February 25, 2016

Recent News


June 2023:

Md. to restart water quality permitting process for Conowingo Dam
Maryland Matters, June 2, 2023


April 2023:

Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Delmarva Fisheries Association react to Moore Administration request for Chesapeake Bay Federal Disaster Designation
WMDT, April 26, 2023

Not so fast on on Federal Disaster Declaration for the Chesapeake Bay
Baltimore Post Examiner, April 24, 2023


March 2023:

Governor Moore Requests Disaster Aid for Invasive Blue Catfish
March 20, 2023

Governor Moore Requests Federal Fishery Disaster Declaration for Invasive Blue Catfish
Maryland.gov, March 16 2023

Gov. Moore requesting federal assistance in protecting the Chesapeake Bay from invasive fish species
CBS News, March 16, 2023

Maryland Gov. Wes Moore seeks federal aid against invasive species that threaten Chesapeake Bay’s fishing industry
Baltimore Sun, March 16, 2023


February 2023:

Maryland oyster restoration project clears hurdles
The Bay Journal, February 22, 2023

Gov. Moore announces $9.1M for oyster restoration in Maryland
WUSA9 February 12, 2023

Governor Moore Expresses Plans to Work with Watermen Community
Maryland Matters, February 14, 2022

Administration’s new Bay leadership team making the rounds in the legislature
Maryland Matters, February 2, 2023

January 2023:

New leadership in Chesapeake Bay states raises hopes for action in 2023
The Bay Journal, January 12

December 2022:

Captain Rob’s DFA guest commentary on CBF — Accountability For Thee, But Not For Me was republished in the December 22nd issue of Center Maryland.

Clipboard.com also included a link to the commentary. Center Maryland is a statewide email blog comparable to Maryland Matters where the commentary was originally published yesterday.

Flipboard.com is a daily mobile app that presents news stories in a magazine format. Flipboard was launched and is operated by the Baltimore Sun Media Group as an attempt to secure a younger base of followers who are increasingly abandoning their traditional print media platforms like the Sun Paper.


September 2022:

Asphalt-tainted oyster reefs in Virginia to be removed
The Bay Journal, September 29

August 2022:

Oyster shells sell for top dollar as biologists scramble to protect shellfish beds

July 2022:

New Maryland crab regulations are in place to maintain crab abundance in the bay

July 5, 2022

June 2022:

Chesapeake Bay Foundation ordered to stop artificial reef work
June 28, 2022

Indigenous peoples have shucked billions of oysters sustainably
Southern Maryland News, June 11, 2022

Department of the Environment, Baltimore City leadership reach agreement on corrections to Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant
MDE News, June 10, 2022

May 2022:

We’ve been working to ensure that the agency assessments of the environmental and economic impacts resulting from the grounding and re-floating of the container ship Ever Forward are properly scoped and thoroughly conducted.  As explained in the attached letter to MDE and DNR, the efforts to refloat the ship by way of large scale dredging with environmental cautions thrown to the wind gives an opportunity to showcase the hypocrisy in the opposition reasoning to dredging shell from Man O’War Shoals. Letter to MDE and DNR re Ever Forward Impacts Assessment (May 27 2022)

Blue crab woes show how government officials are falling short on Chesapeake Bay cleanupThe Baltimore (Md.) Sun, May 28, 2022

Portions of St. Mary’s County waterway reclassified as restricted from shellfish harvestingMaryland Department of the Environment, May 27, 2022

Letter to Editor: Chesapeake Bay Issues Need Less Talk and More Action
The Talbot Spy, May 25, 2022

Delmarva Fisheries Association push back against MDNR report of decreasing crab population in Chesapeake Bay
WMDT, May 20, 2022

Blessing of the Fleet kicks-off Rockfish season
The Star Dem, May, 2022

Connecting Everforward’s Investigation and Baltimore’s Belvedere History by Dennis Forney
The Talbot Spy, May 13, 2022

April 2022:

Bivalve bounty: Maryland oyster harvest hits 35-year highBay Journal, April 22, 2022

Feds greenlight Maryland’s choice for route of third Bay Bridge
Bay Journal, April 21, 2022

Chesapeake Bay pollution plan deemed insufficient by EPA
Storm Water Solutions, April 21, 2022

EPA to Step Up Federal Actions in PA for Water Pollution
EPA News Release, April 18, 2022

Financial Cost and Environmental Impact of Ship Freed from Chesapeake Bay Muck Remain Uncertain
Maryland Matters, April 18, 2022

Container ship stuck in Chesapeake Bay for more than a month is free

The Washington Post, April 17th, 2022

Container ship grounded in Chesapeake Bay refloated following 35-day salvage operation

