Thursday, March 29, 2012

Chesapeake Bay ghost pot removal

Using funds from the federal fishery failure that was declared for blue crabs in Chesapeake Bay in 2008, waterman are removing ghost pots from the Bay's waters. Ghost pots, crab pots that have lost their floats, can continue to trap crabs for a time after being lost. They are located using sonar to map the bottom of the Bay.

Read the article in the The Capital here.

Monday, March 26, 2012

A move up the coast and an early spring

If I've been a little slower getting posts out it's because I've been in the process of moving up the coast to Maryland. I've found a new professional home as a visiting researcher (postdoctoral fellow) at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, MD.

Instead of adjusting to a colder winter, I've been treated to one of the earliest springs on record. Juvenile crabs are already moving around in the Rhode River, at least a month ahead of schedule.