Working closely with our partners to rehabilitate degraded habitat, improved bar quality and to plant disease-free hatchery oysters
Helping individuals or business persons apply for leases
Provide resources to watermen about the public oyster fishery
Monitoring and Assessment
Collecting data to guide decisions regarding protection, restoration and commercial harvest of oysters in Maryland.
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.
NRP Radar Network Continues to Thwart Oyster Poachers | (11/26/2013)
Using its newest enforcement tool, Maryland Natural Resources Police detected two watermen encroaching on an oyster sanctuary in Tangier Sound and arrested them Monday for poaching. William Cloyde Catlin, 64, of Upper Fairmount, and Irving Lee Catlin, 55, o...
NOAA Fisheries announces funding for habitat restoration | (11/04/2013)
NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) has announced more than $6 million in funding for habitat restoration projects in Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Virginia to restore more than 11,000 acres of habitat, and open more than 200 stream...
NRP Boosts Enforcement as Oystering Kicks into High Gear | (10/31/2013)
New radar network provides 24-hour coverage With the most active part of Maryland's six-month oyster season opening tomorrow, Natural Resources Police (NRP) is employing a three-pronged approach to catch poachers with stepped-up patrols on water and in the ai...
Perdue Farms Contributes $50,000 to Marylanders Grow Oysters Program | (10/30/2013)
Today, Perdue Farms Chairman Jim Perdue presented $50,000 to the Marylanders Grow Oysters Program. Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary Joe Gill and Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance accepted the contribution which will hel...
The Official 2012 Fall Oyster Survey Now Available | (8/16/2013)
The 2012 Fall Oyster Survey is now available. The survey was a two-month endeavor which encompassed 262 oyster bars and 316 samples throughout the bay and its tributaries. The results indicate that oyster populations continue to improve in most parts of Maryl...
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