Maryland Department of Environment, April 17th, 2022

March 2022:

Dredging “Ever Forward” cargo ship could negatively affect crab, fish and oyster populations

March 24th, 2022

Environmentalists concerned about lasting impacts of the stuck ‘Ever Forward’

WBALTV, March 23, 2022

Delegate, state environment department clash over possible sewage leak in Dundalk

FoxBaltimore, March 22, 2022

50 year veteran to the oyster business discuss the issues the oyster industry is facing against the mismanagement of the Texas Park

March 22, 2022

Hypocrisy and grandstanding on bay cleanup efforts | READER COMMENTARY

The Baltimore Sun, March 22, 2022


Chesapeake Bay Magazine, March 14, 2022

Oyster Season Ending on High Note with Near-term Prospects looking Positive

The Talbot Spy, March 11, 2022

Portion of Talbot County waterway reclassified as restricted for shellfish harvesting

News, Maryland.gov, March 11, 2022

Watermen Say Dredging of Tar Bay is Urgent

WBOC, March 11, 2022

Why We’ll Face A Crab Shortage In 2022, According To An Expert

Tasting Table, March 1st, 2022

February 2022:

Trove of oyster shells discovered in Potomac River. Now what?

The Bay Journal, February 28th, 2022

Chris Dollar on the outdoors: Legislation to dredge Chesapeake Bay reefs a bad idea | COMMENTARY

February 27th, 2022

Captains hope to keep legacy of Black watermen alive in Maryland

WBALTV, February 25th, 2022

Supply of This Seafood Is “Ugly” Right Now, Experts Say

Eat This, Not That, February 25th, 2022

Maryland Crab Industry Says Labor Shortage Looms Again

Maryland Matters, February 25th, 2022

Oyster Industry sees 37 year high as watermen call for Man O’War Shoal dredging to move forward

WMDT News, Feb 24th, 2022

Oyster Shell Dredging In Man-O-War Shoal a Good Idea by Robert Newberry

The Talbot Spy, Feb 23rd, 2022

Regional Meetings Regarding Crab Pot Line Regulations
DNR, Feb 14 2022

Stalled Maryland oyster restoration project gets a break

Bay Journal, Feb 9th, 2022

Council backs bill to stop Man O’ War dredging

The Dundalk Eagle, February 9th, 2022

EPA Declares ‘No Confidence’ in Conowingo Cleanup Plan
Chesapeake Bay Magazine, Feb 1 2022

Chesapeake Bay Magazine, Feb 1 2022

iShellfish Mobile App Now Available for Commercial Fishermen
DNR, February 2022

January 2022:

Setting The Story Straight With Facts, Not Opinions by Rob Newberry

The Talbot Spy, January 13th, 2022


Sewage leak halts shellfish harvesting in portion of Potomac River, officials say
WUSA9, Nov 29 2021

Watchdog Group Files Lawsuit Against Baltimore for Wastewater Treatment Plant Failures
Maryland Matters, Dec 16 2021

Court puts Maryland oyster restoration project on hold

Bay Journal, Nov 12 2021

Chesapeake Bay watermen send an SOS: ‘It’s a big hit’

E&E News


Army Corps begins to remove 5.5 million cubic yards of material from Baltimore Harbor channels
Feb 24, 2020


Why Its So Hard to Build Offshore Wind Power in the U.S.
Bloomberg Businessweek, 1 October 2019

President’s Windmill Hatred is a Worry for Booming Industry
AP News, 30 September 2019

Trump Aide Offers No Guidance on Vineyard Wind
CommonWealth, 27 September 2019

Virginia Fisheries Managers Uphold Striped Bass Emergency Regulations that Cut the Take in Half
Daily Press, 24 September 2019

A Rockfish Reckoning
Bay Weekly, 20 September 2019

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

2019-2020 Oyster Season Dates, Limits
MDNR, 16 September 2019

VIMS, East Coast Partners to Accelerate and Localize Desirable Traits
VIMS, 16 September 2019

Plan to Reduce Raw Sewage in Susquehanna River Not Good Enough: Harrisburg Mayor
PennLive, 5 September 2019

The Most Widespread Chesapeake Bay Dead Zones in 35 Years
WBOC, 29 August 2019

Low Salinity Suspected for Poor Crab Harvest in Upper Chesapeake
Virginia Mercury, 27 August 2019

State Commission Approves New Emergency Regulations to Protect Striped Bass Numbers
Virginia Mercury, 27 August 2019

