The Chesapeake BaySavers hope to encourage a diverse population of Maryland residents to become stewards of a healthy Chesapeake Bay. We work with lawmakers, government officials, citizens and advisory scientist groups to develop effective solutions to the multi-faceted problems we face in ensuring the health of the Chesapeake Bay.
THANK YOU CLEARSHARK!!!
ClearShark H2O’s fundraising event “Brunch for the Bay” raised thousands of dollars to support non-profit organizations dedicated to restoring the Chesapeake Bay. Chesapeake BaySavers was thrilled to find out we were chosen as one of the recipients of the money raised, especially at our busiest time of the year- session! We are so grateful for ClearShark H2O’s contribution of $5325.00 in support of our legislative efforts to promote bay-friendly policies and oppose legislation that threatens the health of the Bay and restoration efforts.
Learn more about ClearShark and their work here.
The BaySavers team is gearing up for the 2016 Legislative Session and we are excited to continue raising our voice for the Bay and its oysters! For more information please see the BaySavers 2016 Legislative Agenda!
Three years ago the Natural Resources Police of Maryland discovered an illegal poaching net stretched almost the entire width of the Bay containing 24,000 pounds of illegally netted rockfish. When the police investigation stalled, Chesapeake BaySavers stepped up and offered $10,000.00 as a reward for the arrest and conviction of the poachers. It worked, The poachers were caught and convicted and are serving time in Federal Prison.
We are very proud to have been instrumental in helping to effect the arrests of the criminals who conducted the biggest poaching operation in the Chesapeake Bay in the last 25 years. The fish were being illegally caught and transported out of state to New York and Pennsylvania. As part of the sentence, the defendants were ordered to pay $500,000.00 in restitution back to you; the Maryland taxpayers. Poaching is a slap in the face of legitimate watermen and the citizens of Maryland. Chesapeake BaySavers is proud to have been instrumental in this law enforcement success story.
Thank you to Colonel George Johnson, the Superintendent of the Natural Resources Police who came to the tournament to accept a check and thank the BaySavers.
Life threatening flesh eating bacteria cases (vibrio) have risen dramatically in Maryland, specifically in regard to exposure in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. The number of cases in Maryland reached a 10 year high with 57 reported cases according to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. There have been 27 reported cases in Virginia so far this year, compared to 8 last year.
By way of comparison, nationwide there are usually about 95 cases per year - approximately 35 of which are fatal.