In Maryland Oyster beds reopened along section of...

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March 16, 2002|By From staff reports

In Maryland

Oyster beds reopened along section of Potomac

Maryland and Virginia shellfish managers have reopened oyster beds in a 30-mile section of the lower Potomac River, saying the levels of a potentially poisonous algae found there last month are too low to cause illness.

Both states closed the shellfish beds Feb. 16 as a precaution after the algae, Dinophysis acuminata, was discovered in local waters for the first time. A toxin in the algae does not harm shellfish, but it can cause gastrointestinal illness in people who eat them.

On Thursday, officials said oysters from the affected area contained amounts of toxin far below the amount considered unsafe.

Foundation, state seek volunteers to monitor fish

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources are looking for volunteers to serve as fish passage monitors at 10 sites across the state. Participants will visit their site approximately once a week through June.

An orientation is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the foundation in Annapolis. To register: 443-482-2155.

In Anne Arundel

Fire forces evacuation of Arundel Mills store

HANOVER -- A three-alarm fire broke out at the Bass Pro Shop at Arundel Mills mall shortly before 10 o'clock last night, prompting the evacuation of the store and surrounding area.

Fire personnel had a small fire at the rear of the shop under control by 10:15 p.m., said Lt. George Wiseman, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel Fire Department. The second and third alarms were mostly precautionary because of reports of smoke and the threat of exploding gunpowder, he said.

Two people were taken to North Arundel Hospital for respiratory problems, Wiseman said.

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