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  • "Livers of Our Rivers" Could Help Clean Up Pennsylvania Waters

    July 29, 2021

    As a new report details the importance of restoring declining populations of freshwater mussels within the Chesapeake Bay watershed, multiple programs in Pennsylvania are working to do just that.

  • Partnership Adds 78 Oyster Reef Balls off Coast of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland

    July 29, 2021

    CBF staff and project partners added 78 reef balls to the Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative site located in the Herring Bay oyster sanctuary. The oyster reef balls were placed about two miles offshore in a sanctuary protected from oyster harvesting.

  • Report: Freshwater Mussels Unsung Heroes at Risk in Chesapeake Bay Watershed

    July 29, 2021

    Freshwater mussels play an amazing yet little-known role in healthy rivers and streams. As their numbers dramatically decline, we must now focus on restoring mussel populations, according to a report issued this week.

  • Report: Freshwater Mussels Unsung Heroes at Risk in Chesapeake Bay Watershed

    July 29, 2021

    Freshwater mussels play an amazing yet little-known role in healthy rivers and streams in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Maryland recently began several pilot restoration projects to monitor and augment mussel populations in the Bay watershed.

  • CBF Cheers House Committee Push to Increase Oyster Restoration Funds in Fiscal 2022

    July 16, 2021

    The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) welcomed the House Appropriations Committee’s approval today, 33-24 of a fiscal year 2022 budget for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that would explicitly dedicate funds next year to on-going large-scale oyster restoration work in Maryland and Virginia.

  • Protect Mussels Too

    July 1, 2021

    Nearly half of all mussel species face extinction, threatened by pollution and disease.

  • 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.

  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation Issues Recommendations for Maryland Oyster Regulations

    June 22, 2021

    In comments filed with Maryland's Department of Natural Resources, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation is asking the state to take stronger action to end oyster overfishing and develop a rebuilding plan for areas of the Bay where the oyster population has declined to the lowest levels on record.

  • CBF Statement on 2021 Maryland Oyster Stock Assessment Update

    June 9, 2021

    The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) presented preliminary information Tuesday evening from the 2021 oyster stock assessment update indicating the market-size oyster population in Maryland rose slightly, while spat estimates increased to the highest level in the previous 20 years.

  • 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.

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