Shellfish Related Programs

Ecological Restoration

Working closely with our partners to rehabilitate degraded habitat, improved bar quality and to plant disease-free hatchery oysters

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Helping individuals or business persons apply for leases

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Commercial Fishing

Provide resources to watermen about the public oyster fishery

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Monitoring and Assessment

Collecting data to guide decisions regarding protection, restoration and commercial harvest of oysters in Maryland.

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Citizen Outreach

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.

Latest Shellfish News
NRP Charges Five Watermen with Oyster Poaching | (3/7/2014)
Radar system continues to protect resource The Maryland Natural Resources Police charged five Queen Anne's County watermen Wednesday with illegally taking 51 bushels of oysters from a protected area near the mouth of the Wicomico River within Tangier So...

Public Invited to Little Choptank River Oyster Restoration Open House | (2/21/2014)
Who: Residents are invited to talk with representatives from DNR, NOAA, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers What: Open House to present plans for major oyster restoration efforts in the Little Choptank River and gather public inputWhen: February 27 from 3 to ...

NRP Blotter | (1/17/2014)
The Maryland Natural Resources Police Tuesday charged four men with power dredging for oysters in the Harris Creek Sanctuary in Tilghman Island. Officers charged Bartlett Wade Murphy Jr., 39, and Benjamin Murphy, 62, both of Tilghman Island, with removing oys...

NRP Seizes Virginia Tractor-Trailer Carrying 50 Bushels of Undersized Oysters | (1/16/2014)
In one of the largest oyster cases in recent years, the Maryland Natural Resources Police Wednesday night arrested a Virginia truck driver and seized a tractor-trailer filled with oysters, many of them undersized. Rhoderick J. Newman, 66, of Tappahannock, w...

Meetings of the County Oyster Committees have been scheduled. | (1/09/2014)
Meetings of the County Oyster Committees have been scheduled. Members should plan to attend the meeting for their county at the time and place below to discuss future seed and shell repletion efforts for 2014. Calvert and St. Mary's County Wednesday F...

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  • Dates have been set for four public hearings on the proposed regulations submitted in May as part of the implementation of the Governor's Oyster Restoration and Aquaculture Development Plan. Read more.
  • The Shellfish Program is holding elections for county oyster committee representatives. Please review the public notice for further details on voting.
  • As announced at the June 3rd Chesapeake Bay Executive Council meeting by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, the Marylanders Grow Oysters (MGO) program is once again expanding to include seven new tributaries in its oyster gardening network for 2010. The new tributaries, located on Maryland's Eastern Shore and in AnneArundelCounty, are: the Chester River, the Miles River, the Wye River, Bodkin Creek, Cox Creek, Harris Creek and Swan Creek. MGO oysters grown during the 2009-10 season are currently being retrieved for placement in sanctuaries and cages will be refilled with new spat on shell later this summer.
  • MSU's Estuarine Research Center dedicates new oyster hatchery at ERC - Morgan State University's Estuarine Research Center (ERC) unveils its new oyster hatchery on Monday, May 3, 2010, Click here for full story.
  • The Oyster Recovery Partnership recently launched Maryland's first Oyster Shell Recycling Alliance. Oyster shell is a limited resource that should not be thrown away. Reused oyster shell provides crucial natural habitat for new oysters in the Chesapeake Bay. Click here to learn more.