On the Bay


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Social Strategy: Social marketing and watershed restoration

Wendy Mitman Clarke • August 20, 2020

When the Cambridge Clean Water Advisory Committee set out to help the City of Cambridge work with local residents and businesses to improve water quality in four Chesapeake Bay tributaries, its members knew that the toughest nut to crack was getting people to participate.


Providing Farmers Tools to Help Them Grow: Shannon Hood is geared up for collaborative oyster aquaculture research

Rona Kobell • August 12, 2020

When Maryland revised its shellfish leasing laws in 2009 to enable commercial oyster farming in public waters, entrepreneurs who had pushed for the change for years rejoiced. Finally, obtaining a lease to grow oysters in Maryland waters was more accessible. 


Catching a Career: Cat Frederick lands interdisciplinary role expanding salmon aquaculture in recirculating systems

Rona Kobell • July 29, 2020

Catherine “Cat” Frederick wanted to be an Extension specialist before she even knew what one was.


American Eels and Mussels: An essential relationship

Wendy Mitman Clarke • July 10, 2020

Native mussels are beginning to earn their 15 minutes of clean-water fame as in a variety of restoration projects on Chesapeake Bay. For one mussel in particular—the common Eastern elliptio mussel (Elliptio complanata)—the American eel plays a key role.


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.


The Blue Crab: Callinectes Sapidus

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