Chesapeake Bay

By Casey Johnson & Ally Roberts

#1 Explanation of what causes an HAB or Dead Zone.

#2 What types of organisms are involved?

#3 What type are the ecological impacts, which species are affected and how the environment is affected?

#4 What are the economic impacts?

Its a huge impact in the food industry since the restaurants rely on their seafood (crabs) to stay in business. But since the crabs are all dying in the bay. The restaurant have to ship crabs from Texas and Louisiana just to stay in business. Most of the crabs have all died due to the Algae growth throughout the bay. The crabs are being killed due to the lack of oxygen that is being taken up by the water. ( #5 McCorkell)

#5 Describe the geographic locations affected by these.

The bay is spread through really narrowly and long lake through Delaware and Maryland. A lot of different towns use the Chesapeake Bay for many reasons. They use the bay for little beaches and along the shoreline and they also use it for freshwater and food. Alot of the tourists have been decreasing going to the beaches due to the increase in algae. Also for water supply has also been declining due to the lack of freshwater as well. (#1 Chesapeake Bay Program) (#6 Chesapeake Bay Facts and Figures)

#6 What can be done to reduce. eliminate or manage excess nutrients and solve this issue?

If there is too much algae in the water it blocks sunlight and suffocate marine life. The CBF and the Bay Beat article said that if we humans reduce air pollution, also limit the frequency of these blooms. Meaning limit the nutrients by upgrading the waste waters and also planting cover props. We humans could save the bay by a new peak of life for species and ourselves. (#2 Kirkstan) (#3 Sentmen) (#4 Chesapeake Bay Foundation)

Work Cited: Casey Johnsom

Source #1 "Chesapeake Bay Program." Facts & Figures. Discovery Network, n.d. Web.”


Source #2 “Krikstan, Catherine. "Algae Blooms Destroying the Bay." Bay Beat. IMerrill Publishing Network, 16 Oct. 2009. Web. 3 Feb. 2016.”


Source #3 “Sentmen, Margaret. "Through Restoration." Cheapskate Bay Foundation. Saving the National Treasure, 2007. Web. 3 Feb. 2016.”


Source #4 “Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Inc." Organization Report. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Feb.2016.”

Source #5 “McCorkell, Meghan. "Chesapeake Bay Algae Bloom Crab Season." CBS. N.p., 20 Aug. 2014. Web. 3 Feb. 2016.”


Source #6 "Chesapeake Bay Facts and Figures." Maryland Sea Grant. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Feb. 2016.”


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