April 26, 2014

Kudos to the Chesapeake eelgrass

Let's hear it for the eelgrass in the Chesapeake Bay. Up 24 percent from the last survey, according to the Chesapeake Bay Program folks. Or almost 60,000 acres of it, compared to 48,000. That is still only a third of the ultimate goal of 185,000 acres, but it is good progress. And NOT a retreat.

Grass beds give hidey holes for crabs, so the crab population should be growing too. Too soon to tell if that will be the case. Eelgrass does not prosper during hot summers. It took a big hit in 2005.