Underwater Grasses

A 2015 aerial survey of the Chesapeake Bay showed more than 91,600 acres covered with underwater grass beds. This is a 21 percent increase over 2014. Moving in the right direction, but still a lot of work to be done. The Bay Program's goal is 185,000 acres, about the extent of the grass beds in the 1950s.

Check out our grass bed fact sheet for a look at the recovery progress and links to great information for anglers like where you can find grass beds, how to approach them, and tips on lures, flies, and bait.

Turning the Tide Podcast
Episode #32—June 7, 2016

CBF President Will Baker talks with underwater photographer Jay Fleming about hopeful signs that the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint is beginning to work.

See Jay's work at www.jayflemingphotography.com/.

Photo credit: Loren Barnett/CBF Staff

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