National Fisherman


EASTON, Md. (WJZ) — Police in Maryland make one of the biggest oyster busts in years. Natural Resources officers seize thousands of pounds of undersized oysters being smuggled out of state.
 
Meghan McCorkell has more on the bust.
 
Investigators say it all started with a tip about someone poaching a massive amount of oysters from the bay.
 
Police painstakingly measure thousands of illegal oysters found in one of the largest busts ever.
 
“I’ve been working on the job for 26 years and it is the largest oyster seizure that I’ve seen,” said Lt. Arthur Windemuth, DNR Police.
 
Investigators pulled over a tractor-trailer from Coward Seafood along Route 50 in Easton. When they inspected it, they found 188 bushels. Seventeen officers worked for seven hours to measure each oyster inside the truck.
 
“Out of those 188 bushels, 187 did not comply with Maryland cull law,” said Windemuth.
 
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Governor Bill Walker has officially requested that the federal government declare a disaster for four Alaska regions hurt by one of the poorest pink salmon returns in decades.

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The New England Fishery Management Council recently elected Dr. John F. Quinn of Massachusetts and E. F. “Terry” Stockwell III of Maine to serve respectively as chairman and vice chairman in the year ahead. The two have led the Council since 2014 but reversed roles this year. 

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