the Mid Atlantic region, the 2011-2012 winter has been unusually mild. Although cold temperatures and snowfall has occurred in western and northern parts of the Mid Atlantic, coastal areas have experienced an unusual number of warm, sunny days and mild nights. 

The weather is having a variety of economic impacts. In hardware stores, snow shovels and rock salt sit idle. Although snow and ice-related problems are less frequent, homeowners have been busy keeping algae growth in check.

Fuel delivery trucks sit idle as homeowners enjoy much smaller heating bills. With fewer icy roads, the number of auto mishaps is most likely down.

In gardens and fallow fields, greens began blooming in January, an event that normally occurs in April. In some locations, ornamental shrubs and trees have begun blooming.

Hunters and outdoorsmen have reported seeing mosquitoes during the hunting seasons. At night, moths and other insects have been active practically all winter. On warm days, homeowners complain as houseflies become active.

Effects of the mild winter can be seen in nature and wildlife. Deer that are normally thin have countless acres of lush green grass to feed on. The warm winter has kept creeks, ponds and wetlands ice-free, allowing waterfowl, shorebirds, and other wildlife unlimited access.

In some parts of the Mid Atlantic, freshwater fishing has been unusually good. Anglers are reporting good fishing for largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill sunfish, pickerel, and other species. In many areas, aquatic turtles and frogs have remained active during the winter season.

Mid Atlantic Fishing Website

Recreational anglers in the Mid Atlantic region will have access to a new online resource for 2012. Formerly known as "Maryland - Virginia Saltwater Fishing", the new fishing portal will be entitled "Mid Atlantic Fishing".

The site features a much expanded fishing articles section, with a wide range of regional information ranging from New Jersey southward into North Carolina.

Other new content will spotlight freshwater fishing and dozens of freshwater species overviews. An online store will supply Mid Atlantic anglers with apparel, books, calendars, collectibles, tackle, and other fishing-related gear.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Maryland River Herring Moratorium

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently announced a statewide moratorium on the harvest of river herring (blueback and alewife herring).

The moratorium follows a 93 percent drop in commercial river herring landings along the Atlantic Coast since 1985. The Maryland commercial harvest of river herring has been falling since the early 1970s when the yearly average was about 700,000 pounds. From 2005 to 2010 the average was just 35,200 pounds.

Maryland is one of several states that are taking action to restore river herring. River herring are managed cooperatively by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC).

For more information, visit

source: MD DNR