| Dec 16, 2011
| 10:04 AM
A fish is not worth risking your life for.
That’s the message authorities in Virginia delivered Friday, a day after rescuing six capsized striper anglers from the chilly waters of the Chesapeake Bay.
The incidents, which occurred near the...
| Dec 19, 2011
| 6:58 AM
Revered by Ernest Hemingway and other anglers, Atlantic blue marlin is among the most sought-after fish in the sea.
It’s also traded on the black market at levels that federal investigators can’t define.
“We don’t know how...
| Sep 1, 2012
| 12:45 PM
A recent gathering of “Master Oyster Gardeners” at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science is the latest chapter in a fruitful partnership between VIMS scientists and members of the Tidewater Oyster Gardeners Association, or TOGA, according...
| Feb 1, 2012
| 7:05 AM
Atlantic sturgeon in Chesapeake Bay and elsewhere will be designated an endangered species, federal regulators announced Tuesday.
Effective April 6, the listing will provide greater protection for the dinosaur-like fish and may add irksome regulations to...
| Feb 8, 2012
| 6:32 AM
Last year was the Virginia oyster industry’s best since 1989, a sign that sweeping regulations are helping restore the Chesapeake Bay’s signature bivalve, state officials said Tuesday.
Watermen harvested 236,000 bushels during the 2011...
| Feb 10, 2012
| 6:47 PM
— A mesh net tips onto the stern of the work boat "Mydra Ann," and out tumbles a community of crabs: fist-size blues with claws raised in attack mode, tan adolescents trying to scuttle for cover and translucent babies no bigger than a thumbnail....
| Feb 21, 2012
| 6:59 AM
Update: Researchers from the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center initially misidentified the whale the washed ashore in Norfolk on Sunday. It is a fin whale, not a sei whale, Joan Barns, an aquarium spokeswoman, said Tuesday.
| Nov 20, 2012
| 1:24 PM
Winter dredging for blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay is closed for the fifth year in a row as the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) moved Monday to continue to protect and rebuild the stock of pregnant hibernating females.
To offset the impact...
| Oct 18, 2011
| 4:35 PM
After several years of discouraging results, Maryland fisheries officials say the number of juvenile striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay this summer was the fourth highest in the 58-year history of their annual census.
The abundance of palm-sized newborns...
| Apr 4, 2011
Doug McMinn would rather work on the Rappahannock River than talk to politicians.
Yet that's exactly what he was doing over the winter when state lawmakers began tinkering with Virginia's oyster aquaculture laws.
McMinn and fellow oyster growers...
| Sep 10, 2010
| 11:17 AM
The Potomac River Fisheries Commission voted Thursday to revoke or suspend the fishing privileges of eight watermen convicted in federal court in the largest rockfish poaching scheme in the history of the Chesapeake Bay and the river.