How to Pick a Steamed Crab Like a Pro

Learn to clean the iconic crustacean

The summertime crab feast is a Chesapeake Bay tradition. While exact picking methods may vary, this guide will teach you the basics of cleaning a blue crab.

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How to Pick a Steamed Crab Like a Pro

Slowing Erosion at Eastern Neck

Photo essay highlights Hail Cove habitat

When a valuable piece of habitat at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge began to wash away, scientists turned to an arc of stone to save it. Now, a host of critters find food and shelter on the artificial reef.

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Slowing Erosion at Eastern Neck

Why Are Blue Crabs Important to the Bay?

The beautiful swimmers are a keystone species

The blue crab is one of the most recognizable critters in the Chesapeake Bay. Learn about their role in the region’s ecosystem and economy and see what should be done to maintain this resource into the future. (Photo: Tuaussi/Flickr)

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Why Are Blue Crabs Important to the Bay?

Scientists Predict Size of Chesapeake Dead Zone

Spring nutrient loads will impact summer water quality

Scientists expect the Chesapeake Bay to see an above-average dead zone this summer, due to the excess nitrogen that flowed into the Bay from the Potomac and Susquehanna rivers this spring.

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Scientists Predict Size of Chesapeake Dead Zone

Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement

Goals and outcomes will restore Bay

Bay Program partners have recommitted to restoring the watershed by signing the new Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. This landmark accord’s goals and outcomes will create clean water and abundant wildlife in the region.

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Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement

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    Critter of the Month

    Bull Shark

    August's Critter - Bull sharks are named for their short, blunt snout, and are known for their ability to thrive in both fresh and saltwater. The sharks are a summertime visitor to the Chesapeake Bay.

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    Public Access

    In 2013, 36 new access sites were opened to the public. This brings the total number of public access sites in the watershed to 1,208.


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    Use Chemical-Free Cleaning Products

    Use chemical-free cleaning products to keep chemicals out of our waterways. Plain soap and water can rid surfaces of bacteria and are safer for our water supply.

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