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2009-03-04 14:20:00

Watermen in Chesapeake Bay are struggling to make a living in the region that was once home to one of the most bountiful fisheries in the US. As early as 1993, the Bay was credited with about half of the country's blue crab harvest, according to the AP. But a development boom has resulted in declining catches and the US Commerce Department declared the fishery a federal disaster last September. As a result, Maryland and Virginia were forced to shut down the stream for fishing until spring....

2008-11-27 17:38:22

Virginia says it plans to refuse crab license renewals for 800 fishermen who did not catch any crabs between 2004 and 2007. The watermen would be unable to renew their licenses from 2009 through at least 2012, The Norfolk Virginian-Pilot reports. The Virginia Marine Resources Commission approved the freeze late Tuesday. The state wants to prevent a rapid return of fishing for blue crabs in Chesapeake Bay if the species makes a comeback. Frozen licenses could only be renewed if crab numbers...

2008-10-10 09:00:30

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot tangier island Dan Dise steered his skiff past empty crab shacks that line Tangier Harbor, the gateway to this historic fishing outpost in the Chesapeake Bay. "For Rent" and "For Sale" signs were taped to many of the dusty windows. "That guy's on the tug," said Dise, president of the Tangier Island Watermen's Association, pointing to a lifeless shanty. "And that guy, too." He paused, then noticed another vacant business along the...

2008-09-25 17:46:30

By LIAM FARRELL Staff Writer The federal government has issued a fishery disaster declaration for the Chesapeake Bay blue crab, potentially providing millions of dollars for watermen struggling with low harvests and tighter regulations. Federal and state officials praised the declaration issued yesterday by Department of Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez. "Maryland's blue crab and the traditional fishing industry that it supports face difficult times and the federal funding...

2008-08-17 18:00:34

NEW YORK | Gold, which scorched into the record books earlier this year, has suddenly gone cold. Prices for the precious metal - which touched $1,000 an ounce for the first time in March - have plunged in recent weeks, and Friday tumbled below $800 for the first time since late last year. It has been a sharp reversal for a bellwether of the commodities boom that only months ago seemed poised to soar to uncharted heights. "All of the sudden, it seems like the bottom fell out," said David...

2008-08-03 06:00:00

By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun Aug. 3--Four thoughts about the meeting last week in Annapolis on new yellow perch fishing regulations, then I promise to let it go. 1.) Eight thousand pounds of fish. Were we really having a serious, adult conversation about 8,000pounds of fish? That's what watermen reported catching this spring in their truncated season. The state estimates that no more than 40 watermen take part in the harvest. Forty into 8,000 is 200 pounds. What kind of a...

2008-07-30 03:00:28

By Scott Harper, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 30--RICHMOND It took nearly a year to draft, but state officials presented a plan Tuesday to better protect water quality on Virginia's Eastern Shore -- as well as the many clam and oyster farms that demand clean water to survive. Clam farming, especially, has become a major economic force on the Eastern Shore and now ranks as the wealthiest such industry in the nation, generating more than $50 million per year in sales. But farmers...

2008-07-24 03:00:35

By Scott Harper, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 24--NORFOLK -- Despite environmental concerns about fish and shellfish stocks in Virginia waters, Hampton Roads was the fifth-wealthiest seafood port in the country in 2007, according to the latest federal statistics. Watermen across the region reported landing $70.2 million worth of fish and shellfish at local docks, up from $51 million in 2006, when Hampton Roads ranked No. 10 on the national money list. Topping the roster...

2008-07-18 09:00:41

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot virginia beach State marine police completed a massive enforcement sweep Thursday against illegal crabbing in coastal waters and the Chesapeake Bay, a campaign described as the first of its kind in Virginia, aimed at protecting slumping crab stocks during the summer harvest season. The crackdown, from the Potomac River to the North Carolina line and along the Eastern Shore, involved almost the entire marine police force of 70 men...

2008-07-17 18:00:27

By Scott Harper, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 17--VIRGINIA BEACH -- State marine police completed a massive enforcement sweep Thursday against illegal crabbing in coastal waters and the Chesapeake Bay, a campaign described as the first of its kind in Virginia, aimed at protecting slumping crab stocks during the summer harvest season. The crackdown, from the Potomac River to the North Carolina line and along the Eastern Shore, involved almost the entire marine police force of 70...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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