by Margie Whilden. Published by THE SEVERN RIVER ASSOCIATION, INC. • August 2002 • Volume 92, Folio 2
Not many people other thanwatermen may recall the significanceof 1994. It was the year a limit wasplaced on the Maryland commercialfishery. It was the year of sweepingchanges in fishing licenses and, withthe endorsement of the commercialfishing industry, the establishment ofa fixed number of watermen who wouldbe allowed access to the resources
The Terrapin Institute began in 1998 as a consortium of concerned citizens, scientists, resource managers, and educators dedicated to the understanding, persistence, and recovery of Diamondback Terrapins and other turtles through effective management, thorough research, and public outreach. We work to protect an abundance of adult turtle populations, preserve nesting and forage habitat, and improve recruitment. In return the terrapin has become the perfect metaphor for natural resource stewardship and public engagement; the face of estuarine restoration, and a gateway to the many wonders of our rich tidewater heritage.