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  • 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-.

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