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Kate Livie

The Two Chesapeakes

We take care of what we love. So what happens if we stop loving parts of our world? Kate Livie writes that could happen with the Chesapeake and it’s rivers if people overlook its charms to flock to the ocean.

It’s time for us to go to war again over American shad

Alosa sapidissima — the American Shad. In Latin, its name translates to "most savory herring," yet the shad's exquisite flavor so craved by Chesapeake people for thousands of years is unknown to most folks in today's watershed. For millennia, as March howled away leaving April in its wake, our ancestors hungrily anticipated the signs that would indicate the spring shad spawn had...

Chesapeake spring’s most savory species

At one time, the spring shad and herring runs on Chesapeake Rivers were like a silver tide, Kate Livie reminds us. But now the spring run of this most savory species is a trickle, and she suggests that only the most drastic of steps may revive it.

About Kate Livie

Kate Livie writes from Chestertown, MD. She is director of education at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD.


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