April 22, 2017

Blue crab winter survey looks promising

The annual Chesapeake Bay blue crab winter survey does indeed look promising. The number of juvenile crabs has dropped a bit, but the female adult crab population appears to have increased by 31 percent. That is especially good news.

The only bad news in a recent Daily Press article focused on the shortage of skilled crab pickers in the crabmeat packing houses. If you have ever witnessed a crab-picking contest (yes they do have them), the amble dexterous fingers of these pickers is amazing.

April 15, 2017

Scallops return to Chesapeake Bay

A 1933 mega-hurricane wiped out the sea grass beds on the Eastern Shore of the Bay, and the scallops who depend on them too. But thanks to VIMS and others, the seagrasses are being restored. There are about 6200 acres of them today and happy scallops can now survive in them.

In April 2017, VIMS began a major fundraising campaign to buy thousands of the little guys. If you'd like to be a part of this, send any contribution, big or small, ("BAY SCALLOPS") to Virginia Institute of Marine Science, 1375 Greate Road, Gloucester Point, VA 23062. It would be a super Earth Day gesture.