Early August Hypoxia Report
MDNR, 26 August 2019

Ocean Warming has Fisheries on the Move, Helping Some but Hurting More
The Conversation, 19 August 2019

Changes are Ahead for Striped Bass
The Enterprise, 4 August 2019

June 28, 2019
Near-Record Dead Zone Forecast for Chesapeake Bay, Gulf of Mexico
The Virginian-Pilot
Maryland Opens 2019 Oyster Management Plan for Public Comment, Drawing Debate

June 27, 2019
Fishermen Say Vineyard Wind’s Turbine Relocation Makes No Difference
South Coast Today
Take Me to the Water
Chesapeake Bay Magazne

June 26, 2019
Maryland, Virginia Ease Crabbing Limits
Bay Journal
Study Projects Significant Choptank Ricer Crab, Perch Harvests Thanks to Oyster Reef Restoration

June 25, 2019
Striped Bass Advisory System Helps Anglers Protect Species
Study Finds Maryland Oyster Sanctuaries Likely to Boost Crab, Perch Fisheries
Bay Journal
U.S. House Approves Increased Funding for Chesapeake Bay Cleanup, but Senate Support Uncertain
Baltimore Sun
Blue Crab Catch Limits Loosened
Chesapeake Bay Magazine
Northeast Fisheries Observer Program Sea Day Schedule 2019_2020

June 24, 2019
Proposal to Aerate Bay: Breath of Fresh Air or Pipe Dream?
Bay Journal
A “Long, Creeping Change”: As Climate Warms, Virginia Fisheries Struggle to Adapt
Virginia Mercury

June 20, 2019
Warming Waters May Be Driving Flesh-Eating Virus to East Coast Beaches
Smithsonian Magazine
New Study Finds Surfclams Uniquely Resilient in Face of Climate Change
Saving Seafood

A Country Boy from East Baltimore
Chesapeake Bay Program – June 19, 2019

Has the “Frankenfish” Invasion of Pennsylvania Grown Much, Much Worse?
PennLive – June 14, 2019

Northern Snakeheads Caught in Conowingo Dam Fish Lift
DNR – June 13, 2019

Large Summer “Dead Zone” Forecast for Chesapeake Bay after Wet Winter and Spring
UMCES – June 12, 2019

June 11, 2019
Worse than BP Oil Spill: Damage from Flooding, Spillway Release Hits Miss. Hard
Coastal News Today
Pittsburgh Restaurants Send Oyster Shells East to Restore the Chesapeake
Pittsburgh Current

June 10, 2019
As Blue Catfish Multiply in Chesapeake Bay, Watermen Pursue New Catch
Washington Post
Biologists Fear Catfish Spread after Last Year’s Record Deluge
Bay Journal

Cooperative Research Branch Seeks Stakeholder Input
NOAA – June 7, 2019

DNR Secretary Joins Chesapeake Conservancy Board
BayNet.com – June 6, 2019

June 3, 2019
Why You Want Oysters and a Salt Marsh Between You and a Hurricane
Rain Washed 260 Million Gallons of Sewage into Inner Harbor in 2018, but Report Deemed Water “Swimmable” During Dry Weather
The Baltimore Sun
House Approves Increased Federal Funding for Chesapeake Bay Program
Bay Journal
NOAA Announces New Plans for Engaging with Recreational Fishermen

Opinion: Hogan Veto a Wise Decision (by DFA Chairman, Rob Newberry)
The Star Democrat – June 2, 2019

A Different Fish Story
Chesapeake Quarterly – June 2019

Opinion: New Limits Raise Doubts about Striped Bass Management Success Story
Press of Atlantic City, 31 May 2019

Conflict Over Fish and Wildlife Management is in the Rise. Here’s Why
Ensia, 29 May 2019

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

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

Opinion: Rolling Back Clean Water Rules Would Devastate the Potomac, Bay
Bay Journal, 23 May 2019

Atlantic Scallop Haul Tops 60 Million Pounds
National Fisherman, 23 May 2019

Report: Low Health Score Rains on Chesapeake Bay Recovery
Chesapeake Bay Magazine, 23 May 2019

2018 Bay Health Report Shows Decline; Overall Trend Good
WBOC, 22 May 2019

Chesapeake Bay Helped by Donated Oyster Shells from Across U.S.
Patch, 22 May 2019

Blue Crab Stock Healthy with Above Average Abundance
Southside Daily, 19 May 2019

Circle Hooks Aim to Decrease Amount of “Dead Discards”
Capital Gazette, 18 May 2019

