State Of The Union

WATCHFUL EYE Chris Judy, shellfish director for Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources in Annapolis, patrols the grounds of the state’s oyster sanctuary on the Severn River.
Maryland’s Department Of Natural Resources
Says Its Sanctuary Program Is Benefiting Watermen
Chris Judy shared a couple of intriguing ideas that could help commercial watermen across the Eastern Shore with oyster harvests.

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Searching For Balance

EARLY TO RISE Commercial fishermen tong for oysters as day breaks on the Chesapeake Bay.
As Oyster Harvesting Becomes More Complicated Than Ever,
Has The Independent Waterman Become A Vanishing Breed?
Many of his fellow longtime Chesapeake Bay watermen already have retired. But Jeff Harrison is still going strong after 41 years. Or at least he’s trying.

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Born And Raised

Fourth-Generation Waterman Mike Mcgee Loves The Industry
And Any Day At His Cabin On Pope’s Bay
A 30-minute boat ride from Chincoteague Island lies Pope’s Bay. Its vast landscape of tranquility is dotted only with a few small cabins. One in particular, which happens to be the only working oyster-watch house among them, belongs to Mike McGee,

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Farming the Choptank

The Choptank Oyster Company In Cambridge Is
A Leader In The Local Aquaculture Industry
Kevin McClarren doesn’t sell oysters before it’s time.
Farm-raised oysters grown at The Choptank Oyster Company’s waterfront headquarters in Cambridge take at least two years, often three, to make their way to market. But that’s what sets Choptank oysters apart, McClarren, the company’s longtime general manager,

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