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Foxes clinch second place with win over Chancellor Chargers

Foxes clinch second place with win over Chancellor Chargers

On May 15 at King George High School, Fox freshman Juliet Truslow may have pitched the best game of ...

Contestants needed for Colonial Beach summer pageants

Time is running out for registration for the 2015 Potomac River Festival Pageants and the Miss Colon...

Young boy saves grandmother

Young boy saves grandmother

At first glance Marquis Smith is a typical nine-year-old boy in fourth grade, even to his grandmothe...

Colonial Beach Council proposes real estate tax increase

Colonial Beach Town Council recently held a special meeting on to discuss solutions to balancing the...

Service Authority to discuss water and sewer rate increases

King George Service Authority will discuss specifics on proposed rate increases during special budge...

Ward, Blazer teaching vital skills to KG High School Junior Builders

Ward, Blazer teaching vital skills to KG High School Junior Builders

Charles Ward and Ray Blazer are changing futures of King George High School students by teaching the...

 

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King George

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Defensive driving on tap at KGHS

Tuesday, 19 May 2015
Defensive driving on tap at KGHS

Why wear a seat belt when you are driving?  Because you are four times more likely to die in a traffic accident if you are not belted in.
That was one of the lessons being taught last week to King Geor...

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Colonial Beach

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Colonial Beach Council continues deliberation on school demolition

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Long discussions at the May 15 Colonial Beach Town Council meeting reveal that council members remain split on how to approach the demolition of buildings at the old Douglas Avenue Elementary School c...

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Westmoreland

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No new county taxes for Beach residents in Westmoreland budget

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Supervisor Larry Roberson recently presented highlights of the Westmoreland County budget for the residents of Colonial Beach.
Westmoreland County Supervisors approved a budget of $24.7 million. That’s...

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Sports

SETTING

Foxes clinch second place with win over Chancellor Chargers

Tuesday, 19 May 2015
Foxes clinch second place with win over Chancellor Chargers

On May 15 at King George High School, Fox freshman Juliet Truslow may have pitched the best game of her softball career, helping the Foxes (14-4, 7-3) clinch second place in Conference 22, with a 4-0 ...

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Area Deaths

SETTING

Ruby Mae Morgan Caldwell

Tuesday, 05 May 2015

Ruby Caldwell, 86, of Hancock, Washington County, MD passed away Monday, April 27, 2015 at Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, MD.

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Columnists

SETTING

Antiques Considered - May 20, 2015

Tuesday, 19 May 2015
Antiques Considered - May 20, 2015

This French Provincial chest was a family piece brought to the Northern Neck by a French lady who had inherited it.
The wood is walnut, and the iron hinges and brass escutcheons are original.

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Marine Police target oyster poachers

Increased enforcement and toughened penalties aim to protect booming oyster stocks from unscrupulous thieves

Newport News — This year Virginia Marine Police will combat oyster theft by air, land and sea in an intensive effort to crush what has become an epidemic of poaching. The public oyster season is now open.


“We mean business. We will vigorously pursue anyone who violates the oyster regulations, and we will prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law,” said Virginia Marine Police Chief Rick Lauderman.

“Stealing oysters from the public oyster grounds, private leased grounds or from oyster sanctuaries, in particular, will not be tolerated. Oyster poaching in Virginia will stop.”

A number of Marine Police Officers have been dedicated to search for oyster violations as their top priorities. An airplane will prowl the skies, patrolling for suspicious activity on both public and privately leased oyster grounds. Other techniques and equipment will be used, as well.

And the Virginia Marine Resources Commission comes armed to this fight with a renewed commitment to revoking violators’ commercial fishing licenses and with a new tool: Revocation of all saltwater fishing privileges, as allowed by a new state law that went into effect on July 1. The Marine Police is the Commission’s law enforcement division.

In fact, the Commission recently adopted new sanction guidelines that call for the revocation of commercial fishing licenses for even a single egregious offense. This is a tougher standard from prior guidelines, which called for a license suspension hearing on a third court conviction of fishery regulations within a calendar year.

Just last week, on Sept. 24, the Commission voted unanimously to revoke the fishing licenses of five commercial oyster harvesters who had pleaded guilty in criminal court to repeatedly harvesting more than their daily allowable bushel limits of oysters. Two of those five watermen saw their licenses revoked for a year, followed by a year of probation, and three were revoked for two years, which is the maximum allowed under current state law.

“Those who violate our oyster laws will face arrest, as well as the revocation of both their licenses and their right to fish in tidal waters,” said VMRC Commissioner Jack Travelstead. “They could be banned from any type of commercial fishing activity, even packing fish someone else caught. They’ll need another line of work for awhile. We anticipate a good oyster season this year, and law-abiding watermen should not have to suffer because of thieves.”

“Oysters are ecologically and economically important, and the Commission is committed to preserving a resurgent oyster stock and to protecting a substantial investment in oyster replenishment,” Travelstead said.

A single adult oyster can purge up to 50 gallons of water a day, and help clean the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Oyster reefs provide important forage and refuge habitat for invertebrates, as well as juvenile crabs and finfish species.
Over the past decade, the oyster harvest in Virginia has increased ten-fold, from 23,000 bushels in 2001, to an estimated 250,000 bushels in 2012. In that time, the dockside value of the oyster harvest increased from $575,000 to more than $8.26 million. The harvest is projected to jump to 320,000 bushels this year, which would make it the largest oyster harvest in Virginia since 1987.

“Oyster stocks are on the rise. We have invested a lot of time, effort and money into making that happen,” said Travelstead. “More oysters in the water may tempt some unscrupulous watermen. If so, this is a warning. We will not allow these stocks to be plundered.”

The Marine Resources Commission spent $2 million on oyster replenishment this summer, thanks to a historic level of funding from Gov. Bob McDonnell and the General Assembly.

Roughly 1 million bushels of oyster shells were planted on public oyster beds, which was an estimated 1 billion individual empty oyster shells, enough to fill approximately 4,000 dump trucks.

Every $1 spent by the state to plant oyster shells yields $7 in economic benefits in the form of larger harvests and increased jobs for oyster shuckers and oyster packing houses, when the oyster larvae that attach to the shells grow to market size in three years.

 

John Bull
VMRC

 

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