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March 2014 Newsletter

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CCMP Workshops April 29th and 30th 

Please Attend

The Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) for the Maryland Coastal Bays Program is the culmination of 15 years of technical and community involvement to protect the future of our bays. 
MCBP is hosting 2 workshops for you to attend to help us plan the next 10 years of programs to protect our bays. Please join us either
Tuesday, April 29, Snow Hill Middle School - 5 - 8 pm
522 Coulbourne Lane, Snow Hill, Maryland 
Wednesday, Apri. 30, Ocean Pines Country Club 5-8
100 Club House Drive, Ocean Pines, Maryland
These are workshops, therefore, you can attend anytime throughout the scheduled evenings.
MCBP also has a survey in regards to this plan which you can access here
Please contact Sandi with any questions you may have at 410-213-2297 ext 107 or
Commissioners Reject Tree Planting

    Tree Planting

In a 3-3 vote earlier this month the Worcester County Commissioners rejected a Coastal Bays plan to plant trees in an unused area of a local county park. Commissioners Bunting, Lockfaw and Gulyas said they didn't want any more trees planted on county property than the minimum required by law. MCBP had arranged for school children to do the planting in a soggy fallow field at the back end of the N. Worcester Athletic Complex in Berlin. MCBP Director Dave Wilson said the county's apparent aversion to trees made it unlikely he would bring the issue back to the commissioners. The trees were provided free by the state of Maryland. Commissioners Boggs, Church and Shockley voted in favor.  

The Future of our Oceans Belong to You 
The Future of our ocean belongs to you:

Are you concerned about the health of the ocean and how it will be used (or not used) in future years?  Now's your chance to add your voice to an emerging process that is looking at Maryland's ocean not as a small pocket of state waters, but as part of a complex and vibrant regional ecosystem.  Maryland has joined forces with the states of VA, NJ, PA, DE and NY to form the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (RPB), a collaboration of state and federal agencies, the military, coastal tribes and our coastal communities, that aims to approach the management of the Mid-Atlantic ocean as a participatory process inclusive of all ocean interests, including wildlife and the natural environment.   

During the last week of February, the Mid-Atlantic RPB held public "listening sessions" in Annapolis and Lewes, DE to gather public comment on their proposed framework for this process.  If you missed these public sessions, you can still contribute your comments through April 15 by writing to: 

The slide show for the presentation in Annapolis is located here 

The comments being sought are in regard to the draft framework, which can be found here

Also check out this short fact sheet highlighting Maryland's ocean interests here    
Assateague National Seashore Bayside Decision 


The National Park Service (NPS) received comments from many members of the public and state and federal agencies on plans for the Bayside Picnic Area and South Beach Parking Area. Based on concerns expressed in public comments and analysis, the park service re-examined the alternatives presented click here for details

Dredging Impacts on Fishery Resources 
Cheryl Montgomery, US Army Corps of Engineers Research Biologist,  presented some of her (and her colleagues') work on dredging impacts on fishery resources.  Included in her presentation were effects of high turbidity on fish larvae and eggs and oysters.  The presentation was held at the Old Visitors Center at Assateague  and provided an opportunity for local residents to get more information on current and future dredging activities in the coastal bays.  If you would like additional information on dredging activities contact Roman Jesien at


March 2014   

Volunteer Opportunities and Fundraisers

We always have lots of great opportunities. If you don't see one that interests you, please contact us.


  Earth Day 2013

Earth Day Clean Up - Saturday, April 5th, 10am - ?


MCBP, Ocean City Surf Club, OC Surfriders, and Town of Ocean City are conducting their 5th annual Earth Day Clean Up.


Grab a friend, put together a team or just come by yourself and we'll pair you up. 


Registration this year will be held at the Ocean City Parks and Recreation Building at 125th street. Here you'll receive your clean up assignment, gloves, bags and a t-shirt while supplies last.


Bring you strangest find to the Blue Ox Restaurant at noon for prizes.


The West Ocean City Homeowners Association will also be hosting a clean up beginning at noon. Registration will be held at the Christian school located behind Marshall's.

On Going Property Maintenance
MCBP manages several restoration properties and we're gearing up for spring clean ups.
We will need folks to help weed invasive plants, clear brush and assist with other various outside activities. If you are interested in receiving updates on such property projects, please let Bill know by emailing him at 
Turtle Excluder Meeting
We will be holding a meeting on Thursday, April 17th, 5:30 in the Maryland Coastal Bays office for those interested in volunteering to help us reach out to retailers who sell crab pots and attach turtle excluders. Please contact Sandi @ for more info.
Delmarva Birding Weekend
Come celebrate spring migration of thousands of warblers, shorebirds, waterfowl and raptors at this year's Delmarva Birding Weekend, April 24th - 27th. There are a variety of opportunities from hiking, and paddling trips to evening and day trips. 
Click here to check out the website.

Fager's Island Surf Swap and Paddle Board Event

Paddle Board   
Registration is now open for the annual surf swap and paddle board event  held Sunday, June 1.  Paddling boarding (SUP) event is open to novices and experts alike with proceeds going to MCBP. We are looking for two team relay participants.
We are also raffling a new Evolve Paddle board valued at $1,400, and a Solace SUP paddle and a Pacifico bike cruiser.
Click here for registration and raffle ticket purchases

15th Annual Osprey Triathlon

Registration is now open for our largest fundraiser, the Osprey Sprint Triathlon.
This year's event will be held on Saturday, October 4.
We will also need plenty of volunteers.
To register click here

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