Sunday, February 28, 2010

8th Delmarva Charter Boat Operators Workshop

8th Delmarva Charter Boat Operators Workshop

"Charter Boat Business Management for Your Future"

Harrison’s Chesapeake House

21551 Chesapeake House Drive, Tilghman Island, Maryland

Thursday, April 8, 2010 — 9 am to 3:00 pm

Organized jointly by the Sea Grant programs at the University of Maryland and the University of Delaware, the workshop will focus on business management, marketing, safety, and fishery resource issues pertaining to the charter and head boat industry and also to eco-tourism based charter businesses

$40 registration fee includes a buffet lunch and all educational materials.

Workshop Registration Deadline: Friday, April 2, 2010

Registration information is available online at:

Walk-ins will be taken as space allows, but registration fee will increase to $50

Overnight accommodations are available at Harrison’s Chesapeake House

see or call 410-886-2121 for reservations.

For additional information about the workshop, contact

John W. Ewart    (302) 645-4060 or Michelle Scorziello    (302) 645-4346

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Shoreline Licensing For Waterfront Property Owners Opens

(February 22, 2010) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife and Heritage Service announced that shoreline license applications are now being accepted from riparian (waterfront) property owners. Anyone owning riparian property, or persons who have the permission of the riparian property owner, may license their shoreline for the purpose of establishing stationary blinds or blind sites for hunting waterfowl, or to prevent others from licensing the shoreline at a later date.

All applications and fees must be submitted by mail or in person and received by the close of business June 1, 2010. Riparian property owners may now license their shoreline for a period of one year ($20) or three years ($60). Landowners who miss the June 1 deadline may participate in the “open” licensing process that begins August 3.

Applications and information on laws related to shoreline licensing for riparian property owners are available at the DNR website or by calling the Wildlife and Heritage Service at 410-260-8540, toll free at 1-877-620-8DNR (8367).

source: MD DNR press release

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Birdwatching on Assateague Island Maryland

Mid-Winter on Assateague Island Maryland might seem like the least enjoyable time to visit, but for birdwatchers, waterfowl enthusiasts and photographers, there are excellent opportunities to enjoy activities.

Among the most common winter birds seen are mallards, black ducks, pintail, teal, shovelers, buffleheads, mergansers, goldeneye, scaup, Canada geese, brant, snow geese, trumpeter swans and the ever present herons, egrets and gulls. In addition to waterfowl and songbirds, there are sika deer, whitetail deer, muskrats, otters and wild ponies.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Maryland Chesapeake Bay Seafood

The Chesapeake Bay is famous for its seafood, especially oysters, blue crabs, hard clams, soft shelled clams and a fish, especially the rockfish or striped bass. Other Chesapeake Bay fish include gray trout, speckled trout, croakers, spot, flounder, sea bass, white perch, yellow perch.

Ocean City Maryland Deep Sea Fishing

Ocean City Maryland is famous for deep sea fishing. Private anglers and fishing charters target a variety of tuna, dolphin(mahi mahi), billfish, and other species.

In the summer months, fishing can be excellent. Inshore fishing spots include the Jackspot, Hot Dog, Parking Lot and other hot spots as well as deep sea structure including the Wilmington, Baltimore, Poor Man's, Washington and Norfolk Canyons. These hotspots vary from 25 - 100 nautical miles from port.

Maryland Seafood Festivals

This is a list of some of the seafood-related festivals that are held annually in Maryland:

Maryland Seafood Festival

The Maryland Seafood Festival is a rich tradition in the State and has been held annually for 40+ years, with the most recent 30 years being held the weekend after Labor Day at Sandy Point State Park.

J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake in Crisfield Maryland

Held every year on the third Wednesday in July at Somers Cove Marina in Crisfield, this annual celebration is named in honor of Crisfield native, J. Millard Tawes - the 54th Governor of the State of Maryland. This event is an outdoor all-you-can-eat affair featuring crabs, clams, fish, corn on the cob, and watermelon and politicians.

Crisfield Waterman's Festival

The Crisfield Waterman's Festival serves steamed crabs, oysters, fried and on the half shell, fried fish, clam strips, grilled chicken and more. This October event is held on the Somers Cove Marina grounds.

St. Mary's County Crab Festival

The Crab Festival is a celebration of St. Mary's Crab Culture and Cooking. The event has steamed hard crabs, crab soups, crab cakes, and other seafood dishes available for purchase.

Maryland Festivals

Each year, Maryland has an exciting schedule of festivals. Most Maryland festivals offer foods, drinks, music, crafts, artwork, gifts and collectibles. Specialized festivals celebrate subjects such as fishing, hunting, boating, harvests, seafood, arts, crafts, music, regions, history, holidays and others. Check the tags pages (festivals, events) to find more Maryland festival information

An Overview of Maryland

Maryland is a great state to visit. The state is very diverse. The middle of the state is the most populated, with Baltimore, Annapolis and the other metropolitan areas.

To the west is the Garret and Allegany counties, known for its beauty, woodlands, lakes, streams and rocky terrain.

Moving east, visitors find gentle hills and open grasslands in areas like Hagerstown and Frederick. This area has seen tremendous population growth in the last few decades.

 Southern Maryland is more relaxed, with a mix of developments, small towns, marinas and farms.

The eastern shore of Maryland is quite different, with farming, commercial  fishing and tourism. Beaches, wildlife and lure of the Chesapeake Bay make the eastern shore a favorite vacation destination. Like other areas of Maryland, the eastern shore has seen tremendous growth and development, much of which has strained the natural environment. Still the area is considered to be Paradise by many of its residents.