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The Blue Crabs of November

Michael W. Fincham • November 21, 2017

Roger Morris knew autumn crabbing would end early in 2017.  Last year the legal crabbing season lasted until the end of November. This year it would close down three days before Thanksgiving. So this short month would be his last shot at a good year.

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On the Hard: Prepping a Crab Boat

Michael W. Fincham • July 19, 2017

It happens every year for every crab boat: the haul out, the scraping and sanding, the painting and cleaning. For all that work, a crab boat has to go “on the hard” for a couple weeks. Especially if the boat is wood, and the captain is Roger Morris.

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Prepping for Potting, Praying for Crabs

Michael W. Fincham • July 5, 2017

Before a waterman can plunk his crab pots along the bottom of Chesapeake Bay, he’s got to paint them. A lot of watermen use red anti-fouling paint on their pots, but Roger Morris down in Church Creek, Maryland thinks yellow pots catch more crabs down around the southern end of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

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A Photographer Eyes the Bay

Michael W. Fincham • June 20, 2017

The man who taught me the most about photography never told me anything about cameras or lenses or film types. His name was Robert de Gast, and years ago he showed me how to see the Chesapeake Bay through a camera lens.

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Meet the Extension Specialists: Eric Buehl, Watershed Restoration

Daniel Pendick • March 9, 2017

Eric Buehl knows all the breakfast specials at D & R’s Restaurant in Greensboro. As much an indoor town hall as a diner, the restaurant has hosted many a morning meeting between Buehl and Rich Covert, president of the Greensboro Volunteer Fire Company on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

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