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Finding the Right Path: It isn’t always a straight line

Logan Bilbrough • June 25, 2020

My journey through college has been an untraditional one. After graduating from North Caroline High School in 2011, I enrolled at Chesapeake College in neighboring Talbot County. I had no idea what I wanted to study, and as a first-generation college student, I was a bit lost in how the whole college thing worked.

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All Things Oyster: Whether studying their genomes or helping farmers grow them, Brittany Wolfe is building a career on oysters

Wendy Mitman Clarke • June 12, 2020

Most kids spend their time at the beach swimming and playing in the ocean. Not Brittany Wolfe. Growing up surrounded by water on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, she was more interested in poking around the intertidal zone, finding shells and wondering about the animals that lived in them.

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American Eels: Dams, habitat loss, and restocking

Wendy Mitman Clarke • June 5, 2020

Some 20 miles upstream from Baltimore on the Patapsco River, a four-inch-long American eel is making a monumental climb. Wriggling up a steep 30-foot-long metal gutter lined with a climbing substrate, the eel finally gains the summit, then slides down the other side into a mesh bag in a holding tank. 

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Maryland Seafood Lures in the Home Cook: Seafood purveyors try more direct routes to customers

Rona Kobell • May 26, 2020

Ordinarily at this time of year, Kit Waskom Pollard is cooking oysters. Grilled in the backyard, sprinkled with rosemary and sea salt, their aroma signals one celebration after another: Easter, Mother’s Day, her father’s birthday, maybe an engagement or a graduation.

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American Eels: Population, fishery, and poaching

Wendy Mitman Clarke • May 12, 2020

Thousands of American eels captured at the Conowingo Dam eel ramp are swimming en masse in a huge holding tank, waiting to be trucked upstream where they will be released to restock part of the Susquehanna River and its tributaries.

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