(VIMS Press Release) A 10-year study of Chesapeake Bay fishes by researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science provides the first quantitative evidence on a bay-wide scale that low-oxygen "dead zones" are impacting the distribution and abundance of Atlantic croaker, white perch, spot, striped bass, and summer flounder, and others that live and feed near the Bay bottom. Read Now (PDF)
Bad water costs our Bay a huge loss in summertime fish habitat. You can see it on your fishfinder and sonar if you know what to look for. Over the past 10 summers more than 80 percent of the Bay has qualified as "bad water;" it does not meet the EPA's water quality standards for dissolved oxygen.
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Dr. Walter Boynton, a longtime researcher and teacher at the University of Maryland's Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons, is a plain-spoken scientist who has done some of the most valuable studies on which the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint is built. He also comes from a New England fishing family, so his commitment to clean water and healthy fish habitat is central to who he is and how he lives. In this eight-minute video on Spark101.org, Dr. Boynton lays out clearly the problems that nitrogen pollution causes in the Chesapeake ecosystem. Watch Video on Spark101.org
Careful anglers think about the fish they keep and the fish they release. Angling is a recreational activity done for fun and sport. One key to maintaining healthy fish populations is making sure angling is done carefully, legally, and in a way that helps them thrive.
A little TFC (tender fish-handling care) goes a long way toward preserving all species for future anglers. In this Angler's Almanac article, John Page Williams urges, "Let's Be Careful Out There."
One key to careful angling is planning ahead. Before putting a line in the water, decide what you will keep for trophy or dinner. Have all the tools and tackle necessary for properly releasing fish.
Catch-and-release fishing can be an effective way to conserve fish if certain precautions are taken. Check out these tips and tools.
As recreational anglers, we know about tides and currents, bottom characteristics, and the best conditions of both for catching fish. We also know that pollution, loss of habitat, and overfishing reduce the numbers and health of the fish in our waterways. Show your stewardship of our waterways and fisheries-take the Anglers' Pledge.
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What causes water pollution? What does water pollution cause? From polluted runoff from land to dead zones and algal blooms in our waters, everything has consequences. Learn more
To Come They are the little fish that big fish eat and they are facing their own challenges.
To Come Habitat lost. Habitat restored. Take a look at how land use is compromising marine habitat and how efforts such as oyster restoration are bringing habitat back.
To Come Is it all bad news or are we making strides with the Clean Water Blueprint?
To Come Water quality impacts both marine life and human life. What health issues do we all face and what can we do about them?
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Find out what other issues are affecting the health of the Bay.