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

Illness Fears Thwart NJ oyster Colonies that Would Aid Water
CTPost, 16 May 2019

Opinion: Climate Change Poses a Threat to Cultural Heritage
Scientific American, 16 May 2019

More Humpback Whale Deaths Under Investigation
Chesapeake Bay Magazine, 14 May 2019

Chesapeake Blue Crab Population Grows Despite 2018’s Rains
Bay Journal, 7 May 2019

With Environmentalist Support, Alaska Rep, Don Young Files Anti-Aquaculture Bill
Seafood Source, 7 May 2019

ASMFC Says Rockfish Harvests Need to Be Cut 17 Percent
Bay Journal, 6 May 2019

Some Crab Meat Prices in Maryland are the Lowest They’ve Been in Years
ABC 47, 6 May 2019

MD, VA Legislatures Tackle Oyster Issues with Mixed Reactions
Bay Journal, 6 May 2019

Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Rebounding in 2018, Led by Near-Doubling of Juvenile Crab Population
The Baltimore Sun, 6 May 2019

Focus on Dead Discards as Maryland Confronts Steepest Decline in Rockfish since 1992
WUSA, 6 May 2019

Maryland Stresses Practical Striped Bass Conservation Efforts
DNR, 3 May 2019

Is Smith Island Sinking? Army Corps of Engineers’ Multi-Million Dollar Project Hopes to Stop Erosion
WJZ 13, 2 May 2019

Commissioners Move to Deny Oyster Moratorium Hearing
The BayNet.com, 1 May 2019

2019 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey Results
DNR, May 2019

Maryland Under Pressure to Cancel Trophy Rockfish Season
WUSA, 29 April 2019

Opinion: Maryland’s Rockfish Challenge
The Baltimore Sun, 29 April 2019

For the Love of Oysters (featuring DFA Member, Jason Ruth)
Restore America’s Estuaries, 26 April 2019

“Wetter and Wilder”: How Climate Change Could Muck Up the Chesapeake’s Recovery, and What’s Being Done About It
NBC, 25 April 2019

NOAA Scientist: Offshore Wind Projects Will Likely Affect Viability of Fishery Surveys
SeafoodSource, 19 April 2019

Maryland Officials Join Opposition to Offshore Seismic Tests
Maryland Matters, 18 April 2019

In Northeast, More Research Needed on Offshore Wind Impact’s on Fishing
Energy News Network, 17 April 2019

Wildlife Officials Have Concerns About Virginia’s Striped Bass Population
ABC 13, 12 April 2019

New Law Permanently Protects Chesapeake Oyster Reefs
ABC 7, 11 April 2019

Waterways in Dorchester County Reclassified for Shellfish Harvesting
MDE, 9 April 2019

How Will Changing Ocean Chemistry Affect the Shellfish We Eat?
NOAA, 9 April 2019

Maryland Lawmakers Double Down on Contentious Restoration Efforts
The New Food Economy, 9 April 2019

Chesapeake Bay Water Quality Approaches Modern Record
Fishing Wire, 5 April 2019

Hogan Holds Up Mallows Bay Sanctuary to Address Watermen’s Fears of Losing Livelihood
Bay Journal, 4 April 2019

Political Notes: Legislative Work Will Continue Even After General Assembly Recesses
The Frederick News-Post, 4 April 2019

Annual Bay Barometer Report
Chesapeake Bay Program, 2 April 2019

There are many important pieces of legislation before the General Assembly this session. Use this guide to see what’s happening with bills that affect our industry. In conjunction with the Clean Chesapeake Coalition, DFA has sent a veto request to Governor Hogan following the passage of House Bill 298 which codifies the five restoration sanctuaries despite conflicting evidence about their performance. The Maryland Rural Counties Coalition has also requested a veto. On April 4, the Governor responded and did veto this harmful legislation. Unfortunately the veto was subsequently overridden by both chambers of the General Assembly.

MD Legislators Increase Protection for Oyster Sanctuaries in 5 Bay Tributaries
Bay Journal, 29 March 2019

Panel Makes Suggestions to Save the Stripers
Maryland Independent, 28 March 2019

Just as the Chesapeake Bay Recovers, its Funding is Stripped Away
The Independent, 27 March 2019

VIMS Inventories Every Foot of the Chesapeake Bay Coastline
Daily Press, 26 March 2019

NOAA, BOEM, Fishing Industry Sign New MOU
NOAA, 26 March 2019

Drones Change the Way Advocates Protect the Environment
Maryland Reporter, 18 March 2019

New Boat Shrink Wrap Recycling Program Launches
Chesapeake Bay Magazine, 18 March 2019

Thinking Big Picture: Engineering with Nature
NOAA, 14 March 2019

On March 14, 2019, Governor Hogan released a video highlighting the struggles of Maryland’s Seafood Industry in the face of the Trump Administration’s 2018 decision to award H-2B Visas by lottery, rather than following the precedent set in previous years.

