Helping Local Planners Improve the Quality of Coastal Bays

February 5, 2016
More people have moved to the Delmarva Peninsula in recent years, drawn by the charms of living near the coast. But that growth has also stressed the ecology of fragile, shallow coastal bays that border the Atlantic Ocean. These stresses, in places like Sinepuxent and Chincoteague Bays, parallel on a smaller scale those plaguing the much-larger Chesapeake Bay estuary nearby.

Blue Crabs & Climate Connections

February 1, 2016
Every year when the waters of the Chesapeake Bay drop below 54 degrees, blue crabs burrow under the sand to survive the winter. While the crabs are hibernating, scientists sample hundreds of sites across the Bay to estimates the size of the blue crab population. This information is used to set the annual blue crab harvest limits for all fisheries.

Hadley McIntosh Receives Anchor QEA, LLC Scholarship

January 29, 2016
Hadley McIntosh, a Ph.D. student at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL), received an Anchor QEA, LLC scholarship.

Fish facing warmer waters

January 25, 2016
When it comes to scientific data, older isn't typically better. But when you are teasing out environmental trends, like temperature change, it helps to have a long record. The Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL) in Solomons, Maryland, is the oldest state-supported marine laboratory on the East Coast, and it touts the longest continuous record of water temperature in the Chesapeake Bay.

CBL Scientists Study Effects of Fall Storms and Wind on Bay’s “Metabolism”

December 21, 2015
A team of researchers at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science took a close look at two big weather systems as they hit our region in October 2015. An unnamed nor’easter that dumped rain was followed quickly by the remnants of Hurricane Joaquin.