The Verdict on the 2021 Blue Crab Stock….It’s Mixed!

From the Bay By Karl Blankenship  The Verdict on the 2021 Blue Crab Stock….It’s Mixed! The number of blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay this winter plummeted to the fourth-lowest on record, driven largely by the worst-ever showing of juvenile crabs since an annual Baywide survey began in 1990. Though the juvenile drop is concerning, […]

Underwater Drones In Chesapeake Oyster’s Future

Underwater Drones In Chesapeake Oyster’s Future By Tim Wheeler People have been farming oysters in the Chesapeake Bay since at least the 1800s, and some of the methods and tools in use today haven’t changed much. Now, some researchers and entrepreneurs are working to bring oyster aquaculture into the 21st century. Just as agriculture increasingly […]

Core Value

Photo by Dan Phelps/SpinSheet From the Bay By Molly Winans Core Value Let’s try some guided imagery to start the sailing season. Take a deep breath. Relax. Imagine. It’s your first big day on the water and a sunny, 70-degree one. You slip on your new Maui Jims and work your way up on deck […]

Celebrate the Inaugural Annapolis Oyster Fest  from March 1st to 21st

From the Bay Celebrate the Inaugural Annapolis Oyster Fest  from March 1st to 21st The Downtown Annapolis Partnership has launched a new event called the Annapolis Oyster Fest to help boost sales for local restaurants, Maryland’s Waterman, and a Maryland-based brewery this March 1st to 21st.  This event has also partnered with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to […]

Oyster Prices Plummet Amid Pandemic-Help Is On the Way!

By Jeremy Cox & Timothy B. Wheeler   Oyster Prices Plummet Amid Pandemic-Help Is On the Way! With several hours of daylight to spare, Ronnie Robbins and his son, Jason, had already docked their 36-foot deadrise workboat on Hooper’s Island and started unloading their briny cargo. Into the bed of a waiting pickup, went 20 bushels […]

Holly, by golly, brightens the landscape beyond holidays

From the Bay By Kathy Reshetiloff  Holly, by golly, brightens the landscape beyond holidays As I walked through a tiny wooded trail near my home, I tried to tread softly so I could spy any birds or mammals remaining for the winter. It was impossible as my feet crunched on the crisp orange, yellow and […]

The Beavers Are Back!

By Tom Horton The Beavers Are Back! Behold the concrete road culvert: straight and narrow and lifeless, having whisked the previous day’s rains from oceans of hard-baked asphalt with ruthless efficiency,  swelling quickly to 6 feet deep with storm water, then receding to less than an inch of water hours later. Now follow Erik Michelsen […]

Latinx ‘Promotores” Lead the Way for Environmental Action on the Bay

By Jeremy Cox Latinx ‘Promotores” Lead the Way for Environmental Action on the Bay Candida Garcia had never been involved in environmental causes. But over the past four years, she has founded a community garden, grilled local officials about air quality, campaigned for statewide bans on plastic bags and straws and successfully lobbied her county […]

The Seahorses of the Chesapeake

From the Bay By Kathy Reshetiloff/Bay Journal The Seahorses of the Chesapeake In the Lower Chesapeake Bay, a small horse moves through the underwater beds of eelgrass looking for food. No, it’s not a pony like the famous wild horses of Assateague Island National Seashore. It’s a lined seahorse (Hippocampus erectus), the only species of […]

“Every Day is Sunday: COVID Refugees Flock to Parks and Trails

From the Bay By Ad Crable, Bay Journal News Service “Every Day is Sunday: COVID Refugees Flock to Parks and Trails The Covid lockdown has unleashed swarms of visitors in the Bay region’s parks and on trails. Lynne Napoli of Boiling Springs, PA, lives near the Appalachian Trail, which is normally her refuge for quiet mental sustenance. But, this spring and summer, things are […]