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On the Bay

satellite image of A. Mon harmful algal bloom in Chesapeake Bay

Monitoring Harmful Algae Effectively May Require Eyes on the Ground and In the Sky

Alex Lopatka • December 7, 2017
Researchers presented new methods for studying harmful algae in the Chesapeake Bay and other locations during the ninth U.S. Symposium on Harmful Algae held in Baltimore this November. One emerging idea was to use satellite imagery to identify individual species of harmful algal blooms and monitor their activity.  Read more . . .
photo of research Cassie Gurbisz doing field research on the Susquehanna Flats

By Lowering the Nutrients, the Susquehanna Flats SAV Bed Enhanced Its Own Recovery

Alex Lopatka • December 1, 2017
The more they grew, the better they did: New research shows that underwater grasses in the Susquehanna Flats in the upper Chesapeake Bay created conditions favorable to their resurgence there, by removing excess nitrogen from the water.    Read more . . .
crabber on his boat

The Blue Crabs of November

Michael W. Fincham • November 21, 2017
Roger Morris knew autumn crabbing would end early in 2017.  Last year the legal crabbing season lasted until the end of November. This year it would close down three days before Thanksgiving. So this short month would be his last shot at a good year.  Read more . . .

On the Hard: Prepping a Crab Boat

Michael W. Fincham • July 19, 2017
It happens every year for every crab boat: the haul out, the scraping and sanding, the painting and cleaning. For all that work, a crab boat has to go “on the hard” for a couple weeks. Especially if the boat is wood, and the captain is Roger Morris.  Read more . . .

Prepping for Potting, Praying for Crabs

Michael W. Fincham • July 5, 2017
Before a waterman can plunk his crab pots along the bottom of Chesapeake Bay, he’s got to paint them. A lot of watermen use red anti-fouling paint on their pots, but Roger Morris down in Church Creek, Maryland thinks yellow pots catch more crabs down around the southern end of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  Read more . . .