Chesapeake Bay

Pamela D'Angelo / WVTF

 

Virginia is the nation’s third largest producer of marine products, behind Alaska and Louisiana. But working waterfronts in coastal Virginia are under increasing threats from development, sea level rise, subsidence, and loss of marine habitat to name a few. 

Pamela D'Angelo

At a meeting in Maine this week, Atlantic coast fisheries managers agreed to increase the catch for menhaden, a fish considered crucial to birds, other fish and by commercial watermen to catch crabs. It's also key to the remaining fish oil plant on the East Coast here in Virginia.  

Without the She Crab, There Would be No He Crab

Oct 11, 2016
Pamela D'Angelo

The Atlantic Blue Crab, Chesapeake Bay’s signature crustacean, has been through tough times in the last 20 years. Some recent improvement has been credited to restrictions on harvesting females. Yet Virginia still allows the harvest of egg-bearing females, something Maryland banned back in 1917. The reasons why seems to be wrapped up in economics.

Virginia's Wild Oyster Season Opens to Controversy

Oct 4, 2016
Pamela D'Angelo

Disease, pollution and a century of over-harvesting decimated the Chesapeake Bay's wild oyster population. As Virginia's wild oyster season gets underway, there are new harvest restrictions and concerns over the state of this key bay species. 


The Invasion of the Blue Catfish

Sep 29, 2016
Joel McCord

 

A few years ago, scientists began worrying that blue catfish, the much larger cousins of those squirmy, yellowish bottom feeders, might take over in Chesapeake Bay. They’re big—better than 100 pounds in some cases--voracious eaters and they’re prolific. So, at least one seafood wholesaler appropriated a slogan applied to other invasive fish--eat ‘em to beat ‘em—and began aggressively marketing them. And local watermen have found a new market and seemingly endless supply. 

 

 


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