On the Bay


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Heron and hawk along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay

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Maryland Seafood Lures in the Home Cook: Seafood purveyors try more direct routes to customers

Rona Kobell • May 26, 2020

Ordinarily at this time of year, Kit Waskom Pollard is cooking oysters. Grilled in the backyard, sprinkled with rosemary and sea salt, their aroma signals one celebration after another: Easter, Mother’s Day, her father’s birthday, maybe an engagement or a graduation.


American Eels: Population, fishery, and poaching

Wendy Mitman Clarke • May 12, 2020

Thousands of American eels captured at the Conowingo Dam eel ramp are swimming en masse in a huge holding tank, waiting to be trucked upstream where they will be released to restock part of the Susquehanna River and its tributaries.


Hybrid Science: Virtual learning during COVID-19 opens a window to enhanced science education

Wendy Mitman Clarke • May 4, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has forced schools worldwide to close and shift their classes to online learning—a prodigious undertaking for teachers and students that has thrown traditional education for a violent loop. But some educators, among them J.


American Eels: Life cycle and ecology

Wendy Mitman Clarke • April 23, 2020

It’s spring in Maryland and in rivers and tributaries throughout the Chesapeake Bay, young American eels, called elvers, are moving upstream—pushing and wriggling and constantly moving. Movement is what they are made of.


Behind the Scenes: Getting the shot takes teamwork

Maryland Sea Grant • March 30, 2020

Making the invisible visible is an important, yet challenging, part of sharing science. It’s one our communications team recently took on with Assistant Director for Education J. Adam Frederick to determine the best method for capturing images of microplastics in a laboratory setting at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) in Baltimore, Maryland.


The Blue Crab: Callinectes Sapidus

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pile of cooked crabs