Wild Oysters Abound in the Bay

Wild Oysters Abound in the Bay By Tim Wheeler, Bay Journal News Service Despite having fewer days to work, Maryland watermen harvested nearly twice as many wild oysters last season as they did the previous year, state officials report. Even so, a new study finds the state’s population of bivalves is in much better shape […]

Fewer work visas, coronavirus deliver one-two punch to Bay’s blue crab industry

Fewer work visas, coronavirus deliver one-two punch to Bay’s blue crab industry Timothy B. Wheeler, Bay Journal News Crab season is off to a slow and foreboding start around the Chesapeake Bay, with many crabmeat processors crippled by an inability to import seasonal workers and by watermen worried they’ll be unable to sell all they can […]

Coronavirus Hinders Bay Cleanup Efforts, Seafood Industry

Coronavirus Hinders Bay Cleanup Efforts, Seafood Industry By the Bay Journal news staff Watermen have no restaurants that can buy their catches. Help for farmers who want to install runoff controls has been sharply curtailed. Streams throughout the region are missing their annual spring cleaning. And many students are losing their chance to experience the Chesapeake […]

Remember the Terrapin!

Remember the Terrapin! Photos from the MD Dept of Natural Resource “Remember the terrapin, when you set out crab pots this year,” says Dr. Chris Rowe, Associate Professor and Terrapin Researcher with the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL) of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science located on Solomons Island. The Maryland Department of Natural […]

AND THEY’RE OFF! Point to point season kicks off this month in the Blue Ridge

AND THEY’RE OFF! Point to point season kicks off this month in the Blue Ridge by Julie Reardon Spring may not feel like it’s here yet, but it’s a sure sign it’s on the way when the point to point season gets underway in early March. And, there’s no better cure for a little cabin […]

Five Reasons You Should Go Sailing in 2020

Five Reasons You Should Go Sailing in 2020 by Molly Winans Allow me to be the one writer on a February deadline to not discuss valentines, black history, presidents, tax season, or how cold it is. Let’s talk about the five reasons you should go sailing this year. I know, it’s cold—but we’ve agreed not […]

What Cool People Do

What Cool People Do by Molly Winans From the Publisher: It is time for our annual Frost Bite Sailing column. Molly penned this column 10 years ago and it has held up for the entire decade. According to the NOAA website’s Thomas Point Light Station, the air temperature is 41 degrees Fahrenheit. The Bay, 42.6 […]

The Pre-Loved Vessel

The Pre-Loved Vessel by Molly Winans To shop for used boats, you have to have an active imagination. If it’s wintertime, a particularly vivid one. The April boat shopper may walk down a dock under sunny skies, to the tune of chirping birds, to look at a 38-foot sloop with freshly washed decks. Even if […]

Mallows Bay Ghost Fleet Declared Marine Sanctuary

By Chesapeake Conservancy Mallows Bay Ghost Fleet Declared Marine Sanctuary Local community partners, national conservation and preservation groups, and recreation and education advocates celebrated the designation of a new national marine sanctuary at Mallows Bay in the Potomac River. The sanctuary will take effect by the end of 2019 and will be the first designated […]

You “Otter” See These Guys

By Lani Gering You “Otter” See These Guys While we usually rely on our good pal, fellow sailor and fellow writer and SpinSheet editor Molly Winans for information in this column, I just really wanted to get a piece in this section about the otters at the Calvert Marine Museum. I have been enthralled with […]