On the Bay


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Heron and hawk along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay

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A Ballooning Effort: Maryland bans intentional balloon releases & new campaign offers information about impacts

Wendy Mitman Clarke • November 5, 2021

Thick clouds are brooding on an early October day at Assateague Island on Maryland’s Atlantic coast, but no one in the crew of Maryland Conservation Corps members is paying much attention to the sky; their focus, instead, is on what has fallen out of it.


From Science to Policy: Maryland Sea Grant welcomes three new fellows

Rona Kobell • October 12, 2021

Maryland Sea Grant (MDSG) has welcomed three new science fellows this year who have embedded in state agencies and organizations to better address climate change throughout Maryland.


The Coastal Farming Challenges Workshops: From the perspective of a notetaker

Elissa Torres-Soto • May 28, 2021

When I was asked if I was interested in being a notetaker for the Coastal Farming Challenges workshops hosted by Maryland Sea Grant, I immediately said yes without fully knowing what my duties entailed. And I am glad that I did.


A Host with the Most: Raising Maryland’s spotted salamander larvae, students study a unique example of symbiosis

Wendy Mitman Clarke • May 24, 2021

“Ah, man. I lost him.” Carter Ruby, a junior at Westminster High School, sighs and reaches into the 10-gallon aquarium tank again, a petri dish gripped carefully in his fingers. Beside him, junior Bella Diaz laughs and bends over her own petri dish, this one placed precisely on gridded paper.


Maryland Sea Grant Welcomes Aquaculture Projects Coordinator Jim LaChance

Rona Kobell • March 10, 2021

Growing up on Cape Ann, north of Boston between Massachusetts and Ipswich Bays, Jim LaChance seemed to always have one foot on the land and the other in the water.


The Blue Crab: Callinectes Sapidus

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