On the Bay


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Heron and hawk along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay

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Prepping for Peeler Crabs

Michael W. Fincham • May 15, 2015

Crabbers in Maryland usually start working weeks before the blue crabs start moving out of the mud where they overwinter. That’s especially true for the handful of watermen who set up bank traps designed to catch peelers, hard crabs that are getting ready to molt, to shed their shells and morph, for a brief period, into soft crabs.


Campaign Warns Anglers That Live Bait Worm Trade Carries Invasive Species

Jeffrey Brainard • May 4, 2015

To reduce the spread of aquatic invasive species, a project led by Maryland Sea Grant educated fishers to properly dispose of the seaweed packaging used to ship blood worms. The message: please throw away the packaging in the trash, don't drop it into the Bay.


Growing Veggies with Fish, Part 1 (Podcast)

Daniel Strain • April 20, 2015

Aquaponics may not be a household term just yet. But this method of producing food -- which combines the practice of raising fish with growing vegetables -- is becoming increasingly popular among urban farmers.


A New Look at Estimates for 20th Century Sea Level Rise

Daniel Strain • April 9, 2015

In the scientific world, numbers are like smart phones: by the time you get them out of the store, they're often out of date.

In a story last September I wrote that for much of the twentieth century, sea levels rose by "around 1.7 millimeters a year."


The Winter Crabbers: Q&A about the Annual Dredge Survey

Michael W. Fincham • March 30, 2015

There was only one boat hauling up crabs in Maryland waters in the winter of 2014. It was  a classic 45-foot Chesapeake Bay workboat, and its captain was Roger Morris, a long-time waterman from Dorchester County.


The Blue Crab: Callinectes Sapidus

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pile of cooked crabs