Sunday, June 13, 2010

Kent Island Boat Ramps Re-Open

Public boat ramps on Thompson Creek and Shipping Creek have re-opened following major renovations. Both of these popular boat ramps are located on Kent Island and have been closed since January for repairs.

The Thompson Creek Ramp was widened and has a new ADA accessible boarding pier. The Shipping Creek ramp was expanded and now has two launching lanes with a center boarding pier. The last major improvements to these facilities were made over 20 years ago.

MSSA Calls for Oil Spill Plan

The Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen’s Association (MSSA) is calling on Maryland’s legislators, the coast guard, and state agencies involved with natural resources and the environment in an effort to prepare and plan for the worst should oil make its way up the East Coast and into Maryland waters.

The Gulf Stream travels from the southern tip of Florida up the east coast and is essential to the marine and coastal life that recreational fishermen enjoy. When the Gulf Loop Current carries the oil and some toxic dispersant chemicals used for oil cleanup to the tip of Florida, these toxins will inevitably travel up the coast in the Gulf Stream.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

2010 Maryland Seafood Festivals

Dozens of seafood festivals will be held throughout Maryland this summer and continue through November.  Festivals range in size and diversity from St. Mary’s County Oyster Festival in Leonardtown to the 34th Annual Tawes Crab and Clam bake in Crisfield.

“Seafood festivals give residents and visitors the chance to sample a variety of Maryland’s fine seafood products and regional delicacies,” said Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance.  “The list highlights events that benefit a variety of organizations and are sure to delight families with delicious food and activities featuring the history and culture of life on the Chesapeake Bay.”

The 2010 Maryland Seafood Festival List is available online at or by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to 2010 Seafood Festival List, Maryland Department of Agriculture, Seafood Marketing Program, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, Maryland 21401.