Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The $245,000 boat was named after Robert Gaudette, the former director of boating services.
Maryland's Department of Natural Resources (DNR) honored the former director of boating services by commissioning its newest vessel in his honor at a ceremony at City Dock in Annapolis on Monday. "It's really quite an honor," Robert Gaudette said. "There isn't enough room on the hull of this vessel to name all of the people who helped me achieve my personal and professional goals." Some of those professional goals included the renovation of more than 300 public ramps and facilities throughout Maryland during his 32-year tenure with DNR. Gaudette's final professional accomplishment was to secure the $245,000 necessary to buy the 38-foot multipurpose boat that now bears his name. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security paid for 75 percent …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Wind directions, low temperatures and a dry summer all mitigated Hurricane Sandy's impact on the Bay.
The impact of Hurricane Sandy on the Chesapeake Bay was less than expected by Maryland's Department of Natural Resources (DNR). "The good news is that this storm came so late in the season that all of our underwater grasses in the Bay are going into a dormant phase like the trees," said Bruce Michael, who is the director of resource assessment for DNR. "A storm of this magnitude would have had a much more detrimental impact on the Bay if it were to come in June or July when things are much more active and alive." The summer was also a dry one, which means reservoirs were at much lower levels and could accommodate more storm water, Michael said. He expects the Susquehanna River, which enters the northern end of the Chesapeake Bay in Havre …
Friday, March 16, 2012
The DNR Forest Service will be giving away the baby pine trees after the 5 p.m. Friday showing of the Dr. Seuss classic.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will be giving away tree seedlings after a showing of The Lorax Friday afternoon at Westfield Annapolis mall. The DNR Forest Service is working with the Anne Arundel County Forestry Board to hand out 250 loblolly pine seedlings. Workers will distribute them after the 5 p.m. showing of the new movie based on the classic Dr. Seuss book at the Bow Tie Cinemas at the mall. The effort is part of the Forest Service's plan to distribute 6,000 seedlings across the state in celebration of the state's forests and the movie. The seedlings were grown at the John S. Ayton State Tree Nursery in Preston, MD, according to a release.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Agencies with the appropriate regulatory authority should not hope to simply mitigate damage to the watershed. Their authority should be used to help restore it.
After centuries of unregulated wetland filling, land clearing, and shoreline modification, over the past several decades, federal, state, and local regulations have been put in place, ostensibly to reverse the trend of the declining health of the country’s waterways. As a rule, these have taken the form of a sequence of options: “avoid, minimize, mitigate.” So, in the context of a development project, impacts to wetlands or trees in the Critical Area buffer should be avoided if at all possible, and if not avoided, minimized. Any impacts that do occur, should either be mitigated, or offset, preferably on the same site where they originally occurred, but if not there, somewhere else in the same jurisdiction. The merits of this system can be …
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Thefts prevent oysters from maturing—and cleaning more water.
The fruit of a third of the work done by state agencies, organizations and fisheries to restore the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay is being stolen through illegal harvesting, according to biologists who research oyster beds in the bay. Others said that number is even higher—closer to 80 percent of the managed reserves and sanctuaries. In all, fisheries Director Tom O'Connell said the state has invested about $50 million in oyster restoration since 1994. Yet the oyster population is still about 1 percent of historic numbers. "We have to make some tough choices because if we don't, those resources and the watermen culture could really collapse," O'Connell said. Donald Meritt is the oyster hatchery director at the Horn Point …
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Maryland Department of Natural Resources offers anglers an incentive to reduce population of invasive fish species.
In an effort to minimize the number of northern snakehead fish in Maryland, the Department of Natural Resources is offering anglers an opportunity to win prizes for each snakehead they catch and kill. To qualify for the chance at the prizes, including a $200 rod-and-tackle package, a Maryland State Park passport and a 2012 Potomac River fishing license, photograph the dead fish and include the location of the catch at the Angler's Log. History of the northern snakehead In May 2002, an angler at Crofton Pond (MacQuilliam pond) caught an 18-inch fish that he was unable to identify. He took a picture and then released it back into the pond. The next month, another angler caught a 26-inch fish, which by then was identified as the northern …
Sunday, April 17, 2011
A boat in distress with five people aboard was brought in with the help of another 23-foot boat, which then had to be rescued.
The Anne Arundel County Fire Department, the Coast Guard and the state Department of Natural Resources responded to a boat in distress call Sunday morning in the area of Thomas Point on the Annapolis Neck Peninsula. Anne Arundel County Fire Department Lt. Cliff Kooser said a boat of undetermined size with five people aboard was in distress and having mechanical problems. The boat put out a Mayday call and a 23-foot boat came to assist, taking the five people aboard, Kooser said. Due to high winds, the 23-foot boat also began to take on water. The Department of Natural Resources responded and brought the boat with seven people aboard, to safety at Matapeake State Park on Kent Island in Queen Anne's County.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Gill net fishing closed Friday due to 10-ton Rockfish poaching bust.
Monday, February 7, 2011
By KERRY DAVIS Capital News Service Gill net fishing season was closed for the month and multiple agencies are offering a reward for information leading to arrests after a 10-ton rockfish poaching bust last week. The Department of Natural Resources and other agencies announced they were closing the season Friday over concerns the rockfish population is nearing its commercial fishing quota for the month. They also cited concerns that more illegal nets could still be found. Authorities and fishermen said poachers take opportunities away from other fishermen. "It's taken some of the quota away from the honest fishermen," said Larry Simns, president of the Maryland Watermen's Association. "So they're stealing from the other fishermen is what …