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Atlantic sturgeon tagging

Welcome to the Maryland Fishery Resources Office!

Maryland Fishery Resources Office (MFRO) staff work with public and private partners to protect, restore and enhance fishery and aquatic resources in Maryland and along the Atlantic coast. Significant species include striped bass, Atlantic sturgeon, American shad, American eel, horseshoe crab, and freshwater mussels.

Tag Reports

MFRO biologists coordinate and manage cooperative tagging programs for striped bass, Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon, snakehead, and horseshoe crab to inform the conservation and management of these species. If you have caught a tagged Atlantic sturgeon, striped bass, snakehead or horseshoe crab, you can help us obtain valuable information by calling 1-800-448-8322 to report a tag or by clicking on the Horseshoe Crab Tag Form above.

About the Website

This site provides general information about the MFRO and a brief description of current projects. You will also find interesting facts about several aquatic species. Visit our eel passage and freshwater mussel monitoring project pages to watch movies!

American eels on rocks

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Susquehanna River American Eel

Eel capture at Conowingo Dam started on May 21, 2015.

Date # Eels per Week
May 22
May 29
June 5
June 12
June 19
June 26
July 3
July 10
July 17
July 23

MFRO biologists have been working to assess eel populations below Conowingo Dam, improve capture techniques and relocate eels above blockages on the Susquehanna River to benefit eel and freshwater mussel populations. Visit the eel passage project and American eel facts pages to learn more.

Last updated: July 27, 2015
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