On March 29th, 30,000 new visas were released, generating a cautious sigh of relief from local watermen. Cautious because, while the crisis may have been avoided for the 2019 season, there is a very real concern that the 2018 fiasco will be repeated in future years unless permanent measures are put in place to protect American businesses that rely on these seasonal workers to perform jobs that local laborers have historically been unwilling to perform in sufficient numbers to fill demand.

Senators Join Effort to Boost Funding for Chesapeake Bay Cleanup
Daily Press, 10 March 2019

Trump Official said Seismic Air Gun Tests Don’t Hurt Whales. So a Congressman Blasted Him with an Air Horn
Chicago Tribune, 9 March 2019

Draft Oyster Management Plan Published Among Debate in General Assembly
Capital Gazette, 9 March 2019

VA Won’t Be Penalized Over Menhaden Regs if it Stays Under Cap
Bay Journal, 5 March 2019

Farmers See Major Improvements in New Clean Water Proposal
Penn Live, 4 March 2019

Private Oyster Farming has Helped the Chesapeake Bay, but Not Everyone is Happy with the Practice
Baltimore Sun, 28 February 2019

Comments Sought as DNR, Lawmakers Weigh Options for Managing Maryland’s Oysters
Bay Journal, 27 February 2019

Oyster (Legislation) Season Arrives in Annapolis
Capital Gazette, 15 February 2019

Virginia Escapes Sanction – for Now – that Could Shut Down Menhaden Fishing
The Virginian-Pilot, 13 February 2019

Maryland Oysters Take a Hit from a Year of Extreme Rain
Bay Journal, 13 February 2019

Lawmakers Want Exelon Held Responsible for Conowingo Cleanup
Maryland Matters, 11 February 2019

Maryland Could Be Banned from Dredging Man O’War Shoal
Capital Gazette, 10 February 2019

Legislation Would Extend Ban on Ray Fishing Tournaments after DNR Misses Deadlne
Capital Gazette, 9 February 2019

Watermen, Environmentalists Debate over Dredging Prehistoric Oyster Bar
WBOC, 5 February 2019

Maryland Bill Aims to Convert Five Bay Waterways into Permanent Oyster Sanctuaries
WBOC, 3 February 2019

Opinion: Chesapeake Bay Will Feel the Consequences of Federal Shutdown
Capital Gazette, 1 February 2019

Department of the Environment to Monitor Air Near Poultry Houses
MDE, 29 January 2019

Sea Level Rise Imperils Historic Grave Site on Eastern Shore of Maryland
DelMarVa Now, 29 January 2019

Time to Consider a Full Half Measure
Kent County News, 27 January 2019

VIMS Reaches Out to Crabbers for Guidance on Derelict Pots
William & Mary, 22 January 2019

Oyster Restoration: It’s Easier Said than Done
WYPR, 21 January 2019

Eastern Shore Native is Maryland’s New Secretary of Natural Resources
Chesapeake Bay Magazine, 20 January 2019

Governor Larry Hogan Proposes Major Investments for Maryland Environment, Chesapeake Bay
MDNR, 18 January 2019

DFA Board Members flank Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford following his remarks at the inaugural Chesapeake Environmental & Economic Summit in Annapolis. Photo by Patrick Siebert, Office of the Governor.

16 January 2019
Yesterday in Annapolis, Delmarva Fisheries Association (DFA) and the Clean Chesapeake Coalition (CCC) co-hosted the inaugural Chesapeake Environmental & Economic Summit, an informational summit for new and returning Maryland General Assembly legislators. Three panels focused on the economic and environmental challenges that face working watermen and farmers of Maryland amid ongoing Chesapeake Bay water quality improvement efforts. For too long, those who rely on the bounty of the land and water have been demonized when discussion turns to environmental issues. Despite the fact that we form an integral part of the fabric of our economy, culture and heritage, our members are often left out of the conversations about public management and regulations that affect our livelihoods. CCC & DFA joined together to share with our State representatives and local officials sustainability plans that are based on scientific research, demonstrated success and concern for the welfare of all of the inhabitants around the nation’s largest estuary. We advocate for solutions that bring stakeholders together to engage their skills and resources in efficient and fiscally responsible ways. You can download the Summit materials here.

