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Roughly 2 million fish have turned up dead in the middle part of the Bay, and state of Maryland scientists are investigating. Their working theory is that the fish died due to cold water stress.

CBIBS buoys are built to withstand high winds and big waves—but some forces of nature are too much for the sensors attached to the buoys. Ice can damage these sensors, and large ice floes can even "relocate" buoys.

The Dominion Gooses Reef CBIBS buoy is the first location in the system to also include the capability to monitor water quality at the Bay bottom.