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As of late April, six CBIBS buoys are in the water, reporting conditions from the Chesapeake Bay. 

The days are growing longer, boaters and sailors are dreaming about getting back on the water, and the CBIBS team is preparing to redeploy buoys that were pulled from the water for the winter.

The Gooses Reef CBIBS buoy has, for the time being, stopped reporting data. The battery has run down; the buoy team plans on swapping the entire buoy out for a replacement buoy either the week of January 20 or January 27. 

As winter--and cold air and water temperatures--fast approaches, the CBIBS team is making moves to keep buoys safe from potential ice damage. The Jamestown buoy will be pulled during the week of December 9; the Annapolis buoy the week of December 16. Exact dates will depend on weather conditions to ensure a safe pull for both the buoy and the technicians.

Fall can be a delightful time on the Chesapeake. The water is still fairly warm, and fish are on the move, making for some enjoyable angling. But what changes, caused by changing seasons or weather events, are affecting the Bay—and how might those changes influence how fish move around the Chesapeake?

As we head into the fall, there’s still lots of on-the-water time left to enjoy on the Bay and its tributaries as the air and water cool.

The dog days of summer are here—but we’re thinking about fish! Summertime is a great time of year to relax on the water with friends to enjoy fishing for some of the Bay’s iconic species, like striped bass (rockfish). However, there are some times that fishing for striped bass are better than others.

Work to replace aging CBIBS buoys with new, smaller buoys is progressing—and evolving. As Chesapeake Bay boaters and anglers enjoy the busy summer boating season, the CBIBS team provides this update on the status and plans for buoys:

Ah, spring. Temperatures are rising, and winter’s grey skies and precipitation yield to generally more sunshine. That also means that water temperatures in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries are on the rise as well, indicating to many living resources that it’s time to be on the move, and in some cases, to reproduce.
Each spring, the CBIBS team looks forward to redeploying buoys that were pulled late the previous year to avoid potential damage to them by ice over the winter. In 2019, the redeployments are a bit more complex as CBIBS is transitioning to using a new kind of buoy.