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Maryland’s DNR chief won’t say why he fired longtime manager of crab program

Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources Secretary Mark J. Belton on Monday offered lawmakers no explanation for why he fired the longtime manager of the state’s crab program days after watermen complained to Gov. Larry Hogan about the employee. Belton repeatedly declined to justify the dismissal during a joint hearing with the House and Senate environmental committees, as Democratic lawmakers questioned whether the termination of , a 28-year state employee, was politically motivated. “Isn’t it true that since you couldn’t give these watermen what they wanted by changing crab policy, you gave them something else — Brenda Davis’s job?” asked Sen. Paul G. Pinsky (D-Prince George’s).Belton, who said he could not comment on personnel matters, said that critics were “trying to make connections where there are none” and that Hogan (R) had nothing to do with the dismissal. “It was my decision, and my decision alone,” he said. continue reading the story here 08:22

Maryland to limit female crab catch

The Department of Natural Resources announced that it was lowering the  daily allowable catch of female crabs, effective Thursday. The The number of female crabs increased substantially despite the overall  decline, and remained well above the threshold scientists say is needed to  sustain the population. But officials said they would seek to reduce the female  crab harvest by 10 percent as a precaution, to boost prospects for a good spawn  this year and possibly spark a rebound in the highly prized crustaceans. continued

Chesapeake Bay Commercial Fishermen’s Association – Maryland Watermen’s symposium set at Chesapeake College April 18

EASTON — A symposium to educate the public on the economic impact the commercial fishing industry brings to Maryland will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in the Rufus M. and Loraine Hall Todd Performing Arts Center at the Wye Mills campus of Chesapeake College. continued