Science Serving Maryland's Coasts


Fish Could Begin their Spring Treks up the Chesapeake Bay Earlier

Striped bass seem to head up the Bay to spawn earlier during warmer years and later during cool seasons, a new study finds. The results could have big implications for the future, where climate change is expected to drive up water temperatures in the estuary. A team of scientists from Maryland estimate that by 2100, these fish could launch their migrations one to two weeks earlier on average. That could help the fish to avoid recreational anglers, who hit the Bay in late April for the spring trophy season. Read more...