Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

On the Bay

photo of remote setting tank and training program

Oyster Farmers Get a Leg Up in the Business

Daniel Strain • September 17, 2015
A Maryland Sea Grant Extension program trains shellfish growers to produce oyster seed through a method called remote setting.  Read more . . .
photo of crab grown in acidified water

Will Ocean Acidification Create “Super Crabs” in Bay? Maybe Not

Daniel Strain • August 18, 2015
Sorry to disappoint comic-book fans, but don’t expect to see any crabs with super powers swimming around the Chesapeake Bay — despite the Washington Post's prediction that "it is the dawn of the super crab." Ongoing acidification of the Bay's water could bring both benefits and problems for the Bay's iconic crustaceans.

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photo of abandoned boat on Deal Island

Finding Common Ground on Deal Island

Daniel Strain • July 31, 2015
Scientists and residents of a small community try a new way of discussing sea level rise.  Read more . . .

A Passion for Peelers

Michael W. Fincham • July 17, 2015
Bank trapping for peeler crabs still goes on in the lower end of Maryland's Eastern Shore. Down in Somerset County watermen like John Barnette can set out traps along sparsely populated stretches of rivers like the Wicomico, the Manokin, the Big Annemessex and the Little Annemessex.  Read more . . .
Ecologist Bert Drake and research equipment

Poll Finds Marylanders Trust Scientists on Climate Change

Jeffrey Brainard • June 30, 2015
Many Americans disagree with the scientific consensus that human activities are largely responsible for causing climate change. But that's not the end of the story: scientists at Maryland universities came out tops when pollsters asked citizens whom they trusted most for information on climate change.  Read more . . .