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Must we eat our way out of this problem?

     Stopping at Bob Evans Seafood in Shady Side, Lou Hyde reports he routinely finds blue catfish in his 240 crab pots in Herring Bay. Some of the horned invaders are so fat that he tears up his pots cutting them loose.       Mick Blackistone, fishmonger, worries that they’re eating juvenile crabs.
You have to get up early if you’re going to fill your basket
     “Nothing is better than being on the water in the morning,” I tell my skeptical family as we head out the door at 5:45am.       We are meeting Captain Trey Plumb and my colleague Audrey at Collins Marine Railway in Deale. Plumb, owner of FishMermaniac Charters, is a Maryland native and a lifelong waterman. He has been fishing the Bay, its tributaries and the Atlantic Ocean for more than 30 years. Five years ago, he expanded his business by offering crabbing charters.

Turning a crab feast into an eco-success

       Twenty-two hundred crab-lovers filled their bellies with crabs, barbecue, beer and watermelon at the 74th Annapolis Rotary Crab Feast earlier this month.             Trash cans were filled as well, with shells, claws, cups and plates. Instead of the landfill, all that waste is going to recycling.

Research begins on who was who, when, on Parkers Creek

      “For more than 10,000 years, people have hunted, fished, worked and made their homes around what would come to be known as Parkers Creek in Calvert County,” according to the American Chestnut Land Trust.             To begin research on how the people in the Parkers Creek area and their culture “shaped local heritage,” the Trust has been awarded $20,000 from the Maryland Heritage Area Authority.

Kids On the Creek get to know the water

      Visit Truxton Park in Annapolis Saturday, August 24, with your kids and they’ll learn who’s swimming in Spa Creek. Biologists will identify the fish you pull up in seines. They’ll also hear about the 12 types of animals that make the park home and enjoy a scavenger hunt with prizes.             Experienced captains are standing by to take kids out on the water. Or you might try out paddleboards.

Second-hand animals can make first-class pets

      You’ve decided it is time to bring a four-legged family member into your home. Congratulations! It’s a great decision.       You probably know whether you are looking for a dog, cat or other companion animal. But you don’t know where to start. Maybe you visit a shelter or a rescue. Maybe you start looking on social media.      You see lots of little faces in need. How do you know which is right for you?

This golden retriever earned his rank

      I have reached the age where people more often want to tell me what to do than not. One of those topics was about a new dog. I was instructed to get a dog on the small side to up the likelihood that folks would volunteer to watch him in the event I wanted to be away for a while. My preference has always been toward a dog hefty enough to wrestle. Now, however, we are in new territory with a seriously high-spirited Welsh terrier.
Where to frolic with your four-legged friends
     Dogs need some time to be dogs. Here’s where you can take them to run and frolic leash free. (Most of the public parks in Bay country allow dogs but require that you keep them on a leash.)

Canine athletes compete in Flying Disc Dogs Open and Ultimate Air Dock Diving

     The two swimming pools at Hog Dog Productions Farm in Millersville are the scene of intense canine competition.      The field was packed at last weekend’s canine dock diving and Frisbee event at the 33-acre farm. Forty-eight dogs leapt into dock diving in the competition pool and 65 pups into Frisbee competition.
Where to turn for help and to help
AACo. Animal ­Control Shelter  The county’s central location for lost pets reunites hundreds with their owners and operates a shelter that annually finds new homes for about 1,500 pets. As part of Anne Arundel County Police Department, it enforces all animal control laws. Services include a weekly $5 rabies vaccination and $20 microchip clinic: 411 Maxwell Frye Rd., Millersville; 410-222-8900; www.aacounty.org/animalcontrol; open Tues.-Sat.