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  • Report suggests link between smallmouth bass mortality & water pollution

    April 25, 2013

    Scientists suggest that a perfect storm of pollution, parasites, warming water temperatures, and endocrine disrupting chemicals may be combining to threaten one of the region's most popular fresh water game fish, the smallmouth bass, according to a new Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) report. In Maryland recreational anglers targeting smallmouth bass contribute $206 million to local economies, supporting 1,000 jobs, according to data from the American Sportfishing Association and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation Applauds V.M.R.C. for Moving Forward to Protect Menhaden

    March 26, 2013

    Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Hampton Roads Senior Scientist Chris Moore issued this statement following today's action by the Virginia Marine Resources Commission to establish harvest allocations for the Atlantic menhaden bait fishery in Virginia:

  • Bay Foundation Responds to DEP's River Sampling Plan

    March 20, 2013

    Harry Campbell, Pennsylvania Executive Director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), issued this statement following the public release of the PA Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) work plan to study the Susquehanna River. Portions of the study will focus on areas of the River or its tributaries where smallmouth bass reproduce.

  • CBF Praises Natural Resource Agency Appointments

    February 28, 2013

    Chesapeake Bay Foundation Virginia Executive Director Ann Jennings issued this statement regarding the appointments of John Bull as Commissioner of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) and Clyde Cristman as Director of the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR):

  • Bay Foundation Responds to DEP's Impaired Waters List

    January 29, 2013

    Harry Campbell, Pennsylvania Executive Director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) issued this statement following the PA Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) release of the state's 2012 Impaired Waters List. CBF joined the PA Fish & Boat Commission, and American Rivers and PennFuture in petitioning DEP to declare a 98-mile stretch of the Lower Susquehanna as an impaired water body. DEP has denied the petition, excluding the River in its final report to the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

  • CBF Marks Advancement of Menhaden Conservation Bills

    January 17, 2013

    Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Virginia Executive Director Ann Jennings released this statement following approval by General Assembly legislative panels of bills that conserve Atlantic menhaden.

  • CBF Statements on Menhaden Conservation Plan

    December 14, 2012

    The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) has been a leader over the past decade working to achieve a more sustainable population of Atlantic menhaden in the Chesapeake Bay and along the Atlantic coast. CBF issued the following statements after today's decisions by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to reduce annual harvests of menhaden in order to begin restoring the population:

  • CBF Issues Statement on VMRC's Blue Crab Management Plan

    November 19, 2012

    Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Hampton Roads Senior Scientist Chris Moore issued the following statement regarding the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) decision today about blue crab regulations for the upcoming year: "CBF supports the VMRC decision to maintain most of the current blue crab management plan for the rest of the 2012 and 2013 fishing seasons. Despite lackluster harvests this year, CBF strongly believes the Chesapeake Bay's blue crab population is headed in the right direction.

  • CBF Calls for Reasonable Reductions in Menhaden Catch

    October 15, 2012

    Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Hampton Roads Senior Scientist Chris Moore issued the following statement regarding the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's proposed changes to the management of Atlantic menhaden: "CBF is calling for fair and reasonable changes to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's management plan in order to rebuild the menhaden population."

  • CBF Statement on Blue Crab Survey

    April 19, 2012

    Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Fisheries Director Bill Goldsborough issued this statement following the release today of the 2012 blue crab winter dredge survey: "The results of the latest blue crab survey are most heartening. Recruitment (the number of young crabs in the population) is the largest on record, and total abundance approaches levels we have not seen since the early 1990s. Clearly, the blue crab population continues to rebound, and that is great news for crabs, crabbers, and the Chesapeake Bay."

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