Oysters good news for Kent watermen

ROCK HALL — “So far it looks like a good season,” Chuckie White said Friday, Oct. 4. “So far all I’ve heard is good news.” After a poor crab season, working watermen are relieved to find plenty of oysters.

There have been no reports of dead or dying oysters, and prices are up because the Gulf Coast fishery is still crippled after the Deepwater Horizon oil well blowout in April 2010.

White is the president of the Kent County Watermen’s Association. Working out of Rock Hall, he estimated, there are “10 or 12 boats, might be as many as 15 or 20 … a few are still crabbing.”

He said the recent crab season was a bad one and almost all the watermen have turned to catching oysters.

White said Eastern Bay is popular right now with local watermen fishing with hand tongs or patent tongs. “Diving looks pretty good” there too, he said.

“The divers are working where the power dredgers have been, that’s where the oysters are in Eastern Bay,” White said. “Every year more and more oysters show up on the bars they’ve been dredging.”

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