The annual winter blue crab survey in the Chesapeake Bay guides crab management in the Bay and its tributaries. Dave Harp

Chesapeake crab population shows resiliency just in time for ‘price war’

By: Jeremy Cox and Timothy B. Wheeler, A survey that historically has guided blue crab management in the Chesapeake

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Biologists set up a seine net to survey fish in the Potomac River above the fall line. The annual survey has been taking place since 1975. Courtesy of John Mullican

Climate change linked to decline of smallmouth bass in Potomac

By: Karl Blankenship, Amid the coronavirus outbreak that sidelined almost all other field work this spring, a handful of

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Researcher Dave Secor of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science conducts implants acoustic transmitters in striped bass collected from the Potomac River while a graduate student assists. (UMD Center for Environmental Science)

Mortality rate of Bay’s striped bass twice that of those in the Atlantic

By: Timothy B. Wheeler, Striped bass that stay year-round in the Chesapeake Bay are dying at nearly twice the

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Daniel Knight holds up a huge striped bass he caught off of Chesapeake Beach. Photo courtesy of Daniel Knight

Maryland Fishing Report for May 15, 2020

Maryland Fishing Report is written and compiled by Keith Lockwood, Maryland Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist.  What strange and difficult times the

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