May 18, 2017


2019-2020 Oyster Season Regulations
Season Limits, Dates
Closure Notices: Somerset, Gravelly Run, Coots, Rock Point, Upper Bay
DNR, September 16/17, 2019
Response from DNR to DFA re 2019-2020 Season
DNR, September 2019
Letter from DFA to DNR re 2019-2020 Season
DFA, August 2019

MD Oyster Management Plan Info
Final Oyster Management Plan (OMP)
DNR, May 2019
Comments on Final OMP
DFA, June 2019
Draft Oyster Management Plan (OMP)
DNR, February 2019
Comments on Draft OMP
DFA, March 2019
Comments on Revised OMP
DFA, May 2019

2019 Legislative Action re: Oysters
House Bill 1, House Bill 40 & Senate Bill 145 – Prohibition on Dredging Man O’War Shoals
– DFA Written Testimony for House here and Senate here.
– Oral Testimony for House here and Senate here.

House Bill 298 and Senate Bill 448 – Tributary-Scale Sanctuaries
– DFA Written Testimony for House here and Senate here.
– Oral Testimony for House here and Senate here.
– Veto request here. Governor’s veto. (Veto Overturned)

House 348 and Senate Bill 362 – Shell First
– DFA Written Testimony for House here and Senate here.
– Oral testimony for the Senate here.

House Bill 720 and Senate Bill 830 – Oyster FMP
– DFA Written Testimony for Senate here.
– Oral testimony for House here and Senate here.
– Veto request here. Governor’s veto.

Senate Bill 683 – Oyster Harvest Impact
– DFA Written Testimony for Senate here.
– Oral testimony here.

Other Important Oyster Items
Comments on Oyster Replenishment RFP
DFA, July 2019
A Stock Assessment of the Eastern Oyster in the Maryland Waters of the Chesapeake Bay
MDNR, November 2018

Oysters in the News
Open-Water Sites Producing Oysters with Bay’s Briny Sweetness
Bay Journal, September 18, 2019

Study Projects Significant Choptank Ricer Crab, Perch Harvests Thanks to Oyster Reef Restoration
WBOC, June 26, 2019

Pittsburgh Restaurants Send Oyster Shells East to Restore the Chesapeake
Pittsburgh Current, June 11, 2019

Why You Want Oysters and a Salt Marsh Between You and a Hurricane
Vox, June 3, 2019

If They Build It, Will the Oysters Come?
Washington Post, May 25, 2019

Gov. Hogan Vetoes Oyster Fishery Management Plan
WBOC, May 24, 2019

Groups Hope to Plant More Oysters on Reefs in Severn River after High Survival Rate Last Year
Capital Gazette, May 16, 2019

Legislative Action re: Oysters – Previous Years
Maryland House Passes Alteration to Commercial Diver Requirements
General Assembly of Maryland

General Assembly Passes Changes to Oyster Poaching Penalties
General Assembly of Maryland

Oyster Management Documents – Previous Years
Presentation Materials for Oyster Aquaculture Workgroup
Courtesy of Maryland DNR, August 1, 2018 (See also Presentation Materials Outlining Structure after SB 847 Courtesy of Maryland DNR, 2012)

Recommendations for Oyster Management and Restoration in the Choptank and Little Choptank Rivers
OysterFutures Stakeholder Workgroup

A Literature Review of Alternative Substrate Options for Oyster Recommendations
NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office

Oysters in the News – Previous Years
Statement on Recent Court Ruling on Aquaculture
NOAA, September 26, 2018

Gwynn’s Island Homeowners Vow to Protest Plan to Float 700 Cages at Commercial Oyster Farm
Daily Press, September 25, 2018

With Cultivation, Have Oysters Become Too Perfect?
New York Times, September 20, 2018

“Pollution Diets”: Federal Panel Plans Oyster Reef Restoration to Improve Chesapeake Bay Health
SouthsideDaily, September 16, 2018

Southern Maryland County Puts Aquaculture Restriction on Hold
Bay Journal, September 12, 2018

Watermen React to Somerset County Oyster Restoration Proposal
WBOC, September 6, 2018

