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September 2013 - Maryland Coastal Bays Program Newsletter


Oyster Project 

Thanks to a joint venture with the Oyster Recovery Partnership. We put 1,654 oysters at the old St. Martin River restoration site.


The picture is of a nice cluster of 14 oysters. Next year when we monitor submerged aquatic vegation (SAV), we'll also try to search for signs of survival on the reef.

Ghost Crab Pot/Turtle Excluder Initiative 
The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore has awarded MCBP a $5,000 community outreach grant for a ghost crab pot/turtle excluder program. 
As demonstrated in the picture above, crab pots attract diamondback terrapins. Without a turtle excluder, turtles get into the pots to eat the bait and drown because they cannot get out. 
MCBP volunteers will be contacting local crab pot vendors to see if their pots include turtle excluders, If they do not, volunteers will ask to attach turtle excluders to the pots and include an outreach brochure. 
Funds from this grant will be spent on expenses to remove abandoned pots in our bays, a brochure and public service announcement on the importance of turtle excluders, and actual turtle excluders. If you would like be involved with this project, please contact us a or call Sandi at 410-213-2297 ext t07.

MCBP Director Meets New EPA Administrator 

On September 17th four National Estuary Program directors met with new EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to discuss the importance of the non-regulatory program to the nation. Coastal Bays Program Director Dave Wilson was among the directors who conveyed how important the role of the nation's 28 National Estuary Programs is in helping local communities to reach consensus on conservation issues and to 
connect federal and state programs to the local level. The meeting comes on the heals on a 15% cut in National Estuary Program funding in 2014. McCarthy, who said she  does not equate non-regulatory with lack of substance or results, was very supportive of the program, impressed with our ability to help solve pressing problems, and said she will share NEP success stories with citizens.

CCMP Update-Get Ready! 

MCBP is a consensus non-profit, which means we work with the community to protect the future of our bays. In 1996 natural resource experts, advocates and citizens banded together and developed an action plan for MCBP to facilitate. The plan is called the Comprehensive  Conservation and Management Plan for the Coastal Bays (CCMP). The plan took over 3 years to create and involved over 500 action items.
Some of these action plans are now complete, some need updating and some simply are obsolete. MCBP staff with the help of many of our partners have spent the past two years working on an update to this plan.  
MCBP plans on introducing these updates to the community for review and input. If you have a group interested in hosting a presentation on the CCMP update, please contact us as we would certainly appreciate an opportunity for all community groups to review this updated plan.


Human Induced Marsh Change 

MCBP Staff Scientist Dr, Roman Jesien, and Program Manager Bill Mahoney and have been collecting fish in Worcester and Somerset counties as part of a larger collaborative learning project to investigate human induced marsh change.  In the photo Bill is using a throw trap to capture fish in flooded areas of the marsh.  Fish are trapped in the 1-m square net, then dipped out to be counted and measured.  Components of the study include marsh hydrology, soils, vegetation, elevation change, and use by mosquitoes, fish and birds.  Participants in the study include University of Maryland, Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, MD Dept. of Natural Resources, MD Coastal Bays Program, MD Dept. of Agriculture, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Skipjack Heritage, Inc., Deal Island-Chance Lions Club, Natural Resources Conservation Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Take a Kid Moutain Biking Day 

September 2013   


Opportunities and Fundraisers


We always have lots of great opportunities. If you don't see one that interests you here, please contact us!



14th Annual Osprey Triathlon


Saturday, October 5th 


This is MCBP's larger fundraiser. Each year participants tell us that our volunteers make this a great event. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact





2nd Annual Poker Paddle Pandemonium.  


Poker Run  

 Sunday, October 13th 


This is a fun-filled paddle fundraiser where you can bring your own paddling device or we'll provide you with either a kayak or a paddle board. You paddle to five different venues to collect a playing card. Each venue provides food. At the final venue you turn in your card for prizes and trophies. We need volunteers to collect cards and assist with helping tether boats at the various sites. Please contact for volunteer opportunities. 

To participate in this event go to:


2013 Fall Home and Condo Show


Saturday- Sunday, October 26-27 


We will have a MCBP information table at this year's show and are looking for volunteers to sit at our table and hand out literature on our program. Please contact or call 410-289-2297 ext 107 if you are interested in a shift at the show.


Take the Bay Survey

The Maryland Coastal Bays Program is working with the Integration and Application Network at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES IAN) to conduct a brief survey on stewardship behaviors and what they mean for the Coastal Bays.   We need members of the community to help us understand how they are interacting with the Coastal Bays and the likelihood you may have of adopting further best practices in the future. Members of the public are invited to go online to to take the short survey.
 We Need Your Help Collecting Data on Coastal and Ocean Recreation!

Your help is needed to ensure that your favorite recreational areas are considered in coastal and ocean planning coming to the Mid-Atlantic. The Surfrider Foundation is conducting an online survey of recreational users such as beach goers, swimmers, beach wildlife viewers, surfers, kayakers, windsurfers, and divers.


Click here to fill out the survey.



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