Chinese Pirate Poacher Caught 2nd time in week; Crisfield commercial waterman Ryan Brittingham busted for poaching in oyster sanctuary – Ryan Christopher Brittingham, 25, of Crisfield, was charged with illegally harvesting wild oysters in an oyster sanctuary after officers conducting surveillance watched four vessels enter the protected area and remove 36 ½ bushels of oysters. The oysters were seized and returned to the sanctuary.Continue Reading
NEW MARKET — Frances “Pee Wee” Gray, co-owner of Leonard Copsey’s Seafood Market on Rt. 5 in New Market operates a busy seafood carryout that caters to a clientele of long-time native residents as well as those motoring in Southern Maryland that are lucky enough to spot the sign for the business.
“I’ve been working around it since I was little, it seems like its been forever. I started out helping my father, buying crabs as a teen. In 1974 I went to work for him full time, he used to have the Famous Drift Inn Crab House, the oldest in southern Maryland. He had the Crab House in the summer and oysters in the winter, and grew tobacco in the summers too,” said Gray.
Two of her sisters and her brother all operate thriving seafood restaurants in the county. Sissy operates the Sandgates Inn on the Patuxent River, her brother Lonnie and his wife Elaine operate Captain Leonard’s Crabhouse on Rt. 235 in Oraville, and her sister Pumpkin and her husband Jerry Bowles own and operate her parent’s long-time business, Drift Inn.Continue Reading
Fifty years ago, Allen’s Fresh Bridge on Rt. 234 was the place to be during the first week of March. I remember well as a boy seeing anglers standing along the concrete railings with long stringers of big Yellow Perch. I looked forward to getting big enough to drive there myself and join the […]Continue Reading
It’s hard to imagine that there are likely 100 million people who live within a four hour drive of the middle of the Potomac River. One can travel for an hour on the Potomac and if its late afternoon on a Sunday, nary a vessel will pass.Continue Reading
Everyone knows there are good and bad bacteria. But the importance of identifying the difference has been difficult for some regulators in Maryland to grasp.Continue Reading
Unfortunately, diving for oysters requires submerging your body into cold water. Those months with an “R” in them happen to be on the cool side of the calendar.Continue Reading
By Richard Pelz Special Correspondent THE CHESAPEAKE Larry Jarboe asked me to start writing about oysters. Specifically, he asked me to get the facts out there. My knowledge comes from having commercially grown oysters in the Chesapeake Bay for over 25 years. Larry and I both believe oysters are the key to the Chesapeake Bay’s […]Continue Reading