On the Bay


A blog from Chesapeake Quarterly magazine

Heron and hawk along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay


Growing Veggies with Fish, Part 2 (Slideshow)

Daniel Strain •

Lettuce, chard, kale -- and tilapia. These can go together on a dinner plate, but it’s unusual to see them growing together in the same place. Nevertheless you can see just that at this Aquaponics Project operated in a small farm facility in the middle of Baltimore by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. Read more...

Prepping for Peeler Crabs

Michael W. Fincham •

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 •

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 •

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. Read more...

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

Daniel Strain •

In the scientific world, numbers are like smart phones: by the time you get them out of the store, they're often out of date.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

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pile of cooked crabs