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Maryland Manual, 1935
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Junior Account Clerk:
E. Evelyn Morck..............................................................Baltimore .
Seafood Auditor:
Edgar D. Marine.......................................................................................Baltimore

The Legislative Act under which the present Conservation Depart-
ment now operates, was enacted in 1935 and all control and executive
functions of this Department are vested in a Conservation Commis-
sion. The Commission consists of three members, two of which are
of the same political party. The Commission is appointed by the Gov-
ernor, with the consent of the Senate, for a term of four years from the
first Monday in June, 1935. (Ch. 523, Act 1935.)
The Department enforces the laws governing the natural resources
of the Chesapeake Bay and inland waters; the Conservation of wild
life and game; and maintains a research laboratory at Solomons, Md.


With the enactment of legislation by the General Assembly of 1931,
providing certain appropriations for the cutting of an inlet between
the Atlantic Ocean and Sinepuxent Bay, dependent upon like action
on the part of Congress, came further enactments of Conservation
laws governing the seafood resources of Worcester County.
This inlet became an actual fact by reason of the storm of August,
1933, and appropriations were made by the State and Congress for
the purpose of perpetuating said inlet, and jetties were built to pro-
tect and preserve it, the work being completed by the Government
in 1935.
The laws concerning this territory have been in effect since April
2, 1934. They are as follows:

1—All waters in the Isle of Wight, Sinepuxent and Chincoteaque
Bays, except those set aside as clamming areas, were declared to be
oyster leasing grounds and subject to application for leasing for the
purpose of private oyster planting.

2—The State-wide laws on oyster, crabs, and fish applied from
April 2nd, 1934, to the waters of Worcester County the same as to
the other waters of the State.
The effect of this legislation has been to encourage private oyster
planting and numerous applications for oyster leasing have been re-
ceived at this office.

The Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, located at Solomons Island,
in the mid-region of the Chesapeake Bay Country, is making marked
progress as an institution for wild life research and study. In progress
at the Solomons Island institution are investigations into pertinent
problems concerning crabs, oysters, fish, and clams, with a new line
of research working toward the solution of the biology of the boring
sponge, Cliona. In the management of the Laboratory, several colleges
and independent institutions are co-operating, to wit: University of
Maryland, John Hopkins University, Western Maryland College, Wash-
ington College, Goücher College, Carnegie Institution of Washington,
and the U. S. Bureau of Fisheries. The following courses were offered
as class work to advanced undergraduates and to graduate students
during the 1935 session: Economic Zoology, Animal Ecology, Paleon-

tology, Aquatic Insects, Diatoms, Algae, and Protozoology. Class work

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