Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

On the Bay

photo of field and sign advertising Maryland's cover crops program

A Suite of Sustainable Farming Practices Improves Bay Water Quality

Alex Lopatka • December 8, 2017
The water quality of American streams has declined for years, and a leading cause is fertilizer and pesticide runoff from agricultural land. The policy tool most often employed in Maryland to reduce this pollution has been cost sharing, where the state pays farmers to adopt more sustainable farming methods.  Read more . . .
satellite image of A. Mon harmful algal bloom in Chesapeake Bay

Monitoring Harmful Algae Effectively May Require Eyes on the Ground and In the Sky

Alex Lopatka • December 7, 2017
Researchers presented new methods for studying harmful algae in the Chesapeake Bay and other locations during the ninth U.S. Symposium on Harmful Algae held in Baltimore this November. One emerging idea was to use satellite imagery to identify individual species of harmful algal blooms and monitor their activity.  Read more . . .
photo of research Cassie Gurbisz doing field research on the Susquehanna Flats

By Lowering the Nutrients, the Susquehanna Flats SAV Bed Enhanced Its Own Recovery

Alex Lopatka • December 1, 2017
The more they grew, the better they did: New research shows that underwater grasses in the Susquehanna Flats in the upper Chesapeake Bay created conditions favorable to their resurgence there, by removing excess nitrogen from the water.    Read more . . .
crabber on his boat

The Blue Crabs of November

Michael W. Fincham • November 21, 2017
Roger Morris knew autumn crabbing would end early in 2017.  Last year the legal crabbing season lasted until the end of November. This year it would close down three days before Thanksgiving. So this short month would be his last shot at a good year.  Read more . . .

On the Hard: Prepping a Crab Boat

Michael W. Fincham • July 19, 2017
It happens every year for every crab boat: the haul out, the scraping and sanding, the painting and cleaning. For all that work, a crab boat has to go “on the hard” for a couple weeks. Especially if the boat is wood, and the captain is Roger Morris.  Read more . . .