MD Changes Plans, Picks Manokin River for Oyster Restoration Effort
Bay Journal, September 5, 2018

Manokin River Selected for Large-Scale Oyster Restoration
MDNR, September 5, 2018

Maryland Proposes Creating Manokin River Oyster Sanctuary – But Leaves Open Chance to Harvest it One Day
Baltimore Sun, September 5, 2018

Oyster Farmers, Southern Md. Residents Clash Over Water Rights
Chesapeake Bay Magazine, August 28, 2018

Southern Maryland County Considers Limiting Dock Access for Oyster Farmers
Bay Journal, August 6, 2018

Army Corps Rejects Request to Fund Maryland Oyster Restoration
Rappahannock Record, July 4, 2018

Livelihood Diversification and Maryland Oysters: What it Means, and Why We Care
Sea Grant Maryland, June 21, 2018

Army Corps Rejects Request to Fund Maryland Oyster Restoration
Bay Journal, June 13, 2018

Pearl in the Making, Programs Bolster Oysters in the Chesapeake
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, May 29, 2018

Maryland slashes oyster restoration acreage goal in Eastern Shore sanctuary
Capital News Service

Oyster season catch dropped in 2015 and ’16>
The (Crisfield, Md.) County Times

See this important email from MSRC’s Steve Warner with Seafood Aquaculture and Economic Impact Reports
October 12, 2017

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission News
The August/September 2017 issue of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s newsletter, Fisheries Focus, is now available online. Read about recent and proposed management actions, upcoming meetings, stock assessment updates, and more.

Acidity Levels in Chesapeake Bay Threatening Marine Life, Scientists Say
WBOC Television, October 10, 2017

Embattled Maryland oyster restoration program considered for Manokin, Nanticoke rivers
The (Salisbury, Md.) Daily Times, October 6, 2017

VIMS emerges as leader in the study of harmful algal blooms
Williamsburg Yorktown (Va.) Daily, October 1, 2017

Texas oyster industry braces for more bad news

Undercurrent News, Sept 12, 2017

Rock solid: Oysters abound on restored reefs in Harris Creek, survey finds
Bay Journal, July 13, 2017

Feds interview Tangier watermen, look into oyster sales records in Crisfield
Bay Journal, June 26, 2017

HB924 puts sanctuaries out of bounds
Dorchester Banner, June 2, 2017
This is the second story in a three-part series about oyster sanctuaries and their effects on Dorchester County.

Op-Ed: What’s the Truth about Maryland’s HB 924? By Marc Castelli
The Chestertown Spy

All Eyes on the Little Choptank, part 1
Dorchester Banner, May 24, 2017

All Eyes on the Little Choptank, part 2
Dorchester Banner, May 24, 2017

Oysters hold secrets to Chesapeake Bay’s past
Florida International University (Miami, Fla.) April 25, 2017

Oyster shells show evidence of early human pollution of Chesapeake Bay
Chesapeake Bay Program, “Chesapeake Bay News,” April 24, 2017

Joint CCC DFA Comments re DNR Oyster Strawman with attachment
March 13, 2017

Watermen Push to Open Oyster Sanctuaries to Limited Harvest
The Calvert Recorder, Nov 29, 2016

Watermen Offer Plan to Harvest Oyster Sanctuary
Southern Maryland Online, November 21, 2016

Changing Chesapeake: The New Oyster Battle (NBC 4 News)
Wednesday, November 16,2016

Letter to DFA from DNR on Oyster Mortalities 11/2016

New seafood industry group lobbies against oyster project
Bay Journal March 21, 2016

Oyster Advisory Commission

Concerns with DNR’s Rush to Restart Tred Avon River Sanctuary Work
Corps of Engineers awards contracts to resume oyster restoration in Tred Avon River

Letter to Talbot County Council 12.30.15

A symposium for Maryland’s oyster industry: innovative ideas from around the country

DNR’s Rationale for Maryland’s Oyster Sanctuary Range of 20-30%

Presentations from the January Oyster Advisory Commission

Approved Minutes from the December Oyster Advisory Commission