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Oyster harvest at Kent Narrows seen as winter boost for watermen
Oyster harvest at Kent Narrows seen as winter boost for watermen

As dawn broke over the still waters of Kent Narrows on Monday, a couple of workboats carrying watermen ventured out in search of oysters. For the first time in six years, state regulators have opened the Narrows in Queen Anne's County to shellfish harvesting — a rare instance of watermen gaining fresh territory to work and a welcome change after an icy season that undercut the state's shellfish industry. "It's a gesture of goodwill, is what it really is," said Jim Mullin, director of the Maryland Oystermen Association, a group that advocates for watermen who spend their winters tonging, diving and dredging for oysters. Many have been sidelined for parts...

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