The Future of Chesapeake Oystering and Crabbing Just Got Better

Centuries-old oystering and crabbing activities along the Chesapeake Bay’s Deal Island Peninsula are now vulnerable to flooding, storms, and sea level rise. A partnership involving the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is using data and social science research to quantify these vulnerabilities through the year 2050. The goal is to develop adaptation options to help community members maintain their culture and livelihoods while bouncing back from hazard events. (2016)

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Partners: Chesapeake Bay Reserve, Chesapeake & Coastal Service, Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative, Maryland Sea Grant, National Estuarine Research Reserve System, University of Maryland