• Save the Bay News: Restoration, Wetlands, and Saving Striped Bass

    June 29, 2023

    Progress toward clean water includes the need for a greater focus on the Bay's 'living resources,' such as blue crabs and striped bass, as well as placing more emphasis on the places and pollution that most affect the Bay's human communities.

  • VMRC Takes Action on Blue Crabs, Striped Bass

    June 27, 2023

    The recovery of both blue crabs and striped bass depends on careful management of the fishery and accelerating work to improve water quality and habitat in the Bay.

  • What's Going on with the Chesapeake Bay's Blue Crabs?

    June 13, 2023

    After falling to record lows in 2022, blue crabs are on the rise—albeit a modest one. CBF scientist Chris Moore explains why there's still reason for caution.

  • Save the Bay News: Outdoor Learning, Blue Crabs, and Bay Restoration

    May 25, 2023

    The simple idea of getting kids “out on the water, messing around in boats” has remained at the core of CBF’s award-winning environmental education programs for 50 years—an anniversary milestone celebrated by the stories in this edition of Save the Bay News.

  • Blue Crab Survey Results Show Improvement After All-Time Lows, but Concerns Remain

    May 18, 2023

    After reaching record low numbers last year, the Chesapeake Bay blue crab population is showing some signs of improvement in the 2023 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey results released today.

  • Save the Bay News: Blue Catfish, Oyster Gardening, and a Trout's Journey

    March 24, 2023

    This month, we explore the Bay's remarkable fisheries—from surveying blue crabs to controlling blue catfish to examining a trout hatchery. Read these stories and more.

  • Many Questions Remain for Blue Crab Outlook

    March 22, 2023

    The season for catching Chesapeake Bay blue crabs is already underway in Virginia, and recreational crabbing will officially kick off in Maryland on April 1. Several boats have been plying the waters the past several months, however, to pursue the crustaceans not for steaming but for science.

  • Five Things You Should Know from the 2022 State of the Bay Report

    January 18, 2023

    The Chesapeake Bay this month earned a D+ in CBF’s biennial report card assessing the watershed’s health. While the overall score remains unchanged from two years ago, there’s a lot going on below the surface. Here are five big takeaways.

  • Save the Bay News: The Best of 2022

    December 16, 2022

    How do you sum up 2022? For the Chesapeake Bay, here are CBF's top stories of the year.

  • Virginia Gov. Youngkin Proposes New Funding for Clean Water Programs

    December 15, 2022

    Today Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin proposed budget amendments that would be applied to Virginia’s biennial budget approved last June.

  • Save the Bay News: An Ancient Fish in Danger, Farmer Funds, and Crabs

    September 16, 2022

    Our monthly roundup of engaging and educational content. This month we look into concerns over a proposed salmon factory, recent landmark federal legislation, crabs, and the latest survey of underwater grasses.

  • Underwater Grasses: How Are They Doing?

    August 30, 2022

    Underwater grasses are a critical habitat in the Bay and its tidal rivers. We asked Dr. Beth McGee for an update on their status and what it means for the health of the Bay.

  • CBF Encouraged by Virginia and Maryland’s Changes to Protect Declining Chesapeake Blue Crab Population

    June 28, 2022

    In response to the lowest abundance of crabs ever counted in the 33-year history of the Chesapeake Bay’s winter blue crab dredge survey, fishery managers at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Virginia Marine Resources Commission this week adopted new regulations designed to reduce the crab harvest.

  • Eat Your Crabs, and Have Their Backs, Too

    June 10, 2022

    Blue crabs need our help and the most critical action we can take to help them is reducing the amount of pollution that flows into the bay.

  • What to Do About Bay's Troubling Blue Crab Decline?

    June 6, 2022

    Two-prong approach needed to reverse decline of the iconic Chesapeake blue crab; scientists must research what's contributing to the species' decline, while fishery managers swiftly work to reverse it.

  • Blue Crab Survey Results Show Downturn

    May 19, 2022

    Today the Virginia Marine Resources Commission and Maryland Department of Natural Resources released the results of the 2022 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey, an annual estimate of the population of blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. CBF Senior Regional Ecosystem Scientist Chris Moore issued this statement.

  • August Dead Zone Is Bad News for the Bay

    September 17, 2021

    CBF raised concerns about Bay restoration efforts following the August dead zone report. The report, from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Old Dominion University, found that dissolved oxygen conditions in Maryland and Virginia were worse than average this August following two better-than-average months.

  • Hampton Roads Faces Harmful Algal Blooms This Week

    August 27, 2021

    A proliferation of harmful algal blooms this week across Hampton Roads is clear in striking aerial photos and videos captured by CBF and American Multimedia Solutions near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel on Aug. 26. The algae colored the water reddish-brown in many places, including Ocean View in Norfolk, Chic’s Beach in Virginia Beach, and the Lafayette and York rivers.

  • Blue Crabs: How are They Doing?

    June 23, 2021

    Long-term, blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay are doing better than they were. But a record low number of juvenile crabs this year raises the need for caution. Chris Moore, CBF's Senior Regional Ecosystem Scientist, breaks down the numbers and what they mean.

  • CBF Issues Statement on UMCES Report Card

    June 22, 2021

    The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science has released its Chesapeake Bay and Watershed Report Card for 2020 and its overall score remained unchanged from last year at a B-.

  • Blue Crab Survey Results Show ‘Mixed Bag’

    May 21, 2021

    The Virginia Marine Resources Commission and Maryland Department of Natural Resources released the results of the 2021 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey, an annual estimate of the population of blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

  • Save the Bay News: For Your Health, Restore the Bay

    May 21, 2021

    Our monthly roundup of engaging and educational content for you to enjoy at home. This month, we look at how the health of our communities is inseparable from the health of our environment.

  • Blue Crabs: How Are They Doing?

    August 3, 2020

    Blue crabs are known far and wide as a symbol of the Chesapeake Bay region. But how are they doing?

  • Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Assessment Finds a Healthy Population

    July 1, 2020

    The latest assessment of the Chesapeake Bay’s blue crab population has determined that it is healthy, and no management changes are necessary.

  • CBF Statement on Blue Crab Survey Results

    May 20, 2020

    This year’s survey showed slightly fewer blue crabs in the Bay than in the 2019 survey.

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