Lawyers not Cannons the Big Guns in Latest Round of Oyster Wars
Bay Journal, 14 January 2019

For Decades, Scientists Thought Sturgeon had Vanished from Maryland Waters. They’re Delighted to Be Wrong
Baltimore Sun, 3 January 2019

Fisheries on both VA, MD Legislative Agendas for 2019
Bay Journal, 2 January 2019

$3 Million Approved for Oyster Recovery
Kent County News, 27 December 2018

Maryland Taking Steps Aimed at Addressing Climate Change
Capital News Service, 20 December 2018

Watermen: Open Anne Arundel Oyster Sanctuaries to Harvesting
Capital Gazette, 18 December 2018

“Just Short of a Crisis”: Tensions Flare as VA Halts Oyster Seed Harvest in James
Bay Journal, 17 December 2018

New Research to Develop Guidance for Adapting to Shifting Fish Stocks
Lenfest Ocean Program, 17 December 2018

Bidding Bonanza! Trump Administration Smashes Record for Offshore Wind Auction with $405 Million in Winning Bids
U.S. Department of the Interior, 14 December 2018

Maryland Sea-Level Rise Projections Reveal Potential Impact of Inaction on Warming Climate
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES), 14 December 2018

Environmental Group Speaks Out Against Possible Omega Protein Certification
Public News Service, 12 December 2018

St. Mary’s County, MD, Issues Moratorium on Use of Commercial Docks for New Aquaculture Leases
Bay Journal, 12 December 2018

Conowingo Dam Flood Gates Open Again After Record Rainfall
WBOC, 29 November 2018

City of Havre de Grace Could Increase Frequency of Dredging as More Sediment Comes Down Susquehanna
Baltimore Sun, 29 November 2018

Maryland Oyster Restoration Project Remains Stalled by Lack of Federal Funds
Bay Journal, 28 November 2018

Skipjack Windfarm Mariners Update
Deepwater Wind, 23 November 2018

An Island in the Chesapeake Bay is Eroding, and a UMD Researcher is Trying to Save It
The Diamondback, 16 November 2018

New Study: Chesapeake Oyster Decline Not Due to Overfishing
Bay Journal, 13 November 2018

12 November 2018
Our inaugural annual meeting was a great success! On November 10th, DFA hosted more than 30 people at Waterman’s Crab House in Rock Hall, Maryland. Members and guests gathered to hear about progress made in 2018 and share their thoughts about our priorities in 2019. It was a great opportunity to reaffirm our shared commitment to a Bay management plan that considers the health of both the human and natural environment in our region. If you were unable to attend the meeting, you can view the Annual Meeting Agenda & Mission Statement and 2018 Action Summary by clicking on the corresponding links.

Maryland Could See Smaller, and Fewer, Oysters this Year, You Can Blame All that Rain.
Baltimore Sun, 9 November 2018

PlasticWatch Effort in Solomons Aims to Keep Plastic Out of the Waterways
University of Maryland, 2 November 2018

eDNA Emerges as Powerful Tool for Tracking Threatened River Herring in Chesapeake Bay
EurekAlert!, 1 November 2018

Research Links Dramatic Declines in Chesapeake Bay Oyster Population to Warmer Winters – Not Overfishing
Baltimore Sun, 30 October 2018

Sturgeon Making a Comeback in James River
Chesapeake Bay Magazine, 30 October 2018

Editorial: The Chesapeake Bay’s Environmental Success Story is in Danger
The Washington Post, 26 October 2018

Sweet! Oysters Move into Domino Sugar Refinery
Chesapeake Bay Magazine, 25 October 2018

“In Another Decade or Two, We’ll See a Different Chesapeake”
Bay Journal, 18 October 2018

Md.’s Striped Bass Index Above Average, Va.’s Remains Stable
Chesapeake Bay Magazine, 18 October 2018

MD NRCS Assists Waterman with Oyster Restoration Projects in the Chesapeake Bay

St. Mary’s County Waterway Reclassified for Shellfish Harvesting
MDE, 15 October 2018

Baltimore City Judge Dismisses Conowingo Dam Lawsuit
WBOC, 12 October 2018

The Hurricanes, and Climate-Change Questions, Keep Coming
New York Times, 10 October 2018

New Study Helps Explain Recent Scarcity of Bay Nettles
EurekAlert!, 10 October 2018

Growing Tension Marks Simultaneous Uptick of Clam Dredging, Bay Grasses
Bay Journal, 9 October 2018

Abnormally Wet Summer Will Challenge Latest Gains in Bay Health
Maryland Reporter, 4 October 2018

Time Will Tell if Heavy Summer Rains Hurt Chesapeake Bay Oysters
WTOP, 2 October 2018

