Friday, August 12, 2011
As storm activity heats up in the Atlantic Ocean, the Natural Resources Police are urging boaters to properly plan for future hurricanes and other tropical storms.
Boaters should begin to plan for hurricanes and tropical storms and safeguard their boats, given the recent activity in the Atlantic Ocean, according to a release from the Natural Resources Police. “Planning is the key to minimizing injury and loss of life,” said Col. George Johnson IV, head of NRP. “Boaters need to make plans well in advance of a storm so that definite boat docking, mooring or hauling arrangements can be performed quickly and without delay.” The NRP said mariners need to consider size, type of boat and location when deciding on storm-preparation plans given that some boat locations may not offer protection from high winds or tides. According to the NRP, boaters should consider the following when making arrangement for …
Friday, June 24, 2011
Broadneck High School freshman Olivia Constants died after a sailing accident in the Severn River on Thursday afternoon.
Paorle resident and Broadneck High School freshman Olivia Constants died Thursday afternoon after a sailing accident on the Severn River. The accident occurred at about 3:15 p.m. Natural Resources Police spokesperson Art Windemuth said Constants, who lives off of Bestgate Road near Westfield Annapolis mall, was sailing with a group from the Severn Sailing Association offshore in the area of the Naval Academy. He said it appears her vessel capsized and the preliminary investigation indicates Constants' harness became entangled in the rigging, preventing her from getting out of the water. The sailing school guide saw that Constants was underwater, reached her, and took her to shore, performing CPR, Windemuth said. She was taken to Anne …
Monday, June 20, 2011
The Medical Examiner's Office is investigating. Age, gender or race could not be determined.
A boater discovered human remains in the Chesapeake Bay, just south of the Bay Bridge in Anne Arundel County, according to a news release from The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP). The NRP were notified around 11:40 a.m. Sunday. Both the Coast Guard and the NRP arrived on the scene and were able to locate the remains, which were taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for further examination. The age, gender and race of the person discovered could not be determined due to decomposition, according to the release. NRP’s Special Operations Division is investigating the incident.
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 …
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 …