The Largest Black Market Fish Bust Ever?

  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Office of  Law Enforcement has busted a “vast criminal conspiracy” that included the illegal harvest, sale and purchase of more than one million pounds of striped bass with a market value of up to $7 million. The bust, the result of a seven-year sting operation, happened in the…

NOAA sets National Saltwater Angler Registry at $15

  Anglers in two states and two federal jurisdictions that do not have saltwater angler registries or licenses will be required to pay a $15 fee next year so that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration can collect information about the health of the fish populations. While 22 coastal states either had licenses or established…

Va. anglers to be spared NOAA saltwater fee

  Under a new state registry, Virginia saltwater fishermen will be spared a $15 fee to register with the National Saltwater Angler Registry. The fee kicks in Jan. 1 but Virginia fishermen will be exempt because state regulators will collect the data and deliver it to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA announced the…

Shep on Fishing: Weekend chill slows but doesn’t stop good action

  Chilly winds Saturday affected fishing, but it was no knockout. Delaware Bay anglers had a good Sunday as gusts diminished, reports Pat Harris at Longreach Marina on the Maurice River. She said striped bass and big bluefish were "in close" or right off Maurice River Cove. Bill Lewis, Bill Witt and Bear Witt, all…

Report: Chesapeake Bay pollution an economic ‘disaster’

  Pollution is costing the Chesapeake Bay region millions and possibly billions of dollars in lost jobs, seafood declines and other problems, a new report says. Credit: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is the deadline for Virginia and five other states to send bay cleanup plans to the EPA. While some people are raising concerns over…

Saving the Oyster, and the Bay: Shell Recycling Program Replenishes Endangered Oyster Population

    Recycling, it turns out, is not reserved for inanimate objects. An increasingly popular Chesapeake Bay program is sending oyster shells collected from restaurants, which save the shells from customers' meals, back into the bay, where they form homes for new oysters. Saving the Oyster, and the Bay: Shell Recycling Program Replenishes Endangered Oyster…

New rockfish tournament Million Dollar Rockfish Challenge offers big money

  There's no shortage of striped bass fishing tournaments between now and early next year. But a new one that will take place between Christmas and New Year's is poised to become the big daddy of them all. That's a lofty statement, with the Mid-Atlantic Rockfish Shootout in January and the Toys for Tots event…