Oyster Season Opens
MDNR, 1 October 2018

Anne Arundel Stream Work Opens Up Fish Habitat
Capital Gazette, 30 September 2018

Statement on Recent Court Ruling on Aquaculture
NOAA, 26 September 2018

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

Chesapeake Sees Unprecedented Jellyfish Scarcity
Chesapeake Bay Magazine, 25 September 2018

Virginia, Feds Reach Agreement on Tangier Island Jetty
Chesapeake Bay Magazine, 25 September 2018

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

State Announces Blue Catfish Purchasing Initiative
MDGS, 19 September 2018

Fishermen Worry Heavy Rains Could Affect Conowingo Dam Yet Again
WJZ 13 CBS Baltimore, 17 September 2018

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

For Chesapeake Watermen, Storm is Another Challenge in a Tough Year
The Washington Post, 13 September 2018

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

Hurricane Florence, Already a Monster, is Due to Strengthen as 1 Million People are Told to Flee the US Coast
CNN, 11 September 2018

VA Gets a Year to Comply with Menhaden Limits or Face Moratorium
Bay Journal, 10 September 2018

Chesapeake Crab Industry Pinched by Work Visa Shortage
Bay Journal, 6 September 2018

Young Right Whale Likely Died from Entanglement
NOAA Fisheries – Greater Atlantic Region, 6 September 2018

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

Chesapeake Bay Magazine, 4 September 2018

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

Study of Chesapeake Bay Cownose Ray Urges Caution in Managing Population
WTOP, 24 August 2018

Raw Sewage Making Way from Erupting Manhole to Chesapeake Bay
WBALTV 11, 24 August 2018

Record Rains Continue to Pummel Clam Populations
WJZ 13 CBS Baltimore, 24 August 2018

Pollution, Freshwater Killing Clams in Chesapeake Bay
WBOC, 23 August 2018

Senate MSA Reauthorization a Step Back for Fishing Communities
The Hill, 21 August 2018

On Tape: Wind and Solar Leaders Plead for MD Legislation
Chesapeake Climate Action Network, 17 August 2018

Ocean City Officials Strengthen their Opposition to Proposed Wind Farms
Institute for Energy Research, 17 August 2018

Fresh Water Impact Concern Chesapeake Bay Watermen
WJZ-TV CBS, 17 August 2018

Md. Governor Reacts to Conowingo Dam Debris in Chesapeake Bay
WBOC, 16 August 2018

Second Wave of Debris, Pollution Enter Bay After Conowingo Dam Opens Gates
WBOC, 15 August 2018

Op-Ed: As Weather Worsens, We Must Double Down on Chesapeake Bay Protection
Baltimore Sun, 14 August 2018

Chesapeake Bay Program Keeps Hogan as Chairman
The Star Democrat, 10 August 2018

A Day of Chesapeake Bay Politics: Plenty of Harmony, Some Discord
Maryland Matters, 7 August 2018
DFA Chairman Rob Newberry was on hand at the meeting of the Executive Council for the Chesapeake Bay in Baltimore. Gov. Hogan was unanimously re-elected as Chairman of the Council and acted as host to Governors from Delaware and Virginia, as well as the Acting Director of the EPA, the Deputy Mayor of DC, and proxies for the Governors of Pennsylvania, New York, and West Virginia. Member States renewed their commitment to meeting the EPA’s pollution goals but acknowledged that there is plenty of work left to do before the 2025 deadline.

Facing an Onslaught of Debris in the Chesapeake, Gov. Hogan Asks Other States to Do More
The Washington Post, 7 August 2017

Along with Debris Littering Waterways Comes Another Concern: Pollution
Capital Gazette, 3 August 2017

31 July 2018
It seems unlikely that anyone could blame the working watermen for the horrifying results of last week’s storms. The Conowingo Reservoir has reached dynamic equilibrium; it’s full. It is no longer trapping the junk streaming downstream from NY and PA; it is loading that phosphorus, nitrogen, sediment and debris into the bay in shocking proportions every time spill gates open and water rushes through at higher than 100,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). Last week it came through at 400,000 cfs. We’re all feeling the results. As are the Bay’s submerged aquatic plants, oysters, crabs and other marine life. It’s time to come up with a plan to deal with that material behind the Dam. And Exelon has a responsibility to share the burden of the cost; they are are making money off a public resource and not taking appropriate steps to ensure that their business is run safely.

WJZ 13 CBS Baltimore, 30 July 2018

“Working with our partners and stakeholders, we can help rebuild the oyster population while also improving the health of Chesapeake Bay,” Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “This funding will go toward ongoing oyster industry programs and projects, and help design and develop new initiatives that could benefit both the bay and our working watermen.”
Hogan Administration Announces Additional Funding for Bay Oysters
MDNR, 23 July 2018

Why the Fishing Industry is Against Offshore Wind Farms Near Ocean City
Delmarva Now, 20 July 2018

EXCLUSIVE: DPW caught dumping chlorinated water into the Jones Falls
WBOC, 20 July 2018

Approved Amendment Strips EPA’s Role in Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Efforts
WBOC, 20 July 2018

As the Tide Rises Against Them, Deal Islanders Hold Their Ground
Bay Journal, 19 July 2018

Army Corps Commander Retires from Baltimore District with a Legacy of Oyster and Island Restoration
Bay Journal, 18 July 2018

Chesapeake Bay Media, 13 July 2018

Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team June 2018 Meeting Summary
Chesapeake Bay Program, 12 July 2018

MAFMC and NEFMC Launch Northeast Offshore Wind Webpage
MAFMC, 11 July 2018

Fox 5, 7 July 2018

Scientists Scrutinize Virus, Contaminants in Smallmouth Bass Die-Off
Bay Journal, 5 July 2018

Blue Crab Population in Chesapeake Bay Down for a Second Year
Delmarva Now, 2 July 2018

MDNR: The Seafood Marketing Program, 29 June 2018

Congress is Considering Big Changes to Longstanding Federal Fisheries Regulatory Act
Pensacola News Journal, 29 June 2018

Man-made Oyster Reef near Key Bridge ‘Flourishing,’ Chesapeake Bay Foundation Says
Baltimore Sun, 28 June 2018

Amid Rising Waters, Smith Island Puts Faith in God, Jetties
Bay Journal, 28 June 2018

New Report Evaluating US Shellfish Aquaculture Permitting Systems Now Available
NOAA Fisheries, 27 June 2018

Summer Dead Zones in Chesapeake Bay Breaking Up Earlier
Phys.org, 27 June 2018

US Commerce Department Announces Appointments to Regional Fishery Management Councils for 2018
NOAA Fisheries, 27 June 2018

Hogan Administration Awards $22 Million for Chesapeake Bay Restoration Projects
MDNR, 26 June 2018

Flotilla of Saildrones Deploy to Arctic and Pacific for Earth Science Missions
NOAA Fisheries, 26 June 2018

Virginia Shore Dredging Projects Get Federal Funds
Delmarva Now, 19 June 2018

Feds Give Qualified Okay to Dredge Oyster Shells from Man O’ War Shoal
Bay Journal, 18 June 2018

WIP Plans out Phase Three
The Star Democrat, 18 June 2018

Scientists Say They’re Confident Chesapeake Bay Health is “Significantly Improving”
Baltimore Sun, 15 June 2018

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

Hurricane Season 2018: Experts Warn of Super Storms, Call for New Category 6
Inside Climate News, 2 June 2018

Data the New Driver in Conservation decisions Regarding Bay
Bay Journal, 1 June 2018

Report: Chesapeake Bay Improving but Huge Challenges Remain
The Star Democrat, 31 May 2018

A Dynamic Ocean Management Tool to Reduce Bycatch and Support Sustainable Fisheries
ScienceAdvances, 30 May 2018

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

Maryland Waterway Improvement Fund Awards 12.5 Million
Maryland DNR, 23 May 2018

A Bi-Product of the Rainy Weather: Sewage Overflows
Baltimore Brew, 22 May 2018

NOAA Response to FERC re: Conowingo and Sturgeon
NOAA Fisheries, Greater Atlantic 18 May 2018

Researchers Hopeful of Chesapeake Bay Health after Dolphin Sightings
WBAL TV11, 15 May 2018

Over-Fished List Drops to a New All-Time Low
NOAA Fisheries, 14 May 2018

DFA Responds to MDE WQC for Exelon, Conowingo Dam
Delmarva Fisheries Association, 4 May 2018

DFA Supporter Named to Oyster Advisory Commission
Maryland DNR

DFA Response to The Star Democrat Article re: Rockfish
Delmarva Fisheries Association 18 April 2018
(Published in The Star Democrat 20 April 2018)

MDNR Response to Oyster Season Extension Request
Maryland Department of Natural Resources, 28 March 2018

Hogan Responds to DFA Oyster Advocacy
National Fisherman, 27 March 2018

DFA Urges Secretary Belton to Extend Oyster Season
5 March 2018

Heavily lobbied menhaden bill finally emerges
Daily Press (Newport News, Va.), 28 February 2018

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