Month: April 2014
Last year, the crab harvest in the Chesapeake Bay was down to historically low levels. Total abundance in blue crabs in the Bay dropped from 765 million to 300 million. The 2014 crabbing season is just beginning, and is off to a slow start, according to a piece I heard this morning on WAMU. Although there is hope that the harvest will pick up, last year saw similar reports of a slow start to the season, and incredibly low catches throughout 2013. Could we have another low crab harvest this year? It may be too early to tell.
The WAMU piece includes an interview with Robert T. Brown, the president of the Maryland Watermen’s Association. He expresses uncertainty over the 2014 crab harvest, as many of the Bay’s blue crabs are still buried in the mud with the low water temperatures. The start of the crabbing season in Maryland was April 1, and March 17 in Virginia. However, many watermen will not be able to crab until temperatures warm up and crabs emerge from the Bay floor.
–Virginia Marine Resources Commission “Pertaining to Crabbing” (Crabbing regulations)
There’s been a lot of news on stormwater regulations in the Chesapeake Bay watershed this year. The latest comes from Maryland, as some lawmakers seek to reduce or avoid implementing stormwater management fees. The Maryland House of Representatives has, as of now, put a hold on the bill, so we’ll have to see what becomes of this issue in the coming days and weeks. B’More Green outlines the issue, and looks at the different positions.
This afternoon I’ve been looking into the Mapdwell Project, which allows site visitors to use data from their community to implement sustainable practices. Mapdwell has a solar system map, where someone can zoom into their neighborhood, street, or house to determine eligibility and expected cost for installing rooftop solar systems. I found this map through the District Department of the Environment, so this particular site only shows Washington, D.C. However, it’s really interesting and I’ll be on the lookout for maps that include Northern Virginia, so I can see the overview for my own neighborhood.