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Treasuring the Choptank: Residents and Scientists Envision a Healthier Chesapeake Bay

July 14, 2017

On Maryland's Eastern Shore, NOAA and partners are conducting science, restoring habitat, and working with community organizations to help residents develop and implement their vision for a healthy Choptank River.

A person in a kayak paddles by a day marker at sunrise
The Choptank River complex is located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and includes the Choptank River and its major tributaries. This treasured part of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem represents critical habitat for spawning striped bass and river herring, as well as historically abundant oyster reefs. The population of Eastern oysters in the Chesapeake Bay has declined dramatically over the past century due to overfishing, habitat loss (including poor water quality), and disease. NOAA and partners are working to protect and restore habitat, integrate science into resource management decisions, and engage the community. 



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