Fisheries & Oysters

Oysters are hard little workers. Each one of these amazing bivalves can filter pollutants out of up to 50 gallons of water per day. Unfortunately, they are at just one percent of their historic population in the Chesapeake Bay. Oysters are a keystone species. Without a healthy oyster population, it is nearly impossible to restore the health of the Bay.  Waterkeepers on both shores of the Chesapeake Bay are seeking public policy that balances the needs of restoration with commercial fishery interests. Even with information gleaned from a five-year Oyster Advisory Commission study— and a requirement from the General Assembly (in the form of 2016 legislation) — to follow the science on oyster fisheries management, the commission responsible for managing oysters and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources have been unfairly tipping the scales toward industry.

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Exelon Disregards Conowingo Dam License Conditions, Endangers Migratory Fish Populations

Exelon Disregards Conowingo Dam License Conditions, Endangers Migratory Fish Populations

Exelon, owner of the Conowingo Dam, while seeking a 50-year federal license renewal, blatantly disregarded conditions of its current license ...
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Act Now! Maryland Should Override Veto of Oyster Management Bill

Act Now! Maryland Should Override Veto of Oyster Management Bill

Last year, we had a very important victory when the Maryland General Assembly passed the Oyster Fishery Management Plan (HB720/SB830) ...
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Waterkeepers Respond to Governor Hogan’s Veto of Oyster Management Bill

Waterkeepers Respond to Governor Hogan’s Veto of Oyster Management Bill

By Choptank Riverkeeper Matt Pluta & WKC Staff Attorney Katlyn Schmitt Governor Hogan’s veto of the Oyster Fishery Management Plan ...
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