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Bill Bartlett

Don’t let the bounty of the Chesapeake become only a memory

You get to a certain point in your life and you know that your days are numbered. You have a lot of years to look back and reflect on the parts that you enjoyed the most. One of those things for me is the Chesapeake Bay.

I have traveled all around to different parts of the Bay. I have swam and fished in many areas, but most of my memories are on the lower Potomac River, about 18...

Don’t let menhaden become a case of could have, should have, would have

Here we go again. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has held hearings up and down the East Coast on what to do about menhaden: Should we keep catching the same amount, catch more, catch less, or do an ecosystem study to see how menhaden fit into the scheme of saving the Chesapeake Bay?

Maybe we need a little refresher course about menhaden.

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Bay needs menhaden more than reduction industry

Much has been written and discussed about menhaden (Brevootia tyrannus), a forage fish for many other fish, birds and mammals.

Recently, a bill was introduced into the Virginia Legislature to move the management of these fish from the Virginia Legislature to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission.

Don’t let Chesapeake’s bounty become only memories

Almost anyone who observes the Chesapeake Bay knows that it is in trouble and is not getting much better.

It has been labeled a “National Treasure.” But if we truly think it is, then why haven’t we been able to accomplish much?

Still, there are quite a few organizations that have been working to restore the Bay to something that some of us remember, and I have to think how...

About Bill Bartlett

Bill Bartlett, a longtime Bay observer, lives in Valley Lee, MD.

 

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