Trawl and Beach Seining

Coastal Fisheries

Finfish populations in Maryland's Coastal Bays are primarily monitored by the Coastal Fisheries Program (CFP). 

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The Trust Fund

See how Maryland is accelerating Bay restoration by focusing limited financial resources on the most effective non-point source pollution control projects.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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MARCO

As the region’s population increases and ocean uses intensify, the Mid-Atlantic will be faced with a new generation of ocean management challenges and opportunities.

Ecosystem Health Assessment

Overall Ecosystem Health ranked Sinepuxent best followed closely by Chincoteague Bay. St Martin river was ranked worst and Assawoman, Isle of Wight and Newport Bays were all ranked similarly (fair to poor). The ecosystem health index used water quality (water quality index and macroalgae), living resources (benthic index and hard clams) and habitat (seagrass and wetland) indicators that were responsive to human activities and measured throughout the Bays to compare the segments.