Sunday, December 13, 2015

Maritime Museum will be Free in February

Thanks to generous sponsor support, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will be offering free admission Monday through Friday during the month of February. Free admission covers access to the entire museum, including the working boatyard and 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, as well as numerous permanent and changing exhibitions along CBMM’s waterfront campus in historic St. Michaels, Md.
The Free in February program includes President’s Day and is only made possible through the generous sponsor support of the Talbot Bank and Awful Arthur’s of St. Michaels, Md. February museum guests will also receive a discount card offer for 15% off all meals at Awful Arthur’s through March 15, 2016.

“Winter offers a great time to explore our 12 exhibition buildings and beautiful campus, especially while enjoying the town’s great restaurants, shops, hotels and inns,” said CBMM’s President Kristen Greenaway. “We have a great number of inside exhibitions for all ages to enjoy, the waterfowl are abundant along a quieter harbor and the Miles River, and you can see great things happening in our boatyard as education programs and the restoration of our historic fleet of Chesapeake vessels ramp up in the colder months.”

Guests can also take in CBMM 50th anniversary exhibition, A Broad Reach: 50 Years of Collecting, which features 50 significant objects that have been accessioned into the museum’s collection over the past 50 years, and is presented on both floors of the Steamboat Building. The exhibition will be closing to the public in 2016.

Admission will be free weekdays in February for all museum guests. General admission is otherwise good for two consecutive days and is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students with ID, $6 for children 6-17, and free for museum members and children five and under. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Inclement weather closings are announced on the museum’s website at
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015, CBMM is the only museum in the world preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay. For more information, call 410-745-2916 or visit

Thursday, November 26, 2015

CCA MD fisheries symposium set for Dec. 5

The second annual Coastal Conservation Association Maryland (CCA MD) Mid Atlantic Fisheries Symposium, again sponsored by Costa del Mar, will focus on striped bass, forage fish and oysters. It is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Loews Annapolis Hotel and is free and open to the public.

The one-day event will bring together top scientists on the Chesapeake Bay along with representatives of stakeholder groups and recreational anglers to discuss the current state of marine resources in the Chesapeake and what the future holds. It will run from 9 a.m to 3 p.m.

Dr. Elizabeth North, assistant professor, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES), will open the symposium, discussing “A tale of two shellfisheries: oysters, scallops, and a path toward a brighter future for oysters in Chesapeake Bay.” The second session will feature Dr. Edward Houde, vice president for education and professor, UMCES, talking on“Little fish, big impact - forage fish, menhaden and ecosystem-based fisheries management.”

The afternoon will feature a discussion of “Striped Bass management update, and discussion of the regulations in the coming years for Maryland’s fishermen”led by Michael Luisi, assistant director, Estuarine and Marine Fisheries Division, Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

All sessions will conclude with a panel discussion with stakeholders and audience members.

The symposium is being moderated by David Sikorski, chairman, CCA MD government relations committee.

Registration is free but must be made on the CCA MD website, Attendance is limited to 125 participants.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Entries now open for HUK-CCA Red Trout tourney

CRISFIELD — Anglers can now sign up for the third annual Huk Performance Fishing-CCA Red Trout Catch & Release Tournament, Sept. 18-20 in Crisfield.
The tournament, headquartered at Somers Cove Marina, will host many of our region'’s top light tackle, fly, and kayak anglers. This year a live bait category has been added. The tourney promotes sustainable, catch-and-release fishing methods where anglers photograph their catch for digital submittals in lieu of a weigh in.
“The Crisfield/Tangier Sound area boasts some of the best redfish and speckled trout fishing on the Eastern Seaboard. Winners will be selected based on the total length of their three longest fish caught Saturday and Sunday. At least one of those three fish must be a speckled trout or redfish. The remaining two can be a striped bass, flounder, bluefish, or additional speckled trout and redfish.
Categories include a boat division for bait and light tackle anglers and individual divisions for fly and kayak anglers. Boat teams will consist of two fishermen. All entrants must attend check-in meetings Friday and Saturday nights where food will be served.
All rules and registration information can be found on the CCA MD website,

The tournament was founded in 2013 to draw attention to the value of redfish and speckled trout that recently have been making a comeback in the Chesapeake Bay.

Saturday, August 8, 2015