On the Bay


A blog from Chesapeake Quarterly magazine

Heron and hawk along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay


American Eels: Dams, habitat loss, and restocking

Wendy Mitman Clarke •

Some 20 miles upstream from Baltimore on the Patapsco River, a four-inch-long American eel is making a monumental climb. Wriggling up a steep 30-foot-long metal gutter lined with a climbing substrate, the eel finally gains the summit, then slides down the other side into a mesh bag in a holding tank. 


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

Rona Kobell •

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 •

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. Read more...

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

Wendy Mitman Clarke •

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. Read more...

American Eels: Life cycle and ecology

Wendy Mitman Clarke •

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.


The Blue Crab: Callinectes Sapidus

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pile of cooked crabs