The Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL) in Solomons, Maryland, has the longest continuous record of water temperature in the Chesapeake Bay. In the 70 years after 1938, CBL documented a 2.7 degree Fahrenheit increase at their pier on the Patuxent River. Dr. David Secor, a fisheries ecologist and Regents Professor at University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, discusses the nursery role of the Chesapeake Bay estuary and what might happen as the region’s water temperatures continue to climb.
Produced by Will Parson
Additional footage by Matt Rath and Steve Droter
Music/Audio: Podington Bear and Chris Zabriskie
Photography: SEFSC Pascagoula Laboratory; Collection of Brandi Noble, NOAA/NMFS/SEFSC; Scott Sherrill-Mix (https://www.flickr.com/photos/scottsm/8748863005)
Special thanks to Sarah Brzezinski