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Solutions Newsletter - November 2013


Making the Most out of Dredging


As a part of the Corps' annual monitoring, pictured above is a scour hole just off of Homer Gudelsky Park just west of the Ocean City inlet. The hole, which is 48ft deep at its center (dark blue), has been moving and changing shape for nearly 70 years.  


The Coastal Bays Navigational and Dredging Advisory Group  has been working to better manage sand resources in the Coastal Bays. 


The group, consisting  of a variety of stakeholders including local residents, businesses, and government agencies recently met to discuss maintenance channel dredging and island replenishment operations. Click here to read more

Local Watermen Protect Wildlife by Removing Marine Debris


 Two diamondback terrapins, a male and female, were rescued in our ghost pot recovery efforts this past week. Fortunately for our state reptile, these two were found while still alive.  Many others die when unable to escape from derelict crabbing gear. This pot also contained five dead terrapins.

Local watermen, with the assistance of volunteers, have been cleaning up our bays. With their knowledge of popular crabbing spots, watermen have been helping MCBP to collect abandoned or lost crab pots known as "ghost pots."  The pots which were left in the water after the crab season, continue to catch animals and are lethal to a variety of fish and wildlife, as well as being a nuisance to navigation. In three days of searching for and removing crab pots our watermen have collected 127 crab pots, many of which are in perfect working condition. Click here to read more. 

Sad News


 Photo of Joe O'Hara receiving the Maryland's Beautiful People Award


We are very sad to learn of the passing of one of our longstanding volunteers, Mr. Joseph (Joe)  Edward O'Hara last week.


Joe was very active in environmental and fishery management activities. He helped draft the Fish and Wildlife chapter of "The Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for Maryland's Coastal Bays". For many years, he represented recreational fishing on the Coastal Bays Program's Citizens Advisory Committee. Since 1997, he took monthly water samples at his home in Ocean City. 


Please take the time to read this link as he was very active in protecting our environment and local fisheries. Joe's enthusiasm and contributions will surely be missed.

Seal Appeal  
Maryland Coastal Bays has partnered with the National Aquarium in Baltimore Marine Animal Rescue Program (MARP) to promote responsible viewing and sight reporting of our migrating neighbors.


Seal sightings in Delmarva are occurring more frequently, and there is a need to provide more public outreach on the natural behaviors of seals and other marine mammal species. If you spot a seal, we ask that you please contact us either by registering it through our website at or by calling MARP at 1-800-628-9944.  
Service Learning Projects
Working with several partners MCBP has four service learning programs in classrooms this year. Pictured above is Mark Heim from Assateague State Park and the Maryland Conservation Corps with Buddy the diamondback terrapin. Six grade students at the Berlin Intermediate School are learning about our state reptile and will be working on public service announcements to protect these turtles.  

November 2013   


Opportunities and Fundraisers


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



Flower Street Vegetable Garden Steward


Thanks to the funding and time of the Bank of America staff, the Multi-purpose building on flower street has four raised beds that were used as a vegetable and herb gardens last summer.
MCBP is in need of volunteers to steward this project. Responsibilities would include seeking plant donations, recruiting volunteers to help tend the garden and creating a plan for the distribution and/or sale of the harvest.
Oyster Growing Program

Last winter, with the help of the Oyster Recovery Partnership, MCBP distributed oyster cages and spat to volunteers who then tended and grew the oysters for one year. At the end of the year the oysters were released into the coastal bays where they will hopefully contribute to the natural population.    


We were amazed at some of the areas where oysters were able to thrive in their cages, and are eager to see what happens to the released oysters over the next several years. 

 MCBP needs help in order to continue the oyster growing program. We can find funding to grow this program but we need a lead volunteer/ or group to handle logistics.  


Contact: or call Bill at 410-213-2297 ext 106 for more information on both of these projects.

Maryland Conservation Corps Puts the Pinch on Wisteria


MCC Volunteers use loppers to remove this year's wisteria growth.  


Thanks once again to the Maryland Conservation Corps (MCC) for helping MCBP manage invasive species at one of our restoration sites. The Lewis Road Kayak Launch, opened to the public in August of 2012, is in constant need of invasive species control. Over the past three years, since before the site was opened, three classes of MCC AmeriCorps Volunteers based at Assateague State Park have put in many hours removing Chinese wisteria, an exotic and invasive species. We will need to continue removing wisteria for many years to come, but the amount of effort required each year will continue to shrink as volunteers continue to remove fresh wisteria growth and plant native vegetation to outcompete this foreign invader. For more information contact Bill Mahoney at

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.

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