Category Archives: Oceans

Ocean friendly choices for the consumer

Guest post by Mark Southerland, PhD We are all familiar with the pervasive effect of electronic devices on communication worldwide. Nearly everyone uses texts, emails, digital documents, e-books, and social media as their primary means for conducting business and personal … Continue reading

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Floating Through Coral

While on a recent snorkeling trip I lost myself in the submarine habitats that skirted a small island in the Caribbean. I floated by forests of pink reindeer coral followed by a distinctly different area of brownish orange staghorn corral … Continue reading

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Fish Farming in the Maritimes

This summer, Kathy and I traveled to Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. I had not been to the Maritimes since the 1970s when I worked for a summer on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. It is a beautiful part of … Continue reading

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Where Have all the Plastics Gone??

In the book, Saving the Places we Love, I described the major oceanic gyres and how they tend to concentrate the plastics that we discard. Many of the original pieces of plastic that have gotten into our oceans have broken … Continue reading

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Signs You Can Use To Restore Your Special Places

Most signs are ignored. Their messages are obvious or they are not of interest to us. However, recently I was walking along the docks in Portland, Maine and my attention was captured by a series of signs about human’s everyday … Continue reading

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Top Ten, Kid-friendly, Camping Grounds in Maryland

What makes a campground kid-friendly? It often is a place that is easy to get to and has the basic, easily accessible and well maintained facilities. Some campgrounds have many more amenities, play areas, and access to trails and water … Continue reading

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Skating on the Chesapeake Bay

The cold snap we are having reminded me of skating on the Bay back in 1962. Here is an excerpt from The Chesapeake Watershed that describes that scary but thrilling experience. My friend Greg, who lived on the Bay near … Continue reading

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Rescuing Sea Turtles – A guest post by Susan Branting

You’re probably familiar with the danger humans pose to sea turtles—from plastic waste and fishing lines to damage from boat propellers—but have you heard of “bubble butt”? If you take the fascinating 90-minute tour of the Turtle Hospital in the … Continue reading

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Why Should We Save The Bay?

I spent a day this week with three other men and a waterman, Capt. John Van Alstine, out on his Hooper’s Island style workboat tonging for oysters and trotlining for crabs. Even though the crabs and oyster were not abundant, … Continue reading

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Managing our Backyards – A guest post by Ann Coren

Lifting off for my vacation I flew over the Chesapeake Bay. We’d had another rainstorm. The brown sediment washing into the Bay, covering marshes and oyster beds, was obvious from the air. The satellite views that NASA has been showing … Continue reading

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