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Thursday, July 25th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Jeremy Cox / Bay Journal News Service

Salt patches spreading on the Chesapeake’s shores as rising seas are hurting farmlands

Climate change is claiming farmland at “an alarmingly high rate” in one of the Mid-Atlantic’s most productive agricultural regions, inflicting tens of millions of dollars in economic damage, a team of scientists says in a new study.
Their research spotlights a pernicious side effect of sea level rise: the salt left behind from water washed onto land after storms or unusually high tides. The resulting “salt patches,” supercharged by evaporation, can poison large swaths of cropland, reducing yields and farm profits.

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The Chesapeake Bay is warming, attracting threatened manatees

When a Florida manatee swims into the Chesapeake Bay, it makes waves.
Such was the case on Aug. 19, when one of the gentle giants was photographed munching on underwater grass in the St. Mary’s River in Maryland near where the Potomac River meets the bay. Another followed on Aug. 27, when a group of paddleboarders spotted a manatee trapped in a pound net at the mouth of the Rappahannock River in Virginia. (It was freed, unhurt, by a marine patrolman within hours.)

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Regulations relaxed a little on Chesapeake Bay crab harvest

The Chesapeake Bay’s watermen are getting green lights to catch a few more blue crabs, a year after dismal population numbers led to steep cutbacks in their allowance.
The region’s fishery managers are far from confident that a surplus of blue crabs now lurks beneath the bay’s surf. But they say that results from the just-released wintertime survey were promising enough to relax some of the restrictions.

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Chesapeake earns another C grade for bay health

As the deadline looms for the Chesapeake Bay’s 2025 clean-up goals, the annual progress report from the University of Maryland shows that the estuary’s overall health is neither declining nor improving by significant margins.
That can be interpreted as a win of sorts, given the challenges that the bay faces from a growing population, intensifying farming practices and climate change.

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Too many eagles? Researcher sees population grappling with limits of its recovery along Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Bay region has continued to burnish its reputation as one of the country’s top bald eagle-breeding grounds, registering a nearly fivefold leap in paired males and females during the past two decades.

But can there be too much of a good thing? Perhaps so, according to one of the region’s leading avian researchers.

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