Chesapeake Bay

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Survey: Chesapeake’s crab population at lowest since 1990

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland officials say the Chesapeake Bay's blue crab population is estimated to be at its lowest since an annual survey began in 1990. The Department of Natural Resources’ annual winter dredge survey estimates that 227 million crabs are living in the nation’s largest estuary. That's down from 282 million in 2021. The survey’s highest estimate for crabs in the bay was 852 million in 1993. Officials […]

today05/20/2022 2


EPA announces $40M to help restore Chesapeake Bay

BALTIMORE (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced $40 million to help restore the Chesapeake Bay. The funding announced Monday comes from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. It also will be used to promote environmental justice and counter climate change. It is part of $238 million targeted for the region over five years under the infrastructure law. EPA Deputy Administrator Janet McCabe says the funding will help support ready-to-go […]

today05/03/2022 1


Maryland seeks solutions for ship stuck in Chesapeake Bay

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The subject during the Board of Public Works meeting Wednesday was wetlands licenses, but Comptroller Peter Franchot brought up the thing that everyone was actually thinking about. Ever Forward, the enormous container ship stuck in the Chesapeake Bay that has been a nearly one-month headache for the U.S. Coast Guard, the Port of Baltimore and the Department of the Environment, had become a concern for the […]

today04/08/2022 1


Ever Forward to be unloaded before next refloat try

BALTIMORE (AP) — After two unsuccessful attempts to free the grounded Ever Forward in the Chesapeake Bay, the U.S. Coast Guard says containers will be removed to lighten the load before another try. Officials announced Monday that salvage experts determined they wouldn’t be able to overcome the ground force of the loaded ship. They say unloading it offers the best chance for refloating. Dredging will continue, but officials say once […]

today04/05/2022 1


Try, try again to free the Ever Forward in Chesapeake Bay

BALTIMORE (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has prepared a second attempt to free a stranded container ship Wednesday, more than two weeks after it ran aground in the Chesapeake Bay. Wednesday's attempt to free the Ever Forward will involve five tug boats, similar to Tuesday's effort. If that doesn't work, a third attempt next week will add two anchored pulling barges. And if the ship still remains stuck, some […]

today03/30/2022 1


Dredging seeks to free grounded cargo ship in Chesapeake Bay

BALTIMORE (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says dredging has begun to free a cargo ship that's been stranded in the Chesapeake Bay for more than a week. Officials said Monday that a salvage company began dredging around the Ever Forward over the weekend. The work is expected to continue throughout the week. Maryland Port Administration Executive Director William Doyle says dredged materials will be reused to help rebuild an […]

today03/22/2022 3


Ever Forward, stuck in Chesapeake Bay, evaluated by experts

BALTIMORE (AP) — A salvage team and naval architects are working together to figure out how to free a cargo ship stuck in Chesapeake Bay. The U.S. Coast Guard says the Ever Forward ran aground Sunday night while traveling from the Port of Baltimore to Norfolk, Virginia. The ship is not impeding any navigation, unlike its sister ship the Ever Given, which blocked the Suez Canal for days after getting […]

today03/16/2022 3


MSP Helicopter Crew Hoists Tanker Ship Crew Member In Chesapeake Bay

(Kent Island, MD) – A crewmember of a tanker ship was airlifted by the Maryland State Police near Kent Island on Wednesday morning after the individual experienced a medical emergency while the ship was underway in the Chesapeake Bay en route from Baltimore. A Maryland State Police helicopter crew conducted an aerial hoist operation from the Chem Jupiter, a 462-foot oil/chemical tanker ship flagged out of Liberia. As the tanker […]

today01/06/2022 8


Maryland’s oyster industry hopes for a rebound this season

BALTIMORE (AP) — Folks working in Maryland's oyster industry are hoping for a rebound this season after seeing demand and prices plummet this time last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Baltimore Sun reports that COVID-19 depressed demand. That's in part because shucking oysters wasn't popular among diners looking for quick to-go meals. It appears that things are looking good for the industry so far. The latest